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A Note on Commenting at Aleph Blog

In general, at Aleph Blog, if you keep your comments clean, even if I disagree with them, they will be published.   There is one exception to this, that if you accuse me of evil intent, I will ban you from posting comments.

Look, Aleph Blog is free.  I could set up a subscription service but I haven’t, and have no intention of doing so.  I blog for the good of readers.  If you think I am acting out of evil intent, then stop reading me, or, set up your own blog and criticize me.

I have only banned two commenters in seven years at Aleph Blog.  There have been many comments that I have not agreed with, but I allowed to be posted.  There have been many comments that called me stupid.  All of those were posted.  I don’t mind that — call ne stupid as much as you like.

Barry Ritholtz, the leading finance blogger, at his blog, reserves the right to deny anyone the right to comment, and that is fair.  I put forth the effort to create this blog, and as such, I set the rules for commenting.

I rarely deny the ability to comment, but I will do so to the degree that it impugns me, or degrades the blog.

All that said, thank you for the 99%+ that comment here.  I appreciate your comments.

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One Response to A Note on Commenting at Aleph Blog

  1. Rhody says:

    David, I enjoy your Blog and have learnt from it, and I thank you for your generosity in sharing both your insight and the background to your decisions and methodology.
    There is rarely one correct view in investment markets, at least without the benefit of hindsight, sometimes the market takes time to come round to a particular view. Dissent is what makes a market ! But that is very different to impugning your integrity and I think that you are within your rights to stamp on that.
    Keep up the good work, though goodness knows how you find the time!


David Merkel is an investment professional, and like every investment professional, he makes mistakes. David encourages you to do your own independent "due diligence" on any idea that he talks about, because he could be wrong. Nothing written here, at RealMoney, Wall Street All-Stars, or anywhere else David may write is an invitation to buy or sell any particular security; at most, David is handing out educated guesses as to what the markets may do. David is fond of saying, "The markets always find a new way to make a fool out of you," and so he encourages caution in investing. Risk control wins the game in the long run, not bold moves. Even the best strategies of the past fail, sometimes spectacularly, when you least expect it. David is not immune to that, so please understand that any past success of his will be probably be followed by failures.

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