As far as I can recall, over this thread’s 8½ years, the mods have had to step in here only once or twice. And that’s a testament to the on-topic relavance and civilized tone that almost always characterize our discussions here.
Furthermore, none of the participants in this thread, myself included, have the ability to remove another person’s post. The only action anyone can take against someone else’s post is to flag it. More on that in a moment.
Over the long course of this thread, the attitude here has always been one of tolerating brief off-topic discussions. And I hope we can continue in that spirit, until the day comes when this thread is no longer needed, and we can let it go dormant.
Occasionally, someone here goes off on a rant. Once in a while, someone cracks a joke. At holidays, we frequently exchange best wishes. And recently there was a short discussion of taxes. None of that has anything to do with offshore brokers or offshore trading – but I don’t think many in our group are bothered by those short-term scampers down the rabbit trail. We always seem to return, in short order, to the business at hand.
I’m pleased that, over its multi-year run, this thread has – for the most part – remained polite and orderly. And I hope we can keep it that way.
Speaking of flagging: I noticed several days ago that someone flagged one of SmallPaul’s posts. That sort of thing doesn’t happen much in this thread, so I was curious to find out what horrible thing SmallPaul had said that caused a kerfuffle. I read the offending post, but couldn’t figure out what anyone might have objected to.
Flagging is kind of sneaky, because it’s anonymous. But, SmallPaul hasn’t complained about being flagged, so I guess we can all just forget the matter.