An unaccustomed bout of sobriety brought me to the realization that the true value of ET may not be what the majority of its members may think it is. Sure, it's the only real game in town, the moderation is in the main admirable, and many serious traders post here. But increasingly what I find of interest is the following: indications of the flow of new retail traders into the markets (noise) indications of the ebb of failed retail traders from the markets (silence) measures of how stupid and gullible advertisers think newbies are measures of how desperate newbies are to find profitable trading systems the extent to which expressed opinions about market direction lack analytical basis the continuing absence of new ideas in trading a continual increase in the number of lurkers vice logged-in members. These are but a few observations off the top of my head. But you get the idea. Keep up the good work, ET!