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AR Love 3.0 💙🧡💘

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Real Estate Agent with Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 228209

AR Love 3.0 💙🧡💘

This Valentine's Day, we're not just celebrating love in the traditional sense; we're embracing the love of community, growth, and the promise of a more inclusive and engaging ActiveRain experience for every member, old and new. Our Tuesday Zoom call wasn't just a success; it was a testament to the vibrant, dedicated spirit of our wonderful community.

Thanks to everyone who was on the Tuesday Zoom call - it was heartwarming to see how many caring members we have here, who are passionate about making AR THE best real estate platform on the internet. We've taken to heart a very important piece of feedback: we need to be more welcoming to our newcomers.

In response, we’ve already begun channeling our energy and enthusiasm & putting it into action - today, in fact. We're not just working; we're working frantically, fueled by a collective passion to make ActiveRain, not just a platform but, a home for all. Our mission? To ensure that every member, especially our newbies, feels seen, supported, and valued from the moment they join.

To ‘reset,’ we're crafting brief but, comprehensive guides, tailored for newcomers, filled with insights, tips, and a roadmap to thriving in our community. BUT, we're not stopping there! We're also developing plans designed to encourage active participation, foster connections and empower our new members to dive into the ActiveRain experience with confidence and a sense of belonging. Take a look at Hannah Williams' Weltanshauung Guidelines post. Thanks for being such an early ‘adapter’ in resetting in the Rain and getting this done for our newbies, Hannah!

We've heard the feedback loud and clear: our welcome needs warmth, our community needs compassion, and our actions need to reflect our commitment to inclusivity. It's a reminder to roll out the red carpet for each new member, to greet them with open arms and open hearts and to celebrate their arrival as we would a dear friend. Our own Carol Williams has graciously taken over the role of ActiveRain Welcome Ambassador and has many wonderfully talented members who are giving their valuable time to assist her. Thank you ALL for your incredible dedication to the Rain.

Beginning this Valentine's Day - TODAY, let's commit to a new tradition of welcoming, nurturing and embracing every member of our community. After all, what better day to start this journey of love and inclusion than on a day dedicated to celebrating love in all its forms?

And, speaking of love, let's give our ActiveRain Member Support some love. A HUGE thank you goes out to this group for their volunteer work to keep this site running smoothly, alongside the developers. We appreciate you all more than you'll ever know.

Here's to a future where every member of ActiveRain feels at home, valued and inspired to grow. Together, let's build a community that not only welcomes but cherishes each new face, each new voice and each new idea. Let's make ActiveRain a place where love, learning and a warm welcome are at the heart of everything we do.

Stay tuned as we move through this 'reset' plan!



© Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | Savvy + Company | SavvyBroker@me.com | AR Love 3.0  💙🧡💘

Comments(43)

Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

I'm excited about the call, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 - loved your suggestions as well. I think this is going to really improve the site - something that has been needed for quite some time.

Feb 15, 2024 10:11 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

The development team is top-notch and we are so lucky to have them, Laura Cerrano! As well, the group of volunteers who keep the site up and running are AMAZING!

Feb 15, 2024 10:12 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX! Thank you and I love the direction we're going as well. I'm ever so thankful we have our Zoom calls to be more supportive of the platform and our members, to learn, brainstorm and the best part of all, networking with those who attend...and we love! 💟

Feb 15, 2024 10:19 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Hi Carol Williams! I couldn't agree more with your comments about the membership! I still keep in touch with many who left the platform and we have also exchanged referrals over the years. I loved our call and look forward to where this new push takes the platform. 

And, thank you so much. I am just thankful we're still kicking together here! 😘

Feb 15, 2024 10:21 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, I'm so glad you were there, Leanne Smith! Personally, I love your no-nonsense approach to business and found your ideas so very helpful. THANK YOU!!!

Feb 15, 2024 10:22 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

And, we missed you too, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! We'll be having another one of these conversations in a few weeks to tidy things up that we're working on. I'm super excited to hear your input as well.

Feb 15, 2024 10:23 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

I love that you took what was recommended and are already acting upon it, Will Hamm! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Feb 15, 2024 10:24 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Thank you, Kat Palmiotti and I appreciate you reaching out as well! 😘

Feb 15, 2024 10:24 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

I totally agree, Ray Henson! You're very good at reciprocation and that is half the battle in my opinion. I struggle with that and, am still a work-in-progress!

Feb 15, 2024 10:25 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Agreed, Roy Kelley and we will be sure to report the 504 errors right away. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Feb 15, 2024 10:26 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Thank you, Hannah Williams! I'm all about spreading the love here and thank you for doing the same! 

Feb 15, 2024 10:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

One of the easy changes that I would recommend is to eliminate the points for commenting on your own posts. Let's encourage members to leave comments on the posts of others.

Feb 15, 2024 10:46 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

So, Roy Kelley, I apologize for being tardy getting back to you. I know you won't believe this but, points on comments is something that I thought happened if you made them on OTHERS' posts!!! I did a little 'research' this evening and see that is NOT the case - we do get points when we comment on our own posts!! Sorry, but, I think that is ridiculous and probably a glitch in the system, of which the developers are unaware. I will address this with them tomorrow. 

I thought that members commented on their posts (AS I DO!!) in separate frames so that 'likes' are possible. I do know that requests have been made to have the system allow likes to the comments as well. 

Nonetheless, getting points on your own posts for comments to YOURSELF is just wrong and I, honestly, feel stupid for not knowing this until tonight!!

My commenting to those gracious enough to comment on my post will change, effective immediately! 

Thank you for sharing your take on this, Roy. I appreciate you!

Feb 15, 2024 09:37 PM
Roy Kelley

Debe Maxwell, CRS  

Members can earn up 300 points per day by commenting on their own posts. 6 points each for 50 comments. 

Most of us do not receive that many comments from other members.

Feb 16, 2024 03:46 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Roy Kelley, knowing that, I'm in your camp for AR to stop giving points for commenting on your own posts. I'll definitely bring that up with the development team. Thank you again for bringing that to my attention!

Feb 16, 2024 09:13 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debe thank you for the recap of this past Tuesday's ZOOM meeting.  I wanted to attend by 11" of snow had other plans for me.  ☺️

Feb 15, 2024 01:44 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Well, you are well aware that we missed you but, look forward to another meeting of the minds soon, George Souto. Thank you for your amazing, CONTINUED support of this platform. 

Hopefully the snow blowing went well today!

Feb 15, 2024 09:39 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

I'll take AR 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 or even 4.0 if needed :)

I've not found another real estate community like this one!
Thanks for all you do in front of and behind the magic green curtain!

Feb 15, 2024 02:57 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Liz and Bill Spear, something tells me there will definitely be a 4.0 version! And, hey, I'm good with that...and am SO thankful that will most likely be one (a 4.0 version)!

I'm no 'magician' but, love that I can lend a hand to help on this platform that I have loved being a part of for, coming up on 2 decades!! (2006 - can you BELIEVE it?!!)

Feb 15, 2024 09:44 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Home is where the hearth is.

Debe Maxwell, CRS I had a busy day, and am just getting around to reading this.. what a great post.  You do an amazing amount for this platform, I'm sure I don't even know how much you do behind the scenes.

I'm not even sure if Active Rain would have continued to exist if you hadn't stepped into a leadership role, and for that I'm grateful.  Thank you, Gracias, Spasiba

Feb 15, 2024 04:38 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

LOVE your support in the Rain, Alan May! I'm not sure I had anything at all to do with keeping AR running but, I would do (almost) anything to keep this platform running. It has been the source of many lifelong friendships (including ours), referrals and SO much learning, fun, networking and more. Like you, I am so very grateful!

Feb 15, 2024 09:49 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Debe it was a good call with lots of ideas and sharing going on!  I have noticed an uptick of new activity today and I'd say you've got the ball rolling (as usual)!  Thank you for all you do - which is a crazy amount.  How you manage it all is beyond me!

Feb 15, 2024 04:40 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Hi doll! I apologize for not being available for you these past few weeks but, Carol has been keeping me up on you, thankfully! It was SO good to see you on Tuesday, Anna "Banana" Kruchten. It was great to see your face. I have to say, thank YOU for all YOU do!! What I do here is in my 'free' time and like you, I truly enjoy every bit of time spent here!

Feb 15, 2024 09:51 PM
ActiveRain Member Support
Seattle, WA

We appreciate the kudos. As ARMS, we're doing our best, day-after-day, to support this community. Some days go well, some days not as well. It can be satisfying work to resolve issues for the membership, succeed in implementing projects with the development team (see much spam lately?), and also disheartening work when words are misinterpreted and misrepresented. 

We can't make everyone happy 100% of the time, but it's not for lack of effort.

Feb 16, 2024 09:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

You all do more for the community than any member can possibly fathom - putting in nearly 20 hours PER DAY here to give assistance to the members, ActiveRain Member Support. We are so very thankful for the spam issue now being a non-issue...and it's all thanks to you guys.

Speaking to several members here who initially 'misinterpreted' a recent ARMS comment (as I did) - going back and re-reading definitely sheds new light on the ENTIRE discussion now. It's clear to many that those who state the contrary, have not re-read the thread.

Sadly, this recent exchange became a 'pile-on' from, albeit only a handful of members - and for that, I am truly sorry. Know that the VAST majority of members appreciate you all on a daily basis...as do I. 

Feb 16, 2024 05:04 PM
ActiveRain Member Support

Thank you, and as we know, you do way more for the community than the average member will ever know.  There is significant partnering done with the Development Team to improve this community, and the spam solution was one that has been helpful.  While it may not significantly reduce the workload of ARMS, it does ensure that only rarely is a spam profile making into public view.  We're very happy that the community no longer starts the morning with the results of an overnight assault of escort offerings, medications for various afflictions, and all the other junk that was cluttering the blog roll.

Writing can be a flat medium, lending itself to misunderstandings, especially when as in this latest case the word "or" is ignored.  Regarding the pile on incident, despite assertions to the contrary, there were never ANY communications with the member outside of the Q&A interchange.  Everything ever said on the issue was typed right out in front of the entire community and anyone that wants can go back and reread the conversation and verify for themselves.  A little "benefit of the doubt" would be much appreciated that intent of the statements was not in any way malicious, but strictly a matter of fact situation update and the options I'd personally consider if the shoe was on my foot instead.

Feb 16, 2024 05:18 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Here's the link to the Q&A post in question in the event anyone wants to re-read ARMS comment, as many of us have. 

Feb 16, 2024 06:37 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I don't have time to read all the comments on your post, Debe Maxwell, CRS, but I am sure that I will concur with their agreement with your and the encouragement of extending the reach of welcome to newcomers to our Active Rain world.

Feb 16, 2024 12:36 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I do appreciate you stopping by and supporting us, John Juarez! Let the movement begin!

Feb 16, 2024 05:05 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Debe.

Craig Daniels posted this post about The Best Way To Reply twice to encourage folks to use the reply button when commenting on our own post—no points for using the reply button to comment. 

I concur with Roy Kelley's comment. Thank you for all you do for this community. 

Feb 16, 2024 02:52 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I LOVE that he shared that, Aura Alex and ARMS and the dev team are ON IT! I'm ever so hopeful that they will do-away with those commenting points on our own posts. That will definitely encourage more to comment below the original comment - keep the conversation going, right?!

Thanks for your comment, Aura. You know I value your opinion - more than you know.

Feb 16, 2024 05:09 PM
Aura Alex

Thank you! Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Feb 17, 2024 11:12 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe Maxwell, CRS  great post as always, I had to smile at some of the comments and back and fort especially about the points....I will just leave it at that, Endre

Feb 18, 2024 05:24 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I was joking with someone else the other day that I would LOVE it if we didn't have points here - think of all of the hassle that would save, Endre Barath, Jr.?!

Feb 20, 2024 01:49 PM