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If you Read it Please Rec it



April 10, 2013 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: R , E , C

I have been blogging here since 2008.  Back then there was active blogging.  Many blogs would get double digit recs easy. Lately most blogs are lucky to get 2-3 recs.  I don't care if you agree with me.  I do care if people are at least reading what is being written.  I have read some really really good blogs only to see 2 recs.

So here is the challenge, if you read the thread just rec it.  If you disagree with the content then blog the disagreement.  Encourage people to blog, don't discourage.

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#1) On April 10, 2013 at 10:01 AM, Option1307 (30.70) wrote:


I also have been around for a long time, started in 2007, and remember the glory days in Caps as well. The grass was green, birds were chirping, sunshine and lollipops for all! Now we are stuck with this dying community and platform. It's really a sad thing that Caps has deteriorated so much, this community literally used to be the very best on the Internet. Not so much anymore.

You make a valid point though awallejr, people should rec and comment more, it would encourage blogging etc.



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#2) On April 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM, miteycasey (28.89) wrote:

need a up/down if you want everone to comment.

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#3) On April 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM, dragonLZ (89.46) wrote:

In general, I agree.

But if I read a garbage post (not useful at all, stupid, etc.), I'm not gonna rec it (to rec it means to recommend it, right?)

I will rec a post that makes sense, the blogger put some thought or work into it, or sparked a good conversation - sometimes comments are much better that the actual post and those posts deserve a rec too.

Btw. this is a good post. Great message: Encourage blogging. A rec from me.

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#4) On April 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM, NewAlchemist (67.73) wrote:

You look on the other side of the street at SA and see somebody write a generic article, "JNJ is a good dividend stock" and there are 10+ comments.

 I've seen pretty good articles here get 1 or 2 recs with no comments.  I agree with the original poster here.  Part of the fun of it is challengeing the author and reading different viewpoints.  

Some of the best articles aren't an end all analysis on a company but they are merely opening the discussion on the topic.

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#5) On April 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM, awallejr (34.92) wrote:

I'm not sure about an up/down feature since people may be content just to click that instead of actually responding.  I never have a problem with people disagreeing with me.  I enjoy a good discussion provided it stays on track.

Alstry and I used to go at it all the time.  And while I might have felt his post itself was "garbage" it did encourage some darn good discussions.

Maybe change the "rec" button to a "read" button.

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#6) On April 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

OK Andy, #22 is from me.  Remember Donner and how pi$$ed he would get at crappy posts with rec's?  Oh, well...  there you go...  Best

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#7) On April 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM, RJA101 (49.61) wrote:

Several thoughts came to mind as I read this post:

1) I'm not going to recommend something just because I read it.  If it wasn't worth my time, why should I encourage anyone else to read it?

2) Many of the posts are promoting other blogs/websites/listings of stocks.  Perhaps interesting, but not really adding much to ideas or knowledge, nor unique, and thus, to me, not worth a recommendation. 

3) An "up/down" feature only says whether or not you agree with something.  I could see this as an added feature, but not a replacement.

4) Unfortunately, even if we know a "rec" only means "this was worth my time to read," the implication still exists that we agree with it.  I'm not sure substituting "read" for "rec" would solve this problem.  At the same time, some of my most productive times and thoughts have come from reading things I disagree with.

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#8) On April 10, 2013 at 7:17 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (86.57) wrote:

I've always had the policy of if I read it, it gets recced.


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#9) On April 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM, reddingrunner (92.15) wrote:

"If you read it, rec it" simply awards those who come up with the catchiest titles for their entries.  I tend to read blogs based on the number of recs (and the score of the blogger).  Please don't rec stuff that you felt was a waste of your time- why inflict it on people like me?  

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#10) On April 11, 2013 at 7:37 PM, awallejr (34.92) wrote:

Well if you use recs as your guide you probably missed this:

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