WayneL I was just about to put this post in "Forum Popularity" but found it had been closed.
Hope you don't mind me starting a new thread on a similar vane.
****Warning this is a long post that has a lot of information you already know Ė my apologies at the start for anything that is cr#p or offends anyone.
Participating in a Forum like this involves the following: Fun, frustration, giving, taking, learning, teaching, agreeing, disagreeing, wow!, cr#p!, intimidation, bullying, social pleasantries, stimulation, depression, aggressiveness, shyness etc. etc.
Some people like to give, others just take, some are annoying, some are a pleasure to react with, some are good apples, some are bad (they are soon sorted by the back office boys) etc. etc.
Some forumites contribute a lot, some only occasionally, some none at all. Some posts are cr#p, some are funny, some are brilliant, some are rude, some are insensitive etc.
In other words there is the full gamut of feelings, post quality and personalities.
Some of the most frustrating aspects of participating in these forums are: you canít always convey your thoughts by using a keyboard (smileys etc. help), in the way you would face to face; sometimes you just canít get your message over as people are taking it the wrong way; sometimes you post with no response (or worse only negative responses come back); sometimes a brilliant idea (post) goes unnoticed or is not given the attention it deserves. You are often taken out of context and are unable to explain properly what you mean. There are no hand gestures, facial expressions, vocal variances nor instant feedbacks and responses.
If you canít cope with the above variety then you wonít last long in a forum. You need to set your own rules etc (within the rules of the forum) of acceptable conditions of participation (e.g. if you donít like a particular poster, then bar his posts, if you donít agree with a topic, donít read that thread).
For those forumites who enjoy giving of their time and knowledge my appreciation and that of many silent others (the silent majority). I have taught at high schools, technical colleges and at universities and at each institution there were students who appreciated learning, others who did not (and often disrupted the others). Seldom was there any recognition of my efforts and that is the lot of any ďteacherĒ. If teachers only continued teaching when they got positive feedback then there would be no teachers! Think back to your own school days Ė how many times did you approach a teacher and compliment them Ė zilch for me and I suspect everyone else.
My attitude is that I am not knowledgeable or confident enough to contribute much to technical analysis threads and to a lesser extent fundamental analysis. But since I have learnt so much from others, I would like to contribute in other areas, where I have more knowledge (sometimes debatable) and to also help those who are just starting on the road.
There are gurus in this forum (tech/A, WayneL and others (you know who you are)), there are prolific posters (RichKid, Chicken, GreatPig et al), there are jokers (Fleeta, SOB) who make me laugh and who can be serious and helpful too. There are posters who make you think, laugh, cry, angry etc. There are the moderators and administrators doing a great job with a sometimes difficult task.
Of course all of the above contribute in a variety of ways and on a variety of subjects.
This forum (and most others) is used by a variety of people for a variety reasons. Some are trying to learn, others (bless their little hearts and souls) are trying to teach, others are socializing, others use it to vent their happiness, anger, frustration, boredom, etc.
If you are a poster and your expecting to get accolades or rewards - forget it (going on all our previous history through school, college, uni. etc). But remember the majority of people do appreciate your contributions - they just donít vocalize (read type words) it. But if just one person is better off, in any way, after reading your post, then that is reward in itself.
There is a wealth of knowledge in this Forum and a person just starting could do a lot worse than sifting through all the threads before buying one book or doing one course! Sure, thereís a lot of cr#p here too (hope this post doesnít fall under that category). But by just sifting through it and deciding what is and what isnít is a learning experience in itself.
The conclusion then is that this forum has a lot of variety, quality and quantity of information. It serves a variety of purposes and uses by a variety of people (just like life). You can get a lot out of it and, if you want, you can put a lot back. There is good and there is bad.
Donít be influenced by the bad and appreciate the good.
Be civil and treat other posters as you would like to be treated by them.