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We don't have to agree with each other about everything, or even anything. Bullish or bearish opinions about AAPL, and negative or positive opinions about Apple, Inc. or its products are fine.
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It's all about having a civil discussion. Off-topic posts are OK, unless they violate the rules as laid out above. As SI management requests, please don't bring up any political issue that doesn't directly affect Apple more than it would any other company. Corporate tax policies? No dice. Digital Rights legislation? Fair game.
And hey, let's be careful out there.
It's not necessary to read anything below this line. The rules have been clearly stated already.
Here are some other thoughts.
Writing something like "Anyone who buys an Android phone must be a complete idiot Phandroid" is a way of personally insulting that whole group of people, and each individual with in it. Hence, I'd consider that a personal attack on the Android users among us. I'm just saying. It's an example.
At the request of a newer participant, I'm posting this link to Investopedia. It's a great place to look up any financial terms that might get bandied about on the thread, if you don't already know what they mean, or if you think you know but aren't sure.
UPDATE - 8/8/11 - Fleshing out the anti-politics policy
Having conferred with Brad via PM, I want to clarify this board's policy with respect to political discussions.
If a political issue affects Apple as a company more than it would most companies, it's fair game for discussion here. A hypothetical example would be if Congress were debating a bill that would make it illegal for anyone to download any media file to more than one device. Clearly, Apple would be affected a lot by the outcome of such a debate than would, say, IBM, Dell, HP, etc.
If a political issue affects the macro economy in some way, but doesn't affect Apple any more than it would any other company, that is not a topic for discussion here.