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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

LOL you asked the million dollar question and it's been asked over and over and always has people puzzled.  It's almost our equivalent of "chicken or egg...which came first?"

Anway, in general the staff chooses them and they try to choose posts that they thing are interesting and relevant to a broad AR audience and will either help teach the community something or create some robust conversation or are just plain interesting.

As we "like" posts, they are more likely to get featured, esp when lots of people like them. They use this as a gauge to flag popular posts.  They may also use reblogs and bookmarks to help w/ that.  Soon, (I think in Feb), they are looking to semi automate some of it, so that those w/ a lot more activity/likes make get there on autopilot.


"trending" seems to be those w/ the most comments over a certain period (maybe 30 days?).  It's not really trending to me...they should just say "most comments."  That's my opinion.

Jan 31, 2015 09:11 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

It's done by the man behind the curtain-which I'm told we should ignore.

Jan 31, 2015 07:58 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I don't believe it is based on content or likes. I've seen a post with almost hundred comments, many likes and no gold star. We discussed the mystery of feature many times and I never got a clear answer.

Jan 31, 2015 04:39 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

AR Gods know...

Feb 17, 2016 09:57 PM
Hank Dugie
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX
Mr. League City

So the unanimous answer is "I have no clue," lol. Thank you for the feedback team! Evelyn Johnston Praful Thakkar Roy Kelley John Meussner Inna Ivchenko 

Feb 01, 2015 08:43 PM
Raoul Loustaunau
EXP REALTY - Phoenix, AZ

great question Hank , hope you enjoy the game

Feb 01, 2015 01:42 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a very subjective process and I would vote to eliminate the featured recognition.

Jan 31, 2015 09:48 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Someone at ActiveRain chooses it to be featured : )  I know you were probably looking for a little more than that - I've noticed trends among featured posts - quality posts by new members, member milestones, "how to's", FAQ's, and hot topic/current event type blogs are often featured.  Based on what I've seen, it's quality content in a good format that usually makes it to the feature page.

Jan 31, 2015 01:52 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Now this is one secret I would never know! Must ask ActiveGods!

Jan 31, 2015 01:34 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

That is unknown to most of us.  However, the prolific writers get the most features.  Some people think it is just the people with all the posts that get feature after feature.  That is not true it is because of your writing skill and topic that get the job done.

Jan 31, 2015 11:24 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Nobody knows.

Feb 21, 2019 02:26 AM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

No idea.

Jun 11, 2018 11:28 PM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

That is up to 'them'!

Jan 30, 2018 11:30 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

By those in power.

Nov 28, 2017 06:39 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It's a crap shoot of sorts. Good content helps, so does timing.

Sep 04, 2016 08:20 AM