Does anyone else hate read WSO?

There's so much content on here that I objectively disagree with and can feel myself getting heated over but I just keep coming back. Recently I've found myself searching up old threads just so I can read through and get angry about how dumb some of the opinions are. 

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jun 2, 2021 - 1:38am

Typical snowflake - can't stand different opinions yet unable to filter out one's wanton and childish frustration and actually articulate their thoughts in a clear way. If you can't stand the platform then leave

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Jun 2, 2021 - 2:06pm

cuz it cuts down on the amount of endless threads about the same topic

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jun 8, 2021 - 9:09pm

I really like the 40 returning to the office/vaccine threads.  It gives me more platforms to funnel my political opinions to the masses. 

Jun 2, 2021 - 8:27am

monkey1944

There's so much content on here that I objectively disagree with and can feel myself getting heated over but I just keep coming back. Recently I've found myself searching up old threads just so I can read through and get angry about how dumb some of the opinions are. 

to answer the question, no I do not hate read WSO. I peruse for interesting perspectives, but if I come across something idiotic that's not harmful to some prospective monkey's career (e.g. misinformation about PWM, investing, etc.) then I pass. life's too short to get all worked up about idiots. if you enjoy debate, invite someone to have a civil discussion about whatever topic where there's disagreement, but just reading for the sake of getting upset? find some productive hobbies and your anger at the trivial should lessen, I hope.

godspeed

Controversial
Jun 2, 2021 - 10:23am

I mean, as you see below, the Off Topic Forum is full of conservative trolls living in their parent's basement, fantasizing about being Patrick Bateman and boosting their own egos by being keyboard warriors.  But some of the folks have reasoned and reasonable opinions, and you can learn something.  As long as you don't take personally what a bunch of internet clowns say, it's all good.

And the only other forum I frequent is the real estate one, which often has fantastic and useful discussion.  Can't speak for the others, but if they're similar, then definitely worth reading WSO.

  • Intern in IB - ECM
Jun 2, 2021 - 11:17am

Ozymandia

I mean, as you see below, the Off Topic Forum is full of conservative trolls living in their parent's basement, fantasizing about being Patrick Bateman and boosting their own egos by being keyboard warriors.  But some of the folks have reasoned and reasonable opinions, and you can learn something.  As long as you don't take personally what a bunch of internet clowns say, it's all good.

But couldn't these potentially be our co-workers?

Jun 2, 2021 - 12:18pm

Of course they are co-workers. In finance, you have a lot of people who took proper economics courses in college; so you will necessarily have more conservative/libertarians working in the field.

On the other hand, finance is still very driven by NYC - so as a matter of geography, you will necessarily get a lot of people with strong left wing views.

Neither conservatives nor lefties are  living in basements. They are working with you and they're posting on this website.

Jun 3, 2021 - 9:13am

Or worse, wannabe autocrats who insist on "redistributing" wealth from the rich-but-unworthy to the poor-yet-high in "innate merit."

Jun 3, 2021 - 10:03am

CuriousCharacter

Or worse, wannabe autocrats who insist on "redistributing" wealth from the rich-but-unworthy to the poor-yet-high in "innate merit."

Glad to see you can use a dictionary, but apparently proper use of punctuation continues to elude you.  Quotation marks are for quoting written or spoken word.  Not making up your own shit and then putting those words in other's mouths.

Any form of tax is a form of redistribution.  Since you want armed people to protect your property from the mobs that would take it without the fear of armed force, you are pro-taxation.  So we're all for redistribution, it's just a question of how much, from who, and for what.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jun 8, 2021 - 9:15pm

The forums by type.  

IB = Dumpster fire of interns and prospects

PE =  Somewhat put together analyst/PE people 

HF =  Put together traders and PE people with a hint of Flaming garage band hedge fund types

RE =  Pyschos 

CO = Case study forum

TR =  Taking its last breath every day 

AM =  People who didn't make a HF but still insightful

ER =  Didn't make AM but still insightful

CF =  People who want to drive off a cliff /  Odd balls 

Jun 2, 2021 - 11:04am

Yeah, I can see how that could make someone upset, but to my earlier point, this is useful information. It's useful to know that people aren't as politically correct as CNN wants to be - you need to be more careful on both sides of the aisle when loudly expressing opinions in the office. That's the real takeaway in my opinion from a purely WSO career perspective.

Jun 2, 2021 - 2:40pm

I enjoy the insights and content for the most part, but honestly sometimes need to take a break from it. The part that frustrates me the most about this forum is all of the recent grads or interns who make claims that finance is the promise land and that it is the only way to riches and a happy life (I guess that should be expected on a finance forum). Truth is most people around the world aren't in finance, and actually the majority of ultra wealthy people also aren't in finance. I know it's not the nature of this forum, but sometimes just feels like a close minded/risk averse community. Maybe I'm an outlier on this, but working at a HF/traditional PE/IB sounds hellish IMO (although I will admit that in college/fresh out of college, it sounded very enticing).

Jun 2, 2021 - 2:47pm

agreed on these points. there is also a lot of dogma/myths perpetuated mostly by people that are totally unqualified to give advice.

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Jun 2, 2021 - 4:14pm

monkey1944

There's so much content on here that I objectively disagree with and can feel myself getting heated over but I just keep coming back. Recently I've found myself searching up old threads just so I can read through and get angry about how dumb some of the opinions are. 

It's people like you that get heated over the very thought of someone disagreeing with your delicate sensibilities that made university such a fucking chore. Quit being such a whiny cunt and either argue your position like the rest of us or shut the fuck up. No one cares how you feel about other people's opinions, not even your mother. 

Jun 3, 2021 - 6:03am

No. There's twatter for that

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

Jun 3, 2021 - 6:28pm

I disagree with a lot of people on here but I can still respect their perspectives and opinions, and there is nothing harmful about a good internet fight if it gets to that. I lean liberal but grew up around a lot of conservatives outside my closest family members, so I'm used to dealing with opposite-end-of-the-spectrum viewpoints. If you want to exist in this world, you kind of have to. Life isn't a giant liberal arts campus or Trump rally. I stuck around since college on here so by now I kinda know the opinions of some longer term users, etc, which is kinda nice because WSO occasionally actually does feel like a community. There are some users that I really like seeing pop up in a thread because I just know their comments will be really insightful, funny, or start shit. I like giving advice when I can on IB, my path, and my somewhat specific sector, as well as talking shit. All in good fun.

Dayman?
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Jun 4, 2021 - 3:17am

Why would you purposely incense yourself if this site is such a trigger? Sure there are controversial topics discussed but the primary objective is to help people out so why not tune out the noise and pay it forward where you can? I don't understand this kind of self-inflicted misery you'd seemingly put yourself through just by reading things you don't agree with...

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