LearnVest Commenting Policy
The comments section on LearnVest is a safe and friendly place to discuss personal finance topics with other people. To that end, anyone who joins agrees to abide by the commenting rules and respect other members of the community at all times. Users who do not abide by these rules may be banned from commenting on LearnVest or the LearnVest community at large. LearnVest may remove offensive comments that fail to abide by the spirit of our community at any time, upon its sole discretion. If you would like to discuss why we’ve moved or removed your comment, you’re welcome to contact feedback at learnvest.com. To report an abusive comment click on the flag link on the top right-hand corner of the comment. If you encounter any questions or problems, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may use any handle you choose, as long as it does not involve profanity, adult language or an attempt to impersonate another person. If you choose a username that violates these guidelines, we reserve the right, without prior notice to you, to automatically change your username, delete your posts from our site, deny you access to our site or any combination of these options.
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Please exercise extra caution about revealing personal financial information: Never reveal bank account information, Social Security Numbers, credit card information, passwords or anything that could be used to gain access to your financials. We will only use your username (we will not reveal your real name or financial information), but be aware that users can see your collective comments. So, if you post details about your situation, they can build a financial picture. Again, if you would like advice on a specific financial situation in private, we recommend you try our Advice Center for access to a financial expert.
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While we encourage debate, do not cross the line into harassment or personal attacks. Inappropriate content includes but is not limited to comments that are unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, profane, hateful and racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable. This includes comments that encourage illegal conduct, violate the rights of others or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law. Please also refrain from writing in all caps or bold. It gives the impression that you are shouting and is unpleasant for other members to read.
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Any comments deemed by the LearnVest staff as, or containing links to, phishing, pyramid schemes or other scams will be immediately removed. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We appreciate your help in keeping the LearnVest community a supportive, safe and pleasant place to share your thoughts on money.