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  • Seeking Alpha Strikes A Victory For Free Speech [View article]
    Larry,

    We send an e-mail on nearly every single comment deletion. Exceptions to this are exceptionally rare (I would estimate less than one or two instances in several thousand).
    Jul 7, 2014. 07:30 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Strikes A Victory For Free Speech [View article]
    Hi Nate,

    The bar for deleting comments is quite high and in fact, it is around 3 times higher than it was 6 months ago. I'm happy to elaborate on this further if you'd like to contact me directly.
    Jul 7, 2014. 07:08 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Strikes A Victory For Free Speech [View article]
    Our moderation team is completely independent and is beholden only to our community guidelines and our Terms Of Use. Decisions are based on whether comments violate those guidelines and terms and nothing else. I can assure you that the team's decisions are unbiased. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact me directly. My contact information is on my profile.
    Jul 7, 2014. 07:06 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Strikes A Victory For Free Speech [View article]
    I would add that allowing authors to maintain their pseudonymity ensures that Seeking Alpha will continue to be a platform where readers can get both sides of the story. A contributor who wants to voice legitimate concerns about a company may be discouraged from doing so if forced to reveal his or her real identity to the public. Fear of reprisal can exert a "chilling" effect on the dissemination of information that is useful to the investing public. By protecting authors' right to use a pen name, we effectively create an environment where the bulls and the bears feel equally at home discussing their ideas.
    Jul 7, 2014. 07:02 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Strikes A Victory For Free Speech [View article]
    Hi everyone,

    Eli is correct. We have dramatically decreased the proportion of reported comments that are deleted. I'm going to speak frankly because I think it's an important point. The numbers don't lie. We are deleting around 3 times fewer abuse reports than we were six months ago. This is not an anomaly based on a few observations -- the sample size on this is around 650/day. As such, it is indisputable that we are doing a far better job of preserving free and open debate. Thank you all for your participation.
    Jul 7, 2014. 06:50 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    Hi blueice, wyostocks, DividendInvestor, and the whole SA community,

    First, I want to apologize if our moderation policy comes across as arbitrary or inconsistent at times. To the extent it does appear inconsistent, I would note that there are more than 4,000 comments posted everyday on Seeking Alpha (how awesome is that?!) and it is impossible for the moderation team to monitor every comment thread. We depend, to a certain extent, on the community to report abuse when they see it (crowdsourcing in action) and because of this, there will be times when the comments deleted on a particular thread are not in fact the most abusive comments in that thread. We do try to mitigate this by reviewing certain threads in their entirety, but given the sheer volume of comments left on the site, reviewing each and every comment is not possible.

    While I do not want to speak to individual comments here, I would say that two things we are particularly keen on addressing are comments which constitute allegations of bad faith against others and comments which do not add anything to the discussion.

    Finally, I want to make it clear that the threshold for having comments removed by our moderation team has never been higher (I watch the statistics on this each and every day). Without getting into specifics, the numbers overwhelmingly show that we have made great strides lately in the extent to which our moderation team defends the rights of readers to engage in free and open debate.

    Please note that I am always available to discuss moderation questions or concerns. If you feel you have had a comment deleted unjustly by our moderation team, I am an e-mail or a phone call away. My contact information is on my profile and I'm always available to talk with members of our community.
    Jun 27, 2014. 08:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Celebrates 2MM Real-Time Alerts Subscribers! [View article]
    Although we do monitor comment threads, we depend, to a certain extent, on the community to report abuse. There are over 4,000 comments posted per day on Seeking Alpha (which is awesome, by the way). We cannot read each and every one. The beauty of the system (crowdsourcing wins again) is that between our 3.4 million users, someone does read the majority of the comments and when they see abuse, they typically report it which is what makes the system work.
    Jun 18, 2014. 08:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Celebrates 2MM Real-Time Alerts Subscribers! [View article]
    Hi NC Investor,

    We have 24-hour comment moderation and a member of our moderation team reviews each and every comment that is reported to us as abusive. However, we do not delete every comment that is reported as abusive, but only those that expressly violate our community guidelines. Admittedly, the threshold here is high, as our first priority is to preserve free and open debate as long as it is conducted constructively and with an eye towards civility.

    Part of what makes Seeking Alpha great is that we provide a forum for users to engage in serious, impassioned debate and we are focused on protecting that. A recent academic study confirmed the predictive value of Seeking Alpha comments which disagreed with the investment thesis presented in articles -- protecting users' right to refute others' analysis is thus critical to preserving the value of the platform for readers.

    All of that said, we do ban commenters on occasion and we do send warnings prior to such bans. We also have various internal systems to detect new accounts that have been created by previously banned users. Also, we are discussing ways to improve the comment threads on the site and an "Ignore" button has been mentioned in these discussions.

    Please don't hesitate to report abuse when you see it and know that someone looks at all of these reports. If you have any questions or concerns about our policies or decisions, please don't hesitate to reach out: colin@seekingalpha.com
    Jun 17, 2014. 08:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Trish Regan, Einhorn Apologist [View article]
    David Siegel did a fantastic job on Bloomberg TV.
    Mar 25, 2014. 12:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nicholas Financial: A Bad Deal - Vote It Down, Replace Directors, And Profit [View article]
    Although we welcome and encourage constructive debate, we should all remember that what makes Seeking Alpha such a wonderful platform is that everyone is encouraged to share their opinions. No one wins if contributors are discouraged from discussing their ideas.

    If you believe there is misinformation, we encourage you to write an article and share your insights with the SA community.
    Mar 3, 2014. 04:11 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Finding Alpha In Event-Driven Patent-Litigation Investments [View article]
    I think very few investors have any kind of visibility into this space. One of the great things about this article, for me anyway, was that it better prepared me to read and understand their other articles.
    Feb 20, 2014. 02:45 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Finding Alpha In Event-Driven Patent-Litigation Investments [View article]
    Please refer to Markman Advisors' articles here on Seeking Alpha for more in-depth analysis.
    Feb 20, 2014. 12:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • SA Tech Experts: Comment On CNBC's "Leaders, Icons, & Rebels" List [View instapost]
    Interesting perspectives there. Anyone else?
    Feb 1, 2014. 09:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Contributors For New York Television Appearances [View instapost]
    Stay tuned Alexander!
    Jan 31, 2014. 07:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Radio Spots Available [View instapost]
    Great. I'll be in touch
    Jan 29, 2014. 01:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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