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Old 08-21-2008, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The InformedTrades Community Feedback Thread


As we have discussed many times throughout our community forums, the ultimate value of the InformedTrades Community comes from its members, and our willingness to share information and help each other become more InformedTraders.

I am very proud of the community we have built so far, and now that we have a core member base actively participating in the site, I would like to open this thread as a place where members can provide feedback on ways we can improve the site.

While I can't promise that we will be able to implement everything that is discussed here, I can promise that we will listen to and consider all feedback, and do our best to move the community in a direction where the largest number of members receive the greatest benefit.

So if you have ideas on how we can improve on what we already have on the site, or additional things that can be added, please feel free to post below.


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Old 08-21-2008, 08:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Posting My Daily Charts


Each day as many of you know when I post my daily charts I post them in a thread specified for those charts. While it seems like a good amount of people are looking at those threads there has not been as much discussion as I would have expected.

With this in mind I am considering switching from posting each chart in one thread to starting a new thread for each chart each day where that day's discussion can take place.

If anyone has any thoughts on this please feel free to share below.

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Old 08-22-2008, 12:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey Daniel,

Thanks for the feedback and participation as always you have been a great help in building the community.

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While it seems like a good amount of people are looking at those threads there has not been as much discussion as I would have expected.
Must be because everyone agrees with your analysis

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With this in mind I am considering switching from posting each chart in one thread to starting a new thread for each chart each day where that day's discussion can take place.
A "concern" I would have with this approach would be the thread may not grow and "flow" as well.

For example, if someone wants to add weekly/monthly analysis - where does that go?.. on the particular day they post it?- easily missed by new readers and not as easy to reference back to it?.. The same goes if someone wants to add analysis of a trade/set-up that may develop over a few days etc.


If the change is to "stimulate discussion" they I dont know of starting a new thread each day will achieve this - it may just end up with lots of short threads, but
I'm all for change/trying it and if it works and is a preferable format for the Community... Great

Just my initial 2c thoughts...



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Old 08-25-2008, 08:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey Flow,

Thanks for the input there I share some of those concerns as well.

To help address this what I am going to due is use the tagging feature we have built in here to tag all the S&P posts for example together in one place. So there will still be new threads each day but also one place where we will be able to go for all discussion relating to the S&P.

This still won't solve the monthly chart posting problem you mentioned, but my suspicion is right now that there are too many posts for people to read through in the one thread so most would probably miss it the old way too.

This being said if we try this for a bit and it doesn't work I am fine with going back to the old way.

Thanks for the feedback, keep it coming.


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Old 08-25-2008, 10:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
 
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Hello Dave... thought I would give you my thoughts about the site... #1 and most important...Thank you for the site...Its the only "informative" site that teaches forex without having an underlying sales pitch... I think we get better info from you that way...#2.. I especially like your fundamental insight, and direction... you mention things that I wouldnt think of....the technical charts and all are excellent too....
the only part I see that may not be as good as you/we wish...is that with so many traders, with so many different situations, causes so many different styles and techniques, that I think it can be confusing...For example..if you are talking about a daily chart...waiting for the breakouts etc...another trader may be trading the range which may be 200 pips or so on a shorter time frame chart..which you wont even see on a daily...your site may offer many things that we(the public) dont know about simply because we cant navigate the site as well as perhaps you intend...maybe some sort of streamlining, or organizing would make it easier for the member/visitors...Im very happy with what you have done...and sometimes (we all have jobs) we may not be able to participate as much as we would like...doesnt mean we dont want to...just busy...just my thoughts..Jerry
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Hey Jerry,

Good to hear from you and thanks for the feedback.

I agree that we need to do a better job of organizing. The dilemma right now is that I don't want to split things up too much while we are still in the initial stages of growing the community as this will spread out our conversations too much and therefore not allow them to grow with as much force as they otherwise wood.

One of the things that is being discussed right now is adding a third forum for the daily market analysis pieces that I put out and moving them from the traders discussion forum into their own forum. So there would be the ask/answer question forum, the traders discussion forum, and then the daily market analysis forum.

If you or anyone else has any thoughts on that feel free to post as always.

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Old 08-26-2008, 12:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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I'll echo some of the above comments. Quite frankly - on the technical analysis? Sometimes I just agree with what's said, and have nothing to add but a /nod of the head.

As a buddy of mine would say? Here's 'a couple of nickels I'll throw on the table. Free to pick them up or not ... '

Organization of Analysis: Anything thought as to perhaps having something organized for both the type of investment as well as the time frame? Such as ...

Investing:

1. Stock Investments
2. Real Estate (just to throw something out there)
3. Speculative Start Ups (Honestly, was trying to think of a #3, and just wanted to throw something out there. Could be anything)

The reason I'm thinking of this? Is because there seem to be so few areas on the net, just dedicated to discussing longer term investments.

Cons:
I think the reason why there is not? Is because once the purchase is made, it's not what we'd call a lively discussion. I have 20 investment stocks - and well, the biggest thing I look out for is dips to add more capital.

Pros:
Some interesting discussions could be made for the deeper aspects of any companies business that differentiate it from other businesses. For example, my 'baby' stock - FRO - some interesting discussions could be made for the variations in the spot rate for the chartered vessels. Heck, I think some good discussions could even be sparked, regarding the aristocrats out there, such as JNJ and GIS. Just business related discussion.

Trading:

1. Stock Trading:
a. Day Trading
b. Swing Trading
c. Position Trading

2. Futures Trading
a. Day Trading
b. Swing Trading
c. Position Trading

3. Forex Trading
a. Time Frame
b. Time Frame
c. Lorum Epsum - You guys would know how best to organize the Forex trading area than I.

Regardless, sometimes, I think that a stock and futures trader such as myself discusses aspects of trading that doesn't really apply to Forex trading.

The downside here, is that some trading concepts are universal, regardless of the venue / equity that is traded. Just a tradeoff I guess, as to what you wish. Like I said, this isn't really what I would like to see - as much as I'm just throwing ideas up on the wall to see what sticks. Not like I'm married to the ideas or anything.

Appearance: Any thought to possibly having a background that is not only white? Perhaps a very transparent image as the background image?
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hey Airelon,

Glad to hear from you and as I always say "I'll never pass up a free nickle"

I think all of these ideas are great and these ideas are in the direction that I think we should be moving as well.

As far as the investing idea I definitely want to add an investing component to the site as well as I agree that there is not a lot of good communities out there relating to investing with good information.

At this stage however I am hesitant to introduce too much investing related content, as I am concerned that if it is not a clear focus of the site then people will get sucked over to the trading side of things when really they should be on the investing side. You have done a good job of separating the two in your videos which is why I felt comfortable including both your trading and your investing videos on the site.

So anyhow the plan right now is to get the trading sections of the site built out which, with the help of people like you we are making some good progress on. I just finished the forex course so the next course will be on the logistics of stock trading, then etf's (gold, oil, other commodities, indexes, sectors), then individual stocks.

Once this is finished then I may possibly do some stuff to add to the great stuff you already put out on futures and options and that will basically be the foundation of the trading stuff done. At that point investing and personal finance is the next logical step I think (the question at that point is should it be a seperate site or part of this site?).

On the organization of the site I like your ideas and one of the things the person who handles the IT for us is starting to work on now is ways that people will be able to customize what information they recieve. So for example if someone only daytrades stocks, eventually they will be able to basically fill out a short form and the community will automatically rebuild itself when they login so that they only get the videos, blog posts, discussions etc that are relavent to the stock market.

On the design front I like that idea too. For design stuff right now though I don't have a budget for it but as the site grows I definately want to get a professional designer involved so we can do things like this.

Thanks as always for the feedback and keep it coming.

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