If you follow the board, you'll notice that, by and large, only longs post on good days and only shorts post on down days. Obviously it's not as easy as either group of a cheerleaders likes to believe.
<< Every single person here is saying ... Goog will tank after earnings due to unreasonable expectations. Can it possibly be that easy? Why isn't it tanking now? >>
I hear what you're saying. If everyone is saying one thing, then it can certainly be a contrarian indicator. Also, the expression "expect the unexpected" can very well be applied to a volatile stock like GOOG. Having said all that, you have to be the ultimate judge of where this stock goes. Read this and other boards with grain of salt. In my opinion, sometimes it can be that easy.
When you say "everyone", remember that you are referring only to this message board. You cannot give too much creedence to that as any kind of valid majority/minority of sentiment on a stock, imo.
Message boards run in streaks and each poster can use a multiplicity of aliases to skew the board sentiments. Some of the more sociopathic posters even post on BOTH sides of the fence. Lonely folks out there.
If I pay attention top posts at all....and I do...I look at the rationale behind the content of the posts less all the hype one way or the other.
You never know who may be posting here that could be of extreme value. It may be a bit beyond the reality of most to believe this, but lots of pros visit boards from time to time. Keep a window open to a board. Have some fun with posters or actually throw out some helpful posts (rare). My advice is to take advantage of anything like that you may see, because these types of people don't hang around for long once the action is over with. Know what I mean?