Spam and Active Rain

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Woodmont Realty

I enjoy Active Rain and believe it is a great learning a communications tool for Realtors.  However, I've noticed an ever increasing problem occurring on Active Rain that is making it less appealing.  The problem is a variance of SPAM in various groups.  I like to go to the Ethics and the Realtor forum to read about Realtor issues related to ethics.  The problem I am having is that about half of the posts on the Ethics forum have nothing to do with ethics and I have to wade through "SPAM" to find what I am looking for.  On the first page of the forum today there are half a dozen listing ads that have nothing to do with ethics.  There are also many other original posts that have nothing to do with ethics.  Why have subject specific forums if any subject is allowed to be posted?  Something needs to be done to purge the various forums of posts that have nothing to do with that forum.  Something also needs to be done to educate Active Rain members on appropriate posts.

Comments (4)

Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

It's the moderators who have founded the groups to make sure it stays on focus, etc.  Not the members so much.  Moderators can delete, but then that ticks off the people the post to their group.  You're right, about posting listings.  It really has nothing to do with this particular group.

Jan 25, 2010 06:47 AM
George Bone
Prudential Woodmont Realty - Brentwood, TN
ABR, GRI, e-PRO

Carla, thanks for responding.  If someone wasn't following the guidelines for posting I would think that it wouldn't matter if someone got ticked off or not.  The moderators should just delete the inappropriate post and notify the poster that it did not meet the guidelines.  I would think that it would be fairly easy to monitor the postings in the Ethics Forum as there are not that many.  I guess I get a little ticked off when people who don't follow the guidelines make it more difficult for those who do. 

Jan 25, 2010 06:58 AM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

Hi, George.  It's not as easy as it sounds.  It makes sense to delete them if they don't follow the guidelines, but some posters get offended when that happens.  It would be nice if people read the guidelines first before posting, but as you've observed, some don't.  Moderating is a balancing act and it's a thankless job to boot.  I hope you'd continue to follow the guidelines, it's a great help to the moderators and the groups.   

Jan 26, 2010 01:57 PM
George Bone
Prudential Woodmont Realty - Brentwood, TN
ABR, GRI, e-PRO

Yolanda, thanks for responding.  It really is easy.  Just delete them if they don't follow guidelines and let them know why.  So what if they get offended, as that is their problem for not following the guidelines.  I don't think there should be so much concern for holding someone accountable for their actions.  It offends me that I have to wade through 'spam' to find a post related to ethics because someone else didn't follow guidelines.  If guidelines are not going to be enforced then why have them?

Jan 26, 2010 02:48 PM