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CAPS Needs "Ignored Player" Feature

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June 27, 2008 – Comments (21)

I like reading the blogs on CAPS, but lately the number of blogs that meet the intent of this web site has gone down. Or to look at it another way: the number of blogs that go on and on and on about topics that have very little or nothing to do with investing has gone up. It is now at the point where I am about to give up reading the blogs and contributing to this community.

To counter this trend, I propose the CAPS team develop an "Ignored Player" feature. It would allow each user to create a list of players he or she wants to ignore, similar to the Favorite Player list. Logging in to CAPS would automatically filter all blogs and comments posted by players on your "Ignored Player" list. A simple toggle would allow you to turn this filtering on or off, just in case you have time to kill and like to be annoyed.

I would use this feature to ignore the players who mainly blog to pimp or bash a political candidate, rant against the government, the FED, Congress, the President, and taxes, or to convince others to join their religion. No doubt some of my fellow Fools would ignore me!

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#1) On June 27, 2008 at 1:46 PM, HooDaHeckNose (94.93) wrote:

Excellent idea!

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#2) On June 27, 2008 at 2:10 PM, ahabswife (64.91) wrote:

Mr. Haas, would you could do, is put your favorite bloggers into your favorites collection and check only your favorites section each day and their blogs alone.  It isn't precisely what you want, but it may help.

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#3) On June 27, 2008 at 2:10 PM, TMFRosetint (96.21) wrote:

I really like this idea. There are one or two players (one) here on CAPS that really annoy me with their excessive postings.

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#4) On June 27, 2008 at 2:19 PM, abitare (38.89) wrote:

I add people to favorites and look at those that have +5 Recs  on their posts.

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#5) On June 27, 2008 at 2:20 PM, kdakota630 (29.64) wrote:

I agree completely, especially with blogs.

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#6) On June 27, 2008 at 2:23 PM, FoolishChemist (97.18) wrote:

And the ignored players can get a "hated player" charm maybe with a little skull and cross bones.  It was bound to happen, some people with too much time on their hands blogging like crazy but with nothing to say.  I just hope this doesn't turn into that yahoo stock message board.

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#7) On June 27, 2008 at 2:24 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Excellent idea!

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#8) On June 27, 2008 at 2:49 PM, JoHooch (< 20) wrote:

It'll never happen.  TMF is too "happy go lucky" to institute something like that.

Notice how we only have the option to vote FOR an article/post by recommending it but can't vote AGAINST it?  Most other websites use thumbs up or thumbs down or a 5 star system for rating. 

CAPS is like a market where you can only go long.  No shorting allowed!

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#9) On June 27, 2008 at 3:17 PM, abitare (38.89) wrote:

FoolishChemist,

I like that Hated Player charm. How many people have to hate you? I could really have that one in the bag easy..... 

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#10) On June 27, 2008 at 6:29 PM, Tastylunch (29.38) wrote:

Well Sorry if I'm one of the ones that bugs you LeoHaas. my blogs tend to bounce between indidvidual stock /sector discussion to macro issues to light politics to attempt shumour.Sounds like some of that may annoy you.

I'll agree that there has been a noticeable increase in quantity in blogs lately and a noticeable decrease in quality in the newer ones in a lot of cases. The brand new blog tag has been helpful imo in weeding out the flotsam.

For what it's worth I really enjoy your blog. If ignoring players like me is what it takes to keep you around I'd be happy to be ignored.

I Especially liked the ones you wrote about refiners.

Re: refiners have you changed your mind about them now that Oil seems to have resumed it's upward march?

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#11) On June 27, 2008 at 9:13 PM, ahabswife (64.91) wrote:

Tasty well put. 

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#12) On June 28, 2008 at 1:39 AM, Jason1125 (< 20) wrote:

good call.

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#13) On June 28, 2008 at 10:22 AM, dwot (40.93) wrote:

I have been on sites that have ignore features only I very, very rarely used it.  I only used it for a very obvious pumper, the odd religious fanatic, but almost never on opposing views because I wanted to know what the opposing views were to assess whether I was missing something.

An ignore feature is good, hated charm is just nasty.

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#14) On June 28, 2008 at 11:27 AM, kristm (99.72) wrote:

And it should automatically apply to anyone who green-thumbs EXMO.OB.

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#15) On July 02, 2008 at 12:43 PM, EverydayInvestor (< 20) wrote:

White lists beat black lists every time. I almost never randomly peruse blogs. I subscribe to 8 via RSS and occasionally visit new ones when I see someone say something intelligent in a pitch.

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#16) On July 12, 2008 at 2:37 AM, blade5adj (< 20) wrote:

Amen brother.  I'm in.

I like being able to see some posts by random people every once in a while. Blacklisting would remove those who aren't actually contributing, while allowing those that are fighting the good fight to still reach people.

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#17) On July 12, 2008 at 2:48 AM, TheGarcipian (34.83) wrote:

Kristm, you really hate those spammers on EXMA.OB, don't you? Ha! They're garbage posters just like they're garbage peddlers. Still, I get a kick out of their crap (sometimes), though I don't Rec them; they've got enough logon IDs to do that for themselves.

And who is this ignored Tastylunch person anyway?!   ;-) 

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#18) On July 15, 2008 at 4:37 PM, Varchild2008 (85.88) wrote:

Tastylunch wrote above,

"For what it's worth I really enjoy your blog. If ignoring players like me is what it takes to keep you around I'd be happy to be ignored."

I second that Tastylunch.. LeoHaas can ignore Me and thousands of others he wishes to ignore.

Oh and he doesn't even need this feature to do that.  Just don't read my blog much less comment on my threads.

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#19) On July 23, 2008 at 4:21 PM, floridabuilder2 (99.33) wrote:

gee... and people wonder why i stopped blogging and reading blogs..... if they implement the filter, i'll start reading blogs again... but i still don't read comments to my blogs

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#20) On July 25, 2008 at 1:39 PM, mowayne (< 20) wrote:

good idea

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#21) On July 25, 2008 at 6:01 PM, jester112358 (28.89) wrote:

With the current implementation it seems fairly easy to sort through the titles for interesting topics.   Any kind of blacklisting or filtering seems silly.  I've particularly enjoyed blogs on topics rather orthogonal to stock picking-like politics and its effects on the markets, the state of the banking sector etc. 

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