FAQ:Board Management

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This board is for "longs" and I want people to understand this board is NOT for bashers. I put this in the iBox so everyone would understand what this board was all about. But, someone has said that I can’t have my own rules for my board. What's this all about?

The only rules that govern boards in the Free Zone are the Terms of Use.

I created a board that was for people to discuss all stocks, not just a specific company. All of a sudden "Free Members" can't post on it. What's going on?

Chances are you weren't moderating the board based on the TOU. If a significant amount of the dialog is discussion of topics other than stocks, the board belongs in the Premium category.

Discussion of other boards, Moderators on other boards and deletions are not appropriate for any board. If someone feels these matters need to be addressed they need to so privately with a Site Admin. While some technical support boards (i.e., computer related) are in the Free Zone, in general, boards not related to stock discussion are the only boards non-subscribers cannot post on. However; anyone can read these boards.

Two Users made a bet on the board. One agreed that if the 10k was delayed past the due date that he would no longer post on the board. The other agreed not to post again if it was out on time. It was filed on the correct day and the guy has not lived up to his agreement!

The posts regarding the "bet" should have been removed before it ever got to this point. They were off topic (i.e. not discussion of the company) and, at the conclusion, invariably lead to further off-topic and/or personal attack posts. At this point, all you can do is remove the posts discussing this topic and post a message indicating that posts of this nature will be removed. If this doesn't help, please send a PM to Admin asking for their assistance.

Board Title and Ticker

The company's name or ticker will be changing tomorrow, how do I make this change?

If you are a Moderator, please click the Board Name/Ticker Change while in in Manage mode. Don't forget to include a link to the PR detailing the change.

Otherwise, please send a pm to iHub Admin requesting the change.

About Bans and Other Sanctions

How do I ban someone?

Site Admins are the only people that can ban someone on the boards in the Free Zone. If you would like to request a ban, please send a private message to iHub Admin. Please include relevant links. InvestorsHub favors inclusion over exclusion. Stock specific boards are for both positive and negative discussion of the company.

If you are a Mod of a Premium board, you should see a link to ban each individual who has posted on the board next to their post on the message list. Please note that Admin reserves the right to overturn any Moderator action on any Premium board including, but not limited to, issuing or releasing bans and deleting or restoring messages.

This one guy keeps posting that I'm violating his "Free Speech" whenever I delete his posts that violate the TOU.

Constitutional protections often referred to as "free speech rights" are an obligation of government, not private enterprise or individuals. Unimpaired speech on message boards is not a right but rather a privilege extended by the owners of the site. iHub welcomes all points of view as long as they are expressed in compliance with our Terms of Use. Any posts failing to meet those standards of conduct are eligible for removal. So-called "free speech rights" are not a consideration or factor in the operating of iHub.

People say that someone who used to post on my board is now in Jail. What in the world does this mean?!

People who continually violate the rules or do not heed warnings are subject to administrative sanctions. These include:

  • Reduction of posting privileges on specific boards;
  • Reduction of posting privileges site wide to 3 posts per day;
  • Banning from a specific board for either a pre-determined amount of time or indefinitely;
  • Suspension (or "Jail") from posting anywhere on the site except to the Jailhouse board; and
  • Termination (or "Boot") from the site

An argument broke out on my board today while I was away. From looking at the deletions, it seems like one guy started it. Why did the other people get banned, too?

Just as your Mother explained to you when you were younger, "it doesn't matter who started it". All who participate in a brawl on the board usually end up with sanctions. If a User is violating the TOU, then other Members' recourse is to contact Admin to assist. Taking the matter into their own hands only increases their violations/deletions. No other post/Poster gives anyone the right to break the rules. Each person is held responsible and accountable for their own messages.

Four people were just banned from our board. 3 of them were banned for 5 days but one was banned for 14 days. His deletions didn't seem any different than anyone else's. Why was he banned longer?

The most likely reason is that the one individual is a repeat offender. Sanctions are used to elicit different behavior. When conduct doesn't change, then sanctions are increased until the Member changes their posting habits.

Shareholder Counts

We are conducting a shareholder count on our board and one woman keeps saying it's off-topic. Is it?

Technically, dialog regarding individuals' holding in the stock could be considered off-topic. However; some have argued that the number of shares "controlled by the board" is a key technical indicator. As there is no confirmation that any of the alleged share ownership claims are accurate, the benefit of any exercise along this line is debatable at best. Even so, we currently allow so-called "shareholder count" dialog and leave it up to readers to determine the validity of the information.

We are having a shareholder count on our board and this guy keeps updating his shares saying now that he owns 95% of the float. It's obviously not true; he's just trying to be a troublemaker. Can I delete these posts?

It's likely that the User is trying to make a point about the authenticity of any of the numbers given by other Posters. He/she makes a very valid point. But, no, the post cannot be removed. Messages are not removed based on what you, other Moderators or Admins believe to be "true". First, it's too subjective and secondly, it would be impossible to enforce. If you have made the decision to hold a shareholder count on your board, then this would be a biased deletion as you have no "proof" of other's holdings either.

There was a shareholder count on our board and now we have one Poster who is using this information to make fun of other posters for how many shares they have. He basically says that people's opinions don't count if they have less than a million shares.

This is another great illustration of why this type of tally is discouraged. It just creates too much fodder for other TOU violations. If the post is a personal attack or off-topic (i.e. focusing on the other User), then it should be removed.

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