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  • Why Write On Seeking Alpha? [View article]
    We have 24-7 moderation and I'm confident we do better here than any other site on the web. Our community does an admirable job of reporting abusive comments and we greatly appreciate that. Moderation will never be perfect, but I think we do a pretty good job. I'm happy to hear your thoughts on how we can improve.
    Dec 21, 2014. 06:43 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Herbalife: Last One Out, Turn Off The Lights [View article]
    Hi David,
    Users/ contributors cannot delete article comments. Only our moderators can remove comments.
    Nov 9, 2014. 03:21 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SA Contributor Community: New Faces, Partnerships, And Growth [View article]
    Today, we're pleased to welcome Jim Grant to Seeking Alpha

    http://seekingalpha.co...
    Sep 29, 2014. 12:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SA Contributor Community: New Faces, Partnerships, And Growth [View article]
    9,747.

    :)
    Sep 28, 2014. 06:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • SA Contributor Community: New Faces, Partnerships, And Growth [View article]
    Hi Esekla,

    "Money beyond normal article compensation for any of the more well known names?"

    No.
    Sep 26, 2014. 10:17 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • SA Contributor Community: End Of Summer Update [View article]
    By popular demand: http://seekingalpha.co...

    Enjoy.
    Sep 23, 2014. 04:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Short Sellers And Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Please understand that we receive over 5,400 comments on Seeking Alpha each day (!). As such, it's impossible for us to monitor each and every comment that comes in. We depend, to a certain extent, on users to report abuse when they see it. Once we identify a particular comment thread where the discussion has devolved into personal attacks, we can then monitor that thread for repeated abuse. We appreciate your help in our efforts to keep the discussion civil. Also, feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns about moderation. colin@seekingalpha.com
    Aug 2, 2014. 09:56 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Short Sellers And Seeking Alpha [View article]
    I would remind everyone that we have a disputes team (of which I am a part) that is available 24-hours/day, 7 days/week. If there are factual errors in an article, we are happy to review them immediately and we will address as necessary. We're proud of the fact that we provide a forum whereby both the bulls and the bears can express their opinions. It takes two sides to make a market. In my experience, traders' convictions are made stronger when they have considered both sides of the argument. If you're truly interested in having an informed opinion about your position, you must first be willing to seriously consider the strongest form of the opposing viewpoint.
    Aug 1, 2014. 11:11 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bernanke And The U.S. Taxpayer: Europe's Unsung Heroes [View article]
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    Jul 22, 2014. 04:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Strikes A Victory For Free Speech [View article]
    Monkey see, Larry, et al.

    It is categorically untrue that we do not notify users whose comments have been deleted.

    If your comments have been removed we have sent you an e-mail 99.9% of the time. I am happy to resend written documentation of the time, date, and reason for any removals to anyone who perhaps did not receive our initial e-mail. Please e-mail or call me directly so that I can provide this information.
    Jul 11, 2014. 07:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Strikes A Victory For Free Speech [View article]
    Hi Larry, et al.

    Generally speaking, we do not allow community members to use comment threads to promote their paid services or products. There are exceptions to this, including instances wherein a user links to an article which is relevant to the investment idea under discussion, but the article happens to be posted on a site which offers paid services. Assuming, again, that the link is to pertinent information, we would be doing a disservice to readers were we to delete those links.

    We are far more lenient on links to paid content within users' StockTalks. We try to leave it up to users as to what they post on their StockTalks as long as the commentary isn't blatantly offensive or so far off-topic (the topic being, of course, investing) as to be completely irrelevant to our audience.

    I would also reiterate here what I noted elsewhere in this thread. Some parts of the moderation process are rule-based, and as such can be characterized as somewhat of a "science". Other parts of moderation require a more qualitative, subjective approach and are thus more of an "art". The latter characterization is applicable to our treatment of links to paid sites in StockTalks.

    Great question, by the way!
    Jul 9, 2014. 12:27 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are We Seeing Musk's Tesla Exit Strategy? [View article]
    Hi Value Horizon,

    This is a mischaracterization of our editorial staff. We do indeed evaluate articles based on content, presentation, etc. I'm happy to discuss this in more detail if you'd like to contact me directly. My contact info is on my profile.
    Jul 8, 2014. 10:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Strikes A Victory For Free Speech [View article]
    Hi Larry,

    We try to strike a reasonable balance here. If a user (any user, it need not be a contributor) posts a link to his or her paid service and that link goes to an article, chart, table, etc. that is relevant to the article on which the comment was posted, we'll generally allow it to stand (for example if the link goes to a free article on the user's site and at the bottom of that article there's a signup option). Conversely, if the link goes to something that's entirely unrelated to the topic under discussion and is thus simply a blatant attempt to solicit business, we will generally remove the link from the comment. I would also note that we are far more lenient on this with StockTalks. While hard and fast rules are important, part of moderation is an art not a science and I try to ensure the team is evaluating each report on its own merits while still preserving the spirit of our community guidelines and our site TOU.
    Jul 8, 2014. 06:04 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Strikes A Victory For Free Speech [View article]
    Hi Critical Investor,

    "Having sound but disagreeing comments removed has everything to do with the status of the author > lots of followers, PVs."

    This is not true at all -- or at least it hasn't been on my watch. The "status" of the author has absolutely nothing to do with how we treat abuse reports.
    Jul 8, 2014. 05:58 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 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
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