Should Trulia allow RE professionals to vote thumbs down on blogs? If more than 10 thumbs down, remove post? (Would reduce blog listings)

Asked by Angela Holt, San Marcos, CA Thu Feb 21, 2013

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David Rudd /…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Mon Mar 11, 2013
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Great question! I think the thumbs down of ten should alert Trulia that there is something wrong with a particular blog or post. Let them review and finalize a removal if appropriate.

I am mainly for it because of all of the spam and listings put on the blog. If someone does have something of interest to say, good luck finding it with the amount of "just listed" and "great property" blogs put on there.

I give the idea a thumbs up.
1 vote
John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Fri Feb 22, 2013
No. I'm all for tightening up the Q&A rules, but this is not a democratic organization, it's a business. I am frequently at odds with many agents who answer questions or post blogs that contain OPINIONS that I completely disagree with. In these instances I always have the option to post an opposing comment or flag the post for Trulia to review, but I don't (and shouldn't) have the right the right to quiet someone else's voice just because I disagree with them.
6 votes
Roland Vinya…, Agent, Sprakers, NY
Fri Feb 22, 2013
For those of you who want to remove posts you don't like, just keep in mind that an answer that may appear to be "incorrect" to you may be correct in another market. What is legal or required in one state may not be so in another.
5 votes
Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Fri Feb 22, 2013
Honestly, I don't even read anything in the blog section, so I am not familiar with what is going on "over there".

I am uncomfortable, however, with the idea of "10 thumbs down (now called "votes") and a post is eliminated".
We really shouldn't be judges and jurors. This is trulia's site - we are visitors, but we should be held accountable if we don't follow their rules.

The problem or question is......what exactly are the rules..and how regularly are they enforced??

First of all........the blogs (and posts here) can be flagged. That's an option we all have, and should make use of to help trulia see offensive posts. We can make comments, as well.

Imo, it's trulia's job to police their site and make a determination as to whether a blog or answer to a quesiton should remain or be removed.

Also - there are agents out there who game the sysytem - and have multiple profiles..or a contingent of friends who jump in and give them a TU (yes, it exists - ever see a one line response to a question - like "call an attorney" - receive a thumbs up when no one else on the thread has...or someone with an inordinate number of TU's compared to their total responses??)...so, it might be possible that someone could unfairly give a thumbs down to a blog, much like they can do with a response in the Q&A section.

For me.....the crux of this lies with Trulia and their undefined, or flexible position on spam, in general, and self promotion, whether it is in the Q&A section or blog section.

If there are clearly defined guidelines and they are enforced consistantly....then it should all fall into place.
We shouldn't have to police their site.......but it is frustrating (to me, anyway) to see spam posts left untouched, even after they were flagged.
And, if spam, anywhere on the site, is going to be tolerated, then so be it....it's their site.
I just think the rules have to be clear and concise...and then they should apply to everyone.

Not to bring up Zillow, but, when visiting there, one soon learns that their tolerance for spam is zero - and moderators will quickly delete any contact information in the body of a response.

You don't have to agree with any site's policies, but you do, or should, have to follow them!
4 votes
John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Wed Mar 13, 2013
I noticed my comment regarding the CEO of Trulia and Tim Cook taking a vacation together has been deleted. The only one's that can do that are Trulia staff. Interesting.
3 votes
wow can't believe they deleted that comment - why?
Flag Thu Mar 14, 2013
Jim Olive, Agent, Key West, FL
Fri Feb 22, 2013
An excellent suggestion, that will undoubtedly go unheard by Trulia. Scott hit it right on the head, too much spam and unchecked lunatics are not good for Trulia, their home buyers, or the pros of this online community, and it HAS seemed to spike of late. Trulia needs to do something soon, and your's seems like a viable option...let the Trulia community professionals police the community. Since each agent would have only one vote, you would have a pretty safe and balanced system and a democratic way of eliminating undesireable activity.
3 votes
'Unchecked lunatics'......I love it. I think I just found the name of my new site, http://www.uncheckedlunatics.com. Let's see how Trulia responds to a great, logical, ethical solution. The silence is usually deafening.
Flag Fri Feb 22, 2013
Terry Farnsw…, Agent, Lisle, IL
Fri Feb 22, 2013
I agree - and I would also extend this practice to the answers to many of the questions.

Unfortunately - I see quite a bit of bad, and incorrect information coming not only just from the public, but also from licensed agents who "should" know better.

For better or for worse - the reality is that many consumers in the market use this forum to get answers to questions concerning how to proceed, or "what do I do" when a situation arises in a transaction.
3 votes
Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Thu Feb 21, 2013
I hate, (popular word nowsdays) that my favorite Mayonaise comes in a 30 ounce jat; where it used to be 32 ounces. That's 6.25%!

I hate that some wireless companies use wording and tactics that the average person cannot keep up with; thereby obligating themselves to $150 per month in fees.

I hate that TV cable and dish companies have 14 wayws to lie and screw their customers.

I hate that a bucket of chicken costs twice as much as it did a year ago.

I hate that the Oil Companies can lie to us and charge $5 per gallon for gas; and that the Government won't do anything about it. The latest oil spill is over and forgotten, but the BIG LIE lives on and on.

I particularly hate bloviating bloggers. Don't you?
3 votes
Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Mon Mar 18, 2013
Well done Debra Rose!
In the briefest post I've ever made I'll write,
"I hope Trulia does not forget who brought them to the dance."

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

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2 votes
thanks Annette - I am suprised that no one from trulia has commented here! Maybe that speaks volumes. Have a great day!
Flag Mon Mar 18, 2013
Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sun Mar 17, 2013
forgot to include the inappropriate post

"Hello
Am Favour,
i saw your profile today and became interested in you, i will like to know you the more, and i want you to send an email to my mail (deleted by debbie!) so that i can give you my picture for you to know whom i am. Here is my email address I believe we can move from here. I am waiting for your reply in my mail don't send it in the site.
Remember the distance or color does not matter but love matters allot in life "

she included an email address, twice - but I deleted it!


Trulia needs a way to filter this out.......or someone available to remove it 7 days a week....this is utter nonsense!
2 votes
Hi Debbie,
She is still at it today and I have been flagging her for the past two days but as we know Trulia moderators take the weekend off. Hope they do something about her as she took up an entire page this morning with her spamming. Thanks for your posts! Laura
Flag Mon Mar 18, 2013
Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Thu Mar 14, 2013
Yes, John - that is interesting...........blatant spam remains and is tolerated..... and your little comment was removed......
2 votes
Scott Miller, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Wed Mar 13, 2013
At this point it would be professional of Trulia to acknowledge what's needed to control the out-of-control comments, blogs, self promotion, total nutcases, etc., on this site. It's about time they took some action since it's their site, their profits and none of us have the time nor resources they have to do what's needed. It takes lots of time an energy to police a site like this with no input from the owners. There are constant, daily infractions that need to be addressed.

It would be nice to see if they are listening, but I don't have much faith in this process. It's one of the reasons I left for over a year the first time and stop paying for the subscription. They refused to delete an agent that was purchasing hits on his blogs (he's still here today) and he was getting 5-10,000 hits each day from nowhere for the most bland, plagiarised, inane 'blogs'. Although he was in clear violation of the TOS, they allowed it.

Maybe 10 thumbs downs are too many and 5 would be better.

Scott Miller
Realty Associates
Boca Raton-Miami Beach, FL
2 votes
John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Wed Mar 13, 2013
Bravo and a big TU to Scott. Running to attorneys with every nose bleed is not a very realistic or cost effective way to remedy most elementary RE related issues which this one definitely is. People today are far too trigger happy and attorneys are very eager to separate them from their hard earned dough.
It's time to get over it, get off of it and get on with it.
2 votes
Scott Hulen, , 64068
Wed Mar 13, 2013
To Gregorio: I agree it would be nice to have a perfect world where information was free & always correct but that’s not the way it works & you know it. Posting consumers should go after the Realtors® E & O insurance is not a productive comment! I know our industry lacks in many ways (most of which I believe is licensing requirements and the sham they call designations) but I see very few examples where Realtors® are lying or having a gross misrepresentation about anything on this site. Other Realtors® call them out on a regular basis so there is a system of checks and balances. I do see difference of opinions and a difference in real estate law in many areas of the country especially NY. Suing anyone is not a good remedy, talking about the situation and coming up with a solution that is productive & moral is the right path. We as Americans are way too quick to scream call a lawyer. Ps I’m sure would not agree on my advice regarding lenders as I tend to look at each situation and know there is not a one stop shop in your industry, In our market for new construction we often refer banks which do construction to perm loans, I have never been asked the refi question so I don’t know who I would recommend. For the purchase of the home it really depends on the person’s goals, income & assets. Some brokers make a market in different areas (credit challenged, USDA, FHA, VA,203k and bond programs unique to our city, county or state) and under righting also seems to change on a regular basis. Who I recommend comes under the heading is this the person I would use if this was my situation. PS, PS I also call agents out who post sue them or call an attorney as the FIRST course of action to be taken.
2 votes
Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Tue Mar 12, 2013
There used to be a thumbs down buttion, but it was removed. Trulia made a decision a couple of years back to expand their bliogging and put more weight on it in their "points system" . You therefore now have a free for all on blogs. It is very hard to search them or narrow down your search to remove the bad ones. For 2 years I have been saying Trulia has lost what made them so great by ignoring thos eagents that made them what they were by trying tio get bigger instead of better. Thumbs down was often used by those who did not like your opinion rather than be fair. To expand your blogging you have to explore your blogging patform, blog here but also blog on other sites such as http://activerain.com/action/referrals/sctprop . I had a big hope Trulia would respond to make it easer to police and search blogs but nothing yet. They even reduced the top 10 bloggers to 5 in order to fit more ads in and buried it on a link.
2 votes
Scott Hulen, , 64068
Tue Mar 12, 2013
No, but they should “police their site somewhat like Zillow”. The reason I say this on the “voting stance” is many in this form offer different options and non-standard business models. Right or wrong the public uses this site for information (or misinformation) Example: how many thumbs down would a blog receive if an agent markets their business model as a 1% fee agency? How many thumbs down would a part-time agent receive if they wrote a blog about why work with a part time agent? How many thumbs down would an agent receive if they wrote a blog about why work with a major franchise as opposed to a no name mom & pop shop? We would lose the diversity of opinions on this site! Nobody wants to see the questions answered the same way over & over again followed by CALL ME. With that being said you are right that Trulia is not doing a good job of keeping spam and the 9 post in a row off the site! We all know who these 5-10 guys are and I wish they had a little public decency, but they don’t and for them it seems like the quickest way to hit the top of their desired SEO’s. By the way this may be why Trulia allows it because the more post the better the stats, hence more money.
2 votes
I agree with you - I wish trulia policed their site like zillow does - spam ruins it for al of us and just, imo, feeds into the negative stereotype of realtors that some consumers have
Flag Tue Mar 12, 2013
Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Fri Feb 22, 2013
Do we really have the time to read the content of all these blogs? I know I don't, specially the ones that are 2 and a half miles long, there are so many of them! Besides, if you often observe participation in the Q&A section then you know that most of the Agents that abuse the blogs section do nothing else on Trulia but just that, I can guarantee you they'll come back the next day not even noticing the blog was remove and post 10 more.
2 votes
Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Fri Feb 22, 2013
I like it......

The trulia Blog is a well intended program that has without a doubt take a wrong turn and for some has evolved into nothing more than far too much "garbage." There is and has been a real problem associated with this forum that, in my opinion, is taking far too long to correct.

Bill
2 votes
Scott Miller, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Fri Feb 22, 2013
Hi Angela. My answer: YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Great idea but don't expect any movement from T, as they are too busy doing anything/everything 'corporate', instead of what's going on here in their CORE business with agents.

There are serial SPAMmers here on Trulia. Agents that make inappropriate comments in their blogs, and just plain insane mortgage brokers that are trolling the forums telling buyers why they should knock down agent's commissions to 1%. I encourage every agent that spends their valuable time here to contact Trulia by email or phone (phone works MUCH faster) to complain about abuse on the site, whether it's plain SPAM or other infractions.

Thumbs Down is a great way to start, if Trulia would follow this fantastic idea.

Scott Miller
Realty Associates
Boca Raton, Miami Beach, FL
2 votes
John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Thu Feb 21, 2013
I do think that if a RE professional is making a comment that is absolutely wrong or even misleading that we as RE professionals should flag or TD the comment since we don't have the ability or right to delete it.

I also have a short fuse for self aggrandizement and self promotion on a blogging platform. If someone wants to bloviate let them pay for it. The Trulia blog platform is an open forum for exchanging and sharing information and knowledge.
2 votes
John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Sun Mar 17, 2013
It's time for Trulia to establish sharia law and remove the hands of those who type weird stuff.... no I didn't mean me... no... no... AAAAAHHHH!!!
1 vote
Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sun Mar 17, 2013
well "spam/inappropriate" posts have hit a new low here today

there is a "young woman" ..."reaching out" for "love", and she apparently has an interest in, and is attracted to, a lot of people who have posted questions!!!!!

Her inappropriate posts are numerous, and my finger is tired from flagging them all!

Trulia needs a weekend moderator..........
1 vote
John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Thu Mar 14, 2013
This is exactly the type of SPAM that's going to ruin TRULIA and I don't see them doing anything about it. In fact I'm not even sure where or how this ever started but at the bottom of all the questions is another question that looks like a question but it ends up at the bottom of dozens of questions. Does anyone have any idea what this is all about?

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John DL Arendsen, Real Estate Pro, Encinitas, CA
OK, this is getting ridiculous! What on Earth does this have to do with REAL ESTATE? What and Where on Earth is Trulia Management? I was once proud to be a member of this blog but know I'm having second thoughts.

This is by far beyond the pale and going way over the edge. I now have no doubt that the CEO of Trulia is on vacation somewhere in la la land with Tim Cook because it's apparent he's not at the helm of this site.

Kick me off this site if you wish but I'm ashamed of the way you've let this site fall to the like of these rediculous spams. In fact I'm not even sure I want to be a part of this once very good REAL ESTATE platform any longer.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Thu Mar 14, 2013
Well, I just took a look at the blog section, as I really haven't paid any attention to it recently.

In fact, imo, it is really not a "blog" section anymore (to me blogs impart information about useful real estate related topics)..........it's revolving home and mortgage ads.....one after the other, with a few true "blogs" sprinkled in between.
I would say that 70% or more are home advertisements........with some mortgage lender ads thrown in.

So I have a question for all of you....why do people to this?......does posting a listing do anything for the listing, or are the agents just looking to post ANYTHING to get their faces online or garner more points??

I mean buyers, to the best of my knowledge, aren't sitting there reading blog-house ads, are they?
Do those posts help make a home visible on a google search?
I am curious to understand the "why" behind the action.

In any event.......trulia must be ok with it - and it's their playground.....because if they weren't - it would be stopped and removed - much like John's comment!
:)
1 vote
Phyllis McAr…, Agent, San mateo, CA
Wed Mar 13, 2013
Yes! I agree with John and Scott, You both hit the bullseye!
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Phyllis McAr…, Agent, San mateo, CA
Wed Mar 13, 2013
It's best to just contact Trulia directly and voice your concerns, this site sometimes has duplicate blogs, but, really, who cares? The purpose is clear and it's been going on for a long time, this site doesn't affect my successes, and why bother with thumbs down? It's best to just move on.
1 vote
Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Tue Mar 12, 2013
Thumbs down for those who literally repeat someone else answer.
1 vote
Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Tue Mar 12, 2013
Great Question Angela,
You posted in Feb and I just now found it!
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Of course we all celebrate the post make by Ron. Makes me feel I've 'vented' by proxy.
Scott and Jim tend to concur..
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Note John comment has garnered 5 TUs. He does a excellent job identifying the 'moral peril' your suggestion would create.
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Debra as always, has stated very well the comprehensive picture. What she states is true but one must be careful not to connect what is permissible to some way being wrong. As Debra states, the owner has the brain trust, skill set and resources to steer the ship as they see fit. As actual grown up people, we should be willing to accept that the ship is following the exact course the captain has plotted.
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As we have observed by watching so many small business owners (mostly real estate enterprises) come and go, we come to realize it is not competition that causes their failure but they self-destruct.
Perhaps we are aboard a ship headed for the rocks. Be aware, I am imposing my definition of what the 'rocks' are. Trulia may see the very same rocks at the diamonds of which they have been seeking.
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DO NOT make the mistake of caring more about something than the owner or beneficiary. Such acts of good intentions ultimately culminate in the punishment of the good Samaritan. Yes, I know, we all care so passionately for the forum provided by Trulia. Where would we go without TRULIA?

Answer that question and the issue dissolves. Answer that question and the administration of Trulia, realizing an option exists, would respond with more transparency and even corrective action. Such action, as we all know about corporations, augment the revenue stream. Be fully aware, YOU WILL NOT LIKE THE ACTION THEY IMPOSE!

One TU for provocative topic
Five TD for suggested solution.
Five more and the post could become invisible
Opps, Corey already posted five TDs....now what?.

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

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Sinead McAll…, Agent, Oceanside, CA
Fri Feb 22, 2013
Blog listings don't bother me. Why not try to use every means possible to advertise your listings? I agree with John below, we do have the option of responding and correcting someone who is posting erroneous comments...
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Fri Feb 22, 2013
Has anyone attempted to reach out to emily@trulia.com? Over the years that I've been a member of this forum I have always observed Emily to be very responsive and conscience about this very subject. I'm not sure she works in the same capacity as she did when I first joined.

However, whenever I have a concern I always start with her and usually get a reponse from someone if not her within a couple of days. I too have noticed a lot of self aggrandizement and self promotion on the Q/A platform which wasn't always the case.

On the subject of blogs? I rarely ever read them and seldom even post on them. I receive lots of clicks and a fair number of views but very few comments. My best platform for blogging in Active Rain. AR is a very tightly knit network and I've developed a great networking base there.

That stated, however, I've also developed a pretty good networking base on Trulia as well. There's a lot of really good folks on this platform and I've learned a lot from those I tend to follow and have grown to respect.
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Hi! Yes, I often reached out to Emily in the past, and more recently to Ali, who seems to have taken over for Emily - although Emily is still around.
They are usually very responsive when contacted, and will look into any questionable actions or posts.
Flag Fri Feb 22, 2013
Connie Fitzg…, Agent, Mechanicsville, MD
Fri Feb 22, 2013
Good question. I think that thumbs down helps keep unwanted or SPAM information from appearing so that Trulia can monitor spammers! I can see why this could tempt foul play but never the less, I say keep both thumbs up and down available.
1 vote
Barbara Gran…, Agent, Anaheim, CA
Fri Feb 22, 2013
If it would help to clean up all the duplicate posts, I'm all for it!
1 vote
John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Thu Feb 21, 2013
Thumbs up to Ron Thomas......................the second coming of Andy Rooney who I loved so fondly. Ron, you missed your calling.
1 vote
Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Thu Feb 21, 2013
We go back to my question of last week:

Is it OK to promote yourself or your listings on the blogs section of Trulia?

A pretty nice group joined the discussion and majority agreed that the section is not what it should be (to say the least). It was also brought up during the discussion, inappropriate questions and responses on the Q&A section, agents who somehow manipulate the system, etc.

Could it be possible that the approval of your proposal be misused as well?
1 vote
inna ivchenko, Agent, Calabasas, CA
Wed Mar 20, 2013
I did not even know about 'thumbs down' on blog posts...
Why.....I learned a lot reading your comments here.
0 votes
Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Mon Mar 18, 2013
in case anyone has been following trulia's new friend "Favour" (hard to miss her - she is everywhere) -

I just noticed SHE has achieved VIP status on trulia!!
Can you imagine?

hahaha

so, for everyone out there working hard to gain those coveted points, seeking to be a VIP - if Favour can do it - so can YOU!

too funny...........really - shows how much value being a "VIP" has
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Mon Mar 18, 2013
well - to sum up my position.......I think:

1. trulia needs to clearly define their spam policy, and enforce it!
They need to be consistant.

I often feel that anyone who pays for the orange PRO badge or zip codes might be given a little more leeway........I get that trulia walks a fine line between needing the revenue generated by lenders and agents who pay for their exposure, and not wanting to bite the hands that are feeding them by reigning them in .......but when spam overrruns the site, imo, it will negatively impact the consumer's experience here........as well as agents' experiences here..........and visitors might stop coming becasue of it.
I think the blog section, now that I have checked it out, has been diluted and reduced in value by the billboard like posts that populate the section. That's a shame.

2. If spam isn't an isse for trulia - then just say so........because when you flag posts with blatant spam, and they are still there 3 days later - something isn't working.....or it just isn't a priority for them.
I have been known to email spam or questionable posts to one of the moderators, and they usually repsond by "looking into it" or, then removing select posts...........but we shouldn't have to police their site for them.

As the site attracts more visitors, it needs more monitoring, and I feel there has been less, not more.........and, if the bottom line is that really dont care, then it will become the wild west of spam.
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Sun Mar 17, 2013
I would just flag them....but Trulia needs to provide a few more choices for the reason to flag. Their choices are limited to:

Report this question
Spam
Duplicate
Off-topic
Inappropriate
Copyright

Personally, I find it offensive to do a thumbs down -- because some folks, out of spite, or to make themselves look good, will flag for no other reason than just to be disagreeable.
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Allan Erps, Agent, Pearl River, NY
Sun Mar 17, 2013
Very interesting analysis & thought. Like the "thinking outside the box" idea!
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sun Mar 17, 2013
John, I knew you meant me (as I share your frustration!!)!!

:)
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Sun Mar 17, 2013
Big Oops! Sorry for the comment I just posted to Annette who doesn't even appear on this thread. I don't know how I cross wired Debbie to Annette but I did. I've actually been having a dialog with Annette about a similar subject on another thread.
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Sun Mar 17, 2013
Annette, thumbs up to you. You are finally beginning to sense my frustration. I to have been wearing out my keyboard by flagging our most recent seductress. This is getting a little silly. I don't see it quite this bad even on Linkedin and that's saying something.
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actually, I agree, and don't see it as bad on zillow, either - as their no-nonsense approach to spam and their "no spam" attitude helps keep the site free from most of this. Wwhen it is posted, their moderators quickly deal with it
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Scott Miller, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Thu Mar 14, 2013
Here is a perfect example of what we're talking about. This is an agent named Neal that refuses to stop his SPAMMING ways, to the detriment of the rest of us. The blogs are NOT different, they are all the same and constitute SPAM. Now what?????


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All the same blogs, he simply puts them in different zip codes. It jams up the rest of the boards for the rest of us. TIME TO GROW UP.

Scott Miller
Realty Associates
Boca Raton-Miami Beach, FL
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Gregorio Den…, , San Diego, CA
Tue Mar 12, 2013
Personally I think it's far more damaging in the Q&A. When a consumer asks a specific question regarding their very large and important purchase or refinance and they get misleading,unclear or downright incorrect information, there should be a way to have these posts looked at. You should be allowed to say whatever you want to say in your blog, but giving professional advice that is incorrect can be extremely damaging. I'd like to see consumers going after agent's E&O when they do this, Maybe that would stop the flood.
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Mercure Volt, Agent, Montclair, NJ
Tue Mar 12, 2013
Somehow, absolutely this should be available. Trulia would ultimately define the terms to remove a post. Yet knowledge that you would not only be flagged, but accumulating counts of thumbs down that would add up - should make both Trulia and the Spammers more aware and more cautious of their behavior.

Meanwhile - it will help the buyers and sellers, they are not in this arena for their career, but they are looking for our services and answers. Much better to be able to spend precious time with more professional agents.

Thanks Scott for sharing your knowledge that there used to be such a button. it actually looks dumb to have a non-functioning button! Anyway the loss of being able to search, or narrow a search, of blogs also makes a site unfriendly.

Trulia just needs to assess how to review the complaints from agents, that a thumbs down or flagging is for competitive reasons and with no real merit. This is a problem for all internet sites at this time. Seriously ... Facebook "likes"? and Invitations from people you never heard of? and " The Best Of " which has been way over done in NJ ????

Mercure Volt
973-818-8506

Elite Realtors of NJ



http://www.yourHometownSearch.com
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Tue Mar 12, 2013
My concern is this would generate thumbs down for all the wrong reasons--like someone who wants to hurt their competition. There is really no way to adequately police whether a thumbs down is legit or sour grapes. I like the "flag" option and hope everyone is using it when they comes across something inappropriate.
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Noble Lawren…, Agent, Wexford, PA
Tue Mar 12, 2013
Good Idea! If information is wrong or bad it should be removed.
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Connie Mitch…, Agent, South Padre Island, TX
Mon Mar 11, 2013
Great Idea! We could rid the site of those pesky repetative re-posters!
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Cory La Scala, Agent, San Diego, CA
Thu Feb 21, 2013
So ... everyone's supposed to have the same opinion? So far, five thumbs down for your post ...
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Walter 'Skip'…, Agent, Brea, CA
Thu Feb 21, 2013
Hi Angela,
What is the problem you are trying to correct? Is there too many blogs or the quality of the blogs is poor?
Thanks
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