We 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.