Deleting an answer solely because it received a thumbs down may be a cop out. If your review of the post revealed that you missed the boat, overlooked the issue, or made a mistake, then removing the post down may be a wise call. In other words, stand by sincere and ethical convictions, even if unpopular. Remove a post if your position has changed, or if your prior post was unclear.
If several responders post in agreement and you (any Trulia member) have a different point of view, please do stand up and share your thoughts. Since our industry is amidst such change, a perspective that shines new light might just be the medicine the doctor ordered. I remember sitting in a room of 70 RE Pros a few years back discussing the evolution of bringing property listings online. Wow! I was the uncomfortable recipient of a massive amount of disagreement that day when I was one of a few who predicted consumer demand. Other RE Pros thought I was drinking funny water, and the majority believed that consumers would not want to undertake an active role in searching for properties. (While I might have been looking in the right direction, my views were foggy and I totally lacked any and all foresight to have seen the diversity and options that exist today.) The responses that I received that meeting were definitely â€œThumbs Downâ€ as they thought I was completely off the mark reading customers or anticipating the next wave of change.
On Trulia, I appreciate answers that show differences in thought, as long as such are presented in a way that is not disparaging to another.
Removal of a post as a result of rethinking your position or a mistake is an option that needs to remain on the forum. An individual might create an addendum or correction as an alternative to deleting their original post. I vote to leave the option of removing posts on Trulia.
Thumbs down is sometimes abused on Trulia, but the value of its presence outweighs the negative. I vote leave that option on Trulia.
For whatever my vote counts (LOL), I vote leave as many options available to the members and participants on Trulia. Most will use good judgement. Those who need assistance will receive it from both the participants and Trulia moderators.