A Call for Decorum

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With a week to go to the election, I wanted to share a few thoughts about the week ahead of us and how I’d like this community to comport itself.

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”. Almost everyone here has a mask, in the respect that they are essentially anonymous. This can, at times, cause people to act out. I am guilty of this on occasion, although I think I’ve done much better lately.

Simply stated, let’s try to keep our passions private and the information we share to be helpful, interesting, and illuminating. No need for personal attacks. No need for chest thumping. No need for nastiness. I have privately written to some folks that were feeling particularly strongly, and their responses have been courteous and positive.

Emotions will be running hot. Let’s all double-down on our self control. After all, that’s a crucial skill for a trader, no matter what. I’ll try to lead by good example. We are about to move to a historical pivot point.