View From Purcell, Oklahoma: Points When You 'Like' A Comment or Blog Post - What Should We Do?

Points When You 'Like' A Comment or Blog Post - What Should We Do?


I think the last scenerio is a really bad idea. Those in it for the points will never 'Like' anything, because they would lose their precious points.

Giving the author points for likes, re-blogs and suggests sounds more reasonable to me (if AR really feels it is beneficial).

How about a 'dislike' button for those comments that have nothing to do with the post and obviously spam comments for points? Each idslike deducts points. (Yes, I know people would dislike comments of comments they dis-agree with, so I was just kidding.)

give this guy a ten, he earned itSome of you may have already noticed, with the recent release, when you 'like' a blog post or a comment, you now get a few extra points.

8 points every time you 'like' a blog post (up to 20 per day)
4 points every time you 'like' a comment (up to 30 per day)

After this went live, it dawned on us that maybe there is a better way to do this.

The idea of liking a comment or a blog post is a first step in ActiveRain gaining a better understanding of what you like, so that one day we can start to show you content more relevant to you personally. It was also a way to get more people to participate in letting us know what content on the site is really great, since we use your 'likes' (which was previously 'suggest') as a primary factor is determining which posts to feature.

Whenever we give points for something, there is a certain segment of the membership who are going to make sure to maximize their point totals for any given day in which they are active on the site. And we love this!

But does awarding points only to the person who 'liked' something actually serve to surface better content? In looking at the data, it seems that there is this phenomenon where we see bursts of likes from one member in a time frame that indicates that they might not have actually read every post they just liked.

And that made me start to think 'are people just liking stuff to get their quota in on points?' and also 'how could we make a 'like' even more valuable for both the person leaving it, and the person receiving it?'

Right now we reward the person who 'liked' the comment or blog post. But shouldn't we also reward the person that created that awesome thing that you just liked, whether it be a blog post or a comment?

And then how to do ensure that members aren't just randomly liking stuff just to hit their quota for the day?

So we thought up a few different scenarios and we'd like to see what you think before we do anything drastic.

The First Possible Scenario

If you 'like' a blog post, you get 4 points and the author of the blog post gets 4 points. If you 'like' a comment, you get 2 points and the author of the comment gets 2 points.

In this fashion, the authors of great blog posts and comments get rewarded, while at the same time we reward the person out there who is letting us know what stuff is really good.

The Second Possible Scenario (Which, I must warn you, is a little more radical)

If you 'like' a blog post, which really means that you are voting this blog post as one of the best posts you've seen for the day, you would surrender a small portion of your points to author you just 'liked'. 

So for a blog post, if you were to 'like' a blog post, you would transfer 4 points from your account to their account. And then we would give the author an additional bonus of 4 points. For a comment, you would give 2 of your points to the author of the comment, and they would get those points, plus an additional 2 points. 

Why give up your own points to someone else?

The idea here would be to ensure that people aren't just liking random blog posts they haven't read just to get their point quota in for the day. If you were going to like something, and it was going to cost you a few nominal points, you might think for just an extra second before you 'liked' something. And, in theory, this transfer of points could actually help us surface the absolute best content.

Down the road, the surfacing of content based on your likes is going to be a large part of the ActiveRain story. 

So, I ask you, what do you think? Is there a better way we are not thinking about? Let us know in the comments what you think.......



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Comment balloon 16 commentsThan Maynard • August 01 2014 06:57AM


Stupid.....who is going to "Like" anything and get points taken away from them.  The whole points things has gotten out of control.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 6 years ago

I kind of liked the second one.  But you are right.  There really is no good situation.  The like is the comment itsself. 

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Praful  I admit I am confused about all of the changes over the last few months.  My vote is PLEASE SLOW DOWN

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 6 years ago

Than, we should go back to the way it was a month or so ago.

10 comments and 10 blogs.  There are plenty of contests for extra points.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 6 years ago

Why not just do away with like points, etc. And go back to the old system. I, personally, find it so confusing to look at my activity breakdown.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 6 years ago

Than, This is a delimma. What exactly is the goal of AR? I haven't been able to get all those extra points for lack of time. I do hit the like button more often because before we were limited to 5 and now we can do 20. I like the people I follow a lot and want to tell them I like their posts.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 6 years ago

This is getting weirder and weirder for me every day. I want to be treated like an adult and not like kid.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 6 years ago

I think the point thing with the likes is a little silly, just a way to gain points.   Removing points won't work either - bring back the suggest button

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 6 years ago

Than, I like your thinking.  Though, I really don't care what they do with the point system.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 6 years ago

Than, this point thing is out of control, and makes it so we have to spend lots more time here when we are really to be out in the field working

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 6 years ago

I agree with Joan-too much focus on points! Let's sell homes instead.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 6 years ago

I don't really see the point of getting points for liking something.  Pun intended.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 6 years ago

Quality rules over quantity...

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 6 years ago

^^ I agree with Andrew.. Quality over quantity.. you can always tell when a post has been written just for points.  Points for Likes do not really make sense.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 6 years ago

Than, oy vey. So ridiculous. Points are such a squable that is unnecessary. I certainly hope that the points "drive bys" would get flushed out and simply go find another platform to rape. 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 6 years ago

I agree that Quality over Quantity so I still do not have 20 post a week. I did the week AR asked us to but I do like the 'Like' button as we can congratulate a person who made a great comment. I also like to 'Like' posts but maybe that is because I like FB a lot.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) about 6 years ago