When I first started one of my co-workers said just answer the questions. So I answered questions and more questions. I should have read the rules first but I didn't
I was answering questions and trying to be helpful to those people who asked questions that no one answered. As it turned out, it looked as if I was being self serving and I irritated quite a few people. I offered to refer them to an agent in their area. It was perceived that I was looking for a referral fee (which I wasn't). I learned my lesson and now I play by the rules that I should have read. Unfortunately people do not play by the rules. Yes, there may some jealous person out there and some people just flag to flag.
I'm not sure which question you are referring to, but it happens frequently. Trulia Voices is still in it's infancy, and there are many kinks to work out... Please hang in there! I logged on this afternoon and caught some suspicious questions posted by spammers to which many of our fellow "Trulians" had posted useful and well-thought out answers (read: time consuming)--it made me so frustrated! But we "Trulians" who post useful and thoughtful answers (not the one liners or the self-promoters--you know who you are!) have genuinely helped some troubled consumers--I've received some personal emails to prove it! This topic has surfaced before, my response: When you see a post unjustly marked "thumbs down," give it a "thumbs up!"
This reeks of conspiracy theory - and I am not quite that paranoid... but I truly don't think its a RE Pro. Forgive my ignorance but why would anyone "spit in the wind" if they know the fall out is so broad?
It does irritate me when people do not follow rules of Hoyle.
We are here for a reason but buyers and sellers today are sophisticated and they can see through the you know what.
I've had two calls and several emails and it works better if you do NOT self promote.