This started as a comment but....
As someone who as been a part of some ugly controversy within this community and openly accused of unfounded and damaging actions, I would like to offer the following suggestions/ make the following comments:
- AR is primarily a social community that happens to be full of real estate professionals. The dynamic is what it is.
- Since AR is a community, it should be governed by it's members for it's members in a 100% open fashion.
- If members cannot, or will not privately work their issues out, a (members only) private Group area should be created.
Within this Group, whoever is openly accused of unacceptable behavior, frequent complaints, etc and the accuser should let it all out and work it out here...or not work it out and agree to disagree...
Let the greater community members be judge and jury...issues will flesh themselves out in a much more practical and efficient fashion...in a much more private setting, away from consumer eyeballs.
This should also curb any undesirable behaviors since they are more likely to be addressed publicly in early stages, before the flames can get fanned in the back boiler rooms.
- Handling problems in the current cryptic fashion is going to drive out (purposely or not) some of the best contributors and professionals from AR for the wrong reasons, a side effect that benefits no one, especially AR.
AR is a reflection of society as a whole, it's a melting pot with all types of personality. Not all personalities mesh well. Trying to objectively balance harmony amongst all 13,000+ members from the top down is essentially an exercise in futility... and dangerous.
Some type of forum with open and direct discussion between the adversarial parties, governed in great part by the community, is needed...