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Read Before You Write

I have read a lot of blogs out there recently that have talked about plagiarism, proper conduct, etc.  It is quite common to get very excited about Active Rain for good reason.  It is an incredible resource of information that boggles the mind.  To be able to communicate with others from the same and related professions and share ideas FREE OF CHARGE just makes this site amazing.  I know of no other site that does what Active Rain does and the friendships and referrals that can be established is second to none.

From the posts and comments I have read recently it is quite obvious that many membars are unaware of what is the right in terms of writing and proper conduct. Active Rain is like many of us that buy a new tech toy.  We want to get started right away without reading instructions...especially us men...Ha Ha (I knew you women would love that!).

I encourage all new members and all seasoned members to read On-line Resources which is on the home page of Active Rain. It is awesome and has a lot of great tips to keep us all on the right path. It even has a "How to" in terms of adding photos, etc.  There are other great resources on the front page as well such as "Getting Started".  If we all read these tips in their entirety it can save us a lot of headache.

Happy writing my friends and "Keep up the great work!"

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 23 commentsGeorge Tallabas • July 28 2007 11:48PM


Well said George - and great advice on getting started - hope many will actually read this first.  
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
A good reminder is always nice to read...this is a great resource at no charge...or is there really no charge? Think about the time you spend reading and posting and try to quantify that as to how much it costs you in time...but it's almost like continuous learning points...too bad we can't get credit for it...
Posted by delete me delete me (delete me) over 11 years ago
This is such a great forum.  To keep it as good as it is, everyone needs to follow the etiquette.  It is good to post reminders such as this every now and then.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
It's a great forum and it would be nice to see it tidied up a bit.  We need a blog exercise class so the new people can condition their blogging muscles.
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 11 years ago
George, as normal you bring to the table some common sense. Most here on AR on new to the posting world and can use as much information as possible. Thanks for reminding us to read the instructions.
Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 11 years ago


Isn't it amazing that some members take it for granted that this is all free and might not be forever. I get so many different things out of it. Business,friendships,new ideas,great reading and free promotion..where can you get yourself on the top of google for free? I get calls all the time to pay for this but remember it does not include the social part. I think if some really knew how lucky they are they might think before speaking.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Well said. Before developing an understanding about a product or tool, many just dive right in. In the long run, that could prove to be a dis-service to them and others.
Posted by DDR Realty, Orange County NY (DDR Realty) over 11 years ago
George - this is too too true and needs to be rehashed about every 3 days :D
Posted by Christina Ethridge (The North Idaho Dream Team powered by SKE Realty Group) over 11 years ago

Cyndee - Thanks my friend and have an awesome day

Rondel - It is an awesome resourse....thank you

Randy - Very true my friend

Chris - Well you be the instructor for the excersize class?  Please tell me men don't have to wear tights!

Frank - Than you very much for your support

Neal - Yes, many do take it for granted

Derrick - Very well said....thanks!

Christina - Very true with the number of new daily members...Have a great day

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago


You hit the nail on the head!  This is an awesome FREE forum for us to share information.  I haven't seen anything better myself.

Posted by Ray Nellum, Fort Smith Real Estate (Envision Real Estate Group, LLC.) over 11 years ago
Thank you Ray....have a great day
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

I'm one of those people who is "Instructions-challenged" - so, of course, I didn't read anything before I started using ActiveRain.  Having this little reminder in your post may help people like me realize that they've missed something that might be helpful.  In fact, that's how I've found some of the simplest features of this site - through posts I've read.  Thank you!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Margaret - Thanks for your comment and have a great day
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Hi George,
Good advice for beginners.  I must admit I was one of the Guilty ones that jumped in before reading all the guides and rules and as a result learned some lessons the hard way.  Unfortunately, I tend to go head first into most things I do, instead of stepping in 1 foot at the time. 
Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 11 years ago

George, great blog, suggestions, and links.  Well received by all I hope.

DJ Breckheimer
SW Mpls Specialist


Posted by DJ Breckheimer - SW Mpls Specialist (Re/Max Advantage Plus) over 11 years ago
Great advise!  I sometimes get excited about a project and get in too much of a hurry.
Posted by Candy Henthorne, Spring Texas Real Estate (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Cynthia - We are all guilty...have a great day 

DJ - Thank you very much...I hope all is well

Candy - We all get excited and need to slow down!


Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Hi George, great information!!  I just noticed that my poem got deleted.  I guess they think I didn't write it. Hope you are having a wonderful day. 
Posted by Dianne Barody, Pensacola Florida Real Estate (Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty) over 11 years ago
Thank you Dianne...I hope you have a wonderful day too.  God Bless.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Hi, George!  I didn't know anything about the resources pages at all when I started.  There are tons of information available that one doesn't have time for.  I think that if we apply basic common courtesy and sense, there shouldn't be any problem.  However, we're not all the same so I see the problem.  I wish there were an orientation period before a new member starts to blog. Thanks for the reminder.
Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) over 11 years ago
Yolanda...thank you and "Good Luck" to you.  Have a wonderful day.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

George, I too am a man. That means I don't download Google maps, I put things together "right out of the box" and I didn't read "getting started" before I got started. OK. You make me feel guilty. I'll read it. I won't like it, but I'll read it.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Bill - Thanks and have a great day.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago