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As a rule, I discourage contributors from sending links to information about stocks and bonds that appear on the web.
It is NOT because I don't want the information. It is because my TIME is usually more important than the information I retrieve.
Yes, I definitely want information. But the best kind of information is information with all the extraneous material removed. I simply do not have the time to follow more than a handful of links, sort through whatever text there may be, not all of it necessarily true, just to find a few rare tidbits. Raw information is interesting, to be sure, but not necessarily as valuable as targeted summations of information a correspondent has found.
I know that contributors mean well. And genuinely so! From their viewpoint, sending links to information on the web is incredibly easy. It seems like a terrific idea to share something they found.
Unfortunately, there is simply too much information on the web. Sending links to web sites and sales is like sending tens or hundreds of sticky notes with page numbers to encyclopedias. It might seem helpful to have bunches of page numbers, but it might take a lifetime to follow up on them.
I once accepted links to websites and sales, but they got out of hand. At one point, contributors were sending over 100 (!) links per week, mostly to eBay sales I had already seen.
What contributors cannot possibly know is the number of hours it takes to retrieve and enter information from links related to eBay auctions. Prior to mid-2006, following up on links cost me seven to eight hours per week in addition to the time I was already spending on this project. And like I said, most of those were links to sales I had already recorded.
I still record certificates that sell on eBay and I have a process. That process gives me an efficiency not possible when forced to follow links one at a time and then respond to correspondents who send them.
You may continue to send links, but I will confess in advance that I probably will NOT deal with them. Even if links are focused directly on stocks and bonds, I may not spend more than a few seconds deciding whether they are worth spending any of my time. If it is a link to an eBay sale, it will need to be extraordinary to attract my attention.
Thank you for your understanding.
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