Conflicting Disclosures on Marketplace Posts
SA Marketplace posts are only visible to subscribers of the author of the post, yet the first few lines of the post, the title of the post and any tickers listed in the default disclaimer of the post are visible to non-subsribers. This allows marketing opportunity for authors, as it peaks the curiosity of non-subscribers so perhaps they will subscribe to the author. This is good for business and is not the issue. The issue is that on some posts it is important to NOT show the tickers for the stocks being covered in the post. Currently if a SA author wants to avoid showing stock tickers in the post header, they have to choose the only disclosure option available of the three choices provided by SA: "I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.", since the other two disclosure options require the ticker to be included. SA subscribers have complained that in low volume stocks, showing the ticker for a Marketplace recommendation post drives up the volume of the stock and prevents subscribers from entering at a reasonable price point, thus negating the whole point of being a subscriber. To avoid this, at least one author has agreed to select the "no ticker" disclosure and add a second disclosure in the body of the Marketplace post. Then for the Marketplace recommendation post, the disclosure in the body of the post will state something like "Long XXXX" to state the authors actual position, which will conflict with the default disclosure of which they have only one choice if they do not want the ticker to appear in the Marketplace header. To resolve this, it is reasonable to have SA Admin add a fourth option to the default disclosures for SA authors to choose if they wish, that says something like "I am long all stocks discussed in this post" thus avoiding showing a ticker in the Marketplace post header and avoiding any conflict with a second disclosure [internal to the body of the post] stating the ticker and long position.
No, that's just how the author tags the article. No information is given over whether the author owns those stocks. It's up to the author whether to tag those or not, but it's separate from the disclosure.