Its certainly no secret, those people who shamelessly hawk their brokers, prop firms, and trading services, who financially benefit from getting customers, have taken over this board. Their "unbiased" opinion on all matters regarding trading is damaging I think to newer traders, and should not be weighed equally with posts of actual traders who have nothing to gain. It would be nice if ET could require disclaimers in their posts that these people have a financial interest in hyping their firms or slandering their competition, but since ET itself has a financial interest in keeping their advertisers happy, that is unlikely to say the least. I think those of us who actually make their money trading may consider disclaimers in our posts in the signature field that we are actual traders, such as: "I am not an employee of any brokerage, prop firm, or company providing trading services, and have no financial interest in attracting customers." or something to that effect.