Mawuli, yes as Bret said they are public. If you sign out and search your name with founder dating you will see your name. There is nothing wrong with discussions. My point is merely not to discuss legal or business details for current or pending deals in a way that potentially exposes confidential information or impacts a deal in a way one might not want. Its not a guarantee that that would affect a deal. But personally, I do the searches.
As a forum, seeking advice is great. I would never hold it against someone who is seeking education, and I don’t think most would either. Perhaps the bigger issue for many of these posters that I see is a false sense of competence. I have read posts from some "advisors" who have no business advising anyone on business. You will find some speaking in absolutes based on their very narrow and limited experiences. Or you read a lot of regurgitation of stats and book smarts only. Sometimes in these forums, people like to go read a book on business and then pawn off the knowledge as their own. Kind of like that great scene in Good Will Hunting in the Bar. I've seen quite a bit of that from a few individuals in here. I don't think the good veterans out there would ever downgrade one for seeking advice or seeking to learn.
But I have seen some discussions on here that are definitely confidential-One asked advice about suing his partner. One individual stated he found out there was a patent on his product, and asked if he could just ignore it, which someone gave the foolish advise that he could. Guaranteed if competition saw that post they would send to their lawyers for proof that someone was purposely and knowingly dismissing the law-a couple of examples.
No one with a well rounded success would ever discourage further education of any kind be it college, forums, books, experience, I would just know who the audience is and could potentially be.