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

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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.

* * * * * * * *   SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES   * * * * * * * *

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!

* * * * * * * *   SPREADING THE LOVE!   * * * * * * * *

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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Rainmaker
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Kate Bourland
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Rich, how did I miss your blog for so long.  When I see negative content I tend to personally blacklist that person.  I won't even read their blogs.  Don't have time for toxicity in my life.  Thanks for the reminder.  Hopefully some of the bad apples will read it and get a clue!
January 08, 2008 01:43 PM
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Rich Jacobson
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Keller Williams West Sound Realty

Gary - I ran across the same 'music' person, and made the same kind suggestion, and received the same response. Oh well, to each their own, I suppose...

I would support public outings...maybe not necessarily with names, but specifics on why they were penalized or kicked off, so that other members would know that actions are, in fact, being taken, and policies being enforced. Not a bad idea...

January 08, 2008 01:55 PM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

I did extra credit home work....  I called another member.  Don Fabrizio-Garcia.... I have only known Don since maybe 2005?  I invited Don to ActiveRain... and have never talked to him on the phone.  His voice is deeper than what it sounds like via blog or email but so is mine. 

January 08, 2008 02:27 PM
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Rich Jacobson
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Maureen - I am proud of you! Keep it up!
January 08, 2008 02:35 PM
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Jason Sardi
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Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina

Late to the fiesta, haven't done my homework yet.  I need an Active Rain Dartboard to figure out who the heck I'm going to call.

 

January 08, 2008 04:44 PM
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Rich,
you mean we have to phyiscally talk to a fellow Rainer?  How strange. My fingers will not know what to do!  I won't be able to hugh my computer. I loved the music.  The Righteous Brothers are one of my all time favorite groups.

January 08, 2008 09:58 PM
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Mike Norvell Sr
Norvell Consulting Group
Morris Williams Realty
Hey Rich, the number posted sent me to Dominos Pizza, did you get them confused??
January 09, 2008 01:58 PM
Rainmaker
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Janie Coffey
GRI - Miami Real Estate
One Sotheby's International Realty
great point.  Rich, I love your consistency, your good heart, your no-nonsense, non-politiical just good solid input and the fact that you DO give a DAMN!  WE appreciate you!
January 10, 2008 07:38 AM
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Ginger Wilcox
Trulia
I talked to Stephen Wolfe and Larry Bettag this week!  It was so great to make that real, live connection.  I can't wait to make more.
January 10, 2008 05:01 PM
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Howdy Rich

Sorry that I had not read your post before now. I will never understand why some can't just do the right thing. Be it in a online community or the community they live in.

I will do what your asking us all to do.

Thank you for a very fine post.

Have a good one

Dale

January 11, 2008 09:26 AM
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Sue Prins
Realtor- Greater Grand Rapids, MI
Five Star Real Estate

Hi Rich, I am a newbee to AR. I am thankful for this new community. Thankfully I have only experienced encouragement so far from AR. I was so nervous taking the leap and doing something that was frankly, technologically challenging for me, so I do know that if I had been the victim early on of wha you were describing I would have been long gone. I am glad to hear you are watching out for this kind of thing.

Thanks!!

January 10, 2008 10:39 PM
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Rich Jacobson
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Sue - It's for new members just like you that I am so very passionate about working to help this network reach it's fullest potential. I want everyone to have the same life/business changing experience I have had as a result of my involvement here!
January 10, 2008 11:06 PM
Rainmaker
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Melissa Stewart
Your King George Realtor!
Coldwell Banker Elite
And I thought college was bad....Lovely post! I'm still fairly new and super shy but definitely read your post and thought about it. You are dead on with your points and it's great to be able to network with fine people such as yourself! Best wishes in 08!
January 11, 2008 10:56 PM
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Karen Moorhead
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate
Keller Williams Realty

Oh I am glad to read this blog and feel more secure in knowing we must all play nice.  As many have said, it is what our mothers taught us.  Isn't that a huge bestseller:  "Everthing I needed to learn in life I learned in kindergarden"? 

Anyway I'm happy to read this.  Thanks!

January 12, 2008 08:29 AM
Rainmaker
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Lindsey Hasford
Coldwell Banker Vision
Thank you for this post. It's good to remember why we are here! The positivetly that I get from this sight keeps me going!
January 12, 2008 09:00 AM
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Georgie Hunter
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I left a message for Earl the Pearl.
January 17, 2008 07:19 PM
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Julianna Hind
REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA
eXp Realty
Awesome post and song! thanks for keeping the "how" and "why" at the forefront!
January 17, 2008 11:02 PM
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Georgie Hunter
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers

I did it!  Had a nice chat with Andrew Mooers up in Maine.  That's moose country.

January 18, 2008 02:39 AM
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Deb "Alayne" Brooks
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Alayne Brooks, Re/Max Elite Group, Wichita Falls Texas

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

June 07, 2008 09:37 PM
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.

Gracious Rich...

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

TLW...ROAR!

June 14, 2008 08:21 AM
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