Bring Back The ActiveRain Badges!

Reblogger Kim Johnson
Real Estate Agent with Realty Associates of Florida I Inc.

Missed this post earlier this month, but thought it needed re-blogged to help get the word out! Honestly, there is so much information on ActiveRain, it is hard to take it all in! Bringing back the badges would be nice for those of us that joined recently! Just my two cents!

Original content by George Souto NMLS #65149
Ben Kinney and Bob Stewart have asked for suggestion about improving ActiveRain, and a blog by Anita Clark titled "The ActiveRain Social Roster" on Thursday, reminded be of a suggestion I have made a few time .  My suggestion is we need to Bring Back The ActiveRain Badges! Members reading this blog maybe wondering what the heck I am talking about, but members who have been around for a while will remember the Active Rain Badges we use to have appear along with out picture in the comment section.

When the AR Badges were introduced in early 2009, I did not know how I felt about them.  But soon it became obvious to me the Badges were a great way to quickly identifying certain things about members.  The Badges provided a quick way to identify things such as who had reached major Point milestones, how many featured posts a member had, did they have an outside blog, if they had been to a RainCamp, or were they a Called Shot Maker. Each category had a different Badge, and even different colors within categories.  For some reason the ActiveRain Badges disappeared 2-3 years ago, and it was never explained why.  

For whatever reason the Badges were removed, I think it is time to bring them back.  The Badges were not only an excellent quick way of identifying what a member had accomplished.  The Badges were also an incentive for members to increase their participation in ActiveRain, by striving to earn more of the Badges.

I would not only like to see the Badges returned, I would also like to see the the number of Badges increased.  This is not the first time I have made this request.  I first expressed the need to do so in a blog I wrote on March 5, 2009 titled "ActiveRain Needs One More Badge".

One of the Badges I felt needed to be added back then, and I still do, was a badge to quickly identify the date a member joined ActiveRain.  I joined ActiveRain on September 14, 2006, and the only reason why I knew this was because I wrote a blog shortly after I joined, and each blog is dated.  But for a long time I did not know exactly what day in September it was.  Since then I have discovered where and how to obtain that date, but it would be so much easier if there was a Badge which we could quickly see the date by just scrolling over the Badge.

I know the ActiveRain Staff is busy with several other features more important than this.  But I figured as long as Ben and Bob are asking, and Anita Clark's blog reminded me of this, I will through in my 2 cents worth.  In my opinion this would be the perfect time to bring back the Badges since ActiveRain has brought back the old leadership, lets also bring back some of the old features.

My requests about Badges have gone unanswered in the past, but the way I look at it, if I don't ask, I will not get.  So I am asking Bring Back The ActiveRain Badges!



 Info about the author:

George Souto NMLS# 65149 is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or


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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kim Johnson ,

Well I missed this post! Thanks for re-blogging..I'm headed over to comment on George Souto's post!!

Aug 20, 2015 09:46 PM #1
Kim Johnson
Realty Associates of Florida I Inc. - Coral Springs, FL
Selling South Florida

Dorie Dillard Good morning!!

I also missed this on Kathy Streib post too! Have a fabulous Friday Dori!!

Aug 20, 2015 09:47 PM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kim. I did miss this and agree so thanks for the re-blog.

Aug 20, 2015 10:11 PM #3
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I missed this post too, and to be quite honest, I hadn't noticed the badges were gone, so I guess it's not that big of a deal to me.

Aug 20, 2015 10:21 PM #4
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

In absence of these , I guess the newbies need to look at Point Totals ???

Aug 20, 2015 10:41 PM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I think the badges left with last years revamp of the home page. Maybe it got too cluttered and they felt liek it detracted. I missed this post from George too. Thanks for the reblog.

Aug 20, 2015 10:49 PM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kim, thanks for re-blogging this one.  This is something new for me.

Aug 20, 2015 11:03 PM #7
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Kim Johnson We are indifferent to the call for badges, since we have not even missed them. Still, if Señor Robert thinks we need them, then it should be reviewed.

Aug 20, 2015 11:26 PM #8
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Kim. Good choice for a re-blog. I wasn't around when there were badges, so I don't miss them at all.

Aug 20, 2015 11:44 PM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a good selection for a re-blog. Personally, I have not missed the badges. Many of the automatic signatures already contain too much clutter.

Aug 21, 2015 01:55 AM #10
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Kim - Thanks for sharing this in a re-blog. I had completely forgotten about the badges, but they still show up in our profile.

Aug 21, 2015 04:44 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have been in here since 2010, but I think I missed out on the badges.  I have seen others with them and wondered why I didn't get any, as I had achieved a lot of the things that they had.

Aug 21, 2015 08:48 AM #12
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Great choice to re-post  George Souto . . . . post on the topic of Active Rain badges.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 21, 2015 01:14 PM #13
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Kim Johnson 

Thanks for re-blogging this I had not seen it. Have a wonderful weekend. 

Aug 21, 2015 03:09 PM #14
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Kim.  I wasn't in the Rain in 2009 so I don't miss them.  Nice blog by George Souto 

Aug 21, 2015 08:27 PM #15
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Thanks, Kim Johnson Me, too.  I want the badges BACK.  Thanks for reblog.

Aug 22, 2015 04:21 AM #16
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Thanks for the reblog, I would have also missed this one. Interesting that the badges are missed......

Aug 22, 2015 07:41 AM #17
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Not sure the ActiveRain position is the badges . . . . haven't seen anything posted.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 22, 2015 02:07 PM #18
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