- 23 November 2004
An online community that is centred around a niche, especially a very specific niche such as the stock market, trading and investing, is damaged when it allows itself to be watered down (or taken over) by discussion completely unrelated to that niche.
It is made even worse when that unrelated discussion is marred by personal attacks, ugliness and divisiveness.
The bottom line is that ASF must remain focused on the stock market, trading and investing if it is to survive. The General Chat forum was only ever intended to be an after hours kind of place where those whose primary interest was financial markets could chat about off-topic subjects such as travel, hobbies, or sport. Politics too, I suppose, but not to the point where it takes over the entire community.
There is no path forward for ASF as a General Chat forum. It is simply not economically viable.
I’m sorry you feel that way Joe.
I still don’t know how we undermine ASF. I am sure that neither Basilio or I or the “small handful”, or anyone else have any desire to undermine ASF in any way.
Some of us are Pro Trump and some of us are Anti Trump but we are all PRO ASF!
I cannot agree that the US political situation is “unrelated to the niche” you mention. In fact, in my opinion, it is the complete opposite.
The Australian market is dominated by the US stock market and economy and by the Chinese market and economy. These in turn are influenced and determined by the political situation in each country, in particular the US.
Who is President in the US is directly important to the Australian stock market and economy (and many other life factors, particularly the freedom of speech).
I realise you are running a business and that your bottom line is the money you earn from it. So is Twitter, Facebook, Google etc. They have recently been lambasted for their censorship.
I have enjoyed my time at ASF and you provide a great service. I do not want to undermine it in any way.
If I have contributed to undermining it then I apologise.
I am happy to continue using ASF under the rules you stipulate.
I am, however, concerned about the deterioration of our freedom of speech but understand if you don’t want to be part of its defence, for economic reasons.