Since I began writing this blog in early 2005, the community that reads it has grown tremendously. Each day, thousands of comments are posted, and plenty of “old timers” have made names for themselves by their insights and trading prowess. Hang around for a week, and you’ll quickly pick up on the pulse and personality of the Slope of Hope. Every post has comments, which you’ll find if you scroll down to the bottom of an individual post. It is there you’ll also have the opportunity to chime in with your own comments.
Discussion is a vital part of the site. People learn from one another, share ideas, offer suggestions, and create an “atmosphere” to the site which makes it vibrant and self-sustaining. If you haven’t set up an account yet, please do so by clicking here. It’s fast, it’s free, and it’ll make Slope a lot more fun for you!
Here are the Top Five Things to Know About the Comments Section
- Slopers are friendly! The most common concern I hear from “lurkers” (that is, folks who read but don’t participate in comments) is that they’re worried about being embarrassed. Don’t be! Slopers are a friendly, helpful bunch that want nothing more than to share, teach, and interact with other traders. This is a well-established community that embraces new participants with open arms.
- You need an account to participate: An account with Slope costs $0.00 and takes about ten seconds to create. Just click here – it’s fast and painless. You can always go back later and make any changes by choosing from the menu below.
- An avatar makes you instantly one of the cool kids: Although it’s not required to have one of those spiffy little pictures next to your screen name, it sure does give you more of a personality. Take a moment to add a picture in your profile. It can be the real you, a cartoon, a famous person, or anything else you like. Express yourself!
- Click on anyone’s profile to learn about them and follow them: You can read about other folks, choose to highlight their comments, follow them via email, or – in instances where you’d rather not read what a particular person has to say – just Ignore them altogether.
- Use the @ sign to get someone’s attention: Just type @ followed by a person’s screen name, and you can make sure to get their attention. Read this post to learn more.
I have been involved in online communities since 1982, over a decade before the public Internet even existed. Over the course of that quarter century, I’ve become pretty adept at sensing and understanding the nature of an electronic community.
This is my blog, and I tend to be open to divergent opinions. Having said that, I do consider this place to be similar to a gathering at my house………my goal is for people to enjoy themselves, learn from each other, and want to return. But if someone chooses to act unpleasantly, I’m going to ask that person to leave (or, more accurately, ban them). It very rarely happens – maybe two or three times a year – but if someone is really nasty, they’re going to get the boot.
There seems to be some confusion as to what is welcome and what is not. The following items are very welcome in the discussion:
- URLs to sites or articles that you think might be helpful for other traders (you should use the “Link” feature for these for best results)
- Occasional links to other trading blogs, including your own
- The sharing of trading ideas (using the “Trade” feature)
The following items are not welcome and will cause me to consider booting you:
- Advertisements of any kind, including those for fee-based trading sites
- Abusive or obnoxious language/behavior, particularly to your gentle and good-natured host
- A consistent attitude or disposition which stinks the place up
Your presence here is a gift to me. I appreciate your making Slope a part of your day. Welcome!