We're 15K plus strong now, yet I'd wager the 80-20 rule is in effect: 20% of RBC members are doing 80% of the work (although I suspect the gap is even larger).

I know there are always lurkers in these things - kind of hard to think of a recruiter as a lurker - but rather than just joining groups, how about a post every once in a while? I notice that the leader board is filled with high point people who have less that 10 posts/comments but are signed up for 100+ groups (not you Lonnie - you contribute).

Do we really want people who do not contribute to our community - at least in some tangible way (like the people they invite contributing) - to be members?

Thoughts?

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Steve I'd say it's 1% (even less! 1% would be 150 right? Let's go for 1/100% - that's like 15 and sounds abt right to me) doing 99% of the heavy lifting. Seriously.
I can understand why people don't contribute. It is kinda scarey at first. Will people laugh at you? or will you seem dumb? I can remember feeling like a kid sitting at the adults table, thinking am I qualified to comment on this. (PS I'm used to being laughed at rather than with, so I started adding my 2 cents)

I see this (ie RBC forum) as a great learning tool, if people are here to learn great, if those who want to contribute and add to those others... who cares... hopefully it'll help make this industry of ours a little better.
Dan, people still laugh at me and I know I'm pretty dumb - yet believe that if you haven't experienced something over an arbitrary period that warrants a contribution, why did you sign up in the first place?

Dan Nuroo said:
I can understand why people don't contribute. It is kinda scarey at first. Will people laugh at you? or will you seem dumb? I can remember feeling like a kid sitting at the adults table, thinking am I qualified to comment on this. (PS I'm used to being laughed at rather than with, so I started adding my 2 cents)

I see this (ie RBC forum) as a great learning tool, if people are here to learn great, if those who want to contribute and add to those others... who cares... hopefully it'll help make this industry of ours a little better.

Dan, you remind me of those early days when I'd make a post. I'd be afraid - feeling those same self-doubt issues. I'd type it out - sweat it out - and then post it. I'd go back time and time again to look at it, feeling all tingly. Then someone commented. And someone else. And then someone else and pretty soon there was discussion going on and I was being inducted into a membership that (mostly) accepted me.

I did lots of things wrong. I didn't "get it" - still don't get some/much of it. I went through a lot of stop signs. I have my fans - and my detractors. I get sneered at occassionally; mostly for "never having been a recruiter." At first it was pretty shocking and dismaying but then I got over that too. Nowadays I look at my detractors as "platform providers" and welcome their nasty remarks. Sometimes I provoke them on purpose. It gets things going and people thinking.

I've been a part of many controversial strings. I'm proud of (most) of them.

So, in a sense, it's all good.
;)

Some participation tips:
Don't be afraid -when they attack you you know you've hit a nerve and that's when change is in the air.
Don't back down but when you're wrong say you're wrong. Don't ruin an apology with an explanation.
When you've changed your mind about something give credit where credit is due - I have seen many viewpoints batted back and forth in forums like these and many times seeing them makes me THINK differently.
Be respectful.
Don't call names. When they call you names - smile. You're winning the battle.

Can anyone else think of tips that would help the newbie get over their post-reluctance?
(in my best Ami voice)...and Lordy-Lordy, I sure spent lots of time with you on the phone during this period!

Maureen Sharib said:
Dan, you remind me of those early days when I'd make a post. I'd be afraid - feeling those same self-doubt issues. I'd type it out - sweat it out - and then post it. I'd go back time and time again to look at it, feeling all tingly. Then someone commented. And someone else. And then someone else and pretty soon there was discussion going on and I was being inducted into a membership that (mostly) accepted me...
Way off base steve.
Just to share.... how to get over the post reluctance? Jump on it, follow NIKE's example.. just do it!.. it's fun, good or bad reaction.. it has been fun, and you get much more out of these forums if you contribute and get involved.

After I got into this, I have grown professionally, am more confident in my opinion, and even started my own blog... I think if you're not contributing you are only limiting yourself, not anyone else.

Maureen Sharib said:

Dan, you remind me of those early days when I'd make a post. I'd be afraid - feeling those same self-doubt issues. I'd type it out - sweat it out - and then post it. I'd go back time and time again to look at it, feeling all tingly. Then someone commented. And someone else. And then someone else and pretty soon there was discussion going on and I was being inducted into a membership that (mostly) accepted me.

I did lots of things wrong. I didn't "get it" - still don't get some/much of it. I went through a lot of stop signs. I have my fans - and my detractors. I get sneered at occassionally; mostly for "never having been a recruiter." At first it was pretty shocking and dismaying but then I got over that too. Nowadays I look at my detractors as "platform providers" and welcome their nasty remarks. Sometimes I provoke them on purpose. It gets things going and people thinking.

I've been a part of many controversial strings. I'm proud of (most) of them.

So, in a sense, it's all good.
;)

Some participation tips:
Don't be afraid -when they attack you you know you've hit a nerve and that's when change is in the air.
Don't back down but when you're wrong say you're wrong. Don't ruin an apology with an explanation.
When you've changed your mind about something give credit where credit is due - I have seen many viewpoints batted back and forth in forums like these and many times seeing them makes me THINK differently.
Be respectful.
Don't call names. When they call you names - smile. You're winning the battle.

Can anyone else think of tips that would help the newbie get over their post-reluctance?
Again, while Recruiter Earth may be a collection of names for marketing purposes, I've never felt the same about RBC. As such, quantity is less important that quality. If you're nervous about posting something, say so: You'll be very surprised about the welcoming you'll receive...

Slouch said:
Way off base steve.
Steve, remember the first time we met?
DoubleTree Hotel by Newark Airport, you looking gorgeous, Bob in a black running suit...

Maureen Sharib said:
Steve, remember the first time we met?
Don't get the wrong impression all.

Remind me - I know I called you about a post but can't recall the details...

Maureen Sharib said:
Steve, remember the first time we met?
I did look away from the post for a little while.... just in case.. :)

Steve Levy said:
Don't get the wrong impression all.

Remind me - I know I called you about a post but can't recall the details...

Maureen Sharib said:
Steve, remember the first time we met?

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