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CAPS needs another stock market crisis



June 04, 2012 – Comments (22)

What happened to CAPS?  I used to be addicted to CAPS.  There were so many great bloggers here, just pouring out information.   Between 2007-2009 the CAPS blogs were buzzing with predictions, politics, and puntifications.  Blogs were getting 100+ recs.  Some bloggers taught about investing in general.  Other bloggers debated and taught the historical context of monetary policy.  In 2010 the good bloggers started leaving.  In 2011 the other good bloggers moved their blogs to outside websites.   In 2012 we are lucky if we get 5 blogs a day and half of those are Alstry.  I have to retreat to the message boards if I want to get any mental stimulation anymore. Seems like we need another market crisis to get all the good bloggers back.  I'm certainly not wishing for one, but there needs to be away to attract good bloggers back to CAPS.

Motley Fool Blog Network: 

Honestly I'm not a fan of it.  Its like purgatory or something. I dont know how to get there.  When I get to it I dont know how I got there.  Then once I'm there, I don't know how to get back.  Its not very easy to navigate either.  I'm not sure what they are trying to accomplish with that but hopefully it gets better.

In sum..

I missed the old CAPS, with the GMXs, chks999s, Binves, and whereaminows blogging like crazy, filling my mind with delicious tidbits of information, even if I didnt always agree with it.  Maybe CAPS needs another stock market crash to revive it again...


22 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 04, 2012 at 2:12 PM, portefeuille (98.93) wrote:

twitter has quite a bit to do with it.

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#2) On June 04, 2012 at 3:55 PM, chk999 (99.96) wrote:

TMF could help by limiting people to one blog post a day that pimps their website. An awful lot of the blog posts are nothing but thinly disguised ads.

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#3) On June 04, 2012 at 4:15 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

I think we need new blood. There's so many contentious relationships and opinions (and I am as guilty of creating that environment as anyone. I realize that.)  Some new perspectives would be helpful.

But I guess it's harder to become a blogger here now. They make you apply?  But Alstry gets to continue to pump out nonsense five times a day?  I don't get that.

And I think a lot of blame also lands on Motley Fool. They didn't deal well with spam. They didn't make improvements we asked for (up-voting/down-voting comments would have been a big improvement).  

But like you, I do miss the way it was. 

David in Liberty


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#4) On June 04, 2012 at 4:49 PM, goldminingXpert (28.62) wrote:

Or even basic CAPS functionality. I couldn't make any new picks until mid afternoon today. Everything was frozen.

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#5) On June 04, 2012 at 4:51 PM, leohaas (30.09) wrote:

Mea culpa.

I chastised the political posters who failed to make a connection to investing. Most of them left.


Or am I misoverestimating my influence?

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#6) On June 04, 2012 at 5:26 PM, RonChapmanJr (30.10) wrote:

They didn't make the changes necessary to keep people here.  They didn't/don't care about this aspect of their business.  Like many, I would come to CAPS multiple times a day to see what was going on.  Now I come once a month, if that often.

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#7) On June 04, 2012 at 5:53 PM, brickcityman (< 20) wrote:

This is probably my first blog comment in a long time (and my first visit to the site in almost as long)... I agree once the market got less interesting to argue about things got kinda dull... That and it so happened that I got awfully busy at work without the usual chance for a lunch break distraction.


Not sure what drew me back today, but finding this blog post on here certain does seem like an ominous sign.


Kinda funny that I'm itching to ignite some dry powder....

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#8) On June 04, 2012 at 7:39 PM, walt373 (99.84) wrote:

I think portefeuille is right. I moved onto Twitter too. It's really exploded in the past couple yrs for finance people. 

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#9) On June 04, 2012 at 9:03 PM, totallyoblivious (< 20) wrote:

It's an unsupported platform, and unsupported platforms die.  TMF has been given plenty of suggestions on how to deal with their spam problem and to improve the CAPS system which is hugely flawed, but nothing ever changes.  Twitter/stocktwits has a little to do with it too; unfortunately people think they can have meaningful discussions in 140 characters.

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#10) On June 04, 2012 at 9:17 PM, EnigmaDude (62.21) wrote:

^totally - you are so right.  And you said it in only 57 words!  :)

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#11) On June 04, 2012 at 9:31 PM, outoffocus (22.87) wrote:

Wow did my blog post ignite some type of CAPS reunion?  Half of the commenters I haven't seen in ages.


I agree. we do need new blood.  But I must say, your comments are a breath of fresh air on some of these blogs and articles on this site.  Maybe its because I dont like when articles sound too one-sided.  Especially when the arguments dont make logical sense. 


Holy crap dude! I haven't seen you in like ever.  Whats going on?  Anything new with you?  How bout this zombie apocalypse. lol


Glad to see you back. 

walt373 & portefeuille 

I wasnt aware of the twitter migration.  I do read some investment news on twitter, but its not easy to comment on there. 


I knew you were lurking around here.  Do you still play WSR? (I do).  I like that I'm able to trade commodity futures now. 


I hope TMF does something to revive CAPS.  As far as I know there is nothing else like CAPS was in its heyday. Message boards are cool but they dont beat CAPS.

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#12) On June 04, 2012 at 10:17 PM, Option1307 (30.65) wrote:

The good ol' days were glorious... Unicorns danced in the forest filled with money trees and us Fools sat around sipping Mojitos surrounded by sunshine and lolipops... :)

Well that's at least how I remember TMF used to be. Bring those days back and the bloggers that made this community so great!

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#13) On June 04, 2012 at 10:28 PM, RVAspeculator (28.48) wrote:

I think when they made it so all you had to do was clear you cookies to re-rec the same post a 1000 times that is when the community died.  That is when I stopped most of my blogging.

And now we are stuck with the top 2 posts of all time being a blog about buying Citigroup in 2010 and a blog about buying Nat Gas in 2010.   Also those are the only two asset classes which have lost value since 2010.   :)

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#14) On June 05, 2012 at 9:06 AM, drgroup (66.61) wrote:

 leohaas: "I chastised the political posters who failed to make a connection to investing"

I think you were/are incapable of associating the relationship of politics to investing/markets. If a politician mandates a law that all Internet investing is illegal, wouldn't you want to be aware of such a foolish person? Politics or investing?

Nice post outoffocus. 'bout time someone woke up form the hm drum of daily dividend yields. Thanks...

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#15) On June 05, 2012 at 9:45 AM, ChrisGraley (28.49) wrote:

A lot of us still lurk but the motivation to post is dying.

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#16) On June 05, 2012 at 12:02 PM, walt373 (99.84) wrote:

You guys should check out Twitter if you haven't yet. You'd think 140 characters wouldn't be enough but it's surprising how much info you can cram into that. And people usually link to outside articles/blogs for more in-depth discussions. The most important thing is that a lot of really smart people are using it actively and there is constant discussion.

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#17) On June 05, 2012 at 12:45 PM, portefeuille (98.93) wrote:

#16 Indeed. Via twitter I even managed to "get a article written about a misinterpretation I discovered", hehe ...

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#18) On June 06, 2012 at 1:33 PM, lemoneater (56.87) wrote:

I agree with you outoffocus, is challenging to navigate. There are some good articles, but I wonder why it doesn't have an easy link from CAPs to there. I would like to jump back and forth. Also it would be neat if there were a CAPs charm to indicate someone was a beta blogger.

For a very brief moment I considered being a beta blogger, but I'm better at beautiful thoughts than I am at investing advice or stock analysis.

Leohaas, political posters often thrive on dissent. At least they knew you were reading them:). I thought your comments probably spurred them on rather than otherwise. A reader is welcome to question a writer's topic for relevance. To learn from criticism (constructive or otherwise) rather than internalize it and be offended is a valuable survival skill for any serious writer.

A profound thought. Could Twitter be the new telegraph? Solomon said there was nothing new under the sun.

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#19) On June 06, 2012 at 2:14 PM, rfaramir (28.66) wrote:

Part of the problem is itself. Looking just now, I see the "Feedback" button for the first time. Don't know why I'd missed it before, but I had. Also, there's a "Like" button (besides the FB like icon, which I won't use, as I don't want this account linked to FB). Hadn't seen that before either.

As these were my main gripes (lack of feedback or rating/liking), I guess I won't use the Feedback link myself, unless I think of more to help them upgrade the experience. Those of you who *do* have such ideas, please send them in. I've been treating as the wasteland it felt like, and if we all do that, it's doomed.


Oh, wait a minute. I did think of one more thing: following. These blogs I can follow (unlike the main site's articles, which is a continuing gripe of mine), so I'm happy to comment, knowing if there are more comments to follow, I'll get them. Beta (and the main articles) don't have it, so I don't, or rarely. My comment would have to be so good (in my eyes) that it's worth saying, even if I never know if anyone else agreed or was stimulated by it.

I guess I'll use that Feedback link over there after all. 

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#20) On June 06, 2012 at 2:50 PM, rfaramir (28.66) wrote:

LOL, the Feedback linked errored out. They're doomed.

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#21) On June 06, 2012 at 6:44 PM, awallejr (35.73) wrote:

I still try to comment here and there to spark discussions but it is becoming lonely.

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#22) On June 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM, miteycasey (28.88) wrote:

One word....spam.

Why would I post an insightful blog when it's going to be off the top 10 in an hour by people hawking their websites?

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