I think my point kind of got folded into Chet's, so I should clarify: I don't care about the open or closed nature of this thread, and I don't care who can or can't see it gain flipping knowledge from it.
What I was saying is that I don't ever care what someone bought and sold something for, regardless of the item or the profit margin. It has absolutely nothing to do with the nature and spirit of this thread, and I don't believe it's ever relevant. Yet there has been a precipitous rise in the number of these kinds of posts.
I have, however, learned a lot about the endgame for very large threads, having spent a lot of time on a lot of different forums, so I will say this much: 1) A large thread will always eventually depart from its purpose over a long enough time scale. It's like entropy, and is unavoidable.
2) the louder you scream and kick your feet about it, the less likely it's going to do anything. There's often a brief "correction" after these kinds of debates where the thread is refocused, but the entropy ultimately wins.
So, I've largely remained silent about it about it. I'm not sure why I even commented in the first place, other than maybe seeing Chet's post and having not seen it brought up in awhile. So yeah, that's the large and the short of my take.
Originally Posted by Brianpore
When life gives you lemons, you have two choices....one of which is to make lemonade (and sell it to make money). If there is lemonade stand competition, just make sure you're better at it then the next guy
PS - I agree the flipping talk should be kept to a minimum but I think something BIG happened so it will be talked about for a week and then die down, just like most other tangents on the thread.