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Using Information on Stockaholics
Stockaholics provides users an area to discuss financial-related information, views, opinions, and the recommendations of individuals and organizations.
The terms of service (TOS) are as follows: Conduct yourself generally as you would at a gathering where polite people might attend. Watch your language. Avoid rudeness and flame wars. Stay on topic and stick to posts relevant to the board on which you are participating. Otherwise, behave legally, morally and ethically.
You are completely responsible for your own investment decisions and who and what you believe on the boards. The boards are designed to help you gain the information edge you need to help you make your own decisions. You are responsible for properly analyzing and verifying any information you choose to rely upon.
Stockaholics does look at messages posted by its members. We do reserve the right to monitor or remove any post, at any time, which is in violation of the User Agreement or clearly detracts from the value of the community, without notice. We also reserve the right to terminate any member's membership at any time, without notice.
Messages posted by Moderators, highly ranked or long term members of Stockaholics in no way reflect the official views of Stockaholics. Stockaholics does not control and can not be held responsible for comments made by individuals who use this board.
Members should be aware that other members may not be who they say they are. We strive very hard to make sure members post under only one alias, but there is no guarantee our efforts will always be successful. Stockaholics does not perform a background check on any of the alias profiles. We do not guarantee that members' alias profiles contain accurate information. Members should also be aware that other members may use Stockaholics for personal gain. Therefore, everyone should approach messages with appropriate skepticism and objectivity.
Messages posted by individuals may be misleading, deceptive, or in error. You may disagree about a topic or issue, but stay objective and do not turn it into a personality battle.
Stockaholics has only moderated boards and it is largely a self-policing discussion site, which means that our site administrators will respond and react to e-mails received from members regarding violations of the Terms of Service. Upon receipt of such e-mails, moderators can and may take appropriate action (at their sole discretion), including, but not limited to the removal of post(s) and the suspension or termination of account(s). Chances are - if you're honest, sincere, and civil with your posts - you will never have to worry about having a post removed.
You should be aware of the possible risks of on-line investing and market analysis. The SEC publishes information on cyber fraud. The NASDR provides analysis on how to invest carefully in the electronic world. The NASAA provides tips on how to avoid online investment schemes aimed at taking advantage of unsuspecting investors. Their websites are instructive and can be found at: http://www.sec.gov // http://www.nasdr.com // http://www.nasaa.org
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Your conduct when using Stockaholics should reflect an appropriate respect and consideration for the other members of the site.
Stockaholics reserves the right to remove or restore posts at its discretion.
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* Posting harassing or otherwise objectionable content on another poster;
* Calling another poster names or being vulgar;
* Not staying on topic with the current investment discussion, but instead focusing on an individual poster;
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