Guidelines for EconSpark: AEA Economics Discussion Forum

Usage Guidelines

In order to enhance the value of the Discussion Forum, participants are encouraged to read and respect the following tips on usage guidelines. 

The purpose of the forum is to allow individuals to share information that may be of interest to others in the profession and to ask questions related to economics.

Messages posted to the Discussion Forum appear immediately; therefore, it is impossible for us to review messages or confirm the validity of information posted. While the AEA does monitor individual messages, we are not responsible for any messages posted.

 The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of the AEA or any entity or group associated with the AEA. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by e-mail to We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. We also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of legal action arising from any message posted by you. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless AEA and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your activity on the forum.

Notice to Users 

By accessing the Discussion Forum, you agree to the following terms and conditions: The following types of communications are prohibited from the Discussion Forum:

  1. Unsolicited commercial advertisements, solicitations or promotions of a commercial product or service.
  2. Messages in furtherance of any illegal act, including violations of any state or federal criminal or civil laws or regulations. 
  3. Threatening or harassing messages. 
  4. Messages that advocate violence or discrimination towards other people. 
  5. Pornographic, obscene, vulgar or otherwise inappropriate material. 
  6. Any statement that is knowingly false and/or defamatory. 
  7. Any communication that violates any policy of the AEA or is deemed by AEA to be inappropriate.

Tips for Posting

Use a descriptive title for your messages; rather than "Help" - choose something like "U.S. Job Market 2019".

The subject of your post should clearly outline the contents of your message.

Help others help you: include all necessary information when asking questions.

When quoting a previous message, include your response above the quoted text. Also remove any portions of the previous message that you are not addressing in your message.

When critiquing another forum member's work or message, comments should be kept constructive.

Do not post messages that are WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS - this is the ASCII equivalent of shouting.


General Computer Security Guidelines 

If using the discussion forum on a public computer, logout and close all browser windows. This ensures that your session has ended.

Do not share your ID or password.

Change your password periodically.



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