If it doesn't say what happened (all of it, plus and minus), how it felt (laughed, smiled, cried or hit something) and maybe a stab at why it might have been so, then as far as I'm concerned it isn't a journal, it's a thread. I'm not even that interested in fancy charts with execution markers or similar - because they damn well aren't there on the chart when we're looking at the right hand edge.
Threads are where we learn about stuff, journals are where we learn about ourselves.
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How can one post live money trades in a trading journal without being suspected of promoting themsellves?
Should we post a disclaimer? Newby or not, sim, real money or not, time to grow up and accept the risk if one wants to play the game. No hand holding here. Any newby with a trading account has chosen to accept the risk. For most of us, a blown account is the ONLY way to learn.
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I agree with you about keeping the integrity of the site at the highest level.
But we should keep this concept in mind.
There may be a trading genius out there who simply has no money and for what ever reason, leaves his PnL, shall we say, ambiguous.
If he / she has come across a pattern or concept that appears to work most of the time after the fact ,
we would be foolish not to try to incorporate the idea in our trading during the fact
For the record, I did vote with the majority in the poll, not to allow such behavior. That being said, I am also
concerned about missing out on ideas, just because a player is poor at this point in their career.
The key for me is to be constantly learning and absorbing.
Mike has a tough decision on this one.
"Life On The Edge of SR"
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Go back and read the posts again then you will see that you are the one missing the point.
Firstly, to think that you can somehow force people to honestly declare whether they are on sim or real is impossible for the purposes of this forum. The only way that can be done is for a full and proper trade audit to be carried out on the brokerage account and bank account. Secondly it dosent really matter a jot.
In the context of this forum it is really a thing of Nothing. Whoever would spend money on and product, indicator or system that appears on ANY website without first doing their own DD is crackers and dosent really mind if they loose money or not. Anyone with an ounce of sense who is considering engaging with any of these "products" would realise there is a good chance that the quoted results are not necessarily from real money trades REGARDLESS of what the vendor or website says. Oh ya and what about the vendors I see that are flogging this indi and that and when the purchaser open the box he see stuff that he didnt expect to see like stuff not painting or repainting? Or dudes flogging various types of get rich bars (oh you just hop on here and hop off there and book the profits!!!) but never a word about "same second" bars and the like?
If you saw some gee whizz set up or methodology posted here by someone, regardless of whatever guarantees you were given, would you go and run it on a real cash account without first simming it for an appropriate length of time? Dont think so..
This forum is meant to be an educational one so that being the case there are rakes of posts about guys getting burnt on this and that product. If you get burnt then you suck it up and learn from it. If you want to take it further with that vendor then work away, you wouldn't be the first!!
Yes we can bang on about striving to keep the integrity of the site as strong as possible, and we should, but at the end of the day it is CAVEAT EMPTOR and you know it. Or at least you should..!
Perhaps a better wording for the poll would be "should vendors and journal posters who pretend........................"
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When you go over someones supposed 'results' in a thread trading CL, and it turns out they are averaging about 150+ ticks per day (trading with stops), everyday, rain or shine, for months on end, you know that it's not real. It's that simple. It's not even 'sim'. It's just hindsight make-believe.
I know some people will say ''just because you can't do it, doesn't mean it's not possible!'' etc. lol. Such people are probably in for a shock when they eventually wake up.
Just think about the mathematics of it. Think about their apparent success rate. Think about how gigantic their 'edge' must be! Think about the potential scalability and the money that someone like that trading futures contracts should be making. And you think they're spending 8 hours per day on bikemikes trading forum posting charts marked up in MSPaint?!
Our common sense is sometimes clouded by our dreams.
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There's a lot in @wldman 's post, but this part of it gets to the heart of the matter. Some things are just too good to be true.
It seems to me that there are about 3 things that a person can show on a chart they post:
1. General trade ideas, or hypothetical trades, or "trades I saw but didn't take," or "trades I see now," or possible setups, or discussion ideas, etc. Any sort of opportunity not taken.
2. Sim trades where they actually clicked the button.
3. Live trades where they actually clicked the button.
There's nothing wrong with any of these, if labeled for what they are, and if the labeling is true.
The problem is validation. @wldman 's point that many posts simply cannot be real is important. Many can't even be real sim trades .
a.) No one is going to supply anyone with their broker account statements; and if they said they were, I would doubt that they were real.
b.) @wldman and @shodson have suggested posting a screenshot showing the trades with only a partial account number showing (something that doesn't start with "Sim....") I'm not a graphics guy, but I believe that it wouldn't take long for someone (just about anyone, with the tools that are out there today) to figure out how to edit that screenshot to show anything they wanted it to.
There is a statement on the main page of futures.io (formerly BMT), under the chatbox:
I have noticed that very few trades are posted in the chatbox; I have been on chat sites where absolutely amazing trades are claimed all the time. Hmmm.
I know that @Big Mike does not want to make any more changes to the present version of futures.io (formerly BMT), but a similar statement appearing on every journal post would put people on notice and would make enforcement simple: they either identify what they are doing or the post is deleted, and the reason is given. Most people would probably follow the rule without being bashed, once it's stated, and the level of posting -- and of understanding of what is posted -- would go up.
There would still be the problem of BS "trades" that really are suspect because they are just too good. But this would only apply to claims of live trades, and could be addressed on a case-by-case basis as exceptions, not as something that requires a lot of moderator effort or attention.
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My personal experience is that most guys that are prolific and make a shit ton of money tend to keep their p/l ambigious or totally hidden. Folks who seek the limelight are a dramatic minority. Folks that seek the limelight with the consistent high level production to back it up are very few and far between.
Ultimately I don't think Mike changes much. We as participants should though strive to change the culture...imo of course.
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