I am not nearly as sensitive as Sylvia to the "Good Answer" responses. When answers are only frivolous, as was the recent succession post that rattled many, it becomes obvious to the poster, the public and Trulia. That does not put all â€œgood answerâ€ replies in the frivolous category. I believe that positive reinforcement, particularly of important points in posts, carry meaning to the public and aid in demonstrating the strength of the answer to all. A well deserved "good answer" is also a nice gesture to those who invest considerable amounts of time at Trulia.
Again, I am not supportive of frivolous posting as a tally count. I believe I can speak to this because I have a high number of posts, and many of my posts took 30 minutes or more to write and consist of a few paragraphs. If my objective were simply to collect tally counts, I wouldnâ€™t invest the energy I do into the other posts. I donâ€™t write one line posts often, and if I do, I hope the poster knows it is sincere when I say, â€œGreat answer!.â€
I expect my tally count to maintain strong for the next 30-45 days, and then probably decrease. I do not currently have a blog, but plan to launch one in the near future. At that time, I will continue to post on Trulia, but out of necessity of time allocation, will divide time between the endeavors. I will remain active on Trulia, and think Trulia is terrific.
I believe the cumulative posts as reflected in Top Voices do provide value and a quick snapshot of Trulia. When I first joined Trulia, I read through many of the top voice posts. I found this to be an extremely helpful orientation to Trulia. I also noticed a light heartedness, comraderie, and attitude of mutual respect among the posters that was a huge drawing card that made me want to be a part of Trulia. I saw several posts of â€œgood jobâ€, â€œI agreeâ€, and a few jokes. I saw lots and lots of thumbs up for answers and questions. It told me that these people were confident enough in themselves to say, either verbally or through the thumbs up vote, â€œgood jobâ€ to another. I skimmed the top voices, read many of their Trulia posts, and subsequently went to many of their blogs. I found incredibly talented individuals with commitment to the industry and a sense of personality, humor and respect. Thank you to Trulia for allowing me a vehicle to find them. Thank you to them for the incredible wealth of knowledge that they represent. These people represent the top bloggers in the country and were asked by Trulia to help seed the initial content for Trulia.
I believe that self governance can do much to keep abuse and excesses in check. Yes, we need Trulia moderators to step in at times and take corrective action in the areas of abuse. But, I am a strong advocate of free flowing content. I also think its great to say and hear â€œThank Youâ€, â€œGood Jobâ€ and â€œI Agree.â€ If these posts are used to grandstand oneself, then the content was empty and shame on the poster. When sincere, it makes us human and lets us smile. I donâ€™t want that to go away.
Sylvia, I think you have great real estate knowledge and experience and many worthwhile posts. I just canâ€™t vote for excessive governance or an environment that is absent smiles and gratitude.
Hereâ€™s a few of my agreements, disagreements, and additional suggestions, for what my two cents are worth:
1) I think it could be demoralizing to take away a best answer from someone. So, I canâ€™t vote for that. I think a â€œRunner Upâ€ category might be useful. Not necessary, but perhaps useful.
2) â€œNo best answerâ€ might be an option for a the author of a question. Some donâ€™t know to choose a best answer, others might not be able to.
3) A page down to the second page of summary could be interesting.