Mary Beth - not only pizza......... but soda and cake..... a big chocolate cake in the shape of a "T"!
OK, I ramble so here goes!................
Interestingly enough, for those who are newer here, a number of years ago........when I started posting on trulia .....there was no such thing as "VIP" levels....only the paid orange Pro badge.....they didn't even sell zip codes back then....those of us who posted did so because we liked doing it.....there was no "reward" involved, or carrot dangled to get you to work on obtaining a higher "rating".
Points weren't thought of because they didn't exist!
When the VIP program was initiated, those who had been posting here had a head start, true, although I really don't recall how it was calculated.
But.......I have been here for years........and the benefit I have seen has nothing to do with VIP or badges.......it is simply by adding value to responses.
I don't think you need to be a VIP for consumers to notice you and respect your contributions.
They ARE looking, and watching and forming opinions.
Just an aside and to encourage you to keep posting substance instead of quantity (although I can tell those on this thread do post quality!)......I was contacted last year by someone living in Shanghai who was looking to move back to NJ......they needed a short term rental. The consumer saw me here - then (she told me this) she checked out my profile and website and other contributions. She then, based on her assessment of me, reached out . I assisted her and her husband in finding an 8 month rental............within the next year I not only sold them a house close to $600,000, but also wound up listing the rental home they had been in, and selling it myself ( for 565,000).
Yu just never know!
All of that business was generated by someone's positive impression of me......... by simply offering help (and I don't usuallly "do" rentals) and being responsive to their needs.
VIP levels had nothing to do with it.
There are a lot of VIP status peope, whose contributions are not that valuable (imho)...........so.it's my belief that.content and substance win out over quantity.
Just my 2 cents.
For those who wondered why VIP 3 is the highest - just a bit of history here - when most would think level #1 could/should represent the highest level.....trulia's explanation back then was that in the future they could retain the right to increase the levels and add some more "incentives" to reach yet even higher levels.....maybe one day there will be levels 4,5, 6 !
I hope not, because I think this VIP thing has caused a lot of useless responses to be posted by those whose only goal is obtain points.
Ok, I am done!! haha
By the way - to help all of you along on your quest for points............thumbs up for everyone here (although you can only get 1 pt per thread, in case you didn't know that!
Good luck everyone!