"It's got a great beat and you can dance to it."

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recordDick Clark... American Bandstand...  If you are too young to remember American Bandstand... this may not make a lot of sense...

<------ and that black thing is a record.   

American Bandstand ran from the 1950s through the 1980's.

Rate-A-Record 

After the teens danced to a record on the American Bandstand TV show Dick Clark would interview a couple of teens about what they thought of the song...   The teens often said  "It's got a great beat and you can dance to it." Or that's how many remember Rate-A-Record anyway...

ActiveRain 

Comments on ActiveRain are one of my pet peeves.  The quantity and the quality.  I was never a fan of the points system on ActiveRain (although I have collected my share of points.) Points for commenting I believe has made bad comment habits for some members.

Real Estate blogs outside ActiveRain 

If you go out and read blogs outside ActiveRain you won't see a lot of comments rating the post. Not a lot of people are going to take the time to leave a comment simply to pat a blogger on the back.  The comment is not necessarily supposed to be a place to praise the post, or critique the post.  The comments on a blog is the place to discuss the issue in the post... can't discuss the issue in the post? Outside ActiveRain people usually read and move along (don't comment) if they don't have anything to add.  Yeah, occasionally you see someone sucking up to the blogger with a comment or someone blasting a post on an outside post . For the most part people discuss in the comments, the topic in the post.  

Outside ActiveRain there are comments left just for the link created, but for the most part most spammers even leave more than "great info / post thank for sharing."   Very few pat the blogger on the back type comments are generated on real estate blogs outside in comparison to ActiveRain.

Giving an "atta boy" to a friend is not the same as 20 comments in a comment thread from strangers saying ""great info thank for sharing."

Conversational blogging 

I am not saying you need to stay on topic either.... this is not about blogging rules... no "thou shalt" or "thou shall."  Try discussing something else other than the topic if you can get away with it. You may create a conversation.  That's between you and the blogger.  Off topic comments on a blog's comment thread sometimes add to the conversation for me.  IMHO if you don't have anything to add to the conversation and are going to reflect it with a "great post thanks for sharing" comment move along and comment where you can add to the conversation.

Theoretically it should be all newbies doing "great post, thanks for sharing" type comments on ActiveRain but it is not. I think new people should be encouraged not to get into the rut of leaving 10 "great info, thanks for sharing" comments a day... if 10 is the magic number on comments for ActiveRain? Ten a day?  It's a good idea to read a post before commenting too, that way you may be able to comment more in depth than  "Great post, thanks for sharing."  

I especially hate the comments that are dittos.  "I agree with so and so, "great info, thanks for sharing"  I greatly appreciate it."

To me "great info, thanks for sharing" comments are the equivalent of "It's got a great beat and you can dance to it" during American Bandstand's  Rate-A-Record."

Rate -A- Post on ActiveRain  

Rate this post

 

Those really, really new to ActiveRain won't recognize this feature of ActiveRain but we used to have a feature below the entries where we rated the post.  Fantastic post give it a five.  Piece of spam? Give rate it a one. The numerical rating somehow figured into the score of the post.

What happened to Rate this post?  Gamers.  

The one to five scale was at least the second rating system...on ActiveRain.  There was an earlier rating system.Rate this post

In her  My Wish List For ActiveRain Leanne Paynter may be showing the first ActiveRain rating system.  "Rate this post  Up Down"  I know you could get negative ratings...I believe it showed  on each post how it was rated. I often had posts with a negative rating.

....Big scandal for a small community over that rating system being used to game the point system on ActiveRain, long, long ago... and forgotten. 

The Wikipedia entry for American Bandstand says:"Clark would often interview the teenagers about their opinions of the songs being played, most memorably through the "Rate-a-Record" segment (to which the phrase "It's got a good beat and you can dance to it" is credited, perhaps apocryphally.)"

Will ActiveRain be remembered for "great info. thanks for sharing" comments?  I miss those ActiveRain rating systems personally.  I know ActiveRain said when they did away with the latest post rrating system that we would eventually have a non game-able digglike system for rating posts someday... I can't wait...   

Would you stop commenting if ActiveRain stopped giving points for comments?  

Would those who comment "Great post, thanks for sharing." stop commenting if ActiveRain stopped giving them points for comments? Please!

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Wow - I read Maureen's post this morning, meant to comment, and then didn't get back here until this afternoon.  I think I like Linda Davis' comment the best: I think there's something in the water -)  But I will say that I made a committment to be more blog-oriented this year than last, and when it comes to Maureen - your blog is one I intend to read and comment on whenever I can.  I mean - come on, you're my blog Idol!  But comments from me are if - and only if - I can make a decent point.  Disagree, with a good reason, or agree with an expanded reason.  Don't care about points, though.

February 04, 2008 03:09 PM
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Liz... Thanks...  I know you were blogging with the group outside ActiveRain and that changed.  I hope my comment on your blog earlier today... was not "Great info.  thanks for sharing"-ish.  I am not really comfortable commenting on local blogs.  

February 04, 2008 03:20 PM
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Hey, Maureen - I'm happy getting *any* comment from you, and no - it wasn't "great info.thanks for sharing"ish at all.  :-)
February 04, 2008 03:40 PM
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Karen Rice
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I'm sorry I missed this when you originally posted it - it came out while i was on hiatus from blogging.

I do love blogging and I love reading comments  but sometimes it gets very overwhelming to keep up and reciprocate on everyone's blog who commented on mine (and sometimes its darn hard when they have nothing comment worthy on their blogs!)

I read one blog a while back saying "I'm unsubscribing from your blog because you never comment back" or something like that. 

Well, Broker Bryant hardly ever comments on my blog and one tiime he did and called me Diane to boot.  But I would really  be losing out on good info if I stopped reading his blog because he doesn't reciprocate.

Why do we put so much extra pressure on ourselves and each other?

May 14, 2008 12:30 PM
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I think the "reciprocated"  comments are a major part of the outside criticism of ActiveRain. Lots of that outside criticism is from inactive ActiveRain members.  People who USED to blog on ActiveRain.  Some great real estate bloggers.

The reciprocated comments often rate the post, or pat the blogger on the back, or just say "thanks for stopping by my blog."  They aren't on the topic, or off the topic,  there's not a conversation about anything. If there is a conversation by other members it is diluted by the "great info, thanks for sharing" comments.  That makes for boring reading IMHO.

Even when we had a rating system people on ActiveRain would often comment rating the post because they are commenting for points and don't have anything to say on the topic other than "great post, thanks for the info." OK for a week or two for someone new to blogging but people on ActiveRain aren't progressing because they can get rewarded for "great info, thanks for sharing" with 25 points and that person then visits their blog and says ""great info, thanks for sharing."

The "I'm unsubscribing from your blog because you never comment back" is funny in a very sad way.  Blogging is so simple, and ActiveRain had (hopefully still has) so much promise.

Reciprocation is good as long as you are able to carry on the conversation.  ActiveRain has all kinds of things built into the system to help me support my ActiveRain friends, associates, subscriptions, groups, I don't need a pact to comment on the blogs of people who have commented on my blog with  "great info, thanks for sharing" type comments.

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