I've noticed questions appearing in this forum from 2008 that nobody has responded to.
These questions are being regurgitated by folks unknown.
When these OLD, Old old, question appear in the Q&A queue, an agent may not notice the date believing it to be current.
I've done so myself.
There may be a thought in the air that there are insufficient questions being posted on Trulia and recycling data from Christmas past may appear the easiest solution. My suspicion the folks at Trulia are resuscitation dead questions of some interest to pump some energy into the forum. Agents are unknowingly responding, not resurrecting the question.
Let's find out how old questions are initially getting into the Q & A session. If you recall, a year or so ago the date of a question was observable in the queue, then Trulia removed the date and now the date of origin is only viewable when the question is opened. And here we are. Many of you commented regarding this Trulia change.
Adding yet another dimension of confusion is Truila choice to display responses by ranking/rating/date makes it more difficult to determine if a thread is active. For instance there is one active thread here on Trula with over 11,000 responses. It just might have some age to it. But Mack keeps it alive along with others and the thread is relevant.
Be aware, the new rules of SEO is activity...of any kind...is KING.
I suspect we are all too willing to throw each other under the bus.
We are but puppets on a string and the ones providing the validity.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, Fl
Let's chat about real estate on: http://www.RealEstateMadeEZ.us
When I first began on Trulia, I wasn't paying attention and didn't realize the questions had dates. I'M GUILTY AS CHARGED!
I think Debbie Rose nailed it!
2. they don't care they are answering old questions
3. they want increased points for their vip status
4. they like to see their words in print - we realtors do like to talk! :)
5. they think repeating what has already been said multiple times......even if it was said in the past........is somehow valuable to their online image
6. they want to see their smiling face on the list of response
quite frankly - I'd rather read a NEW answer to an old qestion (and one that doesn't just say CALL ME to someone who was asking about a specific house 3 years ago) than read the same response for the tenth time in a row (unless an opinion was asked for, in which case multiple(similar) opinions might have some value to the poster).
Chad Gray, Realtor
Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale
I'm kidding, of course. I am guilty as charged.
I don't mind being the odd man out on this. There is value in updating information in the archive. My reasons for updating information here:
If you, the agent, stumbled on an answer that was four years old, it is possible consumers are doing that, too?
There are many questions that are answered fully and adequately. Then, there are many that are not.
Another thing: How many of us have complained the buyer has been sitting on the sidelines (for years)? I know I have. Well, someone who has been looking for years is still in the market, aren't they? These responses are not like the magnets with calendars that get handed out. The date on the question isn't an expiration date.
As a consideration to other agents, I write "UPDATE" on my responses when I answer something that is older than one year. There can't be any mistaking what I am up to.
I have other reasons, too. Call me quirky. Call me bored. Even call me pedantic. Buyers call me.
Thanks for asking, Chad.
I think most of them are not aware of the date associated with the question, others may consider answering ANY question a way of exposure. Imagine, right this minute a home buyer is googling the same question that was asked on Trulia 2 years ago. If there is a current answer, the search engine may just pop it to the 1st page of the search results.... Just a thought. Now, watch - there will be even more resurrections !
Best of luck.
The latest studies indicate within 15 minutes of an inquiry is when an agent is most likely to get a positive response.