The recent spike in "Bad Trader" threads, particularly ones where the original poster withholds the purported bad trader's name for some time, has gotten me thinking about the relative benefits and harms of outing the bad trader or not. The purpose is this thread is to generate discussion.......and to get on a soapbox (who am I kidding? ) There are 4 basic scenarios, as I see it: A. You out someone and they were indeed a bad trader. In this situation, you greatly benefit the community and possibly multiple people who may otherwise get duped. Further, faith in the community is boosted, as people have faith that the other BAs will help them scope out bad traders. B. You out someone and they were actually NOT a bad trader. In this situation, you do not benefit the community. In fact, you may negatively and unfairly impact someone's reputation. However, if there is a legitimate explanation, then they will avoid the bad trader list, and it's likely that many people will read that explanation and be okay with it. It's possible that some people will miss the explanation. However, what are the odds that that group of potential traders has a tangible impact on the originally-purported-to-be bad trader's odds of completing a trade? With as large as this community is, I would say the odds of that are quite slim. In any case, if the person continues to be a solid trader and gains references, that could overcome some peoples' (miscalculated) bad impressions of that trader. C. You do not out someone, and they were indeed a bad trader. In this situation, the community is significantly greatly harmed in 2 key ways. First, the bad trader may continue "trading" and harming other traders thereby. Second [and more arguably], traders getting jobbed negatively impacts the entire community psyche. Sure, getting jobbed teaches the jobbed trader a valuable lesson to be careful, but I'd like to think they can eventually learn this without getting burned, at least in many cases. D. You do not out someone, and they were NOT actually a bad trader. This looks like the classic no harm, no foul situation. Overall, and quite logically, it's better to out the trader if they turn out to be a bad trader, and it's better to not out them if they were actually a misunderstood good trader. However, I believe that when you consider the relative magnitude of the pros and cons, the benefits of outing somebody heavily outweigh the costs. Correctly outing a bad trader is a huge plus, while incorrectly outing a bad trader is a fairly small minus. If you don't out a bad trader, then that's a huge minus, while not outing an actually-good trader has essentially a zero value. TL; DR version: The impact is much more severe if you don't report a bad trader than if you do report a good trader. You should of course consider your own interests, and I hope to start that discussion! Bottom line: start outing more people once they act suspiciously!