http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&postid=122565#post122565 one word here... OVER-REGULATING. it's aphie's journal. if other people post messages that don't have any substance, why should that ruin it for aphie? what if aphie wanted to discuss his trading methods and ideas before he actually trades? now he can't. why are real trades the only thing that matters? look at the description for the journals forum: "The place for keeping a daily journal of wins, losses, and anything else related to your quest of becoming a better trader." i guess "anything else" really doesn't matter and only real trades do. the guys that run this site can do what they want, they make the rules, but imo this is a bit much. p.s. meanwhile, the "trading is a dangerous game" thread is approaching 200 pages and it's a religion debate.