I understand your frustration, but sometimes one-line answers are legitimate. I also agree that redundant answers are annoying and are generally not useful.
The same message of: "Hi, I"m -----. Come visit my website http://www.---- I can help you in (enter city name here)." is incredibly annoying. New real estate pros join Trulia everyday and they may not read the guidelines or agent's best practices. I've (and some others) provide a friendly welcome and pointer to read the guidelines and practices to them. I believe it fosters professional civility and is a great way of welcoming other real estate and mortgage pros. Now if I see that they repeatedly abuse the guidelines, I will flag them as spam and give them a thumbs down.
As for questions that go unanswered - not everyone has the opportunity to visit Trulia everyday so some questions are going to fall through the cracks. Additionally, I get the impression that sometimes there are questions that "stump" the local pros. Personally, I won't answer a question when I feel can't provide a knowledgeable or helpful advice. I assume that occurs with other real estate pros in other geographical regions also.
You said, "how many times we can Spam answers to get our count up." Frankly, I had not thought of this posting as a competition or spamming or counts. I just wanted to help people.
I certainly hope that possible buyers, sellers and investors will not be able to read this post. To me it is a little embarrassing; using Trulia has a â€œventingâ€ system for a Realtor.
I ignored this question of yours the first time around but I intentional searched it out now. I did respond to a similar post that came out after yours:
It looks like you missed that one or chose not to answer because everyone had already said what needed to be said.
There is a learning curve and there are abusers. You might enjoy some of my abuse today with Richards questions. I'm going to delete my most recent "question" that said:
Congratulations Richard! Take a look at last weeks Top Trulia Voices. You have surpassed Pam.
Now lets see if you can get on the board with some useful answers.
I think I've receive more thumbs down this morning than ever before. Good thing I have to actually get off here and do some real work.
I see you've been a member for a 1.5 weeks. It's all still new to you, and you'll soon find that it won't bother you as much as it does now.
I recently posted a similar question to our colleagues, wondering if they took the time to read the answers before posting because I was noticing more and more redundancy and useless repeat answers. The few replies I received indicated this was an annoyance for many who take the time to craft an answer, only to have it 'ditto'd' by somebody else. Most said that they don't contribute if they feel the question has already been answered. I do the same (not contribute), which explains my lessening participation.
I refuse to let this be a Junior High popularity experience for me, so even though I don't feel my participation is as necessary all the time because there are so many skilled and experienced Realtors who get to the question before I have a chance to, I still like reading the answers because I've learned SO much, and continue to learn so much.
In doing so, I've learned to skip past the annoying 'copy cats' and not let it bother me. You will, too.
I think by staying on Trulia, you will start to learn who are the ones who consistently give great answers and who are the ones just show up and give a few one-liners. Every once in a while, even those people will give a decent answer. But watch closely, you will find out that there are quite a few wonderful realtors, mortage brokers, semi FSBO (you know who), even architect online.
And, you make great friends here.
But i appreciate your opinion and apoligize if you take it as embarrasing. I feel spamming is a bit more embarrasing.