Being first to jump on-line and answer mundane questions does not an expert make.
However, this now appears to be an attempt to counter act the consequence of their 'agent rating' ploy. This obvious 'gaming' has resulted in fewer agent generated questions. I know I haven't posted one in two months.
It's their game and we're just pawns in it.
Expert in thirty days. See what I've been talking about....it's an entertainment website.
These questions are part of Top Questions Month here at Trulia. We see great questions and answers every day on Trulia Voices, but they're limited to specific locations. So to spread this great information with buyers and sellers, and give professionals more chances to share their local expertise, we're posting 1 question in 100 different locations each day in March.
We realize that posting of these questions has clogged up our main Q&A page a big and our engineers are releasing a fix for that tomorrow. Thanks for your patience in the meantime.
Please be sure to check out the blog post below to learn more about Top Questions Month here at Trulia.
We hope to see you all participate in your area!
This gives agents the chance to "flex" their expertise and become the local expert in only 31 days. Check out the link below for the full story.
I have contacted Trulia about this flooding of daily questions by one of their moderators. Apparently, they are attempting to showcase the agents' expertise in the top 100 municipalities thus encouraging more consumers to utilize the site (so they think).
I let them know that I'm opposed to this particularly since my region is not one of the top 100 so I'm not able to answer any of these questions.
Trulia feels that consumers only search in their areas of interest; not all questions in all regions like many agents do so the consumer does not see the 100 postings of the same question.
I suggested that they just allow the members and consumers of the site to ask the questions but I was denied this request. Trulia believes that this strategy will increase their visibility but I'm not convinced that it will.
Good luck to you!
Prudential Connecticut Realty
But also because--and, Trulia, pay attention to this--it doesn't serve buyers or sellers well. When I post an answer about some topic--whether it's lease-options or financing or negotiating--it's available to everyone. And if someone disagrees with my answer, or has something to add, it gets added to the same thread. Therefore, after a while, the poster and anyone else can come along and see a collection of 5, 10, or more answers that address his/her question. There's good value in that.
On the other hand, when the same question is posted 100 times and each answer receives 1 or 2 responses--or even 3 or 4--it doesn't provide the same perspective or depth of information to a buyer or seller. Today's question is about what makes a good buyer's agent. OK. That's a good question, and I've seen individuals post that question, too. But you're watering down the responses. Suppose an agent in 1 geographic area answers: "Someone who listens to what you want." Someone in another area answers: "Someone who'll drive you around on weekends." A third answers: "Someone who's a great negotiator." A fourth, in the fourth geographic area, answers: "Someone with experience and credentials after their name." All the answers have some validity, but the perspective and depth is lost.
Trulia: Rather than having your programmers figure out how to visually suppress the 99 duplicate questions, have them figure out how to take selected questions (whether they're "questions of the day" or highly rated ones) and make sure they appear even when someone's doing a search of a specific geographic area.