Lynn B. Friedman - Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty: Ask An Ambassador: ActiveRain Commenting Etiquette

Ask An Ambassador: ActiveRain Commenting Etiquette

Dear Readers -

Liz and Bill Spear from Mason Ohio contribute so much to our ActiveRain community. My personal thanks go to them for this very important post.


ActiveRain provides us a platform to build our businesses and experience success. It is critical for each of us to understand the CULTURE of ActiveRain if our community is to remain strong.


For me - ActiveRain is a BNBR* safe place.


The reason that AR is a safe place for us to grow our businesses is due to the foresight of the Founders who wrote and the early members who followed both the Weltanschauung and the Community Guidelines.


Sharing those values while increasing Blogging Skills -- that's the goal of the January Blog Jumpstart each year --- join us for the 7th Annual - January 2018. Take a leap forward on your Blogging skills while you gain a deeper understanding of ActiveRain.


Bill and Liz offer these Ambassador insights each week.  Some other important posts include Blogging Does Work, Secret Blogging Tips, Ambassadors only a Click or Call Away,  We are all Valuable in the 'Rain and Avoid Headaches - AR and Elsewhere.



 All the best - Lynn


*Be Nice, Be Respectful

PS  If I haven't thanked you personally for reading my Blog, let me do so right now! I really appreciate your stopping by and (perhaps) commenting! L.

I have rarely deleted comments in years of blogging in the Rain.  Vulgarity on a consumer facing post, yep that'll do it.  But otherwise if someone wants to act like an

I've preferred to just leave it there and let others draw their own conclusions.  But under the right circumstances, I WILL use the Delete key.

There are a some key ways to get yourself in trouble with your comments:

1.  Not being aware of the blogger's target audience.  If they're writing to the consumer, you can bet the author isn't looking to have you try and destroy their credibility, ethics or professionalism.  If on the other hand, the audience is other Rainers, the comments can be MUCH, MUCH freer as long as kept civil.

2.  Self-advertising and adding links in the comment is a no-no (it's even specifically called out in the community guidelines).  In general a link back to your site is not going to go over well (although there may be exceptions, like a link to a pertinent article that is NOT self-advertising, so might be best to ask the author before doing so).

3.  Writing a comment that is longer than the post.  When you get to that point, you might be better off writing your own post.

4.  You. Just. Won't. Quit. 




At some point, agree to disagree and move along.

5.  A joke doesn't always convey as a joke.  (Better throw in an emoji just to be safe!)

6.  Name calling/making it personal. 

7.  Serial commenting.  Most bloggers would like to know that you actually read the post.


Now if you do get yourself into comment purgatory, you can react in a few ways: 

1.  Throw a hissy fit of gigantic proportions and enter the ActiveRain Hall of Shame 

2.  Learn from it.  Apologize if need be. Make a different mistake next time :)

3.  Don't learn from it and keep on keeping on and become one of the commenters that people cringe when they get the notification that you've left a comment. 


Bottom line:  your comments are a crucial part of your ActiveRain reputation.  Free speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences.


Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz


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Comment balloon 9 commentsLynn B. Friedman • March 07 2017 07:54PM


Lynn, Thank you for the kind words and the reblog!  You point out something that can be tough to convey:  the culture of this community.  I had a disagreement recently with another member because he failed to understand the culture of commenting here in the Rain and the key difference between how we approach consumer and professional category posts.  I tried, but he was only going to see things his way and not the way of this community.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 2 years ago

A great choice for a re-bog, i was so happy to see their post Lynn B. Friedman as some miss the point of this community. Being new, having no manners or what, we are seeing things we have never seen

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 2 years ago

Lynn sometimes it is a tough call on whether to delete a comment or not.  The only comments I have deleted in my 10+ years here in the Rain, are the "Spammers".  Even when someone make a comment that is not so nice (which is rare on my blogs) I let it stand.  When someone is not nice and respectful, it ends up hurting them more than it does me.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

Wonderful choice for a reblog, Lynn.   I just read Bill's post and really liked the topic and how it was presented.  Good guidance for everyone in AR land.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 2 years ago

This was an excellent post for a reblog, Lynn.  I have been amazed that in the past 9 years of being on ActiveRain, I've only needed to delete a handful of offensive comments.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 2 years ago

When I see folks who aren't nice here I always hope their stay will be short. Eventually they usually just go.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

I somehow never heard of the January Blog Jump Starts and I usually learn about the contests when they are over.  Guess I need to take an ActiveRain refresher course.  There is so much here to consume, it is hard to digest.  Thanks for helping learn of something new! 

Posted by Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker (Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) over 2 years ago

Thank you for the reblog, Lynn.  I enjoy reading Liz and Bill Spear 's words of wisdom often. 

Posted by Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon (Bend Premier Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I have never deleted a comment unless it was SPAM at the same time I love leaving people's comments that are inappropriate, because there are many readers who get a new perspective of that particular commenter... but what do I know... I am just a little clog in the big machine:)))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago