Is the "Bashing" of a stock an essential part of the online investment landscape?
Our Constitution guarantees us free speech and we have always valued the lessons gleaned from dissent. When does dissent cross over that imaginary line and become "Bashing"? To often we find well grounded dissent capriciously labeled as "Bashing" by over zealous investors bent on protecting a stocks reputation at any cost. The "Bashing" that is addressed on this site is quite different from dissent. The Anatomy of a Basher strives to look at the calculated erosion of confidence in a given stock. Erosion by means that are, in every sense, void of truth, hinged on deception and innuendo, and motivated by greed at the expense of others. This compendium is offered to aid in identifying the telltale signs of "Bashing", and hopefully provide a counter balance to this heretofore unchecked manipulation of investors fears for personal gain.
IS IT EASIER TO SCARE PEOPLE INTO SELLING THAN IT IS TO SCARE PEOPLE INTO BUYING A STOCK? I have asked some knowledgeable investors this question and the answer is always: "YES, OF COURSE YES!"
WHO BASHERS PREY UPON
the elderly that are investing for retirement, they find their way to
the message boards for validation only to see false posts about "SEC
Violations" and "Class action suits"... or the head of
a "typical growing family", with children to put through
college, who is monitoring a message board only to read posts by
a "pack of 15 to 20 Bashers" (probably 5 or 6 under various
alias's) posting continuous disinformation... what do you think these
new investors will do? It's safer to not buy or even sell the stock,
put the money back in the bank than to deal with all this whirl wind
of "unsupported" negative chaff.
1: Remember, BASHERS NEVER
Bash A BAD STOCK. Check the boards for stocks
with no potential. They never have any Bashers. Bashers only go after
stocks that are moving up or have excellent potential to do so. Bashers
work to bring the price down to either increase their position at the
expense of others or help a Short make their bones.
DOUBT + FEAR + LAZINESS = BAIL OUT!
This is your
investment... work for it, protect it and don't panic on the words of
very shadowy figure that "has your best interest in their
heart". Consider that one factor: Someone you have never met, is
not a member of your family, is now, out of the goodness of their hearts
- GIVING YOU FREE ADVICE (that you didn't ask for). It's a no brainer.
They have motives $$$$$$$$$$$$.
7: Bashers play on your lack of patience. You have held
a stock for a while.
You knew it will be a big stock someday, but the BASHER
CAN GET TO YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOUR GAIN.
That's when the Basher is best. You are tired. You have forgotten the
goal for the stock was to hold it for one year. The Basher is bothersome,
so you dump it on a bad day. Some others also dump. Then you get mad
for your loss and return to let everyone know how mad you are. Then
you turn into a semi-Basher as well. THE
BASHER HAS WON, AND GAINED A NEW ALLY - YOU!
Rules for Successful Bashing:
2. Use 10%
fact. 90% suggestion. The facts will lend credibility to your suggestions.
3. Let others
help you learn about the stock. Build rapport and a
4. Enter w/ humor and reply to all who reply to you.
5. Use multiple
ISP's, handles and aliases.
6. Use two
(2) or more aliases to simulate a discussion.
7. Do not
start with an all out slam of the stock. Build softly.
your foes (Longs) and the boards "guru" Use them to
9. Only Bash
until the tide/momentum turns. Let doubt carry it the
10. Give the
appearance of being open minded.
11. Be bold
in your statements. People follow strength.
headlines in caps with catchy statements.
13. Pour it
on as your position gains momentum. Not your personality.
worry about being labeled a "Basher". Newbies won't
15. When identified
put up a brief fight, then back off. Return in an hour unless your
foe is a weak in reasoning powers.
16. Your goal
is to limit the momentum of the run. Not to tank the
17. Kill the
dreams of profits, not the company or the stock.
18. Use questions
to create critical thinking. Statements to
19. DO NOT
LIE, NAME CALL or USE PROFANITY.
people to call the company. 99% won't. They'll take your word
for claims made. If they do call you can always find something that
is inaccurate in how they report their findings.
people from believing Press Releases.
22. If the
companies history/PR's are negative constantly point to that. Compile
a list of this data prior to beginning your efforts.
23. If the
price rises blame it on the hype or the PR, temporary
24. If other
posters share your concerns, play on that and share theirs too.
cite low volume, even when it's not.
or four aliases can dominate a board and wear down the longs.
27. Bait the
Longs into personal debates putting their
other stocks that would-be investors can turn to
30. Do not fall for challenges on the "values" of what you are doing, it's a game and you are playing it with your own rules.
LEARN ABOUT HOW BASHERS WORK: For instance: did you know that some Bashers are paid?
IGNORE THEM ...learn how professional Bashers are paid: When you REPLY to Bashers you give them an opportunity to earn appox. 5-7 dollars. The service agreement they enter into with their employer states their messages will be monitored for content, profanity, lies, etc. but Overseers and the like don't have the time to check all their Bashers messages. Only occasional spot checks are done. Those who manage the Basher will generally read the headlines to see if a Basher is replying to other posters by name. That tells them the Basher isn't just "posting blindly" or repeating the same message over and over since they won't pay for those.(True to form a Basher will put the bite on anyone, even their unscrupulous employer). A Basher will attempt to milk three to five replies per post at one to two dollars each. This way the Basher spreads negative influence to as many stockholders as possible. A Basher will create this discussion thread because it takes less time reading more messages than is necessary. This ultimately allows the Basher more time to post and make money. In general, NEVER ENGAGE A BASHER. Make them read all the posts and think up ways to enter the discussion. NEVER ENGAGE A BASHER; if you do so then YOU BECOME THE BASHER,S AID! If you feel compelled to challenge a Basher do so without mentioning his/her true alias in your response. This will make it hard for the Basher to use your post as a revenue stream. Read the news, do your own homework and make your own decisions. Get real time quotes and follow the stock for a couple of weeks. Due Diligence is key here. Know that there will be a time when the stock runs up which will be followed followed by the Bashers and those that missed the boat. The Bashers will trash the stock by saying such things as "it's a Pump and Dump" and "the company is lying" and deceiving. There goal is to scare off newbies and potential new investors by "shaking" you out of your shares. Take the time to confirm your DD ,trust your own judgement and believe in yourself, pick your point of return or loss and live with it. Don't listen to hype or Bashers trust your own judgement. Live by the rules you have created .
HOW TO IDENTIFY A BASHER
the "Born on Date" Bashers create identities on a regular
basis. Rarely do you find a Basher with older "Created On"
date. So click on the Identity icon for more details.
the time to look at the Basher's history of Posts. Go to other boards
and see if their is a pattern to the theme of the posts. Bashers rarely
waste time trying to blend in with "positive" posts, unless
they are cultivating a new uninformed assistant.
did the Basher show up. Bashers rarely show up when activity is in at
a Lull. They show up when activity up/down..
never answer direct questions except with another question.
do work in teams (sometimes themselves as a team). So be suspicious
of someone showing up and automatically having a Shadow to
converse with who supports their argument.
6. Bashers always select "an argument" that can never be resolved by research.
to work in packs. It provides the quintessential cover to achieve supposedly
"independent" validation of an argument. It is neither independent
disband and slink away without notice. Usually this is the call of the
Pack Leader who is adept at recognizing overplay. More often
than not, Pack members must move on because they have other Bashing
commitments to fulfill. They will return to the site of a good hunt
over and over again, until hamstringing is achieved.
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