Just Because A Post Is Featured Does Not Make It True

Reblogger Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

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

Original content by Katerina Gasset DRE# SL641317

Just because a post is on the feature board on ActiveRain does not mean the information in the post is correct or true. activerain featured posts


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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Rainer
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trust but verify.....for AR blog posts, and ANYTHING in life.

 

Most of you ahve been agents for some time and do know Buyers and Sellers can be guilty of "swaying tings" in an effort to make you buy or sell.....just use some common sense!!!

Oct 30, 2011 07:47 AM #1
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Jon, interesting re-blog and comment, I must go to their post to find out what "comment" you are referring to...

Oct 30, 2011 07:50 AM #2
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Very true Jon and Katerina. Facts need to be checked and I remember you were telling me about the Pavlov's dog dates I had in one post being wrong. I encourage corrections by the commenters and let the comments stand. Sometimes people present opinions as facts and that is way out of line. GREAT re-blog and your thoughts.

Oct 30, 2011 07:52 AM #3
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I think there are two lessons here that everyone should have learned as a young child. You can't believe everything you hear, and life isn't always fair. Many of my posts get featured, but I don't think anyone is gaming the system on my behalf. I think....I hope. I've been going along happy because I feel like I'm a pretty good writer. :)

Oct 30, 2011 08:15 AM #4
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Nathan- No no one is gaming for you. You get featured because people like you and like what you write and click the suggest button. That is what it is there for:) No worries there:) Katerina 

Oct 30, 2011 08:22 AM #5
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Jon- Thanks for the re-blog! I really appreciate the re-blog and thanks for a robust conversation. Katerina

Oct 30, 2011 08:23 AM #6
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Jon Thanks for this  Reblog I missed it Katerina  wrote a fantastic post .Just like the reblog that was featured instead of the original post . It seems there are many great posts that are never featured posts .. It does seem like the same folks are always getting featured .. that is why I don't read them I read the folks I am subscribed to and the posts on the left scroll ..I think I will jump over to Katerina ..

Thanks again Jon

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Oct 30, 2011 09:09 AM #7
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Great to hear different opinions here. Some are extremely different...lol

Oct 30, 2011 09:13 AM #8
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I missed the original post, so thanks for re-blogging. I have never gotten caught up in the whole 'featured' issue.  I agree, however, that just because something is in writing, it does not make it true.

Oct 30, 2011 10:22 AM #9
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Sometimes I see some blogs and I am thinking "How did this one get featured?". I mean really? I have even seen some Localism blogs get featured. Maybe it is just me but I am strongly against Localism blogs being featured. That's just me. Thanks for the re-blog Jon.

Oct 30, 2011 11:10 AM #10
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Mitchell J Hall
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Just because a post is on the feature board on ActiveRain does not mean the information in the post is correct or true.


Just because it's re-blogged does not make it true either. LOL

Oct 31, 2011 03:14 AM #11
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Ben - gaming is not about common sense. Organizing a group "suggesting" a post is a matter of organization But true in general, thanks

Oct 31, 2011 03:18 AM #12
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Endre - Russel is very knowledgeable, and he also proves that he has a great eye. You got to be that analytical to notice things like he has

Oct 31, 2011 03:19 AM #13
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Gary - Pavlov's dog wasn't a big deal, of course. 

Oct 31, 2011 03:21 AM #14
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Nathan - which means that you did not set gaming in motion, but some people did. When there is a system, no matter which, there are those who try to game it. Even when there is no way to profit from gaming.. It is also sport

Oct 31, 2011 03:23 AM #15
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Hannah - at least it is important to understand how it works, even if it does not work well enough

Oct 31, 2011 03:24 AM #16
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Steve - extremely diferent - LOL

Oct 31, 2011 03:24 AM #17
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Holly - and AR is not an exception

Oct 31, 2011 03:25 AM #18
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Lanre - I do not see any sense in featuring Localism blogs, either

Oct 31, 2011 03:26 AM #19
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Mitchell - maybe still just a little bit "truer"? (LOL)

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