Welcome to the Metals Mine user guide! This guide has been designed to help you navigate the website and take greater advantage of its many features.
Metals Mine is entirely focused on curating metals-market information for traders. The nature of this information is primarily real-time (i.e., what's happening right now), and the scope ranges from economic data to analysis from members. You can read more about the Metals Mine website, and the ideals driving it, on the Mission page.
Metals Mine hosts four products: Forums, News, Calendar, and Market. There's a link to each of these products in the header of every page.
If you need assistance with something not covered in this user guide, you can get help through the following channels:
- Help with the website: Submit a help request
- Help with your membership: Send a private message to Twee
- Help with your trading: Search the website or post your questions on the Forums
- Report a member: Submit a 'Cleanup Report' (
- Report a website bug: Submit a bug report
Time Zone Settings
To synchronize the website with your local time, click the clock (
There are two settings that affect the synchronized time — 'DST' and 'Time Zone.' You should explore a combination of these two settings to get the correct synchronized time. The DST option (stands for "Daylight Saving Time") complicates the time setting process, but it's essential for those living in DST-abiding countries.
The default time of the Metals Mine website is New York time. This is EST (GMT -5) or EDT (GMT -4), depending on the time of year. When you're logged out with cookies cleared, this is the time you're viewing.
Why is my synchronized time one hour off?
If the time is off by one hour, you most likely have the DST option on the wrong setting. If DST is On, turn it Off, or vice versa. If that doesn't work, try to find a combination of DST and Time Zone settings that will result in the proper synchronized time..
Why does the synchronized time change every few hours?
If you're a Metals Mine member, your synchronized time should never change. If your time appears to change, make sure you're still logged in (e.g., see if your username appears in the header), because when you're logged out the time will revert to default. If you're still having problems with your time zone settings, please submit a help request.
The homepage is the most flexible page — it's essentially a blank canvas that you can populate and arrange as desired. Blocks can be moved and removed or copied from around the website. To copy a new block to the Homepage, click on the copy-to-home icon (
The Homepage also allows for multiple block instances. For example, the Calendar block can be copied to your Homepage several times, and each instance can have a different filter applied so you get multiple viewpoints.
Like the Homepage, the Market page allows for multiple block instances and the removal of blocks. However, it differs in that the number of instances is limited, and blocks are added to the page using the controls in the sidebar.
Most Metals Mine pages can be brought back to their original arrangement/settings by clicking the 'Default Page’ link located in the page footer. This link brings everything on the page back to default, including the layout and the settings of each block on the page.
The following is a partial list of actions a member can perform (which a guest cannot):
- Post in the Forums
- Submit stories in the News
- Manage a member profile
- Subscribe to threads, stories, and members
- Private message with other members
- Shout on members' profiles
- Retain settings across multiple computers/devices
Metals Mine is built on the concept of easily-accessed information, and therefore your profile and most of what you post on the website (e.g., replies in the forums, comments on news stories, shouts on profiles) is publicly visible. And in many cases it's a permanent record that cannot be deleted. However, it's possible (and encouraged) to remain completely anonymous by never revealing your personal identity on the website. As long as your posts and username do not reveal your identity, your activity on Metals Mine will never be connected to you personally.
If you choose to connect your personal identity to your Metals Mine username, you're effectively making everything you post on the website a permanent public record. Only members who understand how to manage this risk (e.g., commercial services) should make this connection.
Metals Mine has no financial relationship with members, and doesn't request personal information from members. The only information required for membership is a username and a working email address. You're encouraged to conceal any information that could be used to connect your username to your personal identity.
Some aspects of the website are clearly kept private, like the Private Messaging system. Any interactions you have with Metals Mine staff will also be held in confidence. Metals Mine also takes the following measures to improve privacy:
- Your information and activity will not be sold
- Your email address will never be shared
- Private messages are not stored after you 'permanently delete' them
How do I change my username?
If you've made less than 20 posts, you can change your username by submitting a help request. If you have more than 20 posts, your username cannot be changed unless there are substantial privacy concerns.
How do I delete my username?
If you've made less than five posts, you can have your username deleted by submitting a help request. If you have more than five posts, your username cannot be deleted, as it would disrupt the conversations in which you've participated.
Impact Ranking System
| ||= High Impact Member = Top 2%|
| ||= Medium Impact Member = Top 5%|
| ||= Low Impact Member = Top 10%|
To illustrate, a member displaying a high-impact icon (
MIRS considers both 'Buddies' and 'Subscribers' (found in profile 'Network' block) to be a subscriber, since buddies are simply mutually-subscribed members. However, there are some subscribers that do not count, as explained in the following 'Caveats' section. Also, commercial members are excluded from the system at this time.
MIRS has several ancillary uses as well. For instance, posting in threads can be restricted by impact, and thread starting in the Interactive Trading forum is restricted to members with impact.
While rankings are 'based on the number of subscribers' a member has, there are two types of subscribers that do not count toward a member's rank:
Caveat 1: A subscription from a member who joined less than six months ago does not count. This defends against system abuse, and somewhat insulates the rankings from novice traders.
Caveat 2: A subscription from a member who's been inactive for more than six months does not count. This helps keep the rankings current by discounting the affect of inactive members.
The MIRS formula is completely transparent. Rankings are formulated through the following process:
- List all non-commercial members who have at least one subscriber or subscription
- Calculate how many subscribers each member has (both 'Buddies' and 'Subscribers')
- Exclude subscribers who joined less than six months ago
- Exclude subscribers who have been inactive for more than six months
- Order the list by number of included subscribers
- Divide the list into percentiles, with each percentile holding an equal number of members
- Rank members who fall into the 1st or 2nd percentile as 'high impact'
- Rank members who fall into the 3rd through 5th percentiles as 'medium impact'
- Rank members who fall into the 6th through 10th percentiles as 'low impact'
How many subscribers do I need to be ranked?
It depends on the current size of the membership and the activity status of your subscribers, but an approximate answer can be found by analyzing low impact members on the member list. That page also contains a 'Member Stats' block that tallies the number of members currently ranked high/medium/low.
Trader Code of Conduct
I. Focus on trading
Metals Mine is focused entirely on metals trading, and therefore the primary focus of every member should be trading. The amount of trading-related sentences a member posts must far outweigh the non-trading sentences. While non-trading topics will naturally be mixed into discussions, the foundation of every discussion and debate should be related to trading.
This code is essential to maintaining a high-quality trading environment. Not only does trading focus keep the environment pure, but with members from every nation, religion, and political party, trading is the only thing everyone has in common. Focusing on what unifies the membership results in a superior trading environment.
II. Respect fellow traders
Theoretically, all members are at Metals Mine for the same purpose: the pursuit of trading profits. Therefore, members should treat each other like professional colleagues. Members should not be mean-spirited, harassing, or otherwise show hatred toward a member. Unresolvable personality conflicts should be managed using the 'Ignore' (
III. No bickering
While trading-related debate is encouraged, members should not engage in mindless arguing, battling, or trolling. Not only does bickering distract others from trading, but it wastes energy for the bickering participants. Unresolvable personality conflicts should be managed using the 'Ignore' (
IV. No nationalism or racism
With members from every nation and race, members should be sensitive to how they speak about other countries and ethnicities. Members should never show hatred for or be derogatory toward a country or a race of people. Generally, countries should only be referred to in terms of economics or market impact, and with an unbiased financial tone. Humorous tones, however, are generally accepted.
V. No politics or religion
Politics and religion should not be discussed unless it's in direct relation to their market affect. Politics play a big role in the markets, and therefore it's inevitable they'll be discussed — members who participate in these discussions must ensure they're not letting their partisan bias into the conversation. Generally, a member's political or religious affiliation should not be obvious from their posts.
Politics and religion are among the most controversial topics in the world. At best, both topics are a distraction from the pursuit of trading profits, and at worst they boil emotions. Minimizing these topics minimizes the negative commotion they typically invoke. Humorous tones, however, are generally accepted.
VI. No conspiracy or doomsday
Metals Mine is not the place for people with an extraordinary ability to detect conspiracies, or people who have the ability to predict the demise of a market, monetary system, government, country, civilization, or the world itself. These abilities are not useful in trading, and serve as a distraction to traders who view the market from a professional standpoint.
VII. No personal agendas
Metals Mine may not be used for personal agendas such as ego boosting, gaining attention, or exacting revenge. These agendas, even when tied to trading topics, can cause large-scale distractions that take focus off trading.
VIII. No commercial agendas
Members may not use Metals Mine to promote a product or service, either their own or someone else's. This includes products or services that are planned for the future. If a member's posts can link them to a commercial enterprise in the financial markets, they're in violation of this code.
Members who are focused on a product or service, or new members who mention a little-known website, are generally suspected to be company shills. Action may be taken against suspected shills without conclusive evidence, as they compromise the integrity of discussions and can be difficult to prove conclusively.
Members who wish to promote a commercial product or service must be designated a 'Commercial Member' and are expected to abide by the Commercial Code of Conduct.
IX. One username at a time
Traders should only operate one Metals Mine username at a time. Controlling multiple usernames simultaneously is prohibited, regardless of the intent, because it compromises the integrity of discussions.
Metals Mine employs a sophisticated system for detecting the use of multiple usernames. It goes far beyond simple IP address matching to ensure that no one is manipulating discussions with multiple users. Usernames that are found to be duplicates are marked with the 'Additional Username' status, and blocked from further posting.
Commercial Code of Conduct
Please note that Metals Mine's Commercial Membership rules and functionality will be revamped in the near future. Your patience with the current system is appreciated.
I. Be transparent
Members who are associated with a product or service should make that fact obvious. There's zero tolerance for cloaking a company association with the intent of promoting a product or service (e.g., pretending to be a happy customer, etc.).
II. No Spam
Commercial members should not spam Metals Mine by posting duplicate content, bumping their threads, or flooding the website with worthless posts.
III. No Scams
Products and services that are built upon bad intent (i.e., the seller knows the service is not worth the price) are not allowed to be promoted on Metals Mine. This generally includes signal services, multi-level-marketing, and get-rich-quick schemes.
While Metals Mine does not evaluate every product or service promoted by Commercial Members, if one comes to the staff's attention, it may be disallowed if discretionarily deemed to be a scam.
Thread Starter Controls
You can limit posting to members who've reached a desired impact rank (see Impact Ranking System) by setting an impact hurdle. Members you're subscribed to can bypass the hurdle, and you cannot be blocked from your own thread regardless of the settings.
To illustrate, if you start a thread and set the hurdle to 'Medium Impact,' the only members who can post in your thread are those who are ranked medium impact (
Members who you're ignoring (
Cleanup bad posts:
Avoid ALL CAPS:
Start threads in the appropriate forum:
Use descriptive thread titles:
Without a central exchange, there's no official open or close times for the metals market. Like all spot markets, every exchange sets their own market hours. For practical purposes, Metals Mine considers the metals market open from Sunday 6pm ET to Friday 5pm ET, and this period is referred to as 'MM market hours' ('ET' stands for 'Eastern Time' and it's the time zone for New York).
When it's 5:00pm in New York, it's 5:00pm in your local time (assuming your time is synchronized). Therefore, FF market hours are 5:00pm to 5:00pm in your time zone.
Market operates according to MM market hours. The Scanner and Chart will stop updating when the market is considered closed, the chart's daily bars open and close according to MM market hours, and the chart's first 4-hour bar of each day opens according to MM market hours. Please note that the MM market hours range will shift by one hour with daylight savings time in March and November, as New York can be in either EST (Eastern Standard Time) or EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).
The chart's daily bars and first 4-hour bar of each day open and close at 5pm ET ('ET' stands for 'Eastern Time' and it's the time zone for New York) Please note that the market hours will shift by one hour with daylight savings time in March and November, as New York can be in either EST (Eastern Standard Time) or EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).
All Market blocks have a 'Live' option in their header — checking this option will enable the application to update automatically (i.e., no page refresh required). Please note that live feeds will persistently use your computer's processing power and network connection.
MDA Data Sources
In addition to the ECNs and market makers above, MDA also aggregates spot prices from the following organizations:
of the Treasury
US Energy Information
Data on the Market product is sourced from the above brokers. Metals Mine does not verify this data and disclaims any obligation to do so. Metals Mine and the included brokers expressly disclaim the accuracy, adequacy, or completeness of any data and shall not be liable for any errors, omissions or other defects in, delays or interruptions in such data, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. Neither Metals Mine nor the included brokers will be liable for any damages relating to your use of the information provided by Market. All data and information is provided "as is" for personal informational purposes only, and is not intended for trading purposes or advice. Please consult several sources before executing any trade. Either Metals Mine or the included brokers have exclusive proprietary rights on the data provided by Market.
The settings allow you to customize the block name, number of metrics and instruments displayed, and the price format.
The metrics can be customized by clicking on the metric's cell. You can choose from nine metrics, and many allow you to set the metric's period and color.
For look-back periods of 'Last 6 Hours' or shorter, change is calculated by comparing the current bid to the closing bid of the 1M bar X minutes ago (i.e., rolling basis). For example, the 'Last 30 Minutes' change is the current bid minus the closing bid of the 1M bar that occurred 30 minutes ago.
For the look-back periods of '12 Hours' and longer, the change is calculated similarly, except 5M bars are used instead of 1M bars. For example, the 'Last 12 Hours' change is the current bid minus the closing bid of the 5M bar that occurred 12 hours ago.
The period represents absolute time, not market time. Therefore, when the market opens for the week, the 'Last 24 Hours' period will look back to the previous day, not the last day the market was open. To illustrate, if you're viewing the 'Net Change' for the 'Last 24 Hours' shortly after the market opens for the week, you'll effectively be viewing the change since the market opened (not a full 24 hours).
|5M||=||Change from 5 minutes ago|
|30M||=||Change from 30 minutes ago|
|60M||=||Change from 60 minutes ago|
|6H||=||Change from 6 hours ago|
|12H||=||Change from 12 hours ago|
|24H||=||Change from 24 hours ago|
Metals instruments are traded via a number of brokers and exchanges that operate across different time zones around the world. The sessions defined (Sydney, Tokyo, London, New York), and the begin/end times of each session, are an approximation of when traders are most active in the financial markets. Please note that the sessions tool will be revamped for Metals Mine in the near future, your patience in this regard is appreciated.
The begin/end times of each session are as follows (displayed in your time). Please note that session times will shift by one hour in the Spring and Fall due to daylight saving time.