Active Rain Community Guidelines – Respect!
Respect the Active Rain Community
Of all the ActiveRain Community Guidelines the following says it all for me. If all members fully embraced the Spirit of the Community and showed Respect, we would not need any other guidelines.
“Being a part of any community requires a certain level of trust. Don't abuse the site or your fellow members. By joining the ActiveRain community you are given a platform to present your ideas and opinions to a large number of people. We trust you to be responsible with that platform; thousands of other ActiveRain members are also counting on your trustworthiness."
Does that not say it all? Trust means many different things to different people. Trust means everything to me. If I cannot trust you, then we have nothing. If you cannot trust me, then how can I possibly serve you as a client or be a friend? It does not take anyone a long time to figure this out about me. Believe me, it's no secret!
As a San Jose Real Estate Agent I trust that my clients will be honest with me. If I discover that a client has not been honest with me, then my trust in them is broken. It causes me to question, what else have they not told me?
In a community like ActiveRain, once trust is broken with a member, I simply play doctor and call “time of death.” I cease my communication with the member. I unsubscribe to their blog and I delete any comments they make on my blog. When I say trust is everything to me - I mean it!
If Trust is violated then there is no Respect
Sadly that has happened several times with members. However, for the most part, the ActiveRain community is packed with trustworthy, respectful professionals that I do not hesitate to refer my clients to. It's an added bonus to reading and commenting on their posts; learning; and helping other members. I've made a lot of friends in the Rain and have many advocates and supporters. It's what comes from trust and respect!
No better time have members been challeged to write about community guidelines. No worse violation of TRUST and RESPECT than what J. Philip Faranda addresses in his post: