ActiveRain is best when members participate! Lurking is nice, but it is the members being part of the process that makes ActiveRain Special. Remember that you too can help ActiveRain keep things moving along!
- When you find a cut and paste article, something that is inappropriate?, An ad or a post in the wrong category? - Flag it. There is a slight back log, they are working on the process and taking care of them quickly.
- Find a post that is absolutely wonderful -- RATE IT!, think it should be featured? Flag it and let ActiveRain know why. Many of the moderators look at the highest rated for the day to see if there is something that should be featured... So Rate posts folks!
- Write unique, well written articles and please use spell check. Less is more...
- Mentor a new member and help them learn the ropes!
I just went through several pages of posts and I am seeing a few very interesting trends return here at ActiveRain. One of which is the fact that there are so many boring posts. I know that I have just said something that is going to anger a few but I think that there are a few really great posts out there that if they just polished them that they would be terrific.
Trends come and go at ActiveRain, it is predictable:
Copycat articles! Today as I write this there must be hundreds of iPhone posts. Do your fellow professionals a favor -- if you want to post about a popular subject that you want to share with your readers - DON'T POST TO PROFESSIONAL category when you see a bunch already. It is fun to watch as a moderator when we feature a new topic that we haven't seen in a very long time. Within minutes and for days to follow members start posting on that subject. Remember all those Open House posts?
Listings and Market Reports in the Professional Category! When you put a listing on Active Rain and you click on Advertise a Listing -- don't put it in Professional. Remember the moderators are volunteers and we spend a lot of time removing posts from the Professional Category... If I got a point for every post in the Professional Category that I removed... We do this for you the readers so the few that you see are just the few that we miss.
Posts in Groups that do not belong. Ok, read the rules of each group and post to them only if your post applies. These groups were set up with specific goals in mind. Be a good guest in the group!
The all bold post! Bold should be used sparingly!
I personally don't read them, I rate them a 1 and move on. Imagine what the consumer does?
The two sentence post! Do I have to say anything else? Two sentences with enough words to gain 200 points!
The return of the Wall of Words! This is where you have a post that is just words, no breaks which makes it impossible to read. I try and read them, but if you don't give me room to breath and lead me through the post, I bail. Just like the consumer!
Cut and Paste Posts! This is where you copy an entire article in your post. First off, that is illegal, secondly it is probably the third or fourth time people have seen it.
A better way is to write a post referencing and linking to the original article. This gives your audience a taste of how you are and presents you as an authority rather than a distribution source of information.
Are you a new member lost and not sure where to start?
- ActiveRain Community Guidelines
- ActiveRain Community Resources - Updated 05/18/07
- Paying It Forward, Active Rain Style - 100 Links You MUST See!
- Active Rain Newbies
- Practice Here!
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