Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired )

Spam prevention
Rainmaker
1,386,418
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Agreed!  Yes I want to remove those posts and block them.

Aug 20, 2018 02:06 PM
Rainmaker
1,897,530
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It would be OK with me Barbara Todaro . Another alternative would be to still allow free BUT they had to have a credit card on file and any instance of spam would result in a very large charge.

Aug 20, 2018 01:49 PM
Rainmaker
4,110,347
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Amen to that, girlfriend!

Aug 20, 2018 01:32 PM
Ambassador
4,253,635
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Agreed, Barbara! This has got to stop! 

I will raise my hand to be part of the 'welcoming committee'  - a.k.a. the APPROVAL committee. ARRGH!

Aug 20, 2018 02:54 PM
Rainmaker
4,095,043
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

That could be a revenue possibility for ActiveRain.

Aug 20, 2018 01:59 PM
Rainer
325,672
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Would it reduce the number of “what to look for in a broker’ questions too?

Aug 20, 2018 01:55 PM
Ambassador
3,053,961
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

YES!

 

Something must be done. We must keep our side of the windows clean and remember to take the trash out!  

Aug 20, 2018 02:48 PM
Ambassador
5,402,673
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Keep fighting the spam, but DO NOT  have a fee for all under 500k, we need to grow and that would limit growth too much.

Aug 20, 2018 02:04 PM
Rainmaker
888,097
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

A FEE would eliminate many newbies who don't want to pay for anything AND those poor Utah School of Real Estate students would no longer benefit from our years of experience in selecting the best qualities of a broker.

There are MANY remedies the worst being adding a fee. But, maybe Ben sees a profit center.

3000 words of nasty! Hmm, appears they are also reading the SEO manual of pleasing big G.

Aug 20, 2018 01:33 PM
Rainmaker
508,283
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

AR should be charging those spammers.  I mean, I'm paying AR and I don't spam.  They should penalized people for spamming. My thought is to not make this free anymore unless you have certain points.  AR should charge and if they spam, discontinue the account and keep the money. 

Aug 20, 2018 04:01 PM
Rainmaker
3,616,875
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I'll second that statement and recommendation

Aug 20, 2018 02:46 PM
Rainmaker
5,580,470
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I had a spam post on one of my recent posts from a guy who declared himself to be a hacker, and promoting his hacking business in over 3000 words..  A resounding YES from both of us.

Aug 20, 2018 03:01 PM
Rainmaker
1,722,200
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Wow, that can't be good. I don't know why we are being targeted. Maybe someone can help explain that.

Aug 20, 2018 02:49 PM
Rainmaker
1,231,599
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Good idea, Barbara Todaro 

Aug 20, 2018 02:10 PM
Rainmaker
1,916,199
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Yes Barbara.  

Aug 20, 2018 07:54 PM
Rainmaker
1,707,423
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Only one of the many problems when no one minds the store. Sad.

Aug 20, 2018 04:59 PM
Rainer
140,360
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

NO!!!!

AR needs all the help it can get to break up the monotany of the drab status quo that troll the Q & A and post their daily blogs that only they (and about three other AR members) read.

LMAO 

Aug 20, 2018 02:56 PM
Rainmaker
6,598,873
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is a good time to focus on the platforms you own and control.

Aug 20, 2018 02:17 PM
Rainmaker
4,037,524
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would like it if AR management allowed some of us to be voluntary moderators with the authority to delete all these fake profiles.  Maybe that would help clean up some of this mess.

Aug 21, 2018 04:22 AM
Ambassador
4,312,759
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Barbara Todaro - this is the best suggestion I have seen on this topic. 

Bob Stewart - hopefully, you are listening to this.

Aug 20, 2018 10:18 PM
Rainmaker
146,005
Damon Botticelli
Silver State Realty & Investments - Las Vegas, NV
Realtor - Las Vegas Real Estate

I've been on activerain for more than 10 years. I would be disappointed to loose my account becaue I don't have 500k points, but not enough to start paying for one. I think there are better ways to fight spam.

If the spam is coming from bots, add an "I am not a robot" captcha check box. Also a moderator or group of moderators who can disable spam accounts wouldn't be a bad idea.

Aug 20, 2018 09:25 PM
Rainmaker
1,734,503
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I support that wholeheartedly!!!

Aug 20, 2018 07:07 PM
Rainmaker
583,654
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

And what if everyone has to sign in at least ONCE a year just to show that they are still alive?

Aug 20, 2018 06:50 PM
Rainmaker
701,192
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I totally agree Barbara Todaro 

Aug 20, 2018 05:52 PM
Rainmaker
2,640,892
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Money does draw lines....

Aug 20, 2018 05:33 PM
Ambassador
4,576,702
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yep the spam comments and profiles are getting more and more prevalent and annoying. And showing up on very old posts, too. The Hacker hit me yesterday a bunch of times.

Aug 20, 2018 05:04 PM
Ambassador
2,570,072
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    A gate and a gatekeeper are desperately needed.

Aug 20, 2018 04:59 PM
Rainmaker
1,227,636
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Bob Stewart 

Brad Andersohn 

Thoughts?

Aug 20, 2018 04:24 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,683
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I had no idea these people are trying for 500k points. I thought they post just once.

Aug 21, 2018 05:50 AM
Rainmaker
3,329,752
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

YES, YES and YES Barbara Todaro.  It is time for a revamp. It is time to charge everyone but at nominal fee to encourage agents to join but would keep spammers out. I also think they should gove the power to a few of us to be able to moderate, delete spam and block spammers. On a positive note to award gold stars on a more regular basis and rotation. 

Aug 21, 2018 05:49 AM
Rainmaker
2,023,240
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

This might just do it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 21, 2018 05:48 AM
Rainmaker
761,442
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Amen!! 

Aug 21, 2018 05:19 AM
Rainmaker
990,495
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I agree with you totally Barbara Todaro 

Aug 20, 2018 08:37 PM
Rainmaker
4,203,809
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Interesting observation!

Aug 20, 2018 04:37 PM
Rainmaker
644,678
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

I'm not looking for any changes to Activerain.  The powers in charge know what they are doing.

Aug 20, 2018 03:31 PM
Rainmaker
710,004
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Absolutely fantastic idea.

Aug 21, 2018 06:53 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,481
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It would help.

Aug 21, 2018 06:32 AM
Rainmaker
1,044,339
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

The spammers are a pain in the neck for sure Barbara Todaro 

But if I am not mistaken GOOGLE can't crawl and doesn't INDEX the FREE POSTS they appear only to members.

We do have other SEO issues as well though site speed is supposedly very important to a site RANKING.

Aug 26, 2018 07:01 PM
Rainmaker
4,934,337
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

There has been Too Much spam lately.

Aug 25, 2018 05:21 AM
Rainmaker
4,008,037
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

We need to get rid of them somehow.

Aug 24, 2018 04:30 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,855
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

This nor any site will ever be perfect, but we need to do what we can to keep control of it

Aug 22, 2018 05:35 PM