ActiveRain Practices: Deceased Members

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ActiveRain Practices: Deceased Members


Some of the newer members of ActiveRain may not know that some of the blogger members have passed away. Many of the reblogs were written by deceased members. It would be nice if there were some kind of designation or note indicating that they are no longer alive.

Perhaps the word 'Deceased' could be placed behind the name of the known dead and the word 'Inactive' could be placed behind the name of those who have not been on the site for a year or more.

My suggestion is not an effort to find ways to honor deceased members. That can be done in blog posts. I am only hoping for simple designations.

What are your thoughts on this topic? 



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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Ben DeHaven 

How would you like to be labeled on ActiveRain after you expire? What word would you use?

Nov 29, 2018 06:26 AM #74
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Makes sense to me....there should be something so people know when a member has passed. 

Nov 29, 2018 07:01 AM #75
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I does make a lot of sense. I say lets get it done. We all probably know of a few that are gone.

Nov 29, 2018 07:11 AM #76
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Great idea Roy!

Nov 29, 2018 07:14 AM #77
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

That’s a great idea Roy. It would also help the newbies and those of us that don’t know from commenting on their posts.

Nov 29, 2018 07:33 AM #78
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

You can never make everyone happy, but it would be nice to know when someone we follow passes on. In Lou's case, we knew, but there are others who passed away and we (I) had no idea. Someone earlier mentioned John Mayer's name. I had no idea.

Of course, someone would need to notify AR of the members passing. I like the idea of a title after the name, if not deceased, then "the late so-and-so".

Nov 29, 2018 10:57 AM #80
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

For example ---

Remembering Karen Stone

Nov 29, 2018 11:55 AM #81
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Roy Kelley 

Seconding James (Jim) Lawson, DBA     

ALSO ----
Emeritus (male)  Emerita (female)  --
Designation for a person from an organization who is still alive yet no longer participating in the work.   

All the best - Lynn

    Kathleen Daniels           Bob Stewart 


Nov 29, 2018 12:06 PM #82
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

From all the comments it looks like this is a topic that resonates with AR Members. Perhaps the powers that be need to revisit it and come up with a plan. I don't think I really want to see diseased after my name when I'm gone, but it would be nice to make readers aware.  In Memory of, or Remembering, seem like good suggestions to me.

Nov 29, 2018 01:56 PM #83
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Lynn Friedman definitely got it right - LEGACY CLUB
ALSO ----
Emeritus (male)  Emerita (female)  -- great question Roy and the above terms will address it.

Nov 29, 2018 02:03 PM #84
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I love the suggestion Roy. I think it is important that AR do something. I do like the phrase 'In Memoriam' 

Nov 29, 2018 02:59 PM #85
Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL

Hi Roy Kelley . I agree with you.  What I would like to see changed is when a member who was active over 10 years ago and has not written since still shows up as ranking high in a given city. Think that ranking should be changed when they have not been active within an agreed upon amount of time. Let's give credit to those members who are are actively engaged in the AR community so they can rank higher in their area of expertise. We could also have one of your awesome flowers to honor those that have passed next to their names. I would vote for that . :)

Nov 29, 2018 03:47 PM #86
Kimberly Thurm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff, Naperville, IL - Naperville, IL
Broker / Relocation Consultant ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR

I agree Roy.  Their words, thoughts, ideas and helpful suggestions will always be here for us to refer to and still learn from.  Do not like "Inactive".  This indicates that someone could still reach out to them.  "Deceased, Passed On, or I like Resting In Peace" is more appropriate.  Thanks Roy!!  Let their words live on forever!!

Nov 29, 2018 09:48 PM #87
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

If any designation is given, their comments on all posts need to be disabled to prevent spammers from using their posts, which would be easily recognizable with a 'deceased' designation, Roy.

To me, that's such a sad way to watch someone's legacy in writing - with all of the spammers using their posts to gain SEO, also hurting ours.

Nov 30, 2018 07:26 AM #88
Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

But how do we know if they are? Over the years we have chased down people assuming they had passed to find they had not, just gone to a different ground. While I get your drift, I think AR leaders need to focus more on spam for now. This week I have had 7 contacts using the AR form asking me if i want thier SEO services. It's annoying as heck.

Nov 30, 2018 09:38 AM #89
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Some great comments here.  Thank you for writing this post as I agree.  I love the LL.  What about In Memoriam of a Legacy AR Member?

Nov 30, 2018 11:10 AM #91
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

I like both "Rememberting" and "In Memorium". Although "Deceased" is accurate it seems, at least to me, to clinical.

I do agree that it would be nice to add this sort of designation but am aware that this could be quite a bit of extra work for the folks who keep this ship running.

Dec 01, 2018 06:42 AM #92
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm with Chuck on this... "in memorium" seems to be a softer way to say that.  And frankly I like being able to still go post on some of their posts.

Dec 01, 2018 08:37 AM #94
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Great  post and some very interesting comments. Death is inevitable, yet are the posts of / by members of AR the rights of the member/ estate or the organization? Seems like a legal issue must be clarified before any action is taken, don't you think?

Dec 16, 2018 11:55 AM #97
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback and your continued support are very much appreciated.

Dec 16, 2018 12:09 PM #98
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