Kris Neese, Mr. Behind the Scenes at ActiveRain (ActiveRain)

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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kris I try to comment on the blogs of members who normally comment on my blog everyday.  That group of bloggers is about 25 to 30, so I have been commenting on more than 20 blogs per day for a while now and will continue to do so regardless of how many I get points for.

It is nice to get the points, but in this case it is not the points that motivate me, it is responding in kind to those who comment on my blogs, and a way of saying thank you for them constantly commenting on my blogs.

Dec 23, 2014 04:06 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Kris Neese , I think the 20 would be better because it will encourage more comments.  And, that will lead to better participation.  

Though, regardless of the points, I will continue to make considerably more comments than that time permitting.

Dec 23, 2014 04:29 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoyed the 20 comments a day, and I plan to continue doing that.  We have many great relationships on AR, and I am not about commenting just for points, and often we do more than 20.  I think it encourages commenting.  A

Dec 23, 2014 03:57 AM
Kris Neese
ActiveRain - Bellevue, WA
Mr. Behind the Scenes at ActiveRain

A little background: we changed the limit to 10 comments per day that will earn a member points and have been hearing some disagreement on that decision.  What do you think... boneheaded or brilliant? George Souto , I definitely want to hear from you on this one!

Dec 23, 2014 03:46 AM
Claude Labbe
RLAH / @properties - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

20 somehow was a goal that more people reached for, myself included.

if it's 10, will I do 20? Sure sometimes maybe, but the rush of "I hit my target" will be 10.  I'm not that jacked up about points,but I know that going from 9 to 10 will have a better feeling of success than going 19 to 20.

If the point is to have people interact, then I'd suggest 20 comments per day.


As for 10 blogs per week, I think that's legitimate.  If you go much higher, then people will simply start writing garbage to get the points, which destroys the value of the system.



Dec 23, 2014 01:23 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kris, I have to say I liked the 20 comments per day.   It made many interact a bit more, and reach out to meet new members, or those you had not commented on.

Dec 23, 2014 08:23 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I will say that while I often exceed the comments limit for points, I loved getting points for 20 comments and found myself MUCH more engaged than I was before.  Some days I would realize I had made 15 points and push to get in the extra 5.  Does it matter in the grand scheme of things? Maybe  not, but I am a 'gold star" kind of gal and I love being rewarded for certain behaviors. 

Ironically, since the change to comments increased to 20, I have doubled my subscribers.  So, for me, it was totally motivational and I engaged with so many more people. 

Dec 23, 2014 06:32 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker



Dec 23, 2014 08:04 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Most days I comment on posts more than 20 times. I like the points but I would probably comment that many times anyways. 

Dec 23, 2014 06:15 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kris Neese  I like the 20 comments a day . It motivates me to read more blogs . I do not always have the time but it does encourage me to pick up my IPad in the evening to catch up with my friends in the Rain . I loved the 20 comments .

I heard a few members complaining that it was taking away from their position on the leader board as they did not want to spend that much time on AR . Suddenly they were posting more blogs again and commenting to regain their position .

I think 20 comments was awesome and I am disappointed you have confused everyone and taken them away . What purpose does it serve but to discourage participation of commenting on other members blogs

That is my humble opinion . You asked I have answered  .

Yours truly


Why is George Souto's opinion more important then mine ????

I love George but would like an answer


Dec 23, 2014 06:12 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I liked the idea of 20 comments as it seemed to encourage more commenting (and I thought most of the commenting was high quality).  I also liked that it gave newcomers a change to gain some momentum.  I have a hunch it may keep some of them longer.  BTW, I often did more than 20 comments a day.

But, this is not something that I think is must have or must not have.  (I did think points for 20 posts was a disaster).

If you leave it at 10, I think it would be good to have bonus weeks for 20 comments/day. 

I'd be curious to know what you guys have seen w/ the 20 comments/day.  I had heard before that comments were down.  When you changed to 20 did it increase?  Or did it spike and then decline?

Dec 23, 2014 05:08 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I am on site a couple of hours a day and it i always more than 20 comments to just acknowledge those that hit me on a regular basis and time to get back to some new friend as well.

Dec 23, 2014 04:47 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I think 10 is good, especially since we now have questions.  It seems that 20 is too many.  Maybe if a lot of members want more you could change it to 15?

Dec 23, 2014 01:53 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

There should be no limit on questions one can answer or number of comments one can post in a day. However, there should be a cap on points for sure.

With new point system - it's 10 comments and 10 answers which is just okay.

I do not mind earning some more points. I'd prefer 20 (or 15) comments and 5 answers, considering the ratio of blog posts to questions everyday is 4:1.

I do see this is encouraging Q&A section - however, there will not be a variety in questions as much as we see and feel in the blog posts. And at some point, the questions will start getting.....(you know what.)

Just my two cents.


Dec 23, 2014 01:23 PM
Trent Dalrymple (248) 854-0625
Home State Bank - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Allowing Mortgage Professionals to Lend Nationwide


Dec 23, 2014 10:01 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It appears that ActiveRain wants us to reduce the number of comments that we make. That is what I will do.

Dec 23, 2014 09:18 AM
Maureen Harmonay
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Bolton, MA
Your Country Property Specialist, Bolton MA

I think it's wise to reduce the number of comments for which points are awarded to 10/day.  

I love reading substantive comments, which are often as interesting as the original blog posts.  But there is no question that some comments are as brief as, "I agree, I do that, too," which really adds nothing to the conversation.  I often wonder whether those commenters are chiming in to get their quota of points for 20 comments.  When I agree with something that's already been said, I simply "like" the comment, rather than repeat it, rewarding the commenter, rather than racking up points for myself.  And that's okay.

Dec 23, 2014 07:17 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

One other quick thought...regardless of whether you do 20 or 10, it is helpful to see what the limit is on our points page.

I think Hannah said it well.

Dec 23, 2014 06:17 AM
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

Kudos to those who have the time to comment 20+ times! 

Dec 23, 2014 04:49 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kris - I prefer 10 as a limit - I think it will help keep the quality of the comments high and cut down on people leaving comments just for the points. At 10, there's no penalty for leaving more if someone desires to do so.

Dec 23, 2014 04:41 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I really don't care.  I have never let it limit me as to how many comments I make daily.  I comment more than 20 on a regular basis, but am not bothered if the point limit is 10.

Dec 23, 2014 03:51 AM
Kelly Cummings and Ryan Cummings
The Cummings Company - Mobile, AL
Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!


Dec 23, 2014 03:50 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Twenty seems about right, I would be okay with ten also.

Aug 24, 2019 10:17 PM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

Now it is 20.

May 08, 2018 11:11 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Looks like 20 was the final decision...

Apr 17, 2017 05:08 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


Someone heard us!

I completely agree with Claude Labbe and others.


How about tagging and liking?


Dec 24, 2014 05:30 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kris, I think that most of us comment for things other than the points.  Just did a post about it.  Comments are what put the social into the ActiveRain network.

Dec 23, 2014 02:35 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

When we went from 10 - 20, it did not affect the numbers of my commenting.

Dec 23, 2014 06:55 AM