Topics Included & Deleted from the Active Rain Newbies Group

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elmoWe've had some questions about what types of posts are relevant and included (or deleted) from the Active Rain Newbies group. The moderators got together and discussed some of the gray areas. The goal for the group.... A place for people new to the site to quickly find information to help them participate in the site and community....without having to sort through posts on other topics.

People new to the site sometimes need help to figure out how to use Active Rain. Sometimes even those of us who have been here for a while still need help :) - hidden secrets of active rain exposed. (Hey, there's an idea for someone's next post.)

The Active Rain Newbies group is not meant to cover topics for people new to real estate. If you are interested in that check out the Real Estate Rookies group.

Appropriate posts for the Active Rain Newbies group

  1. Introduce yourself.
  2. Post blogs with Active Rain how-to questions here.
  3. Post blogs that have instructional information to help people use Active Rain (and Localism)
The following will also be accepted...
The idea is that these do not exactly fall in the above category, but can be helpful to newbies and get them interested/participating in the site.
  • Week in Review posts
  • Contest Announcements and Winners (not individual contest entries)
What will be deleted from the group
  • Listings
  • Advertisements
  • Meme's
  • Point Stories
  • Achievement Stories
  • Market Reports
  • Anything about markets, banks, foreclosures, etc.
  • How to use technology or blog that are not specific to active rain blogging.

We love blogging. We want people to blog. We love posts on all kinds of topics. We love reading posts on all topics.

If we delete your post from the group, it is not anything personal. It is just not to topic. Please help us keep group to topic. It's more fun when you are looking through groups to see only see relevant info.

If you are an Active Rain Newbie and need assistance, check out the resources included in Welcome Active Rain Newbies: Read Me First.

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Rainmaker
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Leslie Stewart
Oregon Licensed Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals - Stayton, OR
Realtor, ABR, CRS, Oregon Licensed Broker

Thanks for the reminder.  I have trouble remembering when I am posting a blog what can go in to which catagory.  It would be helpful to have  a little reminder with each group what can go there. 

May 15, 2008 04:11 AM #76
Ambassador
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Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

I stopped by just for the reminder. This is still one of my favorite groups. Thank you so much. Later in the rain~Deb

Jun 03, 2008 03:05 PM #77
Rainmaker
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Aida Pinto
Independent Real Estate Broker - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

I joined a few weeks ago--I should have started here.  thanks

Jun 04, 2008 03:06 PM #78
Rainmaker
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Aida Pinto
Independent Real Estate Broker - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

Some of my post were deleted becasue I post to the wrong group--can I repost to another group?

Jun 05, 2008 09:11 AM #79
Rainer
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Angie Vandenbergh
Crye-Leike, Realtors - Memphis, TN
A Crye-Leike Blogger

Hi Aida - If you posted to your blog and then included it in one or more groups... then yes you can go back, edit the post and include it in a new group. However if you just posted directly in the newbies group, then the post is completely removed. If you see your post on these pages, then you can repost to another group.

Jun 05, 2008 10:26 AM #80
Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Glad I came across this.  I was unaware of the restrictions on this topic and I see now why I had a post removed. 

Jun 07, 2008 01:23 AM #81
Rainmaker
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Aida Pinto
Independent Real Estate Broker - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

I wish you would have warned me that you were going to delet my post--I lost 600 points becaseu this was the only place I posted it.  Had I know I would have posted to another group.  But you live and learn

Jun 07, 2008 10:35 AM #82
Rainer
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Stephen Adams
Keller Williams Realty - Leesburg, VA

Thanks for the heads up.  I have been so busy with work and life that I probably should have take a moment to research that.  Afterall, we do a lot of research, eh?  It's good not to take it personally, because this wonderful site serves many, many purposes.  And sometimes the purpose/point that I might be trying to make isn't "on point" or "on task" for that particular blog.  So when it happens, dust yourself off and make a go at it from a different angle!  Wow, too many cliches for me.  Been a long day. 

Jun 07, 2008 01:40 PM #83
Rainmaker
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Derenda Grubb
CENTURY 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
GRI, ABR, CRS

Thanks for the information and clarification on some issues.  It was stated in a much simplier format.  I appreciate that.

Jun 09, 2008 03:36 PM #84
Rainer
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Brandon Weber
Weber Property Group - Sacramento, CA

Thank you for the clarification.  I am new and there are obviously a lot of rules to learn.  I understand why all these rules seem to be necessary.  I guess I just like to err on the side of simplicity.  But I am still new so this is definitely in my very humble opinion.

Jun 12, 2008 09:40 PM #85
Rainer
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Eileen Madayag
Home 4 All Realty & Mortgage, Inc. - Vallejo, CA

Please allow me to introduce myself..My name is Eileen and I am truly a new member not only to AR, but to the whole blogging world.  I will start off by asking your forgiveness for asking dumb questions.

I just recently added my first blog to my own page.  How do I get people to comment on it?  I know I need to be patient, however, I guess my concern is that, did I do it properly, or perhaps am I missing a step somewhere?

Help please?

Eileen Madayag

Jul 12, 2008 10:48 AM #86
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The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Thanks for the update.  I had a post deleted and immediately felt bad and wondered why and even a little angry.  But once I went back to the group and read the guidelines in more detail it made sense.  I just active rain about 2 weeks ago and am just getting the hang of it as far as postings and groups and so forth.  I love it !!!!!  Once I realized why my post was deleted and removed from the group, it made all the sense in the world.   Not that it was a bad post, but the content had nothing to do with "active rain newbies".

Jul 12, 2008 10:58 AM #87
Rainer
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Angie Vandenbergh
Crye-Leike, Realtors - Memphis, TN
A Crye-Leike Blogger

Hi Eileen - I checked out your blog. You do have comments enabled, so you're off to the right start. To get people to comment.... first you need to get people reading your blog. Tell people about it, post regularly, and comment on other people's blogs. Those people will check out who you are and start reading. Once you get some people reading...in your posts asks for comments. Ask people's opinions on a topic. Ask for feedback. Post about a controversial topic. These all make it more likely for people to comment.... Good Luck.

Jul 14, 2008 02:44 AM #88
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Eileen Madayag
Home 4 All Realty & Mortgage, Inc. - Vallejo, CA

Thanks for the great advice Angie.  I will definitely try it.  This maybe be a dumb question, but how do I find people to see what they blog about?  Does  that make sense?  Do I just randomly check for anyone that I can come across?

Eileen

Jul 15, 2008 08:08 AM #89
Rainmaker
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Oops, just had a post deleted, so I came back to read what I had done wrong. And there it was, "no banks,..." and my post was about something relating to banking. I thought I had read the instructions, but not closely enough. I was a bit shocked at first to see I had a post removed but like Christopher and Stephanie, now I understand. I just won't post here anymore :) Not!

Aug 06, 2008 04:17 PM #90
Rainmaker
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June Lewis
Northwood Realty Services - New Castle, PA
Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571

H Angie, I just had a post in fact( I have had 3 post deleted  ) from the newbie group. Just a comment this post was about a post when to put up sign riders.  I read the guide lines and can not figure wher I fit in and as far as , DO NOT post about, Just wanted to let you know it wasn't  intentional, and I am still not sure.

I like  the structure and what the moderators do in each of the groups,  they keep the members focused and safe and that is a good thing. I must admit there are some post out there that have not been deleted well ...I just scatch my head and say how in the world did this get through.  I put an extreme amount of time and research in my post that I feel benefit the members (it is not just about points to me) There is something a little harsh about being deleted,  although I realize, it not meant to be, (especially from the newbie group.) I guess this comment is provoked because it caught me off guard. I wake up Sunday morning open my home page on AR and see I have been deleted from a post I have put a lot of time into.  Oh well....you caught the bunt of my frustration. I am going to leave the group, so there won't be any more problems with my post being deleted.  Thank you and I have learned a lot.  It has introduced me to Active Rain ( it was overwhelming for me at first) now I am at a point where I want to help someone else not be as confused as I was.  Thanks again

 

 

 

Aug 30, 2008 11:50 PM #91
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Angie Vandenbergh
Crye-Leike, Realtors - Memphis, TN
A Crye-Leike Blogger

Hi June - Sounds like your posts about sign riders would have been a good one for the rookie realtor group, or really any real estate topic groups. On looking at posts that have not been deleted and are not to guidelines... most likely the moderators just have not been able to get to it. The volume of people posting on other topics is overwhelming and it is very difficult to keep up with it.

Aug 31, 2008 04:24 AM #92
Rainer
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Angie Vandenbergh
Crye-Leike, Realtors - Memphis, TN
A Crye-Leike Blogger

Hi June - Sounds like your posts about sign riders would have been a good one for the rookie realtor group, or really any real estate topic groups. On looking at posts that have not been deleted and are not to guidelines... most likely the moderators just have not been able to get to it. The volume of people posting on other topics is overwhelming and it is very difficult to keep up with it.

Aug 31, 2008 04:25 AM #93
Rainer
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Mattie Lewis
Student at UofH Go Coogs! - Austin, TX

Thanks, I do not want to do anything that will get me or my posts "booted"! I am a newcomer and the site is awesome so far!

Aug 31, 2008 05:31 AM #94
Rainmaker
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Sorry, Angie: I hadn't read the rules thoroughly. It's a wonder I haven't had other posts removed from your group as well. As a relatively new member to AR, I consider MYSELF an AR Newbie. I'll try to be more careful. You've got a full-time job moderating, don't you? ~Pat

Nov 12, 2008 02:05 AM #95
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