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Subject: Re: Avoiding Multiple Replies to Simple Question
Author: jberry345

Cam,

I agree totally with your ideas. In addition, I recently posted (to another board) a set of suggestions that I think apply universally:

This, and other TMF Boards, should be a place for serious (and sometimes hilarious!) discussions of stocks, not personalities. I would like to offer a few suggestions, which I'm sure have been made many times before:

  • 1. Let's break the threads and start a new subject if the reply has nothing new to offer, or just saying inane things like, "ur right!", or, "count me in", etc.
  • 2. If responding to a thread, let's name the person we are responding to, and put his/her relevant comments in italicized quotes, so everyone can follow the thread.
  • 3. If we are contributing something not germain to Dell, let's include OT (Off Topic) in the subject line so others can quickly decide if they want to view it or skip to the next post.
  • 4. Let's not tolerate advertisers, stock touters, and other spammers on the board. Put the poster in the Penalty Box (click the "frowny face") the click on the "Good/Bad Post" button and notify TMF why the post should be removed from the board(s).
  • 5. Be kind to newbies, we were all in their shoes once. But guide them gently to places where they can learn more for themselves.
  • 6. Don't feed the trolls! They like nothing better than to see endless replies to their inane posts.
  • 7. Fill out your profiles with real, not fictitious information. The more we know about our fellow posters, the better we can assess how we relate to them.
  • 8. Include your long or short position in Dell. There's nothing wrong with being short; it's just nice to know the underlying reasons for your opinions.
  • 9. Practice courtesy and it may rub off on others.

Hoping to improve the quality of discourse.

Jim B