Once again, the points question comes up. Yesterday, in the Q&A section, Bob Stuart posed the question, “Should the points system be done away with.” Of course, everyone had an opinion pro and con alike.
When ActiveRain started in mid 2006ish, there had to be a hook to get folks to participate and actively engage. I think it was genius! Competitive folks play to win and the points system was brilliant. In a time where blogging platforms were vying for participants, ActiveRain carved a niche with real estate professionals by rewarding them for their efforts. Now, with so many at the top of their respective states, it does make it difficult for newbies to get to the top spots.
Real estate professionals, like professional athletes are serious about their chosen fields and play to win. Professional athletes play to outscore their opponent, otherwise, why compete? RE Professionals play for recognition, too. Why have rookie of the year or other awards for outstanding performance? People compete for recognition. I know many members who have “gamed the system” to amass additional points. Thankfully, they were banned or chastized in some manner. Moreover, there are those who make comments that they did not get their points. So points must be important.
The real question is: “Will ActiveRain lose its competitive advantage on the blogging stage if they did away with the points system?” Will folks interact to the same extent as they are now? To make a short story long, folks want to be compensated for their time and effort. I feel that the point system is fair compensation for time spent here. As always, my 2₵’s worth and the change in your car caddy, will buy you a free seniors coffee at participating merchants . . .
TeamCHI ~ The Complete Home Inspections Team