Thank you for your reply.
Firstly I would like to say that the community has some excellent content and some excellent contributors.
I should explain in more detail the cause for my post which is derived from being a long time client of Darwinex and a long time student of the markets trying to make it over the line to become a professional trader. After many, many years as a discretional, manual trader I do feel the hard yards have been worth it and the rewards will be worth the resilience and time invested so far. So frustration with some posters finally boiled over, trading is hard enough!
I do not have a computer science background, I am not a quant or an EA developer. To be completely honest and direct with you a large part of what Darwinex has to offer and the speed it seems to go from one sprint to the next often leaves me way behind. So much so that I struggle to explain “in one sentance” to a friend or potential investor how each attribute is calculated and how a Darwin is scored because there are so many variables to each strategy over a sample of thousands of traders.
What I lack in mathematical technical knowledge is hopefully balanced with 25 years commercial experience. Enough to spot an own goal scored, which sadly I think is where we are at in the community.
To pull the plug would eliminate any potential liability regarding misleading promotions by “providers” whether they intentionally mislead potential investors or not is a moot point. I know you have disclaimers but I wouldn’t want to be tested in court with the forum in its current format. If I were a betting man my money would be safe on the consumer not the provider in English/UK Law in my humble opinion.
However, having said that there are some really good contributors with interesting views, content and performance to match what they say. @StokesBay is a good example I feel.
So to lose this and their contributions would be a pity and not justified given their time to write such content.
I know I have come under some criticism and some say I am calling for censorship but you know what? That is exactly what I am asking for because to post on a community provided forum attached to a website promoting financial products belonging to an FSA registered company comes with responsibility which should not be an automatic right. It should be earned, retained and valued. Quantity of posts is no measure, nor is “timeserved” on a forum or number of likes/followers.
Some say that this is a meritocracy, a democracy, well it’s not. The uncomfortable truth is that you are trying to please everyone, all of the time. As we know, this cannot be achieved.
By having traders, investors, potential duplicitous individuals, honest people, angry people, frustrated trolls, customers, employees all in the same melting pot is quite an experiment.
So my views are certainly going to oppose those that use forums as a serious hobby, I make no apologies for that. I can speak from personal experience using forums/communities that I have gained mentors, friends and knowledge from them. I know the value first hand.
This community can offer tremendous value and help traders/investors but it has reached a point where it can also just as quickly ruin a trader/investor depending on a point of view or/and misguided ego fuelled “knowledge/experience” by a few.
I understand the motives of suspicion/scrutinisation by contributors and I have absolutely no sympathy for a Darwin provider leading by the chin and getting knocked out either but how this is approached may be fun to some or righteous to others it is just plain unprofessional on both sides. There are many recurring examples throughout the forum not just recent cases of this.
I am sorry but I have no answers to the issues that you are concerned about but possibly a start could be:
Clearly separating a traders helping traders community discussing only trading related topics.
Clearly separating an investors helping investors community relating to only Darwin investment topics.
You have to have a relevant trading (live) or investment (live) account to post.
Here’s the rub though, I don’t believe it is right to have traders discussing directly with investors and vice versa in this current format. The conflict of interest, potential for corruption and potential legal/moral ramifications are pretty obvious.
So what do you do with traders who are also investors? This needs some more thoughtful mapping out with motivations individually disclaimed.
Finally, I reiterate again, nobody has the right to be disrespectful or to slander with impunity because they are hiding behind a screen. Hosting them here whilst they are also clients needs more thought… zero tolerance will mean closed accounts…If they don’t like it, what are they doing here in the first place?
I will continue my trading journey with Darwinex and will still refer trading friends here because I have bought into the ethos and the service is great. Thanks for listening!