Frequently Asked Questions

Finding Stuff on The Motley Fool discussion boards

  1. How can I find a discussion board for a particular company's shares?
  2. Is there a quicker way to find a discussion board for a particular company's shares?
  3. How can I find a discussion board for a particular sector?
  4. How can I find a discussion board for a particular subject?
  5. I am trying to find a message that I remember on a particular board. How can I find it?
  6. I posted a message on a discussion board. How can I find it again?
  7. I have posted a message. How do I find out if anyone has replied?

Q1. How can I find a discussion board for a particular company's shares?

The shareholder discussion boards are organised into folders depending on the name of the company. There is a folder for all companies with names beginning with a particular letter. There is a list of alphabetical links at the bottom of every boards page.

So if you were looking for Better Build plc you would:

  • Click on the letter B
  • ...and be taken to the folder for all the companies whose name begins with B.
  • Click on the name of the company whose discussion board you want. (Assuming it has its own board - not all companies do.)

Easy, huh?

Q2. Is there a quicker way to find a discussion board for a particular company's shares?

At the bottom of each discussion board page you will see three fields - EPIC", "Board" and "Author". So if you know the EPIC code (also known as the 'ticker symbol') for your company then you can just enter it and click the "Find" button at the right-hand end of the line.

If you don't know the EPIC you could enter a fragment of the company's name in the field called "Board" and again click "Find".

Q3. How can I find a discussion board for a particular sector?

On the Boards home page there's a folder called "Sectors & General Shares" in which you will find the boards for varous industry sectors.

In that folder there is also an All UK Shares board, which is a good place for messages about any share which does not have a dedicated board.

The trick of putting a fragment of the name into the field called "Board" and hitting "Find" works for sectors too!

Q4. How can I find a discussion board for a particular subject?

A quick answer is to try putting a fragment of the likely name into the field called "Board" and hit "Find". You could also try looking through the A-Z list of non-company boards. Or you could browse the discussion board folders listed on the Boards home page

Q5. I am trying to find a message that I remember on a particular board. How can I find it?

If you remember the name of the author and it was a recent message you can use the method described in question six below. If you remember which board it was on. It is probably best to start there. You have various options when you get there:

  1. Browse the subject headers on the board.
  2. If you remember the author of the message do this:
    1. Read any message by that author
    2. Click the board title to go back to the board's 'index' page with this message at the top of the list
    3. Click on the word "Author" at the top of the column. The index page will be resorted by author.
    4. Use the 'Previous' and 'Next' link to look through the author's messages.
  3. To search the board go to "Search" field at the top right of the page, enter a relevant word or phrase and click "Go".
  4. If none of that works, you could post a message on the board saying "Does anyone remember a message..."

Q6. I posted a message on a discussion board. How can I find it again?

If it was one of your last 99 messages it's easy.

Go to your Personal Profile and view your recent messages. Here is how to do that:

  1. From any page on our website click the words "Discussion Boards" in the tab at the top. This will take you to the front page of the discussion board area.
  2. Scroll right to the bottom.
  3. Enter your username in the "Author" field.
  4. Click "Find" - this will take you to your personal profile page.
  5. Part way down your profile will be the line 'Last 10 Posts:'
  6. Change '10' to '99' (which is the upper limit) and click on the "Go" button.
  7. You'll see a page with the start of each of the last 99 messages you have posted.
  8. Click "(Continued...)" on the appropriate message.

If it was further back than your last 99 messages, you can use the Fool site search tool to find it - there's a 'Search' box at the top right of every page on the site. The following search tips may help

  • If you can remember on which board your message was, start your search from that board, as it will limit the search results to posts from there only, rather than from every board on the site.
  • Include your username in your search, as that will help limit the results to just your own posts (plus any in which people have included your username, obviously).
  • Try to remember any unusual words or phrases that were in your message and include those in the search, too, as that will greatly reduce the number of results you get! (For example, finding a specific message in which you discussed 'glockenspiels' would probably be a lot easier than finding one in which you discussed 'oil'.)

Q7. I have posted a message. How do I find out if anyone has replied?

You can check for replies to anything you post in three main ways:

  1. Keep an eye on your personal 'Replies to Your Posts' page. Note that this only shows replies made directly your original post - it doesn't include posts made in reply to any subsequent messages by other people in the thread.
  2. Make the board you post on a "Favourite" - just click on the heart symbol next to the board name, so that it ends up with a tick in it. You can then see if there are any new posts on the board by monitoring either your 'Favourite Boards' page or the 'My Boards' section on your 'My Fool' page
  3. Bookmark your original post in your browser and just keep checking it. There's a line of text under the board name (top left) which has an entry that reads 'Whole Thread (n)', where 'n' is the number of messages in the thread so far. If it's any higher than 1 (or whatever it was the last time you looked), it means you've got a reply. Just click on the 'Whole Thread' link to see your original post plus all current replies on one page.


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