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  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    Just reply to the deletion notification email and it will get to us.
    Apr 6, 2014. 01:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    Jeffadler - I'll take a look at the text and see if I can make it clearer. We don't (currently) have the facility to *reverse* deletions, but that doesn't mean that we won't reconsider and say, "sorry, we got that one wrong; please do repost", and amend a user's record if necessary.
    Apr 1, 2014. 05:43 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    Bryce -- that article is from early 2012, before this policy came into effect.
    Mar 31, 2014. 11:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    Hi Marc,

    Every day I respond to users who have appealed moderation decisions, sometimes with an explanation, sometimes by admitting we made a mistake (we know that happens from time to time!).

    We have the guidelines for commenting posted in the "About Us" section of the website: http://bit.ly/S99OoL
    They will be updated soon to clarify our position on discussion of authors' track record, as that has come up a few times recently.

    Please do let me know if you have any questions.
    Mar 31, 2014. 10:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    tndrroot: I'm glad that you have found our moderation to be effective. I would like to clarify, though, that authors do not get to delete comments. Any registered user can refer a comment to the moderators, and it is only removed after moderator review. We do agree with locutus49 that "[c]ontrarian opinions should be welcome, not discouraged by deletion".

    locutus: Sorry to hear that we have left up some personal attacks. Please do report these when you see them, so that they can be removed. We are also always open to reviewing deletions. Drop us a line (moderation-issues@see... if you have a concern about a specific concern.
    Mar 30, 2014. 12:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Is Becoming A Fringe Smartphone Player [View article]
    In English-speaking countries outside of the US, "spelt" is used interchangeably with "spelled". Our policy at Seeking Alpha is to allow authors to retain their own authentic voice in their articles. This includes permitting different preferred English spelling styles, as long as they are well-established, consistent, clear, and correct.
    Dec 26, 2013. 03:22 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Troll Hunting [View instapost]
    I love your suggestion - exposing a troll politely is a wonderful thing. If you catch any really good ones, let me know so that we can keep an eye on their comments elsewhere on the site.

    But I worry that a commenter who only critiques (as long as they refrain from ad hominems, etc.) may still be doing readers a service. Although we might not enjoy being at a cocktail party with a person who just pokes holes and doesn't create anything, society may well be better off for the presence of such Devil's Advocates. Should SA be a cocktail party or a society? Or is that dichotomy unfair?
    Sep 17, 2013. 12:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Vical's Allovectin Phase III Trial Results: Consider The Possibilities [View article]
    Thanks Bobby and J.P. - The question of Dr. Verjee's interests has been raised, which is reasonable, and has now been answered by the author. Unless there are pertinent facts to add, we will have to accept Dr. Cohen's assurances.
    Jul 30, 2013. 04:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ponzi Or MLP? Linn Energy's Unsustainable Distributions [View article]
    Seeking Alpha's core philosophy is to allow for all sides of an argument to be aired. That is why we publish articles of opposing viewpoints, such as the response to this article by MLP Trader that the author referenced in a comment above, and why we have no one position to defend through any moderation bias.
    Jul 17, 2013. 04:58 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ponzi Or MLP? Linn Energy's Unsustainable Distributions [View article]
    We generally require that comments stick to discussing the merits of the content of the article itself, rather than attacking the person who wrote it. Every investor or analyst has made bad calls in the past, and selective listing of those is often antagonistic and rarely helpful (Even if they were wrong before, they might be right this time!).

    That being said, to *politely* refer to or ask questions about an author's analysis in the light of their former analyses is usually acceptable.
    Jul 17, 2013. 12:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ponzi Or MLP? Linn Energy's Unsustainable Distributions [View article]
    Users are banned from commenting occasionally, but not just at the request of authors. For more on why we do not have a "free speech" policy, see our commenting guidelines: http://bit.ly/S99OoL (or just take a look at websites with scant or nonexistent moderation, and draw your own conclusions).
    Jul 15, 2013. 12:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ponzi Or MLP? Linn Energy's Unsustainable Distributions [View article]
    If a contributor does threaten to "ban" someone, please report the comment in which they make that threat. It is indeed up to the moderators to make that decision, and we do not tolerate any kind of threat in comments.
    Jul 15, 2013. 10:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    Do you think superficial changes are enough to get Iran's economic sanctions lifted? Apart from oil, what other industries would be affected by reopening Iran to international trade?
    Jun 17, 2013. 09:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What We're Doing To Stop Stock Price Manipulation, And How You Can Help Us [View article]
    R Wright --

    Thanks for your thoughts. We firmly believe that the appropriate destination for allegations of stock manipulation in Seeking Alpha articles is the disputes team. They are working hard to identify such problems, and take all accusations seriously.

    Comments, however, are for discussion of the issues. If you believe that someone is promoting a stock for nefarious reasons, you can engage other users in a debate about faults that you detect in their arguments or sources that contradict their assertions. However, there is no real way to have a civil and useful debate about someone's intentions. It ultimately comes down to: "you're lying!" "No, I'm not!", which will enlighten no-one. (Also, the disputes team don't read every comment on the site, and so commenting will never cut off the problem at its source.)
    Jun 12, 2013. 12:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Why Behind The How: The Quality Of Comments On Seeking Alpha Articles [View instapost]
    Thanks for the feedback, Shane. I will bear in mind next time we revisit the wording.
    Jun 12, 2013. 10:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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