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Retired, 48, been making my own financial decision since I was 17. Every day, for the rest of my life, I will be a recovering Merrill Lynch customer. Proudest Financial Moments: Personal Best return on equity: 20/1, Leap Puts on Citi & GE, closed in late 2008 Personal best adjusted for time:... More
  • Why I am not a Contributor 8 comments
    Jun 18, 2009 1:52 AM

       In case any other user of Seeking Alpha should notice my copious . . . nay excessive commentary (and someday Instablogs - just getting started there), and is moved to wonder why the heck I do not submit articles for publication, well, I tried.

       It turns out that there is a requirement for submission that I cannot meet. SA administration tells me it is a new-ish requirement - many of the older hands at SA are not required to follow it, and don't. Well. Good for them; bad for me.

       I received a total of four e-mail responses, from two separate SA officers, on this matter, and it was clear from their replies that neither had bothered to read my original query.

       I am a fairly clever guy, and I imagine I could figure out a way over this hurdle, if I bent my mind to it. But, in my experience, demanding people jump through pointless hoops as a requirement for membership is a pretty sure sign of a club not worth joining. The Guiding Lights of SA Clearly think they have enough Contributors. Who am I to gainsay them? 

       So I shall continue to labor on, but back here in steerage, far from the fancy lights under the marquee.

    "Nobody knows, the trouble I seen

    "Nobody knows, the so - rrow . . . "


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  • Mono
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    Jasper- are you purposefully not telling us what said requirement is...
    18 Jun 2009, 03:47 AM Reply Like
  • Jasper M
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    Comments (1652) | Send Message
    Author’s reply » Yup. : )
    And congrats on being my first ever commenter.
    18 Jun 2009, 04:45 PM Reply Like
  • Pax Americana
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    Hello I am your second ever commentator, and I to would like to be aware
    of a SA's conditional requirements,furthermore I enjoy your whimical comments.
    24 Jun 2009, 05:01 AM Reply Like
  • Boaz Berkowitz
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    Hi Jasper, as Director of Contributor Relations I apologize for any difficulties you may have experienced while trying to become a SA contributor. I have reviewed your correspondence with our company and I believe this to be a simple misunderstanding on your part. Any one can apply to become a contributor and can do so here:


    In your case, there was no issue of your not fulfilling specific requirements, rather you were simply having difficulty with the actual submission process on the technical side. I see our staff already tried to assist you in a helpful and professional manner. I believe they responded appropriately but if you are still having difficulties I would be happy to assist you personally.


    Feel free to contact me at any time via email (boaz[@]seekingalpha.com) or phone (646-248-7599) and I believe I can lead you through this trouble in only a couple of minutes. I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have and assist you in your efforts at becoming a contributor as well. Assuming our editors like your articles (every single submission is read by our editors and only the best are handpicked to appear on our site), I see no reason why you cannot join the ranks of our over 3000 contributing authors.
    24 Jun 2009, 05:34 AM Reply Like
  • TradingHelpDesk
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    3001 contributors soon..... I enjoy reading all opinions and have followed you accordingly. Personally, I had zero problems getting contributor status a few weeks ago and have since seen my articles, thanks to SA, on Reuters, USA Today, AOL Money & Finance and bunch of others. That is no small achievement I can assure you, and it's less to do with my persistence and wholly a reflection of SA who are cornering the finance related blog syndication market. I now get more click-thru's to my own site and blog from SA than any other source of referral.


    Soon you won't be wondering if your article will, or won't, be published but "have I made editors' pick?", which is the standard I now pursue.


    If you think it, write it and it shall be seen.
    27 Jun 2009, 08:13 AM Reply Like
  • Jasper M
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    Author’s reply » I must dispute the notion that "our staff already tried to assist you in a helpful and professional manner." Near-form-letter responses, that merely restate requirements that are the heart of the problem in the first place, are Not "helpful" (though, sadly, they may indeed qualify as "professional" in many fields these days).


    Michael Young,
    I am well aware that most people haven't had trouble leaping through the proffered hoops. Small comfort to those who do.
    " . . . SA who are cornering the finance related blog syndication market."
    If the internet has taught me ANYthing, it is that No One can "corner" Any market for very long.
    3 Jul 2009, 04:07 PM Reply Like
  • I.H.
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    Jasper, you are a witty commenter but let me give you some advice my dad used to give me - don't blame others for your own stupidity.


    Lot's of people are technically inept these days, there's no shame in it. So don't go blaming everyone else for your own shortcomings and don't pretend there is some big consipiracy trying to keep you off of Seeking Alpha because of some mysterious secret requirement that you can't name but later admit never existed at all. Talk about a desperate plea for attention.


    I had a lot of respect for you until I read this post and your subsequent comments. It's a good thing you couldn't figure out how to submit an article - if SA rejected it, you'd probably take out full page ads accusing them of all sorts of unspeakable evils.
    5 Jul 2009, 06:08 PM Reply Like
  • TradingHelpDesk
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    Comments (538) | Send Message
    Jasper, do instablogs, lot's of people read them, including me. Don't get frustrated.
    5 Jul 2009, 07:31 PM Reply Like
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