Community Guidelines: Navigating on Active Rain in 2017

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Community Guidelines:  Navigating on Active Rain in 2017

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What are the Community Guidelines on Active Rain? What the purpose? These questions come up virtually every year around this time, thanks to our friend Lynn B. Friedman  and her Challenge.

I understand about guidelines, having lived in a Communist country in my youth, then immigrating to the United States (legally), I get it about strict guidelines and their purpose. I also understand that strict enforcement of Guidelines will create resentments. Active Rain Community Guidelines are not like what I just described. They are what I consider common sense guidelines on how to play and behave on this platform.

 Following the rules vs. blasting my way and creating my own rules have always been driving forces in my life. I attended Eastern Michigan University during the time when the first annual Pot-Festival was attended by Congressmen in Ann Arbor, MI. Then from there I went on to the United State Military Academy at West Point, NY and then to the University of Connecticut, I am sure you get the idea how opposite extreme influences have been my guiding force. These fantastic environments again allowed me to experience extremes in rules/guidelines, from virtually none to a very restrictive one, even to the point of instructing us how to properly shine our shoes.

Having been in the Military, followed by Corporate America to becoming an independent contractor as a Beverly Hills Realtor the winding road brought me this platform…well it took me until 2014 to read the Community Guidelines. Why did I finally read it after having been on this platform since around 2007/2008?

Well you should know by now Lynn B. Friedman       my friend talked me into participating in her Challenge. Well that in turn made me realize that overall I always knew what is Right and what is Wrong and I did not need the Community Guidelines, since I have been following them pretty much without knowing what they were. Of course, with some occasional deviation and going “outside the lines”.

So, what do I think of the Community Guidelines? Instead of expanding them or maintaining them, we need to shorten them and simply use the idea of ‘…treat others as you would like to be treated by others …’ and that should be sufficient! After all we all know what is acceptable behavior.

If you are considering finding a common sense style Realtor in the greater Los Angeles area, please reach out to me directly.

If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at  http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Hi Endre -- once again your K.I.S.S. method works!   Keep it simple.  Keep it straight-forward.  Lesson learned.  

Jan 09, 2017 05:25 PM #12
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Lynn B. Friedman
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Endre Barath, Jr. 
Your comment "common sense guidelines" is so accurate. I love how you write -- you write as you -- so genuine. Your friend in Atlanta, Lynn

Jan 09, 2017 05:53 PM #13
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Debbie Reynolds
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They are pretty simple indeed. When bullying goes on it will not be tolerated for long.

Jan 09, 2017 06:32 PM #14
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Kathy Streib
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Endre- I love this post.  There's a reason the Golden Rule has been around for as long as it has. 

Jan 09, 2017 06:46 PM #15
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Endre

The ActiveRain guild-lines should be short . . . . to the point . . . . and easy to understand.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 09, 2017 07:38 PM #16
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington
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Loving your entry in Lynn B. Friedman  challenge Endre Barath, Jr. 

Jan 09, 2017 09:51 PM #17
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

It has been a bit crzy nutsy and that will continue here for a bit so have not reviewed Lynn's challenge....simple is good...common sense great...common for either..not so much.

Jan 10, 2017 03:12 AM #18
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
David Weekley Homes - Cypress, TX
David Weekley Homes in Towne Lake 70's

Endre,

 I agree I usually treat people the way I want to be treated unless they show me or tell me otherwise, I agree most guidelines would be common sense for a platform like this!

Jan 10, 2017 10:43 AM #19
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Yes, Endre Barath, Jr., the Golden Rule applies here and I'd say, withuot knowing, you've been doing a pretty darned good job of following the guildlines!  

Jan 10, 2017 11:23 PM #20
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Robert Bob Gilbert  no wonder we are friends, we have the same ideas, Endre

Jan 10, 2017 11:31 PM #21
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents  you made me laugh and cry at the same time, sad reality, Endre

Jan 10, 2017 11:32 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hannah Williams  let me tell you I hate to write this post and Lynn B. Friedman  knows it, it should not be necessary, Endre

Jan 10, 2017 11:33 PM #23
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Beth Atalay  thank you, these words mean a lot, Endre

Jan 10, 2017 11:34 PM #24
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Endre.  The majority of Rainers don't need community guidelines as they know how to behave.  But, then again, there are always a few.....

Jan 12, 2017 05:43 AM #25
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Patricia Feager
Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - Throughout your life, you have navigated through tough waters, high seas, and smooth waters. From the moment you posted that great photograph and weaved your tale about where you came from and the paths you took to get to ActiveRain, I was riveted! Having you had a military background and Corporate environment, I get why you had an aversion to reading the rules but I understand that you do live them and you learned a thing or two. 

Oh Captain! Oh Captain! You are good at everything you do. I'm a believer that some of the greatest teachers and educators dared to go outside the lines. 

Jan 13, 2017 04:35 AM #26
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Patricia Feager
Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - I am thankful for Lynn B. Friedman who has been a great guiding force in the Rain as well!

Jan 13, 2017 04:37 AM #27
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

It should not be neccesary but still you do it with style and grace!  Good role model to follow!

Jan 14, 2017 04:10 PM #28
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner  it would be nice indeed, Endre

Jan 14, 2017 04:48 PM #29
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nick & Trudy Vandekar  thank you for adding to the conversation and you are right, Endre

Jan 14, 2017 04:48 PM #30
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Dick Greenberg  you are absolutely spot on, Endre

Jan 14, 2017 06:00 PM #31
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