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August 15, 2012 – Comments (5)

I spent a considerable amount of time this morning blaming my PC for not allowing me to open "MY CAPS" page without showing it for a microsecond and then breaking into an error:

"Page not found

You may have followed a link which is outdated or incorrect. Or we may have screwed up, these things happen."

The link to Contact US, was also broken.

Since Motley Fool will not bless us with a "SYSTEM STATUS" update, I decided to generate this quick blog in the hopes of saving a few Fools possible further frustration, (Since if you are reading this, you most likely attempted to access some of the CAPS features before resorting to checking the blogs).

After working with one of the Moderators, Richard, (whose a really great guy putting up with me on a frequent basis),  we discovered that only Windows XP or Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8 was "broken".

Mozilla Firefox and Windows 7 with IE9 do function.

(NOTE:  IE9 does not work with XP, so if you are XP bound that is not an option).

I am not one to swallow the spider to catch the fly, so Mozilla Firefox is not an adequate "work around" for me, although I'm using it to notify the rest of the community.  It does download and installs quickly from

It can be installed, leaving IE as a default with no conflicts.

While I understand that is a free service, so some excuse it as "is what it is", we have had this debate multiple times.  As a user, my pitches and work are used frequently in Fool Articles, (often out of context) and the community as a whole acts to generate new subscribers to other paid services.

This is the third time in the last few weeks the system has been down "hard". Several times the system has not tracked.

At a minimum, I would request  a system status banner/link that was easy to locate from the main page.  This wouldn't help, obviously if the system was down hard, but would save some frustration when events like this occur.

The variety of Operating Systems and Browsers, along with plug-ins and support software leaves open a multitude of combinations that cannot always be tested by administrators/tech staff.

This issue was isolated to IE8 at about 10am this morning. While I suspect it was due to an update of some sort and issues with JAVA, it does not appear the tech staff found the solution yet.  (As of 7PM Wednesday evening).

I'll keep Firefox in my back pocket through this Friday.  Like ZZlangerhans and others who have posted recent frustrastions, ( portefeuille isusing Twitter) I have considerable IP invested in CAPS.  I am hopefully we can find a balance of useability.

I do appreciate the staff, the site, and the background efforts that I don't see, but a system status would be a tool that would save everyone time and avoid multiple blogs or "notifying" the admins on known issues.


The SKY is NOT Falling Today, unless you're a frequent CAPS user with IE8





5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On August 15, 2012 at 7:21 PM, TSIF (99.97) wrote:

Hmmm, this blog doesn't help much.  I didn't realize that while you can see the "blogs" with title and a few sentences, you can't open them either with IE8 without the error message.

For those of you who use Firefox "naturally", or have IE9, and don't have a clue what I'm talking's fatal from a CAPS perspective and probably stops about half the users from accessing most features including their own page. IF it's quiet around here, at least you will know why!

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#2) On August 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM, portefeuille (98.77) wrote:

Yes, I drifted towards using "twitter". There are few disadvantages (you have to post longer stuff somewhere else, like google docs, and link) but quite a few major advantages (most "somewhat serious" poeple with interest in biopharma investing use it to some degree it appears) and twitter is highly unlikely to disappear in the next few years.

@portefeuillefun ;) 

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#3) On August 15, 2012 at 8:32 PM, portefeuille (98.77) wrote:

"portefeuillefund" was too long and maybe using is actually an advantage as the non-Europeans are likely to read it as "something complicated and then 'fun' at the end". :)

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#4) On August 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM, portefeuille (98.77) wrote:

Maybe someone can transfer the "raw data" and some statistics to some more permanent place giving me the ability to show that my decent track records goes back to late 2008 and zzlangerhans the ability to download or link to his great pitches before "lights are turned off". He got around 0.9 recommendations per pitch from me since early 2009.

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#5) On August 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM, TSIF (99.97) wrote:

2:06 PM.  Mods expect fix to be rolled out "soon".

Statistics indicate that 49% of users use Internet Explorer, and of those, 44% use IE8, so about 20% of users affected.....

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