I see the thank you button as a Tip-for-Tat mechanism to foster cooperation. Personally i would prefer to see a thankyou counter and not see the name of those who clicked the thank you button.
However, if the thank you button had a monetary value attached to it then seeing the name of those who clicked the button would make sense. For example, each time we would click the TY button 25 cents or whatever amount would go to a charity organisation.
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If I go past the first line, good or bad, the post deserves a thank for at least stimulating my brain.
But, the following is a recent page of my trading diary and my perspective, just copied and pasted here:
"October 01, 2013
Gradient Food for Thought:
We all need some levityÖ
My wife was asking the other night: you spend so much time on computer but you trade only few hours, how come? I said well I do post on my Gradient thread and it takes time. So, she looks at the last page on my screen and says who reads this crap? I said well, some do, look almost 50,000 views. She looks again and says wowÖ you have written over 1900 posts for that? I said yes but I donít count. Then she says and you got over 4000 thanks. I said yes, isnít that nice, people appreciate good information?
She grabbed her 72-once water container takes a sip and responds: 50,000 views and only 4000 thanks? That is 1 viewer out of 13. It means the other 12 viewers donít give a crap. I never get that many thanks for cooking once a week and having to put up with our stupid maid. So, why would you keep writing posts and cutting into my time?
I could imagine where this conversation is going to end up so reluctantly said: well, it keeps me motivated to trade and make money. I donít need thanks from anyone, remember I paid for my kidsí college and they never thanked me for that. She reached for her iPad and said that is OK, I canít even pickle those thanks you are getting. But, I for sure can spend the money you are making. Then as she is walking out of my office and punching on her iPad, says "OK, you are excused but donít forget I need to send a deposit soon for our next trip to South America. Oh, and by the way, donít forget we have a date tonight."
An evening in the life of a retired golfing trader:
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I'll admit I thanked your post before I read it in part because it was long, almost a tl:dr jk jk. But then I figured you deserve to be read since you posted on my thread so I read. I'd give you a double thanks if it existed. My girlfriend says that I spend too much time on the forum compared to how much time I trade but I tell her the market doesn't move that fast. Oh well, looks like we all have the same problems on here. They don't know commiserating helps the soul get through staring at the screen for countless hours. We can only hope we get more out of it than we put in and we do.
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Well the ratio of posts written to thanks received is part of the calculation for "Market Wizard" status on futures.io (formerly BMT).
But whenever I see someone who has not thanked any/many posts, I do have less tendency to help them.
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