Here was the final email that forced us to remove "ellewilldoit" aka "Stock101"from our community. If you want confirmation, I know Barbara will be happy to speak with you and validate what I am saying. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Christian is one of our top coaches and and global moderator for the forum.
I was going to write you a few days ago, but decided just to forget about it and go about business as usual. But after today, it can no longer be ignored.
I understand you are the global moderator for the site. I have been having a real problem with Stock101 for over a month. I don’t know why, but he does not like me for some reason. I was so upset on Monday. For the past month I have noticed that he has been taking jabs at me in all of my posts, on both boards. At first I thought that it is just the way he is, it is nothing personal. He criticizes every thought, opinion, comment, post, that I make. But I began to wonder what was going on, as he began to get more relentless. And I am not the only one who has noticed. I have received PMs from various members asking me what is up with Stock101. Below is an excerpt of a private message I received yesterday from one such member, who I will not name unless he allows me to:
I hadn't really noticed before, but it does look like that guy is poking and prodding you.”
I know that Stock101 is very knowledgeable as far as trading goes, and at first I appreciated his comments, as I really thought he was trying to lead me the right way. I have always thanked him openly on the forum for his help, and I even sent him a very friendly, sincere personal message thanking him. I went as far as to tell him that I was glad he had a sense of humor after all, because last week he responded to one of my posts by posting “LOL.” You know, in these forums, you assume that every reply or response is made in good faith, with the sole purpose of sharing knowledge and thoughts. But you know what he then did? He sent me a personal message saying that “once again, you have completely misunderstood [my intent]”; that he was not laughing WITH me, he was laughing AT me, and he then proceeded to call me a “fool.” He, in essence, told me that every time I had thanked him for his help, I misunderstood because he was really mocking me, not helping me.
Every time I post, I KNOW I will soon find his comment there, and I do! Almost every time, a negative comment: “You know better than that. We don’t do that. You weren’t taught that.” How does he know what I’ve been taught or what I know? He is very rude and critical. I’ve even seen him cut new members down with his critiques, and one such new member felt the need to follow up by expressing shame for being new and apologizing for not knowing too much. I wish I can remember which thread that was, but I can’t. I am sure it is not Adam’s intention to have new students being made to feel so ashamed because they posted something that was not 100% accurate that they feel the need to apologize for being new! I know I felt so sorry for the new person that I responded myself by telling the new guy not to worry; that we are all learning, and encouraging him to keep posting.
There was a thread created on the Trading Forum called “When to Get Back in After Getting Stopped Out?” The issue of bounce entries arose, and I replied by saying that it’s easier, especially for newer traders, to get in on the breakthrough of the level, rather than on the bounce off support, (per advice of Coach Dan). I made that reply at nearly midnight, and while thinking about the bounce off support, I inadvertently wrote that it was better to get in on a breakthrough of “support, ” instead of writing “level.” Coach Dan came in the next day and corrected me. I acknowledged Dan’s correction and thanked him, stating it was inadvertent on my part, an oversight, and that of course it’s always a breakthrough of a level, and that I hoped I had not misled any of the newer traders. And then here comes Stock101, just basking in the glory of my error, saying, “Thanks Dan.” Now why would an experienced, seemingly more knowledgeable trader post a “thank you” to a coach for correcting another student? How was he “helping” me by doing that? And don’t think Dan didn’t notice it either.
The situation is deteriorating, as you yourself bore witness to today on my very own “Shocked at the Market’s Behavior” thread. This was not an isolated incident. There is nothing that I enjoy more than a good debate, and the opportunity to LEARN. I often encourage people to respond, share their thoughts at what I post. That’s why I’m here. But not the way he is doing it. And, as I said, other people are taking notice and are taking the time to write to me about it. They are encouraging me to keep posting despite what he says, because THEY enjoy my posts. The bottom line is that I am now very uncomfortable on this forum. He is goading me into confrontation. He has written to me and has admitted that he disliked me and that he thought I was a fool. Of course, he wouldn’t say THAT on the board!
I would ask that something be done about this: a reprimand, a warning. I have never, ever, on any other forum, including Investools, witnessed anything like this. I have a right to express my opinions. He didn’t agree with what I said; that’s his right! He can state his opinion as well. But if you look closely at what he writes, he’s not stating an opinion. He’s not contributing in any way to my posts. He’s just criticizing and mincing my words. I will not participate in this any longer. If something is not done, I will complain to Adam and tell him that I can no longer participate in his forums if I continue to be stalked and harassed by this predator. What happened today on your 5 Star Forum was ridiculous and shameful and I expect it to never happen again.
Thank you for taking time to read this and hopefully taking action. I hope to hear from you soon.