This is this rare occasion when the post and comments complement each other. I have been on AR for years now, and comments like Russel's are still an eye-opener to me.
Yes, featuring is a problem on AR. What is featured make often little sense. there was a very good sugestion that people, who feature blogs, make a comment explaining why they picked this blog and not another.
I have my blogs feature time from time, and for the last half of the year it is every time no the best blog I have written. Out of three I wrote it will be the worst, and this is true to my last featured blog.
Katerina is not shy of... I would not call it controversy, I would rather call it "reality of life", she is not steering a pot for the sake of just steering it, but she has a good sense of smell and picks fishy on the spot
Just because a post is on the feature board on ActiveRain does not mean the information in the post is correct or true.Posts get featured in several ways but NOT one of those ways is one where ActiveRain staff are going through every post and verifying all the facts making sure it is all fact or opinion and that there is no misrepresentation of facts or errors in statements of fact. There is just not enough time in the day to do that and not enough staff members at ActiveRain Corp. to be able to handle such an expectation.People who like a post you wrote click the suggest button on your post to alert the staff at AR that there may be a post worthy to be featured.Then there are those who game that system. There are of course, as is to be expected in any group or community those that band together and as a group click the suggest buttons on each other posts.When ActiveRain first started they did not have the employees who could be assigned the featuring task so they had members volunteer to be moderators. The moderators had feature authority. Of course because moderators are human, there were situations and accusations of some of the moderators 'playing favorites'. This practice ended and then the staff primarily were in charge of featuring posts.The staff get accused of playing favorites as well. But as I have been here since 2007 watching all of this I see that it is more so the groups who click the suggest button over and over again on the same people within their groups. The staff is caught in the middle because there is no clear evidence that this happens. The staff also have other duties during the day besides featuring posts so to have to research where all the suggests are coming from is also time consuming. But AR can see who suggests who.Of course there are great writers who are featured often because they are good writers with content that is valuable and opinions that are worthy of sharing.So when you read a post that is on the feature board on AR- just because it is there- remember that the facts contained therein have not been verified.Just because something is written- does not make it true.There are a lot of posts and featured posts with incorrect advice on how to do a short sale and who can do a short sale, etc.There are a lot of posts and featured posts about how to run your business, what to do as an agent, what is ethical or not, etc.
There are a lot of posts and featured posts about SEO, internet marketin, social media, you name it, that is not exactly factual or verifiable.Remember before you take someone's word as truth, verify the facts. That includes me. Don't just believe what I say, check it out, do your due diligence.One way you can find out whether something is working that a post tells you to do is to go ahead and ask the writer, how is that technique working for them? How many houses have they sold because of applying that technique or action plan. Have they gotten any real people to sell a house to or list a house for because of something they are telling you to do?Always go back to: How's that working for you? Remember, don't blame the AR staff for posts that are not true or verified.
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