"Majority Original Content" or "What's the Point of Points?"

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Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

Unspoken rules and guidelines don't cut it. Especially in a social network the size of ActiveRain.

While it's been made quite clear from the very beginning that points are earned and bestowed to ActiveRain members who contribute their own original content, there's been a few 'unspoken' areas that are in dire need of clarification and specific mention. We've been entirely much too lax towards this issue, and it's time for us to put a little more meat on the requirements as to what constitutes 'point-worthy' content.

Let's address the obvious, shall we?

Jokes. There's nothing wrong with jokes. We can all use a good laugh at times, especially when the market's in the toilet. But unless you're a gifted stand-up comedian, chances are any joke you share here is simply re-telling someone else's joke. As such, it's not your own original content, and should not warrant points.

Recipes. Same thing. We're not questioning the value proposition of passing recipes. Heck, I've got a killer recipe for Dungeness Crab Cakes if you want it. Sharing recipes is as American as apple pie and ballpark franks. But unless you're Julia Child, in most instances, it's not your own original content, and should not warrant points.

Newsletters. Many of us receive weekly or monthly newsletters from our brokerage corporate, or from paid subscriptions services/sources. Even though you may have permission to re-post these newsletters, the fact remains, it's not your own original content and should not warrant points.

Bible verses. Yep, plagiarizing God. While I'm confident that the Big Man doesn't mind being quoted, and often, unless your name is Paul or Moses, you're not the original author, and it should not warrant points.

Please don't misunderstand our point here. We're not outlawing jokes, or recipes, newsletters, or Scripture verses. We're simply saying that points will not be awarded when you publish them.

Anytime you wish to publish content to your blog that isn't your own, and you have permission to re-post it, there is a nifty little box down towards the 'Post Blog Entry' button. I bet most of you didn't even know it was there!

It says, "This is not my content but I have permission to repost it." If you click on the box, points are not awarded for that particular post, and the 'No Points' symbol will show up accordingly.

We're constantly trying to improve our/your network, and make everyone's experience a positive one. The requirements for earning points needs to be fair and equitable to all members, and should serve as a means of rewarding those who consistently contribute good, quality, original content.

 

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This post was not written nor intended to address or lay guilt against any one particular member or group. A clear definitive policy on this issue should have been implemented at the very start of our network. One of the most common 'Contact ActiveRain' tickets that we receive are complaints against members who rack up quick points by posting content that isn't their own. This clearly is not fair to those who are making genuine effort. Good, effective blogging takes lots of hard work and energy. In order to make point scoring fair and equitable, we need to tighten up some of the obvious loose ends.

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Rich Jacobson is a District Director for Fathom Realty and a licensed REALTOR®; an avid Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.

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Jeanean Gendron
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Rich, well Maureen just revived this whole thing. I never saw this post and all I want is the dang Crab Cake recipe....give it up!

Forget the Popcorn...just give me those Crab Cakes!

On a serious note, I find it sad that these things occurred and we lost some goodness along the way. I miss those days when people were having fun....and why would it ever be seen other than celebration of spirit and fun. Life is meant to be diverse and fun is healthy and needed. You pointed out so well that this Industry bares enough stress without us judging others here within the RAIN!

I love it all and enjoy the opportunity for engagement. Even the good argument brings the opportunity to learn and change. Through engagement people have the opportunity to evolve. I know....I get up on this soap box every once in a while....but even the heated post offers opportunity!

Here I am just going over to look at what Maureen is up to and 1 hour later....I'm writing a comment. I had to read the entire thread and it is always a process of evolution in thought and exchange. I see so much value and my heart feels a bit hurt that we have lost something in the process.

No, not the blonde jokes....

Feb 21, 2010 12:48 AM #162
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Hi Rich!  A year and a half later, I find this post!  Funny but, I had NO intention of reading each and every one of the comments but, I just couldn't help myself!  While I ate a pint of orange sherbet, I read...

First of all, I'm blonde so I'm glad you made them stop with the blonde jokes!  LOL  I'm only kidding--I gave the blogger grief about always picking on blondes and explained to him the difference in the intellect levels of those of us who are TRUE blondes and those who are blonde from the bottle!

Interesting observation:  It seems that Kathy did a little of what she was criticizing others of doing and hijacked your blog while no one even seemed to notice! 

Of course, our precious Paul got all of his 10 comments for the day in right here on your post too!  LOL

OH, and I'd love that crab recipe!!

                               What? Am I not supposed to do that? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Feb 21, 2010 08:16 AM #163
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OH, I was just thinking, great minds and even greater blondes

Feb 21, 2010 09:00 AM #164
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LOL...

My point exactly :)

TLW...ROAR!

Feb 21, 2010 09:05 AM #165
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Let's have some fun and get our points in for the day--what do you say?!!!

Feb 21, 2010 09:16 AM #166
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Okay, you KNOW I'm kidding, right?!  If I had TWO points, I'd be fine--I don't blog for points, I blog for my consumer to find me and to meet other awesome members here!  They don't look to see who has the most points--except in their own areas!  I'm in the middle of another points post right now--I heard rumblings of members being concerned about this alot lately and I just don't get it! 

Feb 21, 2010 09:23 AM #167
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Let's have some fun and get our points in for the day--what do you say?!!!

Feb 21, 2010 11:32 AM #168
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Great...now Paul Slaybaugh is gonna start quoting Revelations and use this post as his loophole for points.

You just had to go and put ideas in his big ol' head, didn't ya, Rich?  :)

Feb 21, 2010 11:33 AM #170
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doing it again if I can....

thread revival...

Feb 21, 2010 11:34 AM #171
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As a Newbie (one month) I subscribe to your Blog and  I find your posts extremely helpful and very well written. Thank you so much for educating us, even on the hard points, in such an uplifting manner.

Feb 21, 2010 11:35 AM #172
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Rich I do not know HOW i missed this but your are on the money and I am glad that AR is now monitoring this more closely. When I first got here I made some of these mistakes but continue to work and put out something worth reading!

Feb 21, 2010 11:35 AM #173
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LOL...

I think Gracious Rich might delete me for this nonsense :)

Disclosure: I really did type THIS comment :)

TLW...ROAR!

Feb 21, 2010 11:37 AM #174
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Ooops....

Guess I should have read this one:

Okay, you KNOW I'm kidding, right?!  If I had TWO points, I'd be fine--I don't blog for points, I blog for my consumer to find me and to meet other awesome members here!  They don't look to see who has the most points--except in their own areas!  I'm in the middle of another points post right now--I heard rumblings of members being concerned about this alot lately and I just don't get it! 

Feb 21, 2010 11:40 AM #175
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TLW---you are a MESS!  You'll have to check out my points post--I did it just for you! LOL

I was reminded when I read your comments--or wait, were they MY comments...oh, nevermind!

And, I love the revival--I just wish Paul or Rich would come back!!  OH, nevermind about that either--we're having fun by ourselves--who needs them?!

Feb 21, 2010 11:50 AM #176
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Well you two gals revived the whole darn thing about fun and celebration. Two gals with heart and that I would say I admire. You can come and hijack my blog any 'ole day! Funny you are!

Feb 21, 2010 01:51 PM #177
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Jeanean,  Ahh!  TLW made me do it!  LOL 

Have a great week...

Feb 21, 2010 03:15 PM #178
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Not to split hairs of any particular size, TLW, but truth be told, I sport a rather extra-medium noggin. ;)

Feb 22, 2010 02:44 PM #179
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Where was that popcorn???  TLW, you crack me up - even at 2 a.m.!

Feb 23, 2010 05:02 PM #180
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Thread Revival!...Can I just say that this platform isn't the same without Slaybaugh!...

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Speaking of "Newsletters", check out the awesome interview I did with Linda Schneider of Fast Newsletters on The Niche Agent. We talk about the most important things you should know when creating a newsletter, the value it can bring and why they are a simple yet effective strategy to grow your business.

www.TheNicheAgent.com/episode20

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