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OFF-TOPIC Why I Left RD Forums

Discussion in 'Off Topic: Sports, Funnies, Pop-Culture' started by MJ DeMarco, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. MJ DeMarco
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    Deterioration of the RD Forums

    I left the RD forums approximately 2 years ago as I found myself engaging in conversations with people who simply "didn't get it" - some had no intention on learning and were there to stir-the-pot.

    I for one am partly to blame for not having the fortitude to resist the temptations of the conversations; politics, and government issues to name a few.

    I recently returned to the RD forums to retrieve a few dozen posts I wrote years back in research for my own book. I found the place worse off than I left and later learned much of the good people were also gone, or just plain hiding.

    Its too bad that the RD corporation doesn't believe in the power of the internet and the power of a community.

    Thats too bad because I do.
     
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    Agreed. It was one thing, years ago, to talk about real stuff, then have some banter on the General Discussion board, but it's been taken to the extreme. As I outlined over there, the sense of community was kind of torn, and it's hard to seriously discuss other items with people who you'd never want to associate with, or can't imagine associating with, in real life.
     
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    I get tired about the lack of doing.

    Folks may not approve (or understand) everything I'm doing,
    and yes, I do fail (quite often),
    but heck, at least I'm doing something.

    I'm very excited about the new business development section, MJ.
    Will certainly be posting some good content there
    (I am limited to my self imposed 150 word cap on clientk.com
    and get the urge to talk in more detail about topics).

    : )
     
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    Do we know if Piranha256 is coming over this way? TheGreatBear? There was some pretty good discussion in the 'Paper Assets' section of the RD boards about a year ago; it would be nice to get a few of the key players to come in over here...
     
  5. MJ DeMarco
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    They might not know about this forum - it'd be nice to have Piranha as he's an expert in paper assets. Maybe we can get QuickTrade too ... :nono: yea, just kidding.
     
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    My evil twin

    It's Jennifer Grey, aka JG, aka the love of Jason's life, aka my evil twin.

    (She has had some adjusting since the dirty dancing days, but why the hell not?)
     
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    I wont say I totally left, yet.

    But I wont be checking in there every day like I used to. My daily reading will probably be here just due to the fact that it would appear that the core group of doers and people of substance appear to be migrating here. It is kind of ironic how RK talks in his book, and I am paraphrasing here, about the people you surround yourself with and now the forum that has his brand on it now consists of people who I dont want to be around.
     
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    Like Camski, I haven't totally left either. Once a week, or so, I scan though the threads for topics of interests, and skip over the negative stuff and junk.
    I believe their are still some worthwhile subjects discussed on RD and some positive, engaging topics.
     
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    I guess I should edit the post to say "Why I don't visit very frequently anymore" ... I still visit, or I guess ya call it "lurk" .
     
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    Why not? He's on the fasttrack making 1% per trade.
     
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    I mentally left the forums after this year's RD meeting. You can see what happened from other member's posts on the other thread.

    I still go back... but it's more of a fun forum to read and make fun of people. :rofl: I don't expect to get any answers over there.

    BTW, I should add that MJ, I think you've got a great start to a forum here. I predict that it's going to grow very very fast. I find myself checking it a few times a day for new posts. This is how it used to be for me at RD back in the day.
     
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    1% per trade isn't bad if it's daily :p
     
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    Well, 1% of something is better than 100% of nothing, I think.
     
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    I Did It, too...

    Well I finally did it everyone. I officially logged out of the Rich Dad forums for the last time. Like the rest of you, I have grown all too tired of the non-doers who sit around on their computers all day and do nothing toward the development of themselves, all the while debating, name-calling and spewing their political or other crazy agendas throughout the community. Luckily, as of my posting in this thread, it appears the ones I want to distance myself from most have yet to join this community

    Its too bad. I really liked the RD forums at one time, and I am still a believer in the Rich Dad philosophy. But the people there that I am leaving because of are such negative forms of energy that I have no other choice. Sometimes I would find myself literally getting side-tracked for hours getting pulled into some debate about a complete non-issue. I can't afford that any longer. I can't allow that negativity to effect me.

    I'll miss it there. But it is what I have to do in order to move forward.
     
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    I still visit there daily to answer questions or see if anything good has been written. I'm guessing you are MadMerkin on RD forums? In any case, it's good to have you here, and don't forget to Vote Mickey Mouse 2008! :cheers:
     
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    Some guys over there have 300 posts; none of them business related - only political, bush-bashing, conspiracy crap. They won't last 1 hour over here.
     
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    No kidding. There are one or two with closer to 800 or so posts (speaking of time well spent :eek:) that just unnerve me when I see their stuff.

    Don't get me wrong, either. I am far from where I want to be in both my personal and business life. But all that noise was too unsettling for me.

    PS: by the way, I love all the smiley faces here!!!
     
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    Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse over there ... it did.:Guillotine:
     
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    Agreed. Sheesh. Problem was that there was no focus. And yeah, I got sucked into a few too many of 'those' kind of discussions. Hard not to. But like anything else, talking or raving about conspiracies is NOT going to make me money. So it's probably time to move on.
     
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    Erin don't be mad!!

    Here have some flapjacks on me!! :smx7:
     
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    You know, there is a forum I attend where this happened because the moderators do not moderate it at all. It's one thing to allow political discussions, it's another thing to allow rampant name-calling and insults, etc...it's driven off many members from that forum, including me. I still visit there, but not as much.

    I debated a good deal in the forums on such topics, but I always did it respectfully (no name-calling or insults, etc...) which actually can have cool results, people who disagree with you will still respect you for being polite.

    Luckily some of its members started their own site based on the same subject and they moderate it. In the "General" sections, political topics/discussion are allowed, but it has to be intelligent debate, any name-calling and you're gone!

    It also happened at another forum I attend, luckily the owner of the site cracked down immediately so now that site is fine too.

    But now I've learned to ignore such forums on sites I visit for information, you could literally make a full-time profession out of arguing on forums. I'm surprised the Rich Dad forum moderators haven't cracked down on all that stuff.
     
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    I log in over there every now and then. I wasn't very big into posting I was just reading because I am still in the beginning learning stages with business and real estate. I did however post a couple of times with questions but it seemed like people were too busy arguing about dumb stuff and didn't have time to answer questions ( well not everyone but most). Also I really didn't know who to trust. That is when I stumbled across MJ's posts and found this forum. I am really looking forwrd to learning from everyone here.
    Rob
     
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    I checked out the RD forum a few days ago, and to me it seems like mostly a bunch of brain washed people posting. Reminded me of running in to a group of Amway people. :rolleyes:
     
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    DING!:iagree:
     
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    Peter2-

    At the risk of sounding nostalgic, it was a different place a few years ago.

    Back then, it was a great bunch of motivated investors.

    Some just beginning.

    A lot with years of experience, who were helping the noobs.

    Nowadays, it's like a conspiracy theory-SPAM-MLM central :repuke:

    The real investors are completely buried by all the garbage.

    -Russ H.
     
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