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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Definitive guidelines were obviously in need; things were getting silly.  I don't believe we need to be all real estate, all the time but the content was getting out of hand.

Jun 03, 2016 04:05 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I did and am glad there has been some clarification. But I bet we are not done with this discussion yet!

Jun 03, 2016 05:15 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Was glad to see the change was made.  And it's always interesting to see how the community responds to these changes.

Jun 03, 2016 05:03 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Yes, I did, Fred, and really couldn't argue with the position he laid out.

Jun 03, 2016 02:46 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I appreciate Bob Stewart's nudge in the direction of Real Estate related fun rather than too much of the same things I find on general social networking sites. Remember the posts in Q&A with worst listing photos (dirty laundry carpeting the bedroom, etc)? We have plenty to share for RE comedy!

Jun 03, 2016 06:35 PM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, and overall I think it's a positive change.  There have been a lot of off topic q's and clutter here and I agree that it devalues the site/this section.

I just think it would have been better to provide the guidelines first, before deleting posts and enraging a few (who then in turn over reacted).  Yes, some people need filters.

I think the big brouhaha would have been avoided then.

Jun 03, 2016 01:13 PM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I agree with Bob that silly Q&As make the section of AR seem frivilous. I don't necessarily think frivilous is a bad thing, but I'm ok deferring to him on that one.

I'm not, however, comfortable that decisions were made to remove posts without some kind of "warning" or reminder of the rules, if there had been rules regarding that kind of post prior to this week. I'm not a rainmaker out of the generosity of anyone's heart - I paid my dues and put in the time to earn it. And now I feel a little skitish  - I don't want to get deleted for saying the wrong thing. I also hate the middle school drama that accompanied this event, as well as others previously. Professionals behaving like tweens is very unattractive.

At the end of the day, the benefit I get from AR - the knowledge, the networking, and the SEO - far outweigh any discomfort I feel so I don't feel the need to make this my swan song. 

Sorry, I know you didn't ask for my opinion, but there it is :)

Jun 03, 2016 07:29 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I can accept it , however let's not squeeze all of the fun out of Q &A  !

Jun 03, 2016 06:35 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yep.  Guess I won't be posting a question about how people eat 18 acres of pizza a day!

Jun 03, 2016 04:14 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin Yes, keep it real estate related.

Jun 03, 2016 05:37 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If you don't reprimand your children, you might as well say to their faces that you don't love them anymore. Even the Scriptures speak well here where it says God rebukes those he loves. Without accountability, love doesn't work and chaos prevails...case in point

Jun 03, 2016 04:25 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I feel so ashamed .

Jun 03, 2016 03:40 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I have, and not a moment too soon.

Jun 03, 2016 03:18 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good to know.

Jun 03, 2016 02:51 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Yes

Jun 03, 2016 09:54 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - yes, I did and hope new guidelines will help everyone.

Jun 03, 2016 03:42 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I will have to take a look at it Fred Griffin 

Jun 03, 2016 12:12 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Yes, now back to . . .

Jun 03, 2016 06:09 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I have just read Bob Stewart's Blog, and do agree that personal attacks are rude and disrespectful.  They are not the same as diagreeing with someone.  I know we all should 'think before we speak', though sometimes we do not, and then there are others who are in the extreme, and 'have no filter'.  For me personally, the Q & A is quicker to respond to then Blogs in general, because it is shorter.  Most Q & A's are interesting and informative, and if some are just quirky I don't reply Fred Griffin.  

Jun 03, 2016 05:55 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I did, and the first thing I noticed when I checked in today was a serious question about steel roofs!  Go figure?

Jun 03, 2016 05:44 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

Yes he did and time for me to get back to serious blogging.

Jun 03, 2016 04:40 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

To be honest, when I read his comment I thought it was very outrageous and so I chose not to even respond because I didn't even know what to say 

Jun 03, 2016 04:16 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for pointing it out, as I hadn't seen it yet.  Let's hope it helps this section.

Jun 03, 2016 04:12 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I will go read it right now.

Thanks Fred!

Jun 03, 2016 03:21 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Will the section be renamed "Just For"

 

Jun 03, 2016 02:55 AM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I read it and can identify with his concern.

Jun 04, 2016 12:05 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Have to read Bob's post. Something needed to be done!

Jun 04, 2016 12:03 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I did - and think it was a great idea to clarify things...

Jun 03, 2016 10:43 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Yes.

Jun 03, 2016 09:23 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for the link. I am glad to see the positive actions Bob has taken.

Jun 03, 2016 08:09 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I did read that post. I guess it caused quite a stir with some members. 

Jun 03, 2016 02:11 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I have not read it but it seems to have stirred up a lot of emotions.

Jun 03, 2016 12:57 PM
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Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I just did.

Jun 03, 2016 12:54 PM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I guess the fun is over. 

Sit up straight and put your thinking caps back on. Seriously...folks. What did you think "just for fun" meant?

Jun 03, 2016 12:02 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Yes I sure did.

Jun 03, 2016 11:53 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Yes, I did. And, I followed Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers lead and deleted the two questions that were not real estate related. 

Jun 03, 2016 08:11 AM
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I had missed it, so thanks for posting. Glad he's cleaning it up.

Jun 03, 2016 06:47 AM
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Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

yes, I did.  I'm happy that something was said so that we understand what can and can't be asked. 

Jun 03, 2016 05:53 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes and it was very clear

Jun 03, 2016 05:27 AM
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

No I have not I guess I will go read it! Thanks for posting this.

Jun 04, 2016 08:24 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Yes I have and I completely agree. It's about time.

Jun 04, 2016 01:39 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I did.  

Jun 04, 2016 01:12 AM