Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started on The Motley Fool discussion boards

  1. Where are the discussion boards?
  2. I've heard that there are over a thousand discussion boards. Where can I start?
  3. Is there a help area?
  4. I clicked to post a new message or and was taken to a page that invited me to choose a username. What is going on?
  5. I have posted a message. How do I find out if anyone has replied?
  6. Is there an introduction to using the Discussion Boards?

Q1. Where are the discussion boards?

Click the tab called "DISCUSSION BOARDS" on any page on the Fool site. This will take you to the boards home page. Down the left hand side of that page are links to folders. Each folder has a group of discussion boards which we think go together.

Q2. I've heard that there are over a thousand discussion boards. Where can I start?

There are actually over 1,500 boards now. Where you might want to start depends on what you want to do.

One way to start is simply to browse through the folders, reading any boards that take your fancy. That way you'll get an idea of the very wide range of topics that get discussed.

If you have a finanical or investing question, and you're not sure which board to ask on, there's the Ask A Foolish Question discussion board. If the regulars on there don't know the answer, they will certainly know the best place for you to ask the question again.

Q3. Is there a general help area?

Yes there is - just follow the Help & FAQs link in the footer of any page on our site.

Q1. I clicked to post a new message or and was taken to a page that invited me to choose a username. What is going on?

If you registered on the Fool site a few years ago you would only have been asked for your email address. That is sufficient to uniquely identify you. However if you want to post a message (or a poll) on our discussion boards you need to pick a username that will get shown as the author of the message (we don't want to use your email address, for obvious privacy reasons!).

So, before you can post on the discussion boards, you must choose a username. Afterwards you can continue to login using your full email address, or you can just type the username, which is likely to be shorter. When you post a message on the discussion boards we will use your username to display as the Author no matter which way you login.

Q5. 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.

Q6. Is there an introduction to using the Discussion Boards?

Yes, there's the Motley Fool Discussion Boards Help guide.


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