I find amateur investors funny at times. Many on these boards feel the need to be seen as right, vs actually debating / discussing differing views to get to the right answer. This is a sign of hubris, immaturity, and an emotional investor, and thus, typically leads to poor results. Any professional investor is well aware, that the most valuable view in the room is often not of those who are in agreement, but rather it is of those who challenge the group's view based on facts and force them to think deeper about their position. Why? Well simply, it gets one closer to the 'right' answer, assuming one's mind is open and is really listening. The goal is absorb all information, viewpoints then make the best decision, it is not make a decision first based on limited insight, then filter out commentary and facts that do not align with that view - that is called cognitive dissonance and is one of the biggest threats to successful investing. By listening to alternative views, one either gains greater conviction in their position, or alternatively they may realize, perhaps I need to change course, incorporate something else into my decision process, be on guard for a potential change/catalyst, etc. For that reason, there is ALWAYS value in the dissenting view. When one see's investors act in a manner as I have just suggested (not willing to listen to alternative views), one can readily assume that they are quite unsuccessful, and if they haven't been yet, they will be over the long run. Basing decisions on hubris, emotion and the need to be right, while ignoring those who challenge your views is the quickest road to failure in investing. Good Luck to all!