Blog comment spam

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This issue has been brought up by several members who have been tired of other members leaving short, non informative comments on their blog posts in what appears to be an attempt to gain points.  The has a detramental effect of cluttering up the blog postings and also causes the poster to receive unwanted comment notifications if they have email notification turned on.  This is the definition of spam...

As we've said before points are meant as a way to reward members for taking actions that help grow the community.  With that in mind we identified two members who were the cause of almost all (90%) of this comment spam.  They have recieved a significant point penalty and have also been sent warnings to clean up their act or face removal from the system.

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Rainmaker
1,368,670
Donna Harris
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin
Regent Property Group
Ahh, the comments!!  That makes sense... yes, I was looking at someone's point summary the other day and they comment on about 50 posts a day... so not fair!  It all makes sense now...
July 23, 2006 06:48 PM
Rainmaker
253,642
Jay Thompson
Zillow

"I think point penatlies are crap. The agents that have been here for a while have so many points because they abused the system. 30,000 points? give me a break. Look at their point history."

Jamie, please review my point history and tell me where I've abused the system???? I have far less blog posts than many. Like everyone else at the top, the vast majority of my points came from referring members--helping the network grow. That's pretty much the point in a social network...

Tim & Susan just blew by me, and Linda will drop me to #4 probably in a couple of days. So what? Do I want to be #1, heck yeah. Why? Because as anyone that knows me will tell you I am competitive to a fault. But being #1 will only help my ego, not my business. Referring others and helping the network grow WILL help my business.

I could make three 200 point blog posts a day to try and catch Paul, Tim & Susan and soon Linda. But that won't help Active Rain grow. And it's the growth of Active Rain that will ultimately be to ALL our advantage.

So relax, take a virtual valium and let's all work together on growing this network... 

July 23, 2006 07:07 PM
Rainmaker
253,642
Jay Thompson
Zillow

"JoinTheRain.com, wonder if anyone thought about having a catchy domain name which forwards to their referral link?"

Pure dead brilliant Paul. Ideas like that, "out of the box" so to speak, are what will help make AR continue to grow at the rate it is. Wish I'd thought of it, but am more glad that someone, anyone did. Every single agent that joins here helps EVERYONE.

JoinTheRain.com....  Makes my CraigsList idea look amature in comparison... May  be time to head to GoDaddy and shamlessly steal...

July 23, 2006 07:12 PM
Rainmaker
532,442
Tim & Susan Fennell
Jacksonville Real Estate
The Legends of Real Estate, REALTORS®

Ha! There I was enjoying a cold one and watching a movie and what did I hear but Jay running up on my heals?!  Just had to pass that 30,000 mark tonight before turning in, Jay. Pass me one of those virtual valiums (gotta love that one!) and have a wonderful, productive week out there.

G'Night friends.

July 23, 2006 08:33 PM
Rainer
296,303
Teri Isner
GRI, CRS, CIPS
Keller Williams Celebration

First I want to apologize to anyone who felt spammed.  It was not my intention.

Second I want to comment that to be penalized without any warning is a bit much.

Third I don't think people should be penalized for being prolific.  Go ahead and read any of my comments from the weekend.  They all have some pertinent information to offer.  Most were longer than some of the blogs.

Finally I want to thank those of you for your positive comments and hope that these points will be reinstated  due to the fact at the very least there was no warning and I do have alot to offer this group.

July 23, 2006 09:14 PM
Rainer
140,427
Ben Kakimoto
Seattle Condo Specialist
Keller Williams Greater Seattle

Matt -- Like blogs, how about awarding points for a certain number of comments.  People are still free to comment and provide insightful opinions without any suspicion as to whether they're being a sharing member of the community vs just commenting for points.  

July 23, 2006 10:01 PM
Rainer
355,013
Paul Sullins
Network Real Estate

Jay wrote: "Makes my CraigsList idea look amature in comparison

That is certainly NOT an amateurish idea, I've been doing it for a month! Head on over to GoDaddy, it's not stealing when I gave it away.

July 24, 2006 11:39 AM
Rainmaker
1,084,794
Bryant Tutas
Broker/REALTOR, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc

Hi Matt,

How about points for getting comments and no points for making comments? 

 

July 24, 2006 12:55 PM
Rainmaker
185,190
Jay McHugh
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert
Wow...interesting and competitive....I take the middle road and I am happy to be sharing and learning from the group....keep up the good work and with anything it will take a few hiccups to set a smooth sailing...we are all professionals let's start acting as a professional group!
July 24, 2006 09:44 PM
Rainer
278,035
Ken Smith
Suburban House Hunters

Actually points for receiving comments isn't a bad idea. Maybe 10 points for receiving a comment, excluding ones left by yourself naturally.

July 25, 2006 04:49 PM
Rainer
13,419
Christopher H
REAL ESTATE

LOL...  Don't worry about the things you can't control, just have to courage to face the things you can.

July 26, 2006 12:33 AM
Rainmaker
494,505
Nima Rezvan
First Time Home Buyer Expert - CT FHA Loans - FHA 203k - CT Mortgage
Nima Rezvan Prospect Mortgage NMLS#110681

Wow, did I just really spend 15 whole minutes reading all 31 comments on this blog! Yes I did.  Okay, here is my two cents.  Imagine if they made everyone's points 0 and we all started out from scratch?  What would you do?  Will people go bonkers? 

Let rain grow!  Every day I invite new people, not all join, not all are computer savvy, but I try to make the network grow!  Specially since I started, look what I have done in Connecticut.  I spread the word and Connecticut went from 4-6 members to 42!  That is just in a week and a half or so!  I LOVE RAIN! LET IT RAIN, LET IT RAIN..

BIG FRIENDLY SUGGESTION: Instead of having just two persons on the main page, basically instead of having two top members on the home activerain page, lets cut the MAP, the united states, north america, into 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 major regions and allow maybe 6 or 8 or 10 or 12 or more members to show up on the home page?  Anyone like this idea?  I would love to hear the ActiveRain's Management Staff's opinions and friendly suggestions.  I think it is a great idea?  Not trying to say that the top two on the page now do not deserve to be there, but my point is, when I am referring a realtor or business partner to the site, and then go there and see one of the two top members there, they get turned off that their region is not even highlighted or mentioned, this is feedback that I got a bunch of times from others that I tried to refer to the site, so that I can help the network grow and grow.

What do you think?

July 26, 2006 08:03 AM
Rainmaker
185,190
Jay McHugh
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert
Well said....I like the idea of regions...but are we not making too much out of this?  We sell real estate let the computer guys make the rules...if one does not like it they are free to remove themselves and move on....
July 26, 2006 08:22 AM
Rainmaker
494,505
Nima Rezvan
First Time Home Buyer Expert - CT FHA Loans - FHA 203k - CT Mortgage
Nima Rezvan Prospect Mortgage NMLS#110681

Jay,

I agree!  If you don't like the rules, move on!  I am here to stay.  Again, that was just a friendly suggestion to whomever that can change the home page around, not the real estate pros.

July 26, 2006 09:20 AM
Rainer
32,386
GA-agent.com Georgia Real Estate Directory
GA-agent.com

Fellow ActiveRain members I have a confession to make...

I'm guilty of ripping off blog posts and recycling them as my own. My thoughts are that there is no excuses for this behavior only that this is my first attempt at blogging.

I've deleted these posts and kept the (2) posts the are 100% original. I feel better about doing this and would be very upset to be removed from the ActiveRain community.

 Not only that, but I can honest say that I will have a few good things to contribute!

August 01, 2006 10:52 AM
Rainmaker
1,084,794
Bryant Tutas
Broker/REALTOR, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
James, Kudos to you. You are a big man and just proved it. I'll do business with you any day! Made my day thanks. 
August 01, 2006 12:29 PM
Rainer
1,759
Dana Russell
Bronxville-Ley Real Estate

It's funny how grown ups still sound like children as soon as you initiate any type of "reward" system.  I can't believe I just sat here and read through all of these comments.  That's like five whole minutes of my life that I will never get back! LOL

 I love this site! I am new and just learning my way around but I have complaints.  So there! :-D

August 04, 2006 02:06 PM
Rainmaker
185,190
Jay McHugh
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert

Well said..that is the competitive nature of our industry....look forward to reading your blog!

August 07, 2006 08:23 AM
Rainer
425,468
Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
SKBK Sothebynulls - Metro Detroit
SKBK Sotheby's International Realty
Hmmm, looks like I got here after the all of the hullabaloo.  I agree with Jaquelyn's comment above about making changes in the point system retroactive to put everything on a fairer ground.
August 14, 2006 02:31 PM
Rainer
153,261
Scott Gormley
Oak Valley Mortgage-California Home Loans and Refinancing

I think that it would get rid of all of the spam comments by giving individual points to members based on the quality of the comments left. That should help clean up the house :)

Scott

August 28, 2006 12:59 PM
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