11th November 2016 at 1:42 pm #2933
The Armchair Trader forum is a place to share information, seek help and contribute to everyone’s development as an investor or trader. We are a community and should behave like one.
We want The Armchair Trader to be a place where you can discuss trading, free from nasty comments and people trying to sell you things.
Following these basic rules will make sure that we achieve this aim together.
1.01 People have a right to be treated properly. Forums are notorious for human beings behaving badly toward each other. We don’t want this on The Armchair Trader. If you don’t like someone, think their question is stupid, have had a bad day and whatever else you think excuses bad behaviour then deal with it some other way. If it appears on the forums and crosses a line then you can expect it to be dealt with, and that will involve one warning and then a permanent, total and non-appealable ban on the site.
1.02 Don’t feed the trolls. Every community has a small but very vocal number of people who add nothing of value. They deliberately cause trouble and offence and clearly have little else to do with their time. Your job is not to rise to the bait. Ignore them and report them. They will soon get fed up and go somewhere else.
1.03 Don’t post rubbish. This is a site dedicated to trading and investing and should be treated as such. There are plenty of places where you can post whatever you like. We don’t want it here unless it is about trading.
1.04 This isn’t a freedom of speech site. We can be liable for what you post and this could cost us a lot of money. We may have to delete things to protect us from this. So if you want to campaign freely and be allowed to say whatever you like then you will have to find somewhere else to do it, such as via the FCA. This does not mean you can’t express an opinion, just do so sensibly and within the rules.
1.05 Make sure you follow the posting guidelines. They are there for a reason and it gets annoying when posts appear all over the place and/or in the wrong place. This is not asking much so do your bit for everyone’s benefit.
1.06 No selling allowed. Any form of selling is unacceptable. If you see this happening then report it and it will be dealt with.
1.07 Don’t abuse our team. We have a duty of care for all the members of our team and will not tolerate any form of abuse directed at them. This is a zero tolerance policy so don’t do it. Also we probably won’t respond well to aggression or threats, so stay polite and you will be fine.
1.08 If you break the rules expect to be dealt with. Depending on what you have done, you may be warned, suspended for a short time or banned completely. This is regardless of how long you have been a member and how much you have contributed. And don’t forget we depend on you to report things that you feel have broken the rules as we can’t spot everything.
1.09 It is how you behave that counts. We don’t have the time to investigate why you might feel a certain way or who may be right or wrong in a given situation. So, we will look at what you actually do, how you conduct yourself and react accordingly. No solution is ideal and we want to allow full and frank discussion but if we have to step in and police things we will.
1.10 Don’t be harsh with newcomers. We do all we can to guide new members but they will still post what appear to be the wrong questions often in the wrong place. Show some tolerance and help if you can, treating them harshly is against what we stand for so don’t do it. If you think they are not genuine, report them.
1.11 Posting on The Armchair Trader is a privilege not a right. This is a privately owned site and nobody has to pay to be here. Any inappropriate posts or any issues that take up a disproportionate amount of site resources, or make it a worse place to be, can be stopped at our discretion. We have to prioritise our spend and will not waste valuable resources dealing with things that do not warrant it. For this reason, if you use TOR (the anonymity network) and start any kind of trolling activity you will be banned immediately (since it’s highly likely you’re a multi-nick, which means you’ve had all the warnings in a previous incarnation and don’t deserve the same chances as others).
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