Zoom Call of 7.26.22 Updates from the Development Team

Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

Updates from the Development Team

The Zoom call this week featured Casey Sanders oof the Development Team accompanied by Kevin Anderson.

They acknowledged that the primary focus of the team has been the development of the upcoming news feature for ActiveRain.

It has been released to a select in-house Beta team to test and it is expected that it will be released within the next few months.

They have a dem-ops person that has been working on the infrastructure and service materials with the intent of moving to a new environment and expected to see it done soon. The intent is to see the site run quicker and faster and they hope it will be seamless.

The have been working on small fixes throughout the site and have also spent some time on the multi-blog spammers. The temporary solution has been to limit the number of daily blogs, but this hope is to fix that further.

They have worked to keep spammers limited and have also spent time with requests that have been submitted by members. 

While they have been working on mostly technical issues there is little that they have done anything large that would be directly noticeable.

Casey offered that there are a few high priority items that are still being considered such as the memorial board, leaderboard fix to allow for active bloggers to be recognized over members with high points that are no longer as active.

Another high priority fix is the tagging in the remarks of the posts which is being addressed as time allows.

They have made sufficient changes to the design of the blog platform to remove the tab that was once at the bottom of the pages that would make the posts more adaptable to either smart phones or tablets and feel the site itself is now acceptable for any device being used.

There are still a few minor changes being considered that will make it easier to view on smaller screens.

They are still working on the referral points system that has not been working for a while now.

Casey did offer that on the horizon is the new products section of the platform so that it will be more informative and cleaner looking.

Also, part of their agenda is to clean up and make more efficient the referral section of the platform so that it will once again allow for submitting and tracking referrals.

They are also considering the maps and neighborhood areas of the platform to make it more adaptable to posts and listings and allow new neighborhoods to be included.

Casey had to jump off after almost 30 minutes as he had another call to attend.

The tone of the call was upbeat, and it was positive for the changes that are being made and the continued work being done to make ActiveRain more positive and informative.

Updates from the Development Team

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Comments (22)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ed - that was an information session.  I have recently seen random spam posts like never before.

Jul 28, 2022 11:31 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed the meeting was short, but Casey packed a lot into the call.

Jul 28, 2022 02:41 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Good to know progress is moving forward Ed.  Appreciate the recap a well!

Jul 28, 2022 04:46 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I am grateful to all the people behind the scenes who are so dedicated to making this Platform more efficient. Ed Silva , your recap was positively appreciated too. I could never create design, evaluate and implement the changes that  Casey Sanders and Kevin Anderson is tasked with to make continuous improvements. They must work very hard and again, they along with everyone else who works behind the scenes are sincerely appreciated. You are too!

Jul 28, 2022 11:34 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That sounds like a very good update!  I remember hearing that the site would eventually be moved to a new environment and I am glad to hear that will be happening soon.  Has there been any feedback from those testing the news feature?

Jul 29, 2022 04:53 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I am glad to see they are still working on improving the site and functionality. I am also glad we no longer get lots of error messages, the platform seems stable and posts seem to be getting more SEO than they were a few years ago. I must admit to some frustration that certain high priority fixes are still not done after two+ years of requesting (like the nested tagging of comments). I'm betting most users would give that a higher priority than the news functionality. All in all, positive news.

Jul 29, 2022 04:55 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

PS - thanks for the summary of the meeting!!!

Jul 29, 2022 04:56 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Thanks for the update, I’m glad that they are working on the Site !!

Jul 29, 2022 05:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ed... had a last minute appointment with a client, so couldn't attend. Thanks for the recap. Interesting about the spam... but it seems to me that lately there's more spam than ever. There are days when I report more than a dozen posts as spam. Beyond that, my main area of concern with the AR platform remains SEO... and I don't sense this is being addressed.

Jul 29, 2022 06:02 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ed - although it is not rare for me to miss the Tuesday AR Zoom meeting, I usually make your update from those presentations a part of my regular ActiveRain reading but somehow I missed this post until now.  It's good to see the cogs continuing to move.  

Jul 29, 2022 07:36 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Thank you for the recap and yes the meeting was very upbeat. Always good to put faces to names.

Jul 29, 2022 07:50 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Ed ~ That sounds like great progress overall for the site and I look forward to seeing the News feature looks like when rolled out.  Thanks!

Jul 29, 2022 08:18 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Ed, as always, thank you for the recap. It is good to see the Development team and be able to express what we feel needs to be addressed. 

Jul 29, 2022 09:09 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

All the changes sound good. I was glad to see this - a pet peeve of mine: 

"There are a few high-priority items that are still being considered -- leaderboard fix to allow for active bloggers to be recognized over members with high points that are no longer as active."


Jul 29, 2022 09:44 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for this report. 

There is much yet to be done.

Jul 29, 2022 10:43 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I am sure everyone who was able to attend last Tuesday's Zoom call, benefitted from their participation.

Jul 29, 2022 08:20 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jul 29, 2022 08:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

Thanks for the update on the Zoom meeting. I was planning to be there but some problems came up on an escrow and then I had a lunch meeting with some new buyers. I always appreciate your well-done summaries...even when I attend!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Jul 29, 2022 08:41 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

"The tone of the call was upbeat, and it was positive for the changes that are being made and the continued work being done to make ActiveRain more positive and informative."  Thanks Ed Silva for the succinct recap😎  Thanks for the development team and Ben Kinney 

Jul 31, 2022 05:19 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thanks for the summary, Ed. It looks like that is still lots to be done.

Aug 07, 2022 11:05 AM