Is anyone here a specialist or has ever been one? I would like to know what it all looks like through the eyes of a specialist. All I know is some specialists seem to "work with me" and try to fill me right at the top/bottom, almost as if to reward me for helping them provide liquidity, others (like GD) don't seem to care one way or the other, and again others (like JNJ) seem to want to make it clear that they alone will make a profit trading their stocks and if you dare reach for a little piece of the cake they will rip off your arm and feed it to the crowd. I wonder what the motivations are for the different kinds of behavior towards little daytraders. Are those specialists that give us good fills just less skilled than the tough ones or do they get something out of traders like me trading their stocks and are therefore interested in allowing us to profit?