Skaffold Community guidelines
References to 'us', 'we' or 'our' are references to Mainstreet Share Analysis (Australia) Pty Limited (Skaffold) is a Corporate Authorised Representative (Authorised Representative No: 0004400886) of Mainstreet Investor Research Pty Limited ABN 90 111 536 700 (AFS Licence No: 293655).
You must read and accept these Terms and Conditions of use in order to access the Skaffold Community (the Community). By accepting these Terms and Conditions of use, you are agreeing to be subject to them, and any other notices or limitations contained on this website. These Terms and Conditions may be updated from time to time without notice to you. You should periodically revisit this page to stay familiar with these Terms and Conditions.
The Community was established to stimulate positive conversation between Skaffold members (Members). Employees, officers and agents of Skaffold (the Skaffold Team) may also post comments.
The Community features of the website allow Members to indicate whether they like or dislike a stock. Participation in this feature is purely voluntary and the following points should be noted:
- The number of likes and dislikes indicated represent the number of Skaffold Community Members that have expressed a preference regarding that stock.
- A Member may select like or dislike once only for each individual stock but you are free to change your selection at any time.
- The number of likes and dislikes should not be considered to be an endorsement of a stock, a recommendation or financial product advice.
- Skaffold expresses no view regarding the numbers indicated and does not endorse these numbers. Skaffold expressly warns against basing any investment decision on what a Member considers is indicated by this feature.
- Other Member's motivations for clicking like or dislike are unknown and may be contrary what they actually think.
- While Skaffold has certain technology solutions implemented to limit each Member's ability to select like or dislike to 1 selection per stock, these technology solutions may able to be circumvented and accordingly Skaffold makes no warranty as to the accuracy of what is indicated by this feature.
- You are responsible for your own investment decisions. While Skaffold and the Community is designed to help you acquire information which may help you in making those decisions, you are solely responsible for analysing and verifying any information you intend to rely on.
- Skaffold retains the right, in its sole discretion, to remove any like or dislike selections and permanently ban those who seek to breach the rules, prescribed etiquette and legal guidelines.
- You acknowledge and agree that your participation in the Community and the use of this feature, the website and content is entirely at your own risk.
- As a valued Member of the Community we welcome and encourage you to post comments on the website via the discussion facility provided. While posts are not designed to provide a forum for the airing of personal grievances, they do allow you and other Members to exchange views on stocks, trading strategies and the investing market.
- To help us maintain an environment that's constructive and safe, we want you to understand the Community guidelines to which you agree when visiting, please take a moment to review the following important information.
What we encourage
- Positive participation: This Community was established exclusively for you and other Members to stimulate positive conversation, so join in the discussion.
- Disclosure: Make other Members aware of any interests you may have in the securities you comment on, and any significant role you may have within any company that you’re posting in a discussion.
- Discretion: When discussing product information avoid breaching defamation, libel, slander and anti-trust laws.
- Respect: All items listed in the disclaimers and legal rules contained herein. Members to show respect for the Community and each other.
- Vigilance: All Members can if they choose to reproduce your posts unless you expressly request otherwise, so be careful what you post.
- Clarity: Clearly headlined information should accurately reflect your post content which should be easy to both read and search on, while allowing Members to respond more appropriately to your postings.
- Check first: Before clicking 'submit', take a moment to edit your post to avoid any unnecessary spelling or grammatical errors, and avoid using all capitals in the body of your post.
What we discourage
- Spruiking: Using posts to promote yours or someone else’s business.
- Impropriety: Using posts to disclose the personal details of others.
- Profanities: Using language or terms likely to offend others, plus catchphrases, memes, and Internet slang that may compromise the integrity of your post.
- Confrontation: Destructive, highly contentious or attacking comments designed to insult to others.
- Trolling: All defamatory, abusive, threatening and illegal material, plus complaints, spam, affiliate links, links to inappropriate content and personal attacks are strictly prohibited.
- Incorrect sourcing: When referring to or pasting an article in your post, remember to avoid plagiarism by including a reference so other Members can check it out themselves, and only include a short excerpt to ensure you’re not infringing copyright law in the process. Avoid overly large signatures, and while links to videos are OK in posts, please don't embed them.
- Ramping or derailing: Bumping a thread without adding new information will be deleted, similarly avoid disrupting the constructive discussion of the current subject.
The legal stuff
By accessing the Community, you agree to the following:
- You understand that only financially current Skaffold members are entitled to post comments.
- As postings are, at best general information, not professional investment advice prepared by taking into account any individual circumstances and need of particular investors. Therefore before acting on the basis of what is said you should consider consulting a licensed adviser (the Australian Securities & Investments Commission’s (ASIC) website at www.asic.gov.au has a list of licensed advisers) or visit ASIC’s consumer website at www.moneysmart.com.au for general guidance about investing.
- You will not have any access to an ASIC-approved dispute resolution scheme if you rely on any Member postings.
- As you are personally responsible for the accuracy and authenticity of the content you post (including any alternations you make to postings), you must not include misleading or deceptive information, or use the posts to engage in unauthorised or illegal activity.
- You acknowledge that serious penalties apply for posting material that is misleading or deceptive, or that amounts to market manipulation or insider trading.
- The offering of financial services or securities to the Community, posting as a licensed investment adviser, or posting commercial messages by Members is prohibited.
- Information, including your identity and the content of your posts, may be made available to government agencies including Federal and State police and ASIC. The police, ASIC or other Community Members may take action against you.
- While links to external sites are allowed, those endorsing commercial products/services, soliciting of business, unauthorised promotions and links to other stock market blogging posts (without prior consent) will be rejected. If you include links to external sites, you may be seen as endorsing the material on such websites. It may be advisable for you to warn people accessing other websites that you do not endorse or take responsibility for material in the linked sites.
- Any impersonation of others is not permitted.
- You must disclose any interest, conflict or connection you have when making a post, including any interest in the security, business or financial product under discussion. For example, you may be entitled to receive direct or indirect commissions, fees or other benefits from a financial product or service provider, or you may be associated with a particular securities issuer such as by being an employee or director of the securities issuer. If so, you must disclose that fact in your posting.
- Posts by the Skaffold Team may contain general financial product advice that does not take into account your investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs. Because of this, before acting on the advice, you should consider the appropriateness of the advice having regard to your own investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs and consider seeking advice from a financial advisor.
- Securities cannot be offered to you for sale or issue through Community postings.
- To alert us or the ASIC Infoline on 1300 300 630 if you have good reason to suspect that any postings are inaccurate, are based on inside information or are likely to mislead or deceive people who view or use the postings.
- The ability to post comments on this website is for the purpose of the discussion of the relevant topics only. Any postings or activities that we consider to be outside of this specific purpose may be deleted by us and your account suspended or cancelled in our sole discretion without any notice to you.
- Skaffold does not necessarily pre-screen, monitor, curate, vet or approve posts to the website but may do so in its sole discretion, Skaffold may also refuse, move or crop posts in its sole discretion without providing reasons. If you have any concerns about any posts on this website please email firstname.lastname@example.org giving full details.
Disclaimers, liability & Indemnification
- The views expressed by Members within the Community are not the views of Skaffold, and as such we accept no responsibility for any loss you may incur as a result of relying on Community content.
- You should be aware that other Members might not be who they claim to be. Skaffold will not verify or confirm any Member’s details or whether a Member’s profile contains accurate information. You should also be aware that other Members might attempt to use the Community for personal gain and Members should approach postings with appropriate skepticism.
- You are responsible for your own investment decisions. While the Skafold and the Community is designed to help you acquire information which may help you in making those decisions, you are solely responsible for analysing and verifying any information you intend to rely on.
- Skaffold retains the right, in its sole discretion, to remove posts of an illegal, unauthorised, threatening, discriminatory or potentially defamatory nature, and permanently ban those who seek to breach the rules, prescribed etiquette and legal guidelines.
- Skaffold retains the right, in its sole discretion, to remove, moderate, amend or crop the profile information that you complete including any uploaded image including, without limitation, if it includes anything of an illegal, unauthorised, threatening, discriminatory or potentially defamatory nature, and permanently ban those who seek to breach the rules, prescribed etiquette and legal guidelines.
- Members retain the right to re-publish contributions as they see fit, and Skaffold will archive all posts for at least two years.
- We are not responsible for your content or the content within any websites and/or other sources referenced within it.
- We are not responsible for online or offline conduct of any Member of the Community.
- You acknowledge and agree that your participation in the Community and the use of the website and content is entirely at your own risk.
- You understand that these terms and conditions are based on and governed by Australian law. If you choose to access the website outside of Australia you are responsible for complying with all relevant local laws.
- Because of the nature of the internet, it may be hard to identify or locate the person making a posting. The person may also be in an overseas jurisdiction, so it may be hard to take any legal action against them.
- You agree to indemnify and hold us, Mainstreet Share Analysis (Australia) Pty Ltd and its employees harmless from any loss, liability, cost, expense, claim or demand due or relating or arising from your use of the Community in violation of these terms and conditions.
- Our liability under these terms and conditions is subject to any applicable contrary provisions in the Australian Securities and Investment Commission Act 2001(Cth), and Competition Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).
- You continue to retain any right to content ownership, but by displaying, publishing or uploading any content in the Community you grant to us an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence (including the right to sub-licence that content to any person or entity), to use, modify, delete add, create derivative works off, reproduce and distribute the content in or through the Community for any reason.
- Skaffold’s Financial Services Guide (FSG) can be found at http://www.skaffold.com/fsg