"Bring Back, that Loving Feeling!" Building a Better Community - Blog Tips for Rain Drips

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Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

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It's a normal progression in online social networks, as membership gets larger and larger, for the community to suffer from a league of growth-related issues. The more people who join, the more challenging it is to keep things intimate and personal. With increased numbers always comes a greater potential for the 'dregs' of cyberspace to find their way in and spoil all the fun.

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An alarming common thread I've been hearing of late is that our beloved network community has become less and less loving. Seems as though a few bullies, flamers, and stalkers have found their way in among us, and are wreaking their havoc upon our cherished family.

Historically, one of the main attractions and benefits of this network has been the wonderful environment of encouragement and fostering meaningful relationships. It's been a safe haven of sorts, an oasis/retreat to find solace from the stresses/pressures of day-to-day life.

Unfortunately, there are a small minority of bad apples who are spoiling things for the majority. Allow me to restate a portion of the ActiveRain Community Guidelines, found on the HomePage:

  • Do not personally attack another person.
  • Do not slander another person. 
  • Do not send unsolicited emails, or faxes, or make unsolicited phone calls to another member.
  • We encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view. But we don't permit hate speech which contains slurs or the malicious use of stereotypes intended to attack or demean a particular gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or nationality.
  • There is zero tolerance for predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, invading privacy, or the revealing of other members' personal information. Anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from ActiveRain.

In my humble opinion, I think we've been a bit too lax on the 'Zero' tolerance policy. Not intentionally, mind you. The AR gods love this community they've built and place the greatest value on its members. But the community needs to know that these kind of issues, and the 'dregs' that cause them, will be dealt with swiftly and seriously.

So if you're one of these few Bad Apples, consider this post as putting you on notice. Shape up, or you WILL be shipped out!

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Okay, so for the rest of you Happy Campers, here's your homework for the coming week (yes, Virginia, there is homework!):

I want you to take a few minutes out of your day, and call another fellow Rainer. It has to be someone you've never talked to before. Spend a few minutes getting to know each other and sharing words of encouragement. This should be a regular part of your ActiveRain Network activities, just like making your daily comments, and consistent blog posting. Make it a point to call one AR member every week!

This is OUR community. WE are the ones who will make it become all that it can be!

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com, SOUNDBITEBLOG and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail:  kitsapagent@gmail.com

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Rich, you are so right about feeling like a safe haven. When I first joined this place seemed huge and cold. All it takes is a little time and trust and you will find friends...and business. Thank you for the gentle reminder. Later in the rain~Deb

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Gracious Rich...

I felt the urge to stop by and submit comment #100 on this AR Classic post :)

TLW...ROAR!

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