WallStreetOasis.com Certified Users

    Certified ProfessionalWhat is a WSO Certified User?

    WallStreetOasis.com continually tries to identify our most seasoned and helpful members by tagging them with Certified User status. A Certified User will have a star next to his/her username every time they post a comment so that users new to the site will know that the comment is being made from a reputable source.

    • This member has proven to work a specified professional industry for a minimum of 1 year full-time (no college students or interns allowed)
    • This member has demonstrated superior knowledge in that specified field and given helpful advice to other users.
    • This member has displayed maturity, patience and a willingness to help other prospective monkeys with limited or no experience. Your account will get flagged for review should you have a favorable upvote: downvote ratio (typically over 3:1).
    • Certified User status can be removed if the user is inappropriate, combative and/or argumentative with other members

    Benefits of Certified User Status

    • No restrictions on private messaging system so certified users can network with other certified users and knowledgeable members for free in private chats
    • Access to the private Certified User group with instant messaging chat so that you can network and build relationships with other talented finance professionals
    • Respect in the community as a valued source of advice. Certified User knowledge is what keeps WSO a great resource for the younger members.

    Ways to Gain Certified User Status

    • The user has proven he/she works FULL TIME in the specified field in their profile for at least 1 year through e-mail verification to [email protected] or connecting with our CEO, Patrick Curtis on LinkedIn here. Or if you are not able to connect, e-mail him (and cc Ivy) at [email protected] and include a link to your LinkedIn profile so that we can confirm your professional status matches your profile. (Sorry, no interns)
    • The user has demonstrated superior knowledge in that specified field and given helpful advice to other users. This is not required, but is a way to get Certified automatically
    • The user has displayed maturity, patience and a willingness to help other prospective monkeys with limited or no experience
    • The user continues to display maturity and does not get into meaningless debates on school or company rankings (certification can be revoked)

    Note: Under rare circumstances, users that demonstrate superior knowledge and a desire to help can gain Certified User status very quickly, while other members will have to improve their reputation with the site administrators & moderators to become certified.

    If you believe you deserve to be certified and have not been yet, you can always e-mail [email protected] with a link to your LinkedIn profile to make your case or just have us review your account.

    Comments (79)

    Dec 15, 2007

    Cool, emailed as well.

    Dec 15, 2007

    Awesome, I just sent you an email

    Dec 15, 2007

    This should be interesting. Some people may not see eye to eye on number 3. Thanks for implementing this WSO.

    Dec 16, 2007

    Hope that it turns out that way.

    Dec 16, 2007
    Dec 17, 2007

    I don't know how I feel about giving my work address out there...

    Dec 17, 2007

    ideating...you are already certified based on your post history and quality.

    Dec 18, 2007

    i am somewhat iffy on giving out my work email as well but am an analyst at a top 5 BB in s&T. i think this is a great concept as i know when i was going through the process it was helpful to know who really knew their stuff vs college sophomores giving out bad advice.

    keep up the good work.

    Dec 18, 2007

    Analyst at top 5 BB in IBD. Good idea, but still a little hesitant about giving out work email.

    Dec 18, 2007

    Am in the same boat as the above two posters, top BB in IBD. WSO, do you have any ideas about certifying those unwilling to give out the work email or do we just wait until you deem our posts worthy?

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    Dec 18, 2007

    providing an email with your username will make it 100x easier on me but i understand.
    i will delete the email you send to me from your work account as soon as i tag you as certified if that makes you feel any better.

    if not, it just might take me a while to go through a lot of the threads and be able to truly deduce whether the person is a pretender or really in the industry. I also will not just be certifying you if you can prove you work in the industry. If you are immature and your posts are not helpful / constructive then you will also not receive certification. If you haven't gotten it yet, don't think that means that I don't value your contributions. Odds are, I haven't had a chance to read your posts yet (and you haven't provided me an email).

    Also, if you have a job for next year or are a summer analyst, I cannot certify you. I will only be certifying members that have been in the industry for a at least 1 year, show a good understanding of that industry and are willing to share their knowledge with maturity.

    Thank you for your patience.

    Dec 18, 2007

    I sent you an email as well.

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    Dec 20, 2007

    ...if I have a star now :-)

    Dec 27, 2007

    Great system. I'm in no position to get that magic star, but it'll help me know whose advice I can rely on.

    Feb 24, 2008

    do users in other fields besides banking, such as equity research, get certified as well, or is this tag exclusively for bankers? i had several years' experience in BB research before recently moving to private equity.

    also, i'm not sure if your website tracks IP's and domain names, but if it does, isn't it pretty easy to see what firms people work at? this would make it a lot easier to verify the credibility of users without requiring them to divulge their contact information.

    Aug 21, 2008

    Worried about privacy. So if I can get certified w/o a work email, that would be great.


    Oct 11, 2008

    what if ur an independent trader?

    Oct 11, 2008

    If you're an independent trader you're going to have to get certified through your post quality, maturity and helpfulness to others.

    Oct 20, 2008

    Excuse me...hahaha Drama aka untitled123 aka bapebanker let's look at his former posts and his history...

    First he said he went to Princeton and was trading at a BB in FICC and up 24%.
    and then in another post, he said he was a first year analyst
    he also said he had a amex black card
    he also works in private equity
    he also is not a day trader and went to Ivey

    Obviously the most qualified person on WSO

    So what do you do?
    -I work for an investment banking firm.
    Oh okay; you are like my brother, he works for Edward Jones.
    -No, a college degree is required in my profession

    Reality hits you hard, bro...

    Apr 14, 2009

    This helps us new guys a lot

    Sep 12, 2010

    Just sent an e-mail

    Oct 13, 2010

    would it be possible to send an email from my work address to somewhere not on the wallstreetoasis.com domain?

    Oct 20, 2010

    sent an email

    Oct 20, 2010

    Thanks GutShot...you (and GoodBread just sent an email from his work account as well) are now Certified.

    Thank you for your contributions,

    Oct 21, 2010

    i just sent you an email anyways. Please be a good man and delete the email as you mentioned you would.

    nice work on the site, BTW

    Oct 21, 2010

    anyone else...?

    Oct 21, 2010

    I would like to be certified.
    Sent you an email from my work email

    Nov 2, 2010

    Yeah, just sent an email from work email. I know this is an IB-focused site, but Wall Street does include commercial real estate finance. So if that counts, I sent you my info.

    Nov 3, 2010

    Thanks for the e-mail guys...you're now certified.

    I'll try to be more active policing the Silver Banana leaderboard for users that should be certified but please also reach out to me if I missed you. We've had a good group of new users just get certified.


    Nov 4, 2010

    I sent you an email as well.

    Nov 5, 2010

    next certified user will take us to 100

    Nov 16, 2010

    Is it possible to compile a list of Cert Users?

    Plus, not sure if you've gotten to it Patrick, but seems like the glitch is still there as my star has disappeared :(

    Nov 19, 2010

    I emailed for a cert user status earlier this week and haven't heard back. I guess I was not granted it?

    Dec 30, 2010

    Are you guys still doing this?

    I sent an email asking a question and received no responce.

    Dec 30, 2010

    Bravo, must have missed it...what email did you send it to and how long ago?


    Dec 30, 2010

    @ WallStreetOasis.com

    I sent it to [email protected] . I didn't use my work addy tho (email says why i didn't). I can resend if needed.

    May 30, 2011

    Email sent! Looking forward to joining the party!

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    Jul 13, 2011

    Sent my info

    Jul 19, 2011

    Patrick - Do I send the email to you? Are you still preserving your promise to immediately delete the email?

    Jul 28, 2011

    can you make a blue star for people have over 80% correctness in calling trades

    Jul 28, 2011

    I really think this is an awesome idea by administrators.

    Jul 29, 2011

    I won't be communicating with WSO via my work address, but would be willing to mention the firm to an admin, albeit it should be fairly easy to narrow it down to around 5 funds based on my posts.

    Jul 29, 2011

    Reality, if you're not comfortable sharing your work e-mail, as long as you build up some Silver Bananas and give good advice (which makes it obvious that you know what you are talking about), you will eventually get Certified.

    I would say after you have 10 Silver Bananas to check back in and we will likely review your account and post history.


    Aug 1, 2011

    just sent you an email.

    Aug 4, 2011

    Don't think I meet the 2, 3, and 4 requirements.

    Oct 5, 2011

    keep the applications coming guys...the Certified User group is growing strong.

    Oct 6, 2011
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