Sunday, February 04, 2007

A Request

We are soon entering into the spring sales season. The number of listings, the number of POSs for the POS Blog, and the number of entries to this blog will increase as a result. I ask you to lay off using the "anonymous" option when leaving comments. Please choose an "other" name and use it consistently or register with Blogger (it is free and still anonymous) and use that registered name when posting comments. The reason is that, as you may have noticed, people who leave "anonymous" comments have a greater tendency to be less responsible about what they say (even though all available options are anonymous). And it is very difficult to know who is saying what when a "conversation" thread develops. Please don't make me have to turn off the "anonymous" option again.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the problem with turning it off would be ... what?

Feb 4, 2007, 3:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel guilty now that I've made an anonomouse post....


Feb 4, 2007, 5:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with turning off anon posting is that the board dries up.
It seems that folks do not want to commit to signing their name to stuff here.

Marinite, I agree that we need to be accountable for our posts.
When you have turned off anon, the whole thing ge=oes dead.

Any way to make this more of a BBS thing?

Feb 5, 2007, 1:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree... the anonymous posts should be allowed. Why? because if you look at what the very nature of this blog is, it trends towards ranting. I'll admit, I come here and rant because I- like you and everyone else is fed up and frustrated. It helps to let it out now and then.

Besides, I don't see many people outright bashing each other. Most post valid well thought out comments.I've learned a lot from blogs like this. I only hope they remain until the very end of the bubble so that they serve to educate those who might have otherwise bitten off more than they could chew with an enormous mortgage.

Feb 5, 2007, 8:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the blog trends towards rants but is still valuable as an education forum. That's good feedback.

Feb 5, 2007, 9:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't mean the ranting comment in a bad way. I think more good gets done when people get angry. We just happen to be a contingent of people who saw something funny going on and stopped for a minute to say: "hey- this isn't rational. let's do something about it."

Simply put, when people get angry, they pay attention and when that happens, solutions are created.

The fact that the general california public is now very aware of just how tedious the housing situation now is might be ancedotal proof that the myriads of blogs out there might have done their small ( or even big) part towards thrusting the ugly side of the bubble out in the open.

Feb 5, 2007, 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger marine_explorer said...

"The problem with turning off anon posting is that the board dries up."

Likewise, there's a corresponding problem to a plethora of anonymity: those who drift in anonymously, snipe off a few harsh words, and then fade into the shadows unchallenged. Ultimately, many of these comments do not foster a dialog, amounting to unpleasant noise. And too much nastiness turns off people too. Let's hold people to a slightly higher standard, and ask they use some identifier. It's not like we're asking for your legal name and SSN#. Is that too much to ask?

Feb 5, 2007, 3:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no interest in sending anything anonymously...however I do have a question about the current state of real estate with some properties now going into 90-day and up listings. When are the brokers going to start listing "LEASE OPTIONS"? I go back many years and in the past when things got this bad that was one way out of mortgages that became problematic

Feb 5, 2007, 5:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't make me have to turn off the "anonymous" option again.

I belong to the anonymous by virtue of laziness category. I enjoy most of the comments and just ignore the others. Please don't end up like which has become a social club, now that is some boring Shiite.

Feb 6, 2007, 1:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite new sign is the " For Rent/ For Sale" I'm a renter now knowing this was going to happen. And I have great time keeping my negotiating skills active by calling all the for rents and seeing how low I can get there price. Many stumble and's like their brain freezes up. They need me, they want me but they can't give me what I want. Fun game.


Feb 6, 2007, 6:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marinite.. Anonymous poster because I'm lazy and have not signed up.. sorry, I'll do it soon I promise.. want to tell you that your cartoons / captions are the best and most crisp out there on the internet on this subject.. Well, on most subjects really. Don't know your source or occupation, but you have a gift of capturing the essence of these subjects very nicely.. okay, nuff of the gooshy stuff; onto bubble smashing..

I'd love to see a discussion topic on the factors that determine reasonable housing price and how they've changed over the past year or so.. For example, in 2004-2005 housing prices were a function of:
1 part location
2 parts fear
2 parts greed
1 part loose lending stds
1 part speculation
1 part interest rates
2 parts keeping up with the Jones'

Now, we have a shift in the housing price formula, such as:
1 part location
4 parts holy sh_t batman get me out
0 parts greed
1 part loose lending stds
0 part speculation
1 part interest rates
2 screw the Jones' and sell before they do.

Just an idea.. just for some fun..

Feb 6, 2007, 10:48:00 AM  
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