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The Danger Of Casually Hitting The Active Rain Comment Delete Button.

In the beginning the first two Active Rain bloggers had the pair of tin cans, pulled the string tightly to communicate.

maine lake tubing Like the early black and white video game of ping pong actually. Slow, back and forth, not much excitement or fireworks.

Then the numbers of Active Rain bloggers grew. Can you say to 205,651 at last count looking over my shoulder before this hunt and peck process today? Sure you can. I knew you could. And you know what that meant? Traffic, lots of noise, messages being beamed from blogger platforms all over the blue and green marble. It got loud, fast, kinda crazy.

Like six lanes of traffic during rush hour but all the time. Not once in a blue moon. No lull, the real estate blog conveyor belt spinning faster.

The blog posts getting better and bloggers more proficient at their writing, image taking, posting for information providing with an SEO twist.

Creating helpful links, embedded videos and becoming more polished like a cyber journalist broadcaster media master.

But about the time the AR or any platform blogger started to gain confidence, the blogs may have shifted from helpful real estate listing and local community information to an editorial, opinion rich post every so often. And the attention, notoriety increased. And the viewpoint of the post hopefully could be challenged, or disagreed with and all is well. Agree to disagree but mutual respect sensed to anyone outside the AR family that did not know each blogger from day to day interaction.

Whoa. What if the blogger did not like or accept or felt threatened somehow when another blog commenter disagreed with that viewpoint? And quickly deleted each and every comment they did not like. (Clearing throat) Well now indeed.

Your result would be distorted, unbalanced blogging.

Manipulated to just have the comment process spun along the lines that compliment the blogger. With that many AR members, there has got to be different emerging viewpoints. But not if squelched.

None of us probably is an identical twin. Not many of us are always going to agree. But the habit of maine beef cowsdeleting comments because they don't support 100 percent of your post topic or the gist of the media piece you hunt and peck, tap out the electrons on, is dangerous. Not just for how you stop growing, considering alternating viewpoints. Or just plain differences in real estate markets, traditions, the way each roll. Nothing to take personal but you do and hit delete anyway.

Further what can happen, like a rude king ruling with an iron fist, and an "off with his or her head" attitude, when the king blogger does his next post on what an idiot those five commenters were. The commenters on that new post never seeing the comments from the offending post. Take his word for it.

Missing comments, the subject of the new post but not appearing for other to sniff at, react to. Judge for themselves.

The ones that caused a rage, a rant but you only get his spin on the follow up how dare he or she new post. Like a kid who only tells you part of the story about the broken window at the neighbors or what happened at school at recess yesterday. And then commenters on the new post could say "Bad past commenters. Shame on them" And never saw, read, heard, digested the comments of the earlier "got a hair crossed, the knickers in a knot" blog post. Be careful with the delete button.

Like the red phone between Russia and the United States. Keep from knocking it off the desk, making calls for a pizza. Just don't use it. It is for dire needs, a drastic measure to take to reach for it, use it. Should not to become a habit. Otherwise you are distorting the open two way communication that is so refreshing in blogging. The engagement is missing. You need all the comments. I have read commenters that boldly state "If I don't like, agree with the Active Rain blog post comment, I delete, delete, delete.

You loose the two way, back and forth and the process of true, raw blogging with quick to delete. And a "don't have time for this" habit, blog practice.

Here or on any blog or social media platform. You need them all, the commenters to show up for today's topic to bat around, chew on and consider.

If someone makes a comment on a post that makes you raise your eyebrow and scratch your head, guess what. Instead of deleting it, other commenters will hopefully tactfully address it. Agree, disagree and why and avoid picking up rocks for a good old fashion stoning. Maybe many like a blog post cyber fight. I like to list, market, selling real estate and promoting my area. This AR campus is where I learn how to do that and offer once in a while my two cents from experience wearing the "R". Today is brought to you by the letter "R". The by far hardest working letter in the entire alphabet. Maine, a tad outspoken, but you always know where you stand with the people who live here in one drop dead gorgeous state.

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Comment balloon 61 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • April 08 2011 07:20AM

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I agree that people should delete comments with caution. It could disrupt the comments chain, and negative feedback can be quite good at times.

Posted by Jeffry Evans over 7 years ago

I use AR to talk about real estate and events, people, places in my area. I'm not really into blogging my opinions since I don't think they are very important in the scheme of things. I have not experienced a need to delete comments except for the very obvious spam or ads for other businesses.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 7 years ago

Andy, We've been pretty tolerant, cleaned out a comment or two from consumers filled with bile and expletives, have been tempted to press delete on comments left filled with links back to the agent that have NOTHING to do with post topic, but have usually left them.  Our post topics rarely touch on things heavily volatile, don't need unnecessary conflict and stress...life brings enough without initiating the conflagaration unless it's a just cause.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 7 years ago

Nicely put Andy. I don't delete, I don't get negative, I do get a little enraged at times, but that is all the learning , giving, taking process.  You put it right, this is a learning platform/  We are not all going to agree with each other all the time.  Just play fair.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 7 years ago

Jeffry ... If the response is one of those "Help, I'm stranded in Paris, lost my wallet, still have my passport and need your help, please wire money" out of the blue spams, I can understand hitting the big "D". Or if someone is Johnny Appleseed black hat SEO planting a link to outdoor gardening supplies or liposuction, a drug company. I get those on outside blogs we host and those are spam.

Toni ... The only news we used to get years ago was from Walter Cronkhite, a Dear Abby opinion, Art Linkletter with kids saying the darndest things. No talk back, sharing or two way. Just fed by media. Bloggers are media now and one person can talk to millions quickly. So we have to be careful on what we are saying and does it apply elsewhere, are we trying to talk for the entire real estate industry with our outdoor voice. Blogging is not whispering with the far reaching power, the frequency that we can give a shout out with our special Ethel Merman model mouse.

L&B ... You take it all with a grain of salt. And agree with the crude, vulgar. Some folks thrive on the Judge Judy disagreements and scrapping. I love a healthy debate, but at the end of the blogging day, what good came out of all of it is important to keep moving, growing, peddling more market share of property.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Cindyloo ... Some could argue if you see a post with a comment on a topic you know something about and the logic is flawed, just let it go. But in the AR large auditorium with all the students here to learn, paying the price of tuition, if a classmate makes a comment that is contrary to what you were taught or what works for for you, shouldn't not you just duct tape the pie hole? Others reading, absorbing could take the post, comment as gospel. Where other "did you consider this, or that" flushes out more dialogue.

If you make a civil sorry to disagree and this is why, my experience, then others get drawn in and take the blog topic further in discussion. We are in too big a real estate market with all 205K members not to have differences based on just the way we do the property peddling process in all these zip codes, time zones. A different opinion is not wrong, bad. It just means what you are saying worsk in your market does not here because it is a different structure, dynamic. Like urban and country real estate markets. Way different apoproach, habits, price tags and local habits to weave in to your own style, what works in YOUR hometown. Insecure folks could take it you are saying they are wrong. No, it's just that what you say does not apply to the rest of the world. That's all. 

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

the only comments I delete are spam comments that turn up once in a while.

Posted by Stella Barbour, Principal Broker, Serving Virginia and Maryland (NoVa Brokers LLC) over 7 years ago

Stella ... Those pesky link riding varmits. You do wonder how they make it in through the AR bug zapper.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Hi Andy..Luckily, I haven't had to delete any comments yet. I guess none of my posts have been controversial yet. I have read other posts and members deleting comments. I would agree that we need to do it with caution, if necessary at ALL.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) over 7 years ago

Jerry .. It will happen. You may be asked to critique a new real estate site or how do you like the logo a fellow blogger is toying with implementing. Or already has. And asking on the surface for input but really kinda bragging up how great he thinks it is underneath. And you point out the bright yellow or font size of old english blends in to the similiar color background and suggest using a darker shade. Delete. You were wrong and weeded out of the comments. Be tough skinned, tender hearted but avoid the trigger finger quickly reaching for the delete, delete, delete button rapid fire action.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Andy, Congrats on the Feature....glad to know that S button is working right today! :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 7 years ago

Fortunately for me, I don't recall ever deleting a comment.  Sometimes I have pretty strong opinions but when people have adamantly and sometimes volatile opposition to my opinion, I just address it and let it ride. I have known people (one one, maybe two) that have deleted my comment when I disagreed with them.  Didn't like it, but hey, it's their blog.  Didn't understand it either, but again, I didn't have to.  Loved this post and congrats on the feature.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

I have seen a bunch of posts where people whine over "mean" comments and that they are just going to delete those. What frustrates me is that we never have a chance to "judge" those comments for true "mean-ness" or just a difference in opinion since it has been already ...well, DELETED!

I always respond that it would be better to leave the comments and your are right: one should cause caution deleting them.

Posted by Gina Nugent, Real Estate Agent - Palm Beach, FL (Donohue RE) over 7 years ago

I'm pretty tolerant.  I have a horrible temper though.  I had ActiveRain transfer 100 points of my points to another member after his third comment, on one post the other day.  It is "troll transfer tag."  I think someone else (him?) must have used the report a concern on one of my comments on my blog though cuz I did not delete it. I deleted a comment from another member with a link to their website and something that read like "great post, thanks for sharing" though...

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 7 years ago

Andrew, first of all PLEASE DON'T DELETE MY COMMENT! second of all, if you don't welcome the comments then you can chose not to allow any comments. I do this from time to time when I post something controversial because I know better

Posted by Randy Harden, www.RERandy.com (Wieder Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

I can count on one hand how many comments I've deleted and all those were effectively SPAM.  I welcome different opinions and like the fact that one comment can spur on additional comments to create a dialog.  Isn't that what blogging is all about?  (Besides generating leads)

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Andrew, some really good points and I love an article that makes me think.  I don't think I've ever deleted a comment from my AR blog.  In fact, I've gotten some really good comments from people who disagreed with me but were tactful and professional about it.  I like comments that make me think, too.

Cheers and have a great weekend!

Mark

Posted by Mark Boyd (MarQeteer) over 7 years ago

very nicely said. Not only did I not go searching for the offending blog comment - I didn't waste my time commenting on the sissy ranting. The computer should have a button when pushed - just slaps the idiots in the face and leaves them a good stinging reminder that the school yard has rules to abide by.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) over 7 years ago

Andrew

You raised a really good point about the possible negative impact of deleting comments. It is also a tough issues, particualrly when comments vear into the land of spam, or outright vitriol and rudeness. It becomes a personal choice, of course. And it seems that in some cases deleitng a comment leads to further ugliness.

I suppose the ame can be said for responding to such comments and making THAT choice as well.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Words that are spoken are as light as air, but what's in writing is always there ! Or is it ? *L*

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) over 7 years ago

Hi Andrew,  Very well thought out and written post.  I've wondered the same thing and even went link chasing a few times.  Have a terrific weekend !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 7 years ago

Charita ... They can post it, others commenting can jump in and help address it too. Not a weakness but point, counterpoint. I like to know why a person disagrees and listen to them. Often you find some common ground and both of you often if healthy discussion come to a place where you are both better for it.

Gina ... Exactly. Maybe one person's mean comment reaction would not be what you can mean. Just pointed out something the deleter over reacted too. Often the mean comment wasn't but it's gone now. And you the blog reader left with only one version. And not the truth but all your have due to deletion.

Maureen ... You are human like the rest of us and can get cranked up if an injustice happens. But I would not say you enjoy drama, stir it up for the sake of chaos, hub bub. Thanks for your two cents.

WR ... That's an option too. But when a blog post you enjoyed and can add to shows up comments disabled, we're back to cutting off two way communication. Often a blog has a few comments allowed and then cut off, closed comments. I like the back and forth because with main stream media unless a call in show or newspaper editorial you submit, it is not back and forth in real time, right now. Like you and I in a live conversation.

Bryan ... That's my perception of blogging, not restrictive, not tailor making the comments to the posters liking.

Mark ... the blog posts you leave with something to chew on, that you learned from and contributed too make the exercise worthwhile. Agree 100%. This time. And would have accepted if you thought I was way out of line, off base on something. So pull me back in if next blog post wanders, is just inaccurate and not correct okay? (Smile)

Greg ... The disagreement is fine, healthy. It's when folks that do it are silenced and removed from the blog they took time to react and respond to that is not so cricket. And to respond to a comment you made that was deleted, played as just awful and mean spirited when it was not (but missing for other review and reaction) is the sad part. Can not enter back in to clarify or make any comment because you have been banned, then ostracized from the recess blog marble game.

Jeff ... Good points. The deleted comments labeled as picking on the poster that did not come off as an event, situation that did not happen. Like spin the media, politicians do. Have you ever watched a news story and shook your head and not much you can do to point out where the talking head got his facts messed up? But his report to millions gets swallowed hook, line and sinker as gospel. That is misinformation from missing feedback which a comment to the blog is. I was a news director at a Bangor Maine broadcast station and balanced, fair with feed back and thorough reporting of the story was what we were taught. Not opinions, not twisting the facts or maniuplation.

Michael ... Pen is mightier than the sword too. Missing pen words can be more dangerous when others paraphrase with their slant what you did or did not say.

Bill ... Keep on blogging, don't look back and post new information on listings, local community and take the high road. But don't get in the habit of silencing each and every nay sayer. Thanks for popping in folks. Now get back to work.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Andy...

I love the back and forth discussion, and I learn more from comments than I do from the blogs that I read. Do I ever delete? Yes, if a comment includes a personal attack or is beyond the bounds of civility out it goes.

If the comment disagrees with me, that's great. After all, if everyone agrees with me there is no need for additional comments anyway.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 7 years ago

Richard ... I think it is like brainstorming. If I thrown up the bone, all that take time to stop in to the blogging tent in their busy day can add their take from an entirely different perspective. That helps me, what I bring to the blogging table helps them. Not all posts are light bulb lighting, but the ones with "fire in your belly" and passion are. Usually unless written with anger. You are right, nothing to leave for comment if blog poster said it all, nothing to add or refute.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

I always like to read a good debate. I have never had to personally delete comments even though I did have commenters who disagreed with me. However, I know another agent in our office who wrote a post about one of his listings. Another agent in our area commented by saying, "Too bad the property values have dropped so much in that neighborhood." Needless to say, he deleted that comment. I can't say that I blame him.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

Tammie ... now that is more of a public relations problem. Things we say on line we should not. Not a case of weeding out comments that rub the blog poster the wrong way or they can not tolerate.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Great post Andrew! I agree that the delete button should only be used for truly inappropriate comments, but different viewpoints & opinions are what make the world go round : )

Have a great weekend!

Gina Lemos

Posted by Momentum Realty, Orange County CA Real Estate Agent (North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists) over 7 years ago

You too Gina.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Andy, tolerance is a double edged sword that some don't want to fall  on here!!  great post worth exploring

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I guess I'm not being opinionated enough, Andy. Never deleted anything, and being a point pig, I just let AR delete the ones I report for that special 10. Perhaps I'm too tolerant. Starting to day I'm going to lash out and anyone with blinder to my view point. The anti Dale Carnegie course in action.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 7 years ago

I learn from dissenting opinions and often specifically call for them at the end of my posts. The market is too complex and too fast moving for any one person to have the absolute answer.

The key is to disagree without being disagreeable. AR is a friendly mastermind group, not a battleground for vicious turf wars.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) over 7 years ago

The only thing I delete is spam. Everything else stays. Sometimes the best lessons learned come from those who dont have the same opinion as you!

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) over 7 years ago

Excellent thoughts on this issue.  But I wonder is Lenn is going to take issue with the tin cans she and the wise ones started with!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 7 years ago

Great post! I have been known to take an extreme position just to make a point, or sometimes to be humorous. I love all the comments that follow, especially the ones that make me think (ie aren't just pats on the back). The only thing I delete are the random "designer shoes for sale" or whatever. These seem to be increasing in frequency, and it is the responsibility of each of us to carry a little plastic baggie to clean up after the animals that soil our posts, IMO.

Posted by Linda Humphrey, CRS, Broker/Owner HHC Realty (Humphrey Home Connections Realty, Reno, Nevada) over 7 years ago

Andy, there is only one post I have ever written where I deleted comments after the commenter's shameless self promotion and insulting remarks were just not something I wanted on my blog. I left one of them so the readers could see how he behaved, but deleted the others because they contributed nothing to the discussion.

Having said that, there have been some people on this forum who don't even want any dissenting comments. Those people should disable comments so they don't get any. It's not fair to delete something somebody says just because they don't agree with you. Not fair to the reader, not fair to the person who took the time to read their blog and comment from their perspective. 

Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 7 years ago
Andy, great post. I have had to make a public post members only a time or two. We practice in different ares, we have different laws and customs. I wish some would remember this when leaving a comment in a public post! I will delete rude comments, don't find them too often. And when I see a member being attacked for no reason, the hair on my neck goes up and I tend to stay away from that person. I do believe the biggest thing to remember is the word "respect" when leaving a comment on anothers post. It is like going over to someones house and dumping all your garbage on their front lawn.
Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Andrew: I love your point here; I've written a couple 'opinion' blogs and have had a couple 'opinion' comments that disagreed with my blog.  But I'd never even thought about deleting those comments.  Like you point out, that defeats the point of the blog....

Posted by Ellen Wright Adams, LoansByEllen- Licensed in Oregon (Academy Mortgage.......We are a Equal Housing Lender) over 7 years ago

Ginny .... Hope for a dull sword if you do.

Glenn .... Being a point pig, too tolerant is not a bad thing. The Door's had a song about Let it roll baby roll.

Dave ... About the time any of us seriously believes we know it all a rather large out of the blue mental 2x4 arrives with a needed, necessary to your knees blunt, sharp, crack to the side of the head. Humbling...can you see we need each other? Sure you can, I knew you could.

Margie .... Put her down for don't delete as a rule and open minded for any and all view points even if they are not carbon copies of her own.

Laura .... I was this close to putting the two tin spinnach cans with the string strung tightly, removing any and all slack by Lenn and Todd. But I don't know they were the first two to sign up and start the AR aerobics.

Linda ... Blog post comment doo doo and carrying a plastic bag to keep it clean, sanitary. Neat image, analogy.

Sharon ... I call the self promotion and blog post hi jacking "Little Jack Horners". Take but not offer up something for others worth digesting to help them in the real estate dog and pony.

Andrea ... So true and bang on. We are like snow flakes, no two alike because the markets, personalities, economics differ depending on your sheer location and the guy or gal tapping out the recycled electrons in each and every AR blog post.

Ellen ... I think if you remove the comments, its hurts the direction, final destination of the blog. The deleted comment also if left in place and not received as threatening could affect the rest of the blog comment trail. Haven't you ever read a blog post, thought nothing to add and great job but then one comment that dissed the blogger with something uncalled for...and then stepped in to point out, support the blogger? You can always see battle lines with some drawn... some of us on this side of the junior high gym, others on the far side and even a few not in the gym. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing and it has not come to Big Brother knocking on our cyber door and we can pretty much post anything we want to blog about, comment on.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Andrew: Who put your skivies in a wad? There are plenty of 'polly annas' here on AR that hide behind their delete nonsense by saying others don't have a positive attitude. What they really mean is - you better agree with me or I'll say your attitude sucks or you're a hater.  For some people, there is not a give & take in their comments.

Just did a post about NAR & it was very civilized.  There were some people that 'nicely' said I didn't know what I was talking about but it was my opinion.  Isn't there a wise phrase that says everyone has an 'ass' and an 'opinion'? Some wise guy person!

Did a post on a local animal shelter & got hate phone calls, email, all kinds of nonsense so go figure.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 7 years ago

Lyn ... The way you feel, your opinion is not right or wrong. Just may be the mainstream thought, something creative or novel or off the wall. But you own the opinion, are entitled to hold it and explain why rather than "off with her head". Yes men and women don't have much to say but need someone to follow. And often they do follow because of a bully, someone mean spirited they want to stay on the good side of to avoid a cyber rock fight. Or being singled out of the herd and stoned. Thank you for checking in and keep speaking your mind, posting the wisdom of what you have learned in your travels, through out life so far in your zip code.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

I haven't had anything to delete yet.  I guess I shouldn't hold my breath....

Posted by Brenda, Ron, Lee Cunningham & Tara Keator, Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro (West USA Realty) over 7 years ago

Good afternoon, Andrew. I have yet to delete comments because I prefer the dialogue. I don’t even delete spam! (Though I do report it... to earn an extra 10 points.) ;)

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) over 7 years ago

Wow, I've never deleted a substantiative comment from any of my blogs.  Spam sure, but never someone expressing a legitimate thought of any type.  It seems like a shortsited thing to do.  

Posted by Kate Akerly, Brooklyn Residential Sales and New Development (Halstead Property) over 7 years ago

Hmmm... I "report a concern" when I get ads for shoes, purses, etc. on my posts, but have never deleted an actual comment. I might do so if a commenter used foul langage, but other than that - no way.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 7 years ago

I must be really bad at this AR Stuff!  I didn't even know you could delete someones comments.

Your post was educating for me.  Not that I have been a part of a conversation that I would have wanted to delete.....but #44 comments make sense that you might want to delete the spam.  Joy

Posted by Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team, Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise! (Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team) over 7 years ago

B&R ... Blog long enough and you are bound to hit a nerve, strike someone, rub someone the wrong way.

Bill ... Grasshopper easy going, level headed and slow to anger. Or you just have good control over your mouse and the stay clear of the delete option.

ARET ... Good attitude to take it all in stride.

Marte ... No place for vulgar, crude. We're rated "G" for family. "R" for REALTOR.

Joy ... Feel spam is hitching a ride like a flea on an elephant and spam zapping is not thought deletion. Thank you for stopping in on the way by the blogging tent. (Lifting tray) Have another bacon wrap Maine scallop and a slice, big slab of hot out of the oven Maine blueberry pie before you get back on your horse. Really. 

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

You know I couldn't agree more. If you delete the post other people won't know what a clod the other person is. Repuation work two ways....good or bad!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Rosalie ... It's like a covered dish pot lunch supper. If the green bean killer casserole, your finest is whited out, missing, the community buffet goes down hill pretty fast.  It's like not showing up for work, you are missed, the day turns out different with you the missing ingredient. It takes all the bloggers, good bad and ugly to row the AR boat.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

I am a localism kind of girl - who could argue with a pet friendly park?  LOL  I have seen some nasty remarks on others' posts, though.  Usually another member steps in and tells them off.  I love that.  

Although one time I had several rudesters commenting on a loan problem post that I wrote, I can't remember what it was about now - but I do remember that Jeff Belonger stepped in and answered every one of them individually.  He apologized for taking over my comment thread - which I very much appreciated and learned from.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 7 years ago

Virginia ... The number one way I see delete happens is when an agent, broker posts a what do you think of my new websites, outside blog, widget made, colors and font of a new logo..something they worked hard on. And pretty much done and not looking for input like they ask for. They get lots of input, valuable constructive critique...and needed it. Intially asked for it. But too much honesty can be hard to swallow. And make the blogger pull in his horns. Or go off and be ready for a recess fight, to shove like he thinks he was. There is always a reason someone goes over the top when you stratch your head and wonder did you cause that? Often no, sometimes yes. Remember your TSTH real estate designation.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Virginia and Andy, that's what happened on my post. Jon Zolsky stepped in like a knight in shining armor and put the guy to shame. It was great!

Sharon

 

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 7 years ago

Frank and Sharon ... That is why you live in the blog comment. For the fun and games and nothing left out, removed. It's like the expression the camera never blinks. Roll 'em. Continuous blogging and nothing weeded, strong armed out.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

If you are going to post something you need to be prepared to take the heat.  Don't Delete.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Gene ... Good golden rule.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

I haven't deleted any comments myself and I haven't noticed any negative comments really, but I usually just focus on reading the positive blogs anyway!

Posted by Sandy McAlpine, Search Lake Norman Homes For Sale - Lake Norman NC (RE/MAX EXECUTIVE) over 7 years ago

I liked your blog post! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Posted by Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise (SaraMana Properties - QuickFreeMLS.com) over 7 years ago

Sandy ... When you are hungry, shopping for a blog post to munch on, sometimes it is hard to find ones without just market reports that can be pretty slow, boring unless it is your market under the microscope. But when you do find one with spirited discussion, it is nice to not kick any of the commenters out of the AR large lecture hall. I'm just saying. Thanks for popping in.

J.A. ... Hey. I'll make more, don't be a stranger.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Andrew, I think this is the best blog post I've read here in the rain.  Wow, I'm impressed.  Very well written, and very well thought out...

I think you may have swayed my earlier thoughts on deleting posts.

Well done to say the least!  But I would expect nothing less from a Mainer!

Pamela

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 7 years ago

Thanks Lee and Pamela! Post more, delete only spam, only profanity and crude but leave viewpoints not like your own and see how the blog post blossoms. Otherwise it is like pruning to the point of killing, not making it true two way communication...not sensored.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Andrew - I tend to agree with you.  A post attracts readers.  The ones that take time to comment add to the overall value - good or bad.  Comments stimulate thoughts.

Posted by Robert Courtney, Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS over 7 years ago

Robert ... The exercise has lots of room in the blogging boat for no one to be thrown over board. But Aside from comments you decide to delete, what you post for blogs should be studied, sanitized for public consumption too.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

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