"A Matter of Trust" - The ActiveRain Community Guidelines Revisited

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

(For Your listening pleasure while you read,... Billy Joel's "A Matter of Trust")

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When you joined ActiveRain, do you remember clicking on a little box where you agreed to abide by the Community Guidelines?

(Are you kidding? No one ever actually READS that stuff, do they?)

This is a continuation in a series of articles that will walk us through the ActiveRain Community Guidelines, and help us to have a better grasp on how to live them out in a practical sense.

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Respect the ActiveRain Community

Being a part of any community requires a certain level of trust. Don't abuse the site or your fellow members. By joining the ActiveRain community you are given a platform to present your ideas and opinions to a large number of people. We trust you to be responsible with that platform; thousands of other ActiveRain members are also counting on your trustworthiness.


Here's Websters on Trust: "an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone."

Trust allows us to be transparent. Trust encourages vulnerability. Trust removes the fear of judgement. Trust provides a safety net of mutual respect, care, and concern.

Trust isn't something easily bestowed. It takes time and effort to develop. It has to be earned. Trust normally takes a long time to cultivate, but can be lost in an instant.

When you elect to participate on this Network, we are relying on your professionalism. Strong, solid ethical practices permeate our industry. We are governed by them, and sworn to abide by them. Those ideals should translate over to our involvement here on ActiveRain.

Can You be trusted? Can we, as a community, count on your trustworthiness? Will your character and integrity be revealed in your writing? Will your words and comments convey strength and truth?

Being a Member of ActiveRain isn't simply a means of gaining more business,...it's a "Matter of Trust!"

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Rich Jacobson is a REALTOR® and licensed Broker with Fathom Realty. He's a Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, skilffuly vanquishing anything in a shell! He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.


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Greg Myers
G L Myers Real Estate Services - Chapel Hill, NC
The effort to maintain a high level of integrity is appreciated. Most would likely obey the guidelines even if they did not exist. They certainly do not place any unreasonable restrictions on use of the site.
Feb 06, 2008 01:47 PM #55
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


For the most part, I would say, members are operating here in a professional manner which makes the site such a powerful tool. But it is necessary to visit these guidelines from time to time so that newbies and oldies are reminded what is expected of them.

Feb 06, 2008 02:39 PM #56
Linda Davis
RE/MAX Home Team - Gales Ferry, CT

I've come around on the whole points thing.  I think if the point system went away so would a lot of the crap. The points were necessary to build Active Rain but no longer needed.

Feb 07, 2008 08:36 AM #57
Melissa Grant
A Serendipity World - Greenbackville, VA
The Law of Attraction In Life & Business
WONDERFUL ! High 5 to you ! As for me I have learned the "trouble makers" of AR, I walk away, continue doing what I am doing not worrying about what they are doing and I surround myself around people like You, Missy, Jo-Anne and so many others that are true to their word and true to themselves ! Great post Rich !
Feb 07, 2008 09:54 PM #58
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX
Trust removes the fear of judgement. Well, that speaks volumes. Maybe that's what I need to do here. I have been fearful of posting from the beginning. Why? Fear of being judged. I need to trust. More that is and maybe my writing will improve. Thank you for the inspirational words, Rich. Deb
Feb 09, 2008 12:45 PM #59
Jennifer A. Martin
Dallas, TX
Executive Assistant
What? There are rules?  Just Kidding!  Thanks for the friendly reminder.  Oh, by the way... I LOVE AR!! Thanks for all your hard work ActiveRich!
Feb 09, 2008 02:18 PM #60
Brian Bloom
www.AllinOneStaging.com 1-630-292-2710 - Bartlett, IL
All in One Staging Inc. - Home Staging Consultant, Redesign Expert

Thanks for the reminder


Feb 09, 2008 03:32 PM #61
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
I love you, guys! This is what makes the Rain so rewarding and enjoyable!!!
Feb 09, 2008 04:26 PM #62
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.
Well it seems we just can't stop coming back for more.  We LOVE rules I guess.  Thanks for the refresher.
Feb 09, 2008 05:05 PM #63
Quakertown, PA
e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578

Good post Rich.  As an Eagle Scout, I learned many years ago, ( very many) that we are to be Trustworthy.  It is the first of the 12 points of the boy scout law.


Feb 09, 2008 10:33 PM #64
Pam Winterbauer
Pam Winterbauer Real Estate - San Ramon, CA
"Providing Blue Ribbon Service"
Rich.....Thank you for the reminder post on the community guidelines.  They are basic and follow the golden rule.
Mar 24, 2008 05:04 PM #65
Windy Hixson
Riverside Ca~h2o Homes Specialist


  RICH: I believe in trust. I believe most people in the Real Estate Industry are trustworthy. There is always a %age who have bad deeds and negativity to spread to others.  Since I am a newbie I am reading this blog of rules for the 1st time. Right now I feel like I walked in the room, sat down and got caught up watching a night time soap opera  in Mid season not knowing whats going on except people are upset with each other with name calling etc.  I pray that the injured parties will have it resolved and have peace.  I love learning from this community of A/R.   

Mar 24, 2008 06:00 PM #66
Kieran and Cecelia Loughman
Exit Creative Reaty - North Port, FL

Thank you for reminding me to be appropriate. I am trustworthy and have an expectation that the people on this website are also.


Jul 31, 2008 09:56 PM #67
Kye Grace
Sutton Group - West Coast Realty - Vancouver, BC

"Trust allows us to be transparent. Trust encourages vulnerability. Trust removes the fear of judgement. Trust provides a safety net of mutual respect, care, and concern."


There is nothing more true than this statement. I came across this blog accidently and I am ever glad I did!



Aug 22, 2008 11:34 AM #68
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Kye: Nice of you to stop by. Thanks for your kind words. There are times we write things, albeit rarely, where it seems to come from somewhere beyond ourselves. Perhaps that is the muse within us? Hope you're enjoying your dancing in the Rain. Let me know if I can ever be of help to you...

Aug 22, 2008 12:42 PM #69
Rick Robertson
Keller Williams Real Estate - Doylestown, PA

Hi. I'm BRAND new to ActiveRain and have no idea what I'm doing. I don't even know what's going to happen by submitting this comment. That's why I'm reading this post in the first place. I figured it made sense to do what the experts told me to do to get started. Are you telling me not everyone follows these directions...? Well...I promise to do my best to be respectful and professional with everything I do here...just as I would expect everyone else to do the same. We all know there are exceptions to every rule and I look forward to learning from, contributing and belonging to the ActiveRain network. Now, if someone would just tell me what all this stuff about "points" means :)

Sep 11, 2008 02:37 AM #70
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Rick:  Welcome to the Rain! Make a point of accessing the AR Home Page (just click on the AR logo at the top of the page, and then click on the link "Getting Started"...that will answer most of your questions, and provide some step-by-step tutorials on how to get rolling. Good to have you here with us!

Sep 11, 2008 05:24 AM #71
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource


Thanks for the post...most AR members I've come across are respectful of the guidelines and I'm glad to be a part of this community.

Sep 03, 2009 01:49 PM #72
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks to Pat Kennedy for bring this excellent post back to life.


Jan 15, 2012 03:26 PM #73
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

A great reminder, as 2020 has been such a cabin fever digital courage year, things heated up in the rain.

Aug 04, 2020 09:12 PM #74
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