Scoring evolution: Blog post scoring changes

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Scoring evolutionWe are constantly evolving how we award points in order to reward the members who make the best contributions to the growth of the network.  We have decided to change the awarding of points for blog posts from being an automatic process (200 pts for every post) to a manual process done by us and moderators.  This will allow us to reward points based off quality instead of simply quantity.

This means that when you make a post you will not instantly get points, but posts will get reviewed and scored, probably within a hour or two.  The members who make thoughtful, quality posts will end up getting more points under this structure, while posts that are purely advertising will not be rewarded.  This change is not retroactive meaning all previous posts recieved 200 points.

Guidelines for awarding points:

0 points: Purely advertising, not informational in nature, spam, only one or two sentences.

100 points: Post qualifies for points but was added to all channels ("For real estate professionals", "For consumers", "Regional news and information" regardless of the posting guidelines.  Please read the posting guidelines before posting to these channels.  For example, all of them prohibit blatent advertising.

200 points: Typical blog post, most posts will fall into this catagory.

400 points: Very informational, well written, obviously put some thought/effort into writing it.  Generates a good discussion.

Bonus points: We will continue to award bonus points when we feel it's appropriate based on member contributions.  Bonus points should be considered an exception rather than a rule.

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Rainer
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Scott Gormley
Oak Valley Mortgage-California Home Loans and Refinancing

This seems fair. It seems unrealistic that you will be able to read every post. But if you are able to, I think it will keep things clean and the website won't get bogged down with useless info...

 Scott

August 25, 2006 03:14 PM
Rainer
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Joanne Brown
Rockland County Real Estate

What do these points do?  It's not like money or does Google care about how we rank in AR?  I think the payment is all of the wonderful and informative information I've attained since I joined.

Sorry, I really don't know what the points do besides rank me higher here.

November 17, 2006 09:22 PM
Rainer
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Frank Jewett
tech4REpros

Using points to unlock cool features like expanded profile page, RSS chiclets (I cobbled together some html myself), and even additional blogs (if I was an agent, I would never mix my "localism" SOI/farming blog with my peer-2-peer blog) would take the points system to the next level.

I've apparently hit my ceiling on "automatic" 200 point blog posts for the week, but as I am trying to build an audience, I will continue posting daily.  The points are a kick, but meaningful participation is my goal.

November 13, 2007 03:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

Wow Frank this is an ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooold entry.  There may have been a bunch of changes since this post to limits on blog posts.  The way they are scored now has nothing to do with how they were scoring (by hand) in 8-2006.

I like the idea of spending ActiveRain points. I worried about mixing peer to peer with Localism when I started ActiveRain but I don't care anymore.  ActiveRain is what it is.  It is a mixture. That gives it transparency IMHO.  Maybe when they get Localism up to speed  (there was not a Localism in August 2006 although there were Local posts on ActiveRain) it will be different.  Very few people on AR are doing local posts. Separate blogs?  As in separate memberships?  Separate memberships for the same individual is mostly just used to game the ActiveRain point system IMHO. 

November 14, 2007 09:29 AM
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Dagny Eason
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
Dagny's Real Estate

Wow!!!   I just bumped into this post, and couldn't believe what I was reading, until I saw the year!  Very interesting evolution!

June 28, 2010 09:30 PM
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