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Kris Neese
ActiveRain - Bellevue, WA
Mr. Behind the Scenes at ActiveRain

The goal when we first released Q&A (2-3 years ago) was to generate leads for our members. Unfortunately, what we saw instead were requests for free legal advice, foreign investment schemes, and other garbage.  Most of the questions we were getting weren't helping the community at large. 

The new direction is to give people to the chance to learn from their peers.  Only logged in members are allowed to ask/answer questions.

The most valuable part of ActiveRain is the collaborative knowledge we share as a community.

Nov 19, 2014 12:13 AM
Rainmaker
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Sandra Paulow
Aspen Properties, Inc. - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ
REALTOR, Associate Broker, GRI, SFR

I have to say that I prefer a forum like this that is closed to the members to all the forums on other social sites that put everything out there in the public eye.  Too many of those discussions go bad because someone gets on there and starts attacking others on the forum.  The "My ego is so big that I know more than you do types" or the internet trolls who just like to cause trouble.  I think this is a fantastic idea.  Go Activerain!

Nov 19, 2014 05:56 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sounds like a good reason to change, and I think this will be a good thing.

 

Nov 19, 2014 12:16 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I like having a section where we can ask questions of each other. Maybe have two Q and A sections. One for public and one for private. 

Nov 21, 2014 11:25 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I like this idea. I agree we were not getting much from the old Q and A feature.

Nov 21, 2014 01:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

I wonder if this will supplement or replace the other Q&A?

I wouldn't anticipate "leads" from an agent to agent Q&A outside of possibly getting an occaisional referral from someone that might just happen to take the time to read a details response instead of just skipping over the "thanks for the insightful blog post, I appreciate your insight" (BTW, did I get 25 points? - LOL)

Nov 19, 2014 05:18 AM
Rainmaker
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Kevin Hancock
Evergreen Home Loans - Poulsbo, WA
The Hancock Mortgage Team

Sounds like a good idea!

Nov 19, 2014 04:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

not sure i would use this feature much, but i have dealt with spam on websites and agree it isnt wort it if consumers arent coming thru

 

Nov 19, 2014 03:58 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I am with you Bob, is this to get more interaction from the community on subjects other than listings and localisms?

Nov 19, 2014 02:54 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No clue.

Jun 18, 2017 06:22 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Sandra P nailed this one!

Nov 20, 2016 08:05 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob, indeed this was getting member only Q&A - so it's fine, correct?

Nov 12, 2016 03:35 PM