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05-08-2009 until 09-23-2029
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Posting Stock Picks

Posting Basics

For more details on posting on this forum you should first check the posting FAQ page.

Note: Before posting a stock tip ALWAYS ensure there is not already a thread started on your stock. Do this via the search feature at the top of the forum.

Posting stock picks on StockRants.com is highly recommended. By posting stock picks you will have the opportunity to earn Reputation points, and eventually gain access to our private forums and features.

These posts can vary from basic beginner investor questions like "What do you think of ABC Stock?" to the seasoned Uber-Investor "I believe XYZ Company is at their 52-week low and we need to jump in because...".

To begin your post, be sure you are in the Stock Picks forum and click on the New Thread button.



Next select your Prefix and Title for your stock post. The prefix will allow other users to identify what kind of thread you developed. Prefixes also allow users to easily search for what type of stock pick they are interested in.

Your Title for a stock pick should be formed like: Ticker - Company Name. Ex: MSFT - Microsoft Corporation. For other threads choose a descriptive title, something a searcher might use to find your thread.

Fill in the main body of the post with your question or information about the stock. Use emoticons (happy face/bull/bear/cash icons) to spice up your post if needed.

Always, spell check your posts and use proper English and grammar. if you're using Firefox it should underline spelling mistakes, so their really is no excuse anymore for these types of errors. Your fellow forum buddies will thank you for it.



Always try to fill in the Tags line with the stock tickers you have mentioned in your post. Again this makes it especially useful for users to drill down and actually find your post via the search functionality, and also the Ticker Cloud on the forum home page. Try to use CAPS for your tickers like: LVS rather than lvs.

Trackbacks are used to facilitate communication between posts and blogs. If you mention a particular news article or website in your post, please enter its URL here.

And finally choose an icon for the post.




Embed Popup Stock Quotes into your Posts
When making a tip you can embed a small popup stock chart in your post. You will see a button in the Advanced Post editor

This will enable you to easily enclose a ticker in [stock] tags. Ticker symbols enclosed in [stock] tags will display a tiny AJAX'ed stock quote popup. You MUST use the Yahoo Finance version of the ticker for this to work.

Examples: AAPL, MSFT, ^FTSE, ^DJI

Embed Wikinvest Stock Charts into your Posts
You will see a button in the Advanced Post editor


This will enable you to easily enclose a ticker in [chart] tags. Highlight the ticker symbol (ie: INTC) and click the chart button. That's it! Ticker symbols enclosed in [chart] tags will automagically display the stock charts as soon as you submit your thread/post.

Also note that you can annotate your charts as you can see below with the colored shapes. Click Annotate in the chart for that.

Example:



Including a Table of Data

You will see a button in the Advanced Post editor


Building a table is fairly straight forward. See the code blow.



...Will result in:

head col1head col2head col3
row1 col1row1 col2row1 col3
row2 col1row2 col2row2 col3

Adding a File Attachment

Click Advanced Post from the Quick Reply box. Scroll near the bottom of this page and you will see the following.



Adding a chart or image is a great way to substantiate a stock pick or discussion. Please post them whenever you can as everyone enjoys seeing these. Click Manage Attachments to do so.

You may also like to subscribe to your post to keep up to date with responses via email. You may choose instant notification, a daily digest, or none at all. Subscribed posts will also be visible in your UserCP.

When your post is ready simply either preview it or click Submit.

That is pretty much it. You can edit your post at any time, but keep in mind there is a record of the edit for moderators to see.

Now that you know how to post, you should also check out how to become a VIP Trader here at StockRants.
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03-31-2009 until 05-18-2020
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Private Forums? VIP Traders?

What is a VIP Trader?

Reaching VIP status on StockRants has a few benefits:
  • Access to private trading forums and VIP downloads.
  • Make money! Get a Paypal donation icon on ALL of your posts.
  • Allowed 3 links in your signature to promote your blog, twitter, etc.
  • Ability to browse the forums invisibly.
  • Ability to run polls forum wide.
  • Store double the amount of private messages.
  • Prestige and acclaim with other StockRants users.
  • Access to other hidden features of the website.
How to Become a VIP Trader

We do not charge for access here in any way, and reaching VIP status is completely free. The key to doing this is achieving 500 Reputation points, which can only be doled out by other members. The system promotes a 'cream rises to the top' mentality.



The test user above has 516 Reputation points, and a 31 Reputation power. Reputation points can be given or taken from a user in 2 ways:
  1. By clicking the plus sign next to a users post you can give a varying amount of Reputation based on your total Reputation power. You can also leave a note that the user will see in his User CP.
  2. By giving a post a thumbs up / thumbs down rating. The user will automatically be given/taken 50% of your Rep power score. This is also viewable in the receiving users Control Panel.
Other Variables of the Reputation System

Here are some other variables that effect the Reputation system, including checks to deter users from gaming the system.



Some Things to Consider

Try to actively give reputation to users who earn it. By participating in the system you will help users to achieve a higher reputation, organically incentivizing the content made available here. This should bring improved stock tips, tools, and trading advice to all of us.

Think twice before removing Rep from users, or use the variable (plus sign) control to take just a few points away.

Do NOT participate in Reputation wars or attempts to game the system. If you are spending your time flaming users and cannot be mature enough to handle the points system we have in place, maybe this forum isn't for you. Also be aware that the entire system is very transparent to staff and other members, and you will likely lose access here very fast by stirring trouble.

One last thing. The system works both ways. if you fall out of favor with members here, you may find yourself in the Dog House.



Members of this usergroup have very limited access, and can only post to the Lounge. State your case in this forum, and if you are lucky, the userbase may give you another shot.

Thanks for reading, and happy hunting traders!

Now that you know how to become a VIP Trader, you should also check out how to properly post stock tips here at StockRants.
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Forum Rules (Read!)

Revised Dec 7th, 2010

This post contains important information you NEED to know to use these forums.

General Rules

Our goal here at StockRants is to provide an atmosphere where members can feel at ease and have an enjoyable and comfortable place to come to discuss all aspects of stock and options trading. We will not tolerate flaming, trolling, fighting, baiting, and disrespect of others.

We believe strongly in free speech at StockRants and we will rarely censor you. With that in mind please note that we will not tolerate hateful, racial, ethnic, or otherwise slanderous and disruptive remarks against other members and staff, masquerading as 'free speech'. If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it here.

Posting Etiquette

Please use the search feature before starting a new thread. Use descriptive titles in your posts and always use proper grammar. If you get called out as illiterate, it could be pretty embarrassing.

Try to add a thread prefix where available, tickers when asked for them, and chart images if you have them. Do keep your posts in their proper forum, or you will likely be reprimanded by a moderator. Above all, be courteous to your fellow traders.

Cross-posting

Cross-posting to multiple forums can earn you negative reputation from other members or infraction points by a moderator.

Reputation

This forum uses a reputation and infraction system. Users gain Reputation points from other members for posts they found useful. You can also lose reputation in this same way so think before posting something stupid.

Note: High Reputation scores unlock hidden parts of this forum, and extra account features. Please see this announcement for more info.

Reputation warring or begging for votes is not permitted. A singature link is fine. Be advised that gaming the system (easy to detect) could and likely will lead to loss of reputation by participating members.

Spam

Spam of any kind is NOT allowed in posts or signatures. This includes soliciting and advertising. You WILL be permanently and immediately banned. A link in your signature, however, IS allowed if you are making legitimate posts. If you are concerned as to whether your site could be an issue, contact a Mod or Admin prior to including it in your signature.

Questionable / Illegal Activity

Posting, linking to, or discussing any questionable or illegal activity is strictly prohibited. This includes pornography, hate speech, illegal file sharing/torrents, breaking of copyright or software EULAs including cracks and serial #’s, and linking to any site that could be seen as a scam by our membership.

Staff

Moderators and other staff have the “final word” in any dispute or interpretation of forum rules. Try not to piss them off.

Misc

We strive to maintain a PG-13 user experience, but this is not always possible, and in most cases we can not take responsibility for this forum's content. All posts represent the views and opinions of the author and not of StockRants.com. By posting, you agree that the staff of StockRants have the right to edit, move, close, or delete any topic at any time and for any reason.

We reserve the right to change these rules at any time with or without notification.

Enjoy the forums!
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