Community Guidelines, a little late yet enlightening

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Community Guidelines, a little late yet enlighteningguidelines

I am not a rules and regulations kind of guy so it’s not surprising that it took a requirement in Lynn’s contest to get me to finally read through the Active Rain Community Guidelines.

As I said not a rules guy and I do get annoyed by people who are, they often remind me of the snotty little girl who sat in front of me in second grade and made sure the teacher knew every time that I did not follow the rules.

Personally I am not opposed to rules, I enjoy following the spirit of the law, just don’t want to live my life with a manual in my hand.

But in all fairness I did know that there was a set of rules, people had suggested them from time to time over the past two years and I did pick up on a few of the guidelines through references made in blog posts, and one kind lady very politely pointed out to me in my first week of commenting that it was not nice to post a link to my blog in someone else’s comment area.

But in the end after a short time I got the impression that the rules likely said, be nice in the sandbox, if you don’t like something someone else does either ignore them or send an email to the teacher (which I never would do since I am still irritated by that snotty little tattletale in second grade, unless someone is harming another).  But above all treat each other with respect and follow the Golden Rule.

After reading the guidelines I find there is more to it than treating each other with respect, which most people around here would do anyway, since peer pressure would prohibit any other behavior.

There are also rules on what we can and cannot post, and I am glad that these are not always followed, especially the prohibitions on jokes, recipes, quotes, and other non-copywritten stuff gleaned from all over.

I love some of my regular subscriptions to people who post great jokes, or great quotes, or tasty recipes, or magazine articles from publications that I would not read had my friend not posted part of an article in his blog.

Some of us are not natural essayists and I appreciate this and am happy if they entertain me with a joke instead of rambling stuff like what I write.

I am happy with a list of quotes, they enlighten me and inspire me and I don’t even care that the poster got points for something that they did not write; at least they posted something worthwhile.

Well I seem to be rambling here so it may be time to get to the point…

Great rules regarding

  • Not being Mean,
  • No Advertising on others posts,
  • No hate speech,
  • No discrimination,
  • No stealing other peoples stuff,
  • and that kind of thing.

And thanks for not clamping down on people who post interesting filler, after all they are an important part of our little family here and even filler catches the attention of Google while entertaining friends in the rain.

You have to admit that a tired old joke is often better than my rambling on about rules.

Though I may have an issue with a few rules, I do appreciate that Active Rain is the one place on the net where people do almost always treat each other with love and respect, and I am certain that this is due to things like the actual and perceived Community Guidelines.


Thank you to the architects of this great little community!!!



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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Bob - that little girl was in your class too?  But in all seriousness I didn't read every rule either and, yes, I enjoy jokes.  Being nice in the sandbox and helping others rather than being self promotional is a good golden rule to follow.

Jan 04, 2015 07:57 PM #8
Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Hi Bob, thank you for posting about the rules. I too enjoy the friendly atmosphere here at Active Rain! Have a great week.

Jan 04, 2015 09:06 PM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

On one side, rules are made to be broken. On the other side, they are also there to be followed when they are truly for the good of a larger entity. And some of these AR rules are for the good and should be noted by all.

Jan 04, 2015 09:13 PM #10
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Hi Bob, Having been here from the beginning I can say that most of the rules came about because some posters were so egregious with their BAD behavior.

Bill Roberts

Jan 04, 2015 11:23 PM #11
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Bob Crane I've not read the rules but ActiveRain seems like a much more civilized forum than some of the other sites I've seen on the Internet.

Jan 05, 2015 12:30 AM #12
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

I too am glad people post all sorts of fun, non-business related things in their blogs. Twitter jokes, inspirational quotes, funny pictures, etc. This place would be stuffy and boring without them.  

Jan 05, 2015 01:01 AM #13
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Bob Crane ~ this is some feature worth writing! I love your message and I hope it sticks to folks here in the Rain... After all, it's the right thing to do...

Jan 05, 2015 02:10 AM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love quotes and recipes, it makes us human not just real estate biz people.  Quotes are often the perfect words to express a thought in my opinion, and I like the civilized approach of playing nice with each other.  There is no reason for animosity, it just shows that someone doesn't like themselves and takes it out on others.  A

Jan 05, 2015 03:14 AM #15
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Bob, Axtive Rain is a great place to hang is like a second family.

Jan 05, 2015 03:25 AM #16
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

The "rules" are really simply common sense and good manners, Bob.  I liked your post with the snotty little girl reference though!

Jan 05, 2015 03:42 AM #17
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

A-ha!  So there's a contest about reviewing community guidelines this month and writing about one of them.  No wonder I'm seeing these posts.  I didn't figure it was a sudden inward interest.

Jan 05, 2015 07:00 AM #18
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have posted a recipe from time to time, but they are my own and the jokes just annoy the crap out of me.  I actually would never refer business to some of the folks who have posted off color jokes ... there is a time and place and a blog posted to the public is not the place in my opinion.  That being said I'm not the snotty little girl from 2nd grade who raises her hand and tattles to the teacher.  I simply move on from those post to something else.

Jan 05, 2015 07:27 AM #19
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Hi Bob... great post and thanks to Ron's re-blog  I didn't miss it...

I'm not sure where I must go to find these rules...

I for one am not a fan of any rule other than... Do onto others as you would have them do onto you...

I recently read that the USA has so many laws that each of us commits at least 6 felonies a day.... Rules... Laws... who needs em...  The Golden Rule is all we need...

At any rate I love love your rants I enjoyed this post and I will check out the rules to see if I may be breaking any...

Jan 05, 2015 08:23 AM #20
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Your post is informative . . . . thanks for sharing your insight you are right on point.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 05, 2015 11:42 AM #21
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

After reading your blog, I guess I need to find the community guidelines and read them.

Jan 05, 2015 11:22 PM #22
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

"There are also rules on what we can and cannot post, and I am glad that these are not always followed, especially the prohibitions on jokes, recipes, quotes, and other non-copywritten stuff gleaned from all over."

Bob Crane - Click on the link in the guidelines. Recipes and jokes are not prohibited. However, you are not supposed to receive points for those posts. I do not see any evidence that the staff is denying points as suggested in the very old guidelines.

Jan 05, 2015 11:33 PM #23
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Bob Crane ~ Playing well together in the sandbox really sumsit up.

Jan 06, 2015 12:14 AM #24
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Bob Crane ~ That about sums it up "be nice in the sandbox, if you don’t like something someone else does either ignore them."

Jan 06, 2015 12:14 AM #25
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Bob Crane

Guidelines will always be important as is good integrity and dignity in real estate agents

Jan 09, 2015 08:20 AM #26
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is not a good idea to be mean or disrespectful anywhere in public or online. No one should ever cross that line...

Jan 21, 2016 06:09 PM #27
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