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Author: TMFMoby Two stars, 250 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 597  
Subject: Standard formats for different content types Date: 7/10/2008 7:32 PM
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As we break into the different content types (terms, books, people, companies,) feel free to suggest different additions or subtractions to the standard article template. Clearly a company and an investing term are very different things.

Better than suggesting is just doing something new and posting about it here to see what the group thinks.

I'll start:
What all do you think is important on a company page?
what they do?
their history?
related articles?
BOD / officers?
most recent articles?

The one I've started working on is:
http://wiki.fool.com/wiki/3Com_Corporation

I would love to hear everyone's thoughts (or see your improvements!) on this and any other "standard format" we have.

Jeremy
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Author: TMFBiologyFool Three stars, 500 posts CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 89 of 597
Subject: Re: Standard formats for different content types Date: 7/11/2008 12:16 AM
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I'll add to the list an important issue for company pages: Disclosures.

There's really 2 issues:
With the authors being semi-anonymous (you can look it up, but it's not readily apparent), I'm not sure how to handle author disclosures about if they own a company's stock or not. Being relatively fact (vs opinion) driven, maybe it doesn't matter. Then again, I'm a Dr. not a lawyer, so maybe it does.

For The Motley Fool we should disclose if a company is a newsletter pick (I would think, someone should talk to the legal department). But that leads to an updating issue when picks come in and out of newsletter favor -- especially since the disclosures will likely be 30 days later if the Fool doesn't own it.

-Brian

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Author: TMFMrquakeroats Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Coverage Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 90 of 597
Subject: Re: Standard formats for different content types Date: 7/11/2008 9:30 AM
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For books, I think there should be a "Related Books" section in addition to "Related Terms". I haven't given much thought to companies yet.

John

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Author: TMFCHarris Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star SC1 Red Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 91 of 597
Subject: Re: Standard formats for different content types Date: 7/11/2008 4:12 PM
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I spoke with the Legal Department, and they feel we should do a couple of things.

First, the disclaimer language on the site will include a line to the effect of "contributors to the Flossary may or may not have positions in companies discussed in the Flossary." That should take care of the need for contributors to disclose things.

Second, we should try to keep analysis out of the Flossary, and focus on facts. This may be a given, but I think it is important to mention.

Finally, they say we should not disclose newsletter picks in the Flossary for several reasons. It would make the newsletter picks too readily available for non-premium customers, and we couldn't guarantee that it was up to date, so the disclosure would be partial at best.

Fool on,
Chris

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Author: TMFBomb Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 94 of 597
Subject: Re: Standard formats for different content types Date: 7/13/2008 11:34 AM
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Thanks for checking, Chris!

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