Hi Big Mike, I'm a newbie and unfortunately don't have much to post om your great site. First I want to thank you for the hard job you did here. Then I want to tell you that I don't think that the solutions you suggest will work for a long time, I suppose they will work only in the near future. Anyway, if you decide to let only elite member download files, I'll be with you. You deserve respect from all of us, so if you feel that this is the best solution for you, do it. I'm not a hard poster because I still have lots of things to know, but I decided that BM sure will be my "on line" trading school.
Thanks Mike (and sorry for my bad English...)
I am not an active poster since I am still learning and I'm not sure that what I have to share is all that useful. Having said that, this forum is a very special place, and Big Mike, your attention to it and care for it, make it a much better and more useful site to learn from and interact with. If it takes a small personal contribution to keep the trolls at bay, I say do it. The price for Elite membership is a bargain for sure, one of the best values I have found in the world of trading, (which by and large is a bin of little or no value, for the money spent). I say, make all downloads Elite only, but make sure people can sign for free and search, since that is how they will learn how valuable the forum really is.
I'm actually surprised that non-elite members are able to access the general downloads area. I think an obvious business decision is to change that ASAP to elite members only. Vendors are selling the same indicators for hundreds/thousands of dollars. Paying the elite membership for unlimited indicators is a win-win for everyone.
I've been an Elite Member for quite a while and a regular member for a lot longer, and have enjoyed downloads as both. Being an Elite Member has its privileges and is well worth the small membership fee.
bigmiketrading is by far the most comprehensive board for serious traders, so to keep that status it would be a good idea to limit the downloads to Elite Members only.
I think the Elite membership is a good idea, though as it has been said already it will not stop anybody from Paying the small fee to download the indicators, the fee is chump change to them if they can profit from them.
50 Post is harsh, and even if it is put into action, for someone to do 50 posts can be done in a short period of time if needed to many different threads, so you would have a no win situation, though I do think that everybody who wants to download indicators of any kind should be a Elite status.
Though you could have the author of the threads release the indicators to a elite member by request, after he has been following the thread for a period of time, also a program that would show how many downloads a member has done and on which date, this could control the ones who are coming to mass download.
Actually it might have just opposite effect. Those who are going to steal a code or something would be glad that free access to those would be stopped and they are still able to get it "free" via Elite Membership and have better changes to resale it.
And of course the whole big growing traders community is not so impressed at your site without tasting something useful, That's why I think that some training should be free as well to non members as well, at least occasionally. But if You think that You should not grow futures.io (formerly BMT) any more it would do it's work.
But real name verification would be ok and might stop some bad behaviour if it exist.