What makes a successful investment bulletin board?

Originally written for Chapter 3 of the book (but removed in editing)

Properties of successful bulletin boards

Operating his own bulletin board, Nigel has thought about the conceptual ingredients of successful online discussion communities.  Most popular boards have most of the following properties.

Pseudonymity: Many people do not want their postings, particularly on a sensitive topic such as personal investments, to be searchable by employers or casual acquaintances, or even family members. 

Persistent identity: Although pseudonymity is desirable for privacy reasons, any meaningful discussion amongst users requires some form of persistent identity, that is, a stable one-to-one mapping of aliases to users.

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Guy Thomas Monday 14 February 2011 at 4:09 pm | ΒΆ | Default | No comments
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