Getting Points for Comments (In More Ways Than One)

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How many times do you see a very short comment and think "I guess they didn't know there was a minimum length to get your 25 points for the comment!" We love meaningful comments! "This is an excellent post! Thank you for sharing this post." may in fact be entirely sincere by some, but it also typifies a copy/paster "I'm doing this comment JUST for the points!" type person (for more info, see Miss Manners Guide to Commenting Philosophies)

Well, let's not start counting our characters in our comments, but it does take a minimum of 50 characters in a comment to get our 25 points. (I previously relayed something that I had heard, namely that it takes 10 words or more, and while that is approximately right, it is more precisely a character count, I just now tested to confirm it!). So when you comment, you should fill up at least half a line of the commenting box (compare my red arrows in the diagram below, the 50 character point is just over half distance of comment area width). 

Points are nice to get and we might as well earn them for making a comment, so make sure you are aware of this when commenting. Don't just say it was nice... tell us why and what part in particular! (and you will have no problems with points, AND you'll be making many more points in the eyes of the author!)

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Lucas Taylor
Keller Williams Miami Beach - Miami Beach, FL
Always a good refresher  of the system and other ways to earn.
May 22, 2012 02:28 PM #209
Rob Lang
At Home Kansas Team Powered by Keller Williams Partners Inc / - Lawrence, KS
Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes

Very well written!  The points are great, but some consideration when leaving a comment is in order as well.  

Jun 02, 2012 03:58 AM #210
Rhonda Duffy
Duffy Realty of Atlanta & Rainmaker Realty - Milton, GA
#1 Retail Listing Agent in the U.S.

Learn something new everyday. Looks like taking time to think about the article before commenting on it will help in more ways than 1.  

Sep 10, 2012 01:18 AM #211
Mike Young, covering the USA - Las Vegas, NV
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809

Craig, thank you, I am relatively new to this and didn't realize they had a 50 char minimum. That accounts for why some of my past comments didn't get an points. Thanks again

Sep 10, 2012 01:11 PM #212
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Good information. I was wondering why this weekend when I was congratulating winners for some of the contestst that I didn't get points for the comments. Now I know why. 

Oct 01, 2012 02:06 AM #213
Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections - Edison, NJ
Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More!

Thanks, I was wondering why I didn't always get points as I tend to be brief.

Oct 31, 2012 11:42 PM #214
Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers,

Thank you very much for the clarification, I am just now starting to see the benifit of the points structure.

Nov 15, 2012 01:26 PM #215
Christopher Campa
Northern VA Realtor

Thank you Craig.  There is so much to learn here in AR.

Dec 08, 2012 09:06 AM #216
Wika Hutchinson
Eugene, OR

Thank you for sharing this info Craig. I learn something new every day here on Active Rain :)

Jan 24, 2013 11:28 PM #217
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Thanks for the tip! (6 3 3 3 = 15)  If I write a few more words, I squeak out the minimum! (2 1 5 1 3 4 5, 1 6 3 3 7  = 39).  Phew! (4)  Made it (4 1 = 5) I haven't counted length in my writing since high school English class!  Double spacing and narrow margins anyone? :)

Feb 07, 2013 07:55 AM #218
Royal Goodman
Royalty Homes USA - Madera, CA

Craig. Thanks for all of information. I did not know this. Now I do. I appreciate you for sharing. Royal...

Feb 27, 2013 12:12 PM #219
David Grbich
Realty One Group - - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Thanks for the tip - I am working hard to reach half a line but did it!! Regards Dave

Mar 24, 2013 10:39 AM #220
Mohan Tarneja

Thanks Craig for letting us know about this.. but what are the benefits of getting points for comments.. yes its increase scores but is there any other benefit as well.. ;)

Sep 19, 2013 09:46 PM #221
Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
HomeSmart - Phoenix, AZ


I don't like to read, I appreciate finding this. I am coming along in AR. Getting the hang of this

Dec 09, 2013 06:28 PM #222
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
29 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Wow, I am amazed at how short 50 characters is. I enjoyed the link to Bliz' Ms. Manners post.


Mar 03, 2014 12:42 PM #223
Sandra Mathewson
RE/MAX 4000 - Grand Junction, CO


Hope all is well with you. 

Since AR has been redesigned, I don't know how to leave a comment to someone's comment on my post?  Before, I could just click to respond, but I can't find a way to do that now?



Mar 09, 2014 01:25 AM #224
Jill Winchel
Royal Shell Real Estate - Koffman & Associates - Cape Coral, FL
We make it easy. You make it home.

I didn't know there was a character count to earn points. I have always just said my piece but it is good to know about the 50 characters.

Mar 24, 2014 11:16 PM #225
Bryan Beckstead, KOmKards, Care-Connect-Communicate, on auto pilot, 24/7.
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Become a KOmKard owner today,

Yes agreed, never knew about the 50 characters to earn points. 

Apr 23, 2014 09:48 AM #226
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm #227 here:) and noticed that you had 10 re-blogs and feature. Congratulations!

Jul 22, 2014 06:53 PM #227
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I did not know this. This is 50 characters :-) LOL

Jul 26, 2014 01:30 PM #228
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