Warning: this post MAY be perceived as a rant :)
It happened again, and it's happened MANY times over the years with many different commenters. A "Congratulations on the new listing!" comment left on another post. Overall a long enough comment to garner the commenter 25 points, which was apparently the only real purpose of the comment.
How do I know this?
Because the post WASN'T about a new listing. Sure there was a picture of a house in the post, but it was a post about helping a buyer purchase that new home.
So that leads me to believe:
1. The commenter couldn't be bothered to read the title of the post or the body of the post.
2. The commenter doesn't care if an out of place comment makes the commenter OR the author of the post look bad.
3. The seller values 25 points over the possibility of any potential referral.
Now if it's an ActiveRain facing post and someone leaves a comment I consider out of bounds, I'm usually going to leave it for the world to see. They've self-identified as a jackass and that's good information to know. Worst case, years ago I wrote a post about my brother-in-law's brain tumor and someone dropped a "congrats on the new listing" comment. They looked REALLY bad for that one.
On the other hand, if it's a consumer facing post, the wrong kind of comment can harm the value of the post and IMO justifies the use of the Delete key. Hint, there's no such thing as First Amendment rights on your part when it comes to my business posts. My post, my rules.
ActiveRain has done a good job of establishing community guidelines for all to follow. Most are written, some are implied. IMO serial commenting falls into the implied part. It's generally NOT a good practice.
However, if generating points in a quick fashion is really important to you, there ARE ways to do it without doing a lot of damage to your reputation.
1. Go back to OLD posts to leave your generic comments. You get 25 points for posts written in 2010 just as you would for 2019.
2. Find people that are no longer active in the community.
3. Have a word document with generic comments by category: Market reports, Just Solds, New Listings, etc. Copy the right one to match the title of the post.
4. Go with the standard "thanks for sharing your information" version with enough characters (50) to qualify for the points. While the comment is still obvious to most that it's generic, it doesn't harm a consumer facing post and has a better chance of not being deleted.
But the absolute best thing to do?
Take the time to read a post and respond with a comment that lets the author know you actually read the post. Who knows, it might lead to a decades long friendship and even referral business. That's really what the Rain is about.
Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!
Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz