counting votes made in the chit chat forum as part of a member's total posts is a terrible idea. originally, the Chit Chat forum was created because too many threads began going not only away from the TRADING topic being discussed, but away from discussing TRADING full stop. people were coming to Elite TRADER to discussing TRADING and did not want to have to wade through crap that discussed religion, politics, sports, personal grudges etc etc. being a place where mature, informed TRADING discussion could take place was what separated ET from the slime like yahoo groups. rather than DELETING these posts, baron was gracious enough to create the chit chat forum, where (even under the yoke of babak's dictatorship) people that were interested could continue their discussions on non trading related subject matter. but by counting the posts made in the chit chat forum towards a member's elite TRADER membership STATUS, we are giving a MISLEADING message to the other members about the TRADING RELATED CONTENT in that member's posts. we are saying, "go ahead, post however much NON TRADING RELATED BS in the chit chat forum you want. we'll still call you an ELITE member". it's just not right. people, VOTE NO to counting chit chat posts towards total posts!