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  • QuickChat #199, August 31, 2011 [View instapost]
    Thanks to everyone who has left a comment on this issue so far. I want to pick up on one particularly interesting point that a few of you made: that the Top Commenters leaderboard enabled you to find and join the QuickChat community.

    I wonder whether we can make discovery of communities on instablogs even easier.

    What if we ditched the Top Instabloggers leaderboard which currently ranks active instabloggers in order of the number of followers they have, and replaced it with a Top Instablogs leaderboard which ranked instablogs by the cumulative number of comments left on the instablog?

    That would mean, for example, that QuickChat would top the Instablog leaderboard, enabling people to more easily find and follow it. This would also give you - the QuickChat community - exposure and recognition.

    Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

    Thank you again for your help thinking this through.
    Sep 1 05:18 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What the Thumbs Up with That? [View instapost]
    Really glad to hear that the changes work for you.
    May 16 11:42 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Quick Chat #172, May 2, 2011 [View instapost]
    Thanks Mayascribe -- I sent the FYI to our tech team.
    May 3 12:15 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Quick Chat #172, May 2, 2011 [View instapost]
    I let him know. Apologies - not sure what happened there.
    May 3 12:15 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #165, April 7, 2011 [View instapost]
    BTW, this will make you guys smile: One of our main goals with the new homepage was to radically speed up page load times. Irony of ironies, it almost ground to a halt after the market opened. Turns out that there was a mistake in a script that was running in the background that, instead of searching among a list of 700 items, was searching among a list of 35,000 items. It drained the servers of all their processing power.

    Anyway, we hope it's fixed now. How does the page load time of the homepage feel to you now?
    Apr 12 01:41 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #165, April 7, 2011 [View instapost]
    Tripleblack, we're experiencing severe site performance issues at the moment, and our tech team is working to fix them. In the meantime, please accept my apologies.
    Apr 12 11:39 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Just One Stock: The High Yielder Central to Waste Industry Transformation [View article]
    David, thanks for bringing this to readers' attention. Our editors rapidly delete the identities of spammers who make it through our system after readers hit the "report abuse" link, so please continue to use the link. Thumbs down has no impact because it doesn't alert our editors.
    Jan 22 04:00 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Roger Nusbaum Positions for 2011: Sector Picking Less Important Than Country / Theme Selection [View article]
    TWTFG, I have no idea what Roger's performance was in 2010. In the interview he made no claim about his past performance. However,

    (1) If you're looking to follow a guru simply because his performance is amazing, then surely his reasoning shouldn't matter to you and you shouldn't be reading articles at all? You should just give him your money to manage. In contrast, shouldn't an article like this stand on its own merits? You should take what you agree with, and leave what you disagree with, irrespective of his past performance.

    (2) I read Roger's articles because his focus is NOT on making predictions, but about risk management in the portfolios he manages. Managing risk is about making the right decisions based on the information available at the time, the probability of different outcomes, and the risks associated with them. Correct decisions can turn out badly; bad decisions can turn out well.

    (3) The assumption behind your comment - that nobody has the right to discuss their approach to the market without a great track record - would stifle debate and the exchange of ideas on sites like Seeking Alpha. Sure, someone has more credibility if they have a great track record, but to say they have no right to express an opinion without a great track record? That seems extreme and threatening.
    Dec 26 08:18 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What the Thumbs Up with That? [View instapost]
    DM, thank you for all the thought and effort you put into this. And thank you to all the Renegades for the comments and suggestions.

    - David
    Nov 10 03:51 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Money Do You Actually Need to Retire? [View article]
    David Fish, thank you for highlighting the articles on this topic by other authors.

    As a result of James' article and the discussion here, we've set up a section on Retirement issues. It's for articles about retirement planning and specific retirement issues. You can find it here:
    Oct 21 06:00 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Think Your Dividend Yield Is High? A Warning for Income Investors [View article]
    NotBob, isn't it all about probabilities? You're saying "stock prices may well be lower, but in my judgment the probability that they will be significantly lower isn't high enough for me to tolerate the costs and risks of jumping in and out of my holdings." Jason is saying: "I believe there's a very high probability that stock prices will be much lower".

    My point was that if you agree with Jason's view of the market (which I'm not saying I do), and you think there's a high enough probability that stock prices will be significantly lower soon to offset the risks and costs of jumping in and out, why wouldn't you sell? Even if you're investing for income, not capital gains.
    Oct 5 10:24 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Another Reason for Companies to Pay Dividends [View article]
    I think you understate the argument against dividends. See:

    WHY I HATE DIVIDENDS, by ForMyOwnAccount


    Dividends Add No Value, by Hester

    Why Dividend Paying Stocks Are a Mistake, by David Jackson

    Finally, the best discussion on Seeking Alpha about dividends is in the comments to:
    Why I Love Dividends, by David Van Knapp
    Sep 29 08:04 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bonds Today Are Risky; If Preservation of Principal Is Your Main Objective, It’s Time to Shift Your Asset Allocation [View article]
    Donald, we never normally do that, but in this case we were working with Eric on the article because it was his first one on the site.
    Sep 21 04:34 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seven Reasons Silver Could Soar and Four ETFs to Play [View article]
    Re. the list of silver ETFs -- there are a few silver ETFs missing from the list. You can find all the silver ETFs easily by clicking on (SLV) and looking at the unit in the right column called "ETF Alternatives". If you mouse over the ticker symbol, you'll see the full name of the ETF.

    We've added these units to our ETF quote pages to allow investors to quickly find the alternatives to any ETF and to compare their performance.
    Jul 30 03:55 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    I wouldn't say the newsflow is mainly negative. Today's Wall Street Breakfast includes 3 acquisitions, 1 potential acquisition (BP), and strong export results from China. Net sentiment from today's stories is probably positive, no?
    Jul 12 07:56 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment