The "thumb," in my perspective only, has been the root cause of many issues on this forum (for the TU and the TD) and caused much anger and/or resentment for deemed misuse or abuse. I am still believer in the thumbs to stay and I truly believe abuse for the positive is in the minority. If anything perhaps a mental guideline to good participation â€“ always giving a good or well-thought answer whether it is short or long and/or requesting more information to make an educated response. There is always the risk of someone getting around the system. I have said it, "why did that person get a thumb," "why did(nâ€™t) I get a thumb" OR "how did HE/SHE get a thumb â€¦ I said the exact same thing?" But then I walk away from the glowing screen and say, it doesn't matter or I shouldn't be here in a public forum. But note, that I am pro-policing, but also pro-email. Buyer and sellers are watching during the short or long time that real estate is applicable to their situation and I think it is imperative to maintain a certain level of professionalism for the greater good of this forum. Thanks for doing this Jim.
All of the ranking systems are flawed. - Even the Tuba system.
I created Tuba a subtle tweak to the fact that Most answers was terribly flawed to reward short, boring, automatic answers; Best Answers was flawed to reward the Trulia Pioneers who answered seeded questions from Trulia staff and each other; even Most liked answers was flawed due to popular people being rewarded over unpopular but equally well written responses.
So yes get rid of the ranking system. Including my invention.
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And i am very much real with a different idea of what a profile should be, i choose to brand the office first rather than me personally.
Thanks, everyone, for being such a great group!
Yes, I was the catalyst yet, am not the only "offender" here for certain(Read: Offenders). When asked by the good folks at Truia, I was open with my response. Others here should also accept responsibility for their actions both current and past in order to advance the community and invite open discussion. I did not create an additional profile in order to attack anyone or in an attempt to drive away members, contributors or consumers nor, did I do so to discredit Trulia. I openly admit what I have done, accept responsibility for my actions and hope that in this, you will also accept my apology if I have offended you, or any others
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I had no idea
I followed up with Ruth's question last night with clarification because it was brought up. However, after seeing Jim's reply earlier today, I plan to write back, because I agree with Jim completely, the answers speak louder than numbers..
I appreciate your admitting the mistake made and coming clean, Christopher, and I respect that. However, I refrain from answering your accusation about people creating profiles to just run up the numbers, as I donâ€™t have evidence that had happened; and it is not my job to find out and investigate.
That aside, after reading your comment (the last part), I do agree that the numbers (especially the recent numbers with details from Ruth) probably should not be posted below.
Either way, I was going to follow Jimâ€™s comment with the following (and Christopher and others, please keep an open mind on this while reading) -
We have seen TU, TD, BA, Rankings, state related questions discussed many, many times; and we will continue to see them being brought up and discussed.
But the truth is if anybody devote the time, energy and give their best, thoughtful answers, they, too, will be recognized by the consumers and other PROs; and they too, will be receciving the TUs and BAs. .
I don't believe anybody come to Trulia to first look at their rankings. They start to read the answers and decide if the answers are appropriate, well-thought of and add value. I don't look at how many TUs or BAs a person have, what I look at are the contents of the answers.
I start to notice the ones who continue to give good answers, and I pay attention to their answers, and I also notice the ones that don't; They are far and few in between, which I tend to ignore (sorry, but thatâ€™s the fact) .
To be sure; as we have answered hundreds of questions, we have read even more answers and tons of questions which we choose not to answer and we learn to see through good vs. bad, or mediocrity ones.
A point in case â€“ I, too, climb up the ladder very late in the game â€“ not that I was looking for it, but I ended up getting a bit of, how do I say this, addicted, and spent much more time than I should on Trulia, and my answers become better as I learn more here and probably received more attention; which I truly believe.
Anybody can do the same with TUs and TDs and BAs. It just takes time and devotion.
I think we are here to demonstrate that real estate professionals have valuable knowledge to share with consumers and with each other,
The overwhelming majority of us here do very well at that.
Please read my part (which I think really deserves TU, so go and do it, Thanks! :-) ) - I think Best Answer should be weighted, and a gentle reminder from Trulia to customer for Best Answer and TUs after a while helps
To make this a great forum, we need to keep our standards up, positive reinforcement and also a fair system.
Therefore, the sooner that system is removed, not replaced the better.
The quality of answer is the only thing that matters.
Trulia has plenty of participants, it no longer needs a ranking system.
Again the quality of answer will speak for it`s self
I totally agree with Christopher here.
To me, personally, Iappreciate people who can come out and admit their mistakes and apologize for things they did wrong. I think it takes courage to do that and I hope I can do the same for all the mistakes i have made.
So, Christopher, I want to welcome you again into Trulia and let's let the past be passed and start from here (both sides, or multiple sides or whatever, whoever is related to the whole thing). With one condition though, you also have to drop what you have been saying from here on. Fair is fair.
I believe that's why Pete wrote what he wrote.
P.S. I have to go back to work again, too much time spent here. Hope there is no surprises (unless they are good ones) when I come back. Thanks!
The purpose of the forum is to answer the posters question. I think Best Answer should be weighted. Trulia should send gentle reminder for posters to select best answer after a while.
This score tries to measure average quality of a posters answers, as judged by readers who chose to award thumbs and questioners who awarded best answers. Posters who answered more in the spring or in recent week tend to score higher because more thumbs up were awarded in general in those periods than in middle of summer. If I don't post your name below you can calculate your score ( or some one you care about) easily:
TU plus Best Answers divided by total answers = score.
I say it tries to measure, not that it acurately does so. Several posters rate much a higher in my opinion than their scores would indicate and some people surprise me with high scores that I would not have expected based on my opinion. I would especially warn a reader to consider the outliers on this Gaussian bell curve to be statistical anomalies. The scores are not in any particular order:
Steve and Heather 136 div 135 = 1.01
Ute Ferdig 277 div 306 = .90
Paul Slaybaugh 325 div 241 = 1.34
Jim Walker 305 div 219 = 1.39
Sylvia Barry 382 div 353 = 1.08
Deborah Madey 870 div 842 = 1.08
Pam Winterbauer 266 div 854 = .31
Patti Perreya 144 div 135 = 1.06
Bill Warren 134 div 70 = . 1.91
Ed Monaghan 186 div 186 = 1.02
The missing Patrick M 231 div 200 = 1.15
Paul Renton 47 div 106 = .44
Jeanette Lowry 557 div 521 = 1.07
Perry Henderson 32 div 46 = .69
Bridget K 318 div 315 = 1.01
I accepted Christopher Walkerâ€™s (CW) apology publicly because thatâ€™s what I believe in. I like to give people a second chance, and this is nothing new to anybody.
However, I also asked him to drop whatever he have been saying from now on. Why? Because they are inflammatory and not true; and if he is truly sorry, he would have stopping saying things like that. He has not mentioned publicly (nor privately), but I am going to assume that he agreed.
On your question, my statement still holds true; and the statement means just what it said - I donâ€™t have any evidence that had happened and itâ€™s not my job to investigate, so I am not going to comment on that part of the statement.
Plain and simple. I, in no way, was implying that I agreed with CWâ€™s statement, which just so happened that I believe is a false accusation.
I am sorry I gave you or anybody else the impression that I agreed with CW. Thatâ€™s certainly not my intention.
If you read the rest of my post again, you will find out I went on and explained not only to CW but others who are in doubt (as I hear this time and time again), why I think some consistently receive more TUs than others â€“ you get to know them and you tend to read them more. In real estate terms, sort of like if you know a good inspector, you tend to go back to them and refer them to others; but they built their reputation by consistently doing good jobs.
I donâ€™t know who G and X are (some guy according to G and X), but I thought G (or X) is a very sharp person, can give good answers, but very sarcastic and probably had something against realtors. I thought it was quite unfortunate, because he could have contributed more if heâ€™d just share his knowledge like he once in a moon did. Then X (or G)â€™s wife showed up, reprehended him (at least she claimed) and they all disappeared. Thatâ€™s all I know about G and X and Mrs. G and X.
The two best answers? As you are trying to make a point, I see one is from Bill and I assume the other is from CW (which you did not include). No, I donâ€™tâ€™ know CW nor do I know Bill. They are both introduced to me by the recent events on Trulia. You have to ask them why they gave me BAs.
I hope I addressed all your concerns.
I love your viewpoint and the stats are pretty good... But as you acknowledged, stats can be manipulated... I don't wish to cause any further turmoil, but the person with the highest score seems to be the least likely candidate for such...
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