Dick 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.
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...
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."
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
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.
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!