At Stockopedia we’re big believers in the power of community. Our Discussion stream hosts a lively, fast-moving flow of articles and opinion. It’s also where you can find the latest editorial and educational features from Stockopedia staff.
The Discussion area can be found by clicking on the Discuss menu item on the Stockopedia navigation bar. If you hover over Discuss you’ll see a drop-down menu with some of the options available for quickly finding the content that you want to see. Those options - and more - can also be found on the main Discussion Home page.
By default, the Discussion Stream is ordered so that the most recently published articles and threads appear at the top. However, when a comment is added to any thread or article it will automatically move that article to the top of the stream. As a result it’s a great place to stay on top of the fresh ‘active’ conversation on the site.
At the top of the Discussion Stream are a series of tabs that are designed to help with deeper navigation. In addition, you can click **Create a New Post **to start a new discussion.
The top row of tabs allows you to narrow the discussions displayed on the page to filtered streams by topic including:
- Methods - Covering subjects ranging from StockRanks, financial ratio analysis, stock screening, technical analysis and stock picks.
- Styles - Click here to focus on content covering Momentum, Short Selling, Income Investing, Value or Growth.
- Folios - Everything here includes portfolio construction and analysis, and behavioural finance.
- Education - Everything from book reviews to interviews, discussion about service providers and learning to invest.
- Community - From stories and journals to events and meet-ups.
- Other - Funds, bonds, commodities and the market outlook.
- Sectors - All content divided into sectors.
Alternatively, you can search for stock specific discussion streams by using the Search box on the right-hand side of the tabs. Simply enter a stock’s ticker symbol of name and click Go.
The second row of tabs allows you to refine the sort order of the articles and threads in your chosen Discussion topic. These options include:
- Active Threads - Articles or threads that have most recently been published or commented on in the chosen topic.
- New Posts - The newest articles and comments in the chosen topic.
- Most Popular - Articles & comments that have received the most ‘thumbs up’ from readers in the chosen topic.
- Most Discussed - Articles have attracted the highest numbers of comments from readers in the chosen topic.
- Your Favourites - Articles or comments on topics you follow.
Each article, thread (or comment) posted in a Discussion spans an entire row of the main Discussion page. There are a number of links, icons and other data that will tell you useful information about the discussion on that thread. This can be helpful in your decision about whether to click through and read.
To start with, the icon to the far left of each post tells you the type of content it is. For articles, this will show a ‘page’ icon, while discussion threads are assigned a ‘speech bubble’ icon. Articles are either posts by Stockopedia authors or network contributors, or member contributions selected by the editors to be ‘promoted’.
Below the title of each post you will see at least one ‘tag’. A tag can be an individual company name or investment theme that represents the categorisation (or subject) of the article. Tags are used by Stockopedia to manage and categorise different types of content so that it’s easy to search through - tags are very often company names or tickers. By clicking a tag, you’ll be taken through to a discussion stream with all the articles that have been tagged similarly.
To the right of the post title will be an icon or picture representing the author. Hover over the picture to reveal the author’s name, or click it to view the author’s profile.
If there have been any comments on the article, icons or pictures of the contributors will appear next to the author. The date or time the article was posted is shown underneath the contributor photographs.
To the right of the Authors and Contributors are details of how many posted replies there are to the main article or thread.
The blue number represents the total number of comments on the thread. Clicking this takes you straight to the comment section of an article.
The red number represents comments that you have not yet read on that thread. By clicking the red number you will be taken straight to the last comment you read in the comment stream - so you can catch up from where you left off.
Below the comment numbers is another date stamp with the name of the latest contributor. This is a link which will take you directly to the latest comment on the thread.
To the right-hand side of each article or thread on the Discussion stream are details of how many people have ‘liked’ the article. If you like an article, simply click the blue ‘thumbs up’ to let the author know. Underneath the thumbs is a number showing how many people are currently viewing the article - the more people viewing an article the more likely someone may reply to a comment you post !
At any time you can create a new discussion thread by clicking the blue “Create a New Post” button at the top right of the discussion stream.
Comments on any piece of content can be edited for up to 2 hours after submission in case you have made a mistake – just click the edit button on the post in question. Articles and thread headers can be edited indefinitely, but a full version history is maintained to avoid “revisionism”.
If you want to contribute to the site we recommend putting a big effort into starting a public thread. We find that good, well researched articles tend to get the most payback in terms of comments, likes and reads. Poor articles may be removed from the discussion stream so it’s worth making an effort. For more details, read about our Posting Guidelines in the next section.