I keep hearing from the veterans how there were times when you could learn from real traders and the continuous spam drove them away. However, when I go on the "wayback machine" and view the site in the period of 1999-2003 I see complaints about magna's moderating style, stock pumping and posts about crashes/tops/bottoms...etc etc. My observation is that the site was always this way. I think maybe when the site first started, for the first few months there were a small group of guys who were knowledgable about trading. Then when the website got over 100 members thats when the stock pumps and bottom calls took off. I dont believe there ever was a time (except the first two months) when the site was ever truly spam-free.