USER COMMUNITY GUIDELINES
Seeking Alpha users find that discussion in comments can greatly build on the value of a published article. Commenters contribute different perspectives, extra insights, and often suggest helpful corrections or point out flaws in an author’s data or argument. Seeking Alpha users read our site to learn and digest actionable investment ideas but they are responsible for their own investment decisions. Questions and dissenting views in comments are therefore a crucial part of Seeking Alpha.
We understand that readers want to know about an article author’s background, and each author’s list of Seeking Alpha articles and biography is on their profile. In comments, however, critiques should pertain directly to the analysis in question. We believe that each article can and should be judged on its own merits, as one never knows from where the next great idea will emerge.
Shorter posts, generally with questions or observations about specific stocks, that are not directly connected to an article can be published as StockTalks. Observations that exceed the length of a couple of StockTalks should be posted as Instablogs instead. Any stock ticker symbol you include should be preceded by a $ sign (for example, $AAPL) to ensure that it appears on portfolio pages and the appropriate quote page, so that others can find your post and join the conversation.
Whereas comments are for dialogue (no one comment or commenter should dominate a single discussion), and StockTalks are for short-form posts and focussed discussion, if you have something to say that is longer or broader in scope, it can be posted as an Instablog. You may add a reference to this Instablog in an article comment if doing so adds value to the discussion, by posting a one-paragraph summary and a link back to the Instablog itself. Comments on Instablogs can be removed by the Instablog author, as well as by Seeking Alpha’s moderation team.
Why moderation and oversight?
People say one should never discuss money, politics or religion. Seeking Alpha focuses on the first of these delicate topics.
Passionate discussions are always welcome on the site, but we expect that user posts should be genuine, helpful responses and that users should behave with—and be able to expect—high ethical and intellectual standards from other users. So we will delete posts that we believe detract from civilized conversation and repeat offenders may have their posting privileges revoked. Such material includes:
- obscenities or abusive language about another user or the topic under discussion
- personal attacks on another user or a contributor
- allegations of bad faith against another user or a contributor
- blanket dismissal of someone else’s ideas
- content that is not directly related to the context (on an article, this includes discussion of the author’s track record or credentials)
- promotion of your own business or website
- unclear or distracting formatting
Users tell us that they appreciate the quality of the community on Seeking Alpha and that, unlike other forums or message boards, the site is largely free of spam, promotion, and offensive or otherwise abusive material.
We view Seeking Alpha as a community of investors, where inclusion is earned by constructive participation. Our primary responsibility is to build a framework for productive discussion for the whole Seeking Alpha community, so we may remove material which damages the civility, coherence and seriousness of communal discussion.
All new users start out in moderation, and most move quickly to unmoderated posting once we have been able to assess the quality of their site contributions.
Though these same guidelines apply to the whole site, occasionally we moderate all comments on an article when we believe that this will benefit the discussion.
Moderation decisions are made not by contributors (other than on Instablogs) but by our independent, in-house team at Seeking Alpha. We strive to make these decisions consistently and fairly, and we aim to inform you of the reasons for the actions we take. We do sometimes make mistakes, but we believe that on balance the community is a better place for our efforts.
To report problematic content to the moderation team, click the Report Abuse link below a comment or StockTalk. This same link can be found under the short version of posts on Instablog homepages.
Alongside these public forums, where you can post content others would find interesting that contributes to an open discussion, Seeking Alpha provides direct messaging for users to engage in one-on-one conversations. Users who send unsolicited or promotional, threatening, insulting or abusive content to other users risk being banned from posting and excluded from the Seeking Alpha community. Such messages should be reported to the moderation team by clicking the “Spam” button above the message thread.
Voluntary removal of content
We strive to maintain Seeking Alpha articles and discussions as a useful resource and an accurate archive of user perspectives. Once you have contributed to the discussion, your contributions become part of the site as a whole, and as a result we cannot generally remove comments, StockTalks or Instablogs at your request.
Corrections to comments
Users can edit their own comments soon after they have been submitted. After that time, they should use the “Report Abuse” link under their comment to request correction of their own typos and errors of grammar or spelling. Users who attack non-native English speakers for linguistic mistakes, however, will be asked to stop doing so.
If you receive money for writing your comments (for example, as an IR professional or a paid consultant) you must disclose this by adding a declaration below comments (such as “I am the investor relations officer for XYZ company” or “I am a paid consultant for ABC company”). If you have some other material relationship with the company on whose stocks you are commenting (such as being an employee or a Director), you must disclose this on your user profile.
Corrections and disputes
Commenters sometimes alert our team to corrections or disputes about an article in their comments. Our team tries to forward such comments to the appropriate Seeking Alpha department, but we remind you that you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for minor or typographical errors in analysis articles, and email@example.com for mistakes in Breaking News items. If you wish to file a formal complaint about an article, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit our formal dispute form.If you believe that an author or another user is receiving undisclosed payment for writing on Seeking Alpha, please send evidence to email@example.com
If you wish to contact the moderation team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your Seeking Alpha username and the URL of relevant comments, articles etc. We cannot respond to all queries we receive, but we will assess them according to the constraints of our workflow.