Is it wrong for me to want to report someone who is simply cutting and pasting the same exacty 6 paragraph answer in the comment section?

Asked by Lori Jeltema, Suffolk, VA Fri Mar 8, 2013

Am I being a grouch?

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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Fri Mar 8, 2013
No you shouldn't feel guilty about reporting this individual but you have to give them credit for understanding the basics behind "cutting and pasting." Not everyone can do this....

Bill
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Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Fri Mar 8, 2013
and the agents over-posting addressing the same blog to 40 different counties, and the ones with the 20 lines signature, and the ones that are just plain rude and disrespectful to other agents in their remarks, and then report them again for ignoring our numerous requests to keep a friendly environment here on Trulia.

or, just choose to ignore them...
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Phil Rotondo, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Fri Mar 8, 2013
Lori;
Don't sweat the small stuff.
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Phyllis McAr…, Agent, San mateo, CA
Fri Mar 8, 2013
This has been going on for a few years and there's really nothing to be done about it. Just flag the posts, that's all you can do. The really aweful thing is when a person will post negative statements about your REAL answers and harrass you. That happened to me early January, and Trulia deleted the post.
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Barbara Gran…, Agent, Anaheim, CA
Fri Mar 8, 2013
Hi Lori,

Yes, it is annoying. However, Trulia has made the choice not to do anything about all the redundant postings. It's been brought to their attention numerous times.

At this point, if these guys ever had something worthwhile to contribute no one would bother to read it because we have all become accustom to quickly scrolling past their posts!

Have a great day!

Barbara Grandolfo
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Laura Feghali, Agent, Stamford, CT
Fri Mar 8, 2013
Hi Lori,
I would report it to Trulia just for your own piece of mind that you did something about it but it might not stop the person from continuing his cut and paste mentality.

I find it best to focus on my own contributions and let those that are attempting to gain points with generic answers discover that their doing so is not the best practice to obtain a response or leads. Hopefully, they will change their habits.

Best wishes!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
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Russ Ravary, Agent, Commerce Township, MI
Fri Mar 8, 2013
Not wrong at all. They should read the question at least.
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Fri Mar 8, 2013
BTW, that is the biggest SOLD rider I have ever seen!!
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Fri Mar 8, 2013
Some are just trying to get enough answers to get a level 3 classification. They will answer a question that already has 4-6 good answers to just get the credit. Why do any of us answer a question that has 2-3 answers already unless they were just all incorrect?? Why??? Wait - I just did it, my bad.

I use to hate seeing the one or two people that always posted to go get a lawyer. Her husband must be a lawyer.
1 vote
Terry McCarl…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Fri Mar 8, 2013
I agree with Scott - report them - it's not allowed and just makes us all look bad.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Fri Mar 8, 2013
YES you should report them becuase that is not allowed. it makes everyone look bad who takes the time to type a thoughtful answer who really wants to help. Do not hesitate Lori.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Mon Mar 11, 2013
Thank you Lori,
You have actually revealed the 'silver bullet' is this issue.
If a posting is ignored it has a shelf life of 5.8 Nanoseconds.
It is when others inappropriately appoint themselves to be the Truila police...and made a comment that the wheels come off the wagon giving the post 'real' life.
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Spend a few seconds and imagine the TRAP that can be set for these overzealous individuals. The trap will end in the culprit getting no less than 4 responses, awarding a best answer, another receiving a best answer and the reward of the points involved. Like 'Mom' said, "Just ignore your annoying little brother."
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Yes, it is easier said than done.
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Just like we exercise discipline to create title and topics that resonate with the anticipated reader others are DELIBERATELY wanting to get a response from the overzealous that best serves their purpose. We know where these folks originate. The aren't getting sufficient love there so they've come to play in the Truila house.
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But when it comes to pasting, ignore it and do some pasting of your own. Citizens ARE looking for valid alternatives. No one likes to live by the freeway, but will travel it to get to where they want to go. Get a big sign and advertise your exit...again and again.

Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727.420.4041
http://RealEstateMadeEZ.us

Scotsdale Bluffs, Dunedin Home Tour
http://youtu.be/KTuVUxNDpOQ
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Lori Jeltema, Agent, Suffolk, VA
Sun Mar 10, 2013
Well, I didn't feel like I was 'running to my mother' - I was just inquiring and got some excellent feed back. The last time I sent a private message to a member regarding some obvious errors included in his repeated copy and pasting, I was sent some angry emails for a while. Some people are pretty creepy.

I was hoping that Trulia kept a little vigil on the thumbs down or reporting and had some policy againt the copy-paste answers but I guess not. I guess if it's not against policy, I have no right to report it?Thanks everyone. I'm going to try to ignore them until the next time I have no coffee in the house like the morning I posted the initial question. Then I'll probably report it or take the chance that I create some vendetta against myself for calling the guys out.

Annette, I really do enjoy your answers. Somehow, you always have the perfect balance of the caustic and sublime.
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Connie Mitch…, Agent, South Padre Island, TX
Sat Mar 9, 2013
I say report away and maybe even send them a little message :)
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Sat Mar 9, 2013
Lori,
This is an excellent question. Of course you should have no expectation I will parrot the common sentiment.
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Let me point out the best advise provided so far:
Phil - Don't sweat the small stuff. (this is really, really important in all of life)
Russ - Read the question! It's about reporting not pasting.
Yanoska - 20 line signatures (we all have our buttons)
Bill - understanding the basics
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Lori, the only way to control the behavior of others is through accountability. You do not name the transgressor or provide a link or paste an example.(No accountability) Rather than run to mother with your problem, you need to make the transgressor, NOTORIOUS! Oh, you may perceive THIS to be a violation of Trulia rules. Now you have a choice.
1. Results (create accountability)
2. Continued dissatisfaction (reporting. flagging)
3. Don't sweat the small stuff. (Note: It is a big, big, mistake to care about something more than the owner cares about it.)
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Clearly the action (pasting) is permissible by Truila. Case closed.
HOWEVER...(this is important)
as the consumer experience deteriorates, they, (buyers, sellers and home owners) will need access to timely, reliable, relevant, comprehensive, accurate data. For those who have eyes that see, this is a real opportunity.
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No it is not wrong to 'report,' but as you have experienced, don't expect satisfaction. Trulia, a marketing company, has different goals that you, the real estate professional. Never forget this.
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Many self-appointed Trulia policy police will find their action will back-fire. DO not make your case about violating TOU on Trulia, but about what is revealed about the poster.
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Those of whom we complain are simply those with the courage to walk through and open door that others ignore. That is not wrong. They are simply demonstrating a better understanding regarding how to get the most "bang for their buck." Viewing the big picture should encourage others to go out and do likewise. If the "Trulia brand' was in danger, there would be action taken by Trula. Clearly Truia's goals and the goals of those who participate seem divergent. Image that!
Mischief accomplished.

Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727.420.4041
http://RealEstateMadeEZ.us

Scotsdale Bluffs, Dunedin Home Tour
http://youtu.be/KTuVUxNDpOQ
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Scott Hulen, , 64068
Sat Mar 9, 2013
The Trulia brand is being damaged on a daily basis by these individuals!
No it’s not wrong to report them! This is a consumer information site & a site for us to enhance our business. The people who are misusing the site need to be not just reported but Banned from the site if they continue this practice. FYI this is one of the reasons I dropped my advertising dollars with Trulia from 3000 to 0.00. Now that Trulia is a publicly traded company they may not care as much how the site is used, as some have said before me this didn’t happen a year ago.
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Lori Jeltema, Agent, Suffolk, VA
Fri Mar 8, 2013
I guess I'm not up on all the mutiple posts for points scheme. I did just notice the thumbs down, has that always been there and I forgot?

I may flag him, it gets so annoying.

Thanks for pointing out that my sold sign looks bigger than life. It's going to bother me now - like the 'mole' on Austin Powers.
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Hi Lori,
Yes, the "thumbs down" has been available on posts for almost a year now, I believe. Flagging a post does bring it to the attention of a Trulia moderator but they don't always act on it. Good luck to you! Laura
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Lori Jeltema, Agent, Suffolk, VA
Fri Mar 8, 2013
Sigh*. Good advice. I like to read real replies and see different peoples perspectives. I guess my email alert going off repeatedly because some one is spamming a string was getting to me. I'll let it go :).
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