What questions can I ask here?askCRE is for any and all questions pertaining to commercial real estate. Questions should be relevant to this community. Before you ask - please make sure to search for a similar question as it may have already been answered. You can search questions by their title or tags.
What questions should be avoided?
We ask that you follow a few simple guidelines.
- Please avoid asking questions that are not relevant to this community, too subjective or argumentative.
- Avoid self-promotion or advertising of services.
- Do not post properties or market listings.
- No haves and wants. We may add a separate section for this in the future.
What should I avoid in my answers?
askCRE is a question and answer site - it is not a discussion group. Please avoid holding debates in your answers as they tend to dilute the essence of the questions and answers. For brief discussions please use the comment feature.
Is askCRE different than other Q&A sites?
askCRE functions much like Quora and StackExchange but is built specifically for commercial real estate. We have seen the best Q&A sites are focused on a core subject. We plan to build a quality community of commercial real estate professionals to help provide the best information.
Why should I contribute to askCRE?
We created a system that acknowledges the best contributors to the site. Commercial real estate professionals can easily become an authority on a variety of subjects. We hope users build their profiles by asking and answering questions.
Why should I vote on questions and answers?
Voting influences the visibility of a question and the rank of an answer. By voting you are helping bring the best information forward. Voting also helps users build a reputation on askCRE. If you see an answer that you like, vote it up to let the contributor know their answer was helpful.
Who runs askCRE.com?
The site was created by Sound CRE, a commercial real estate company based in Seattle, Washington.
Who moderates this community?
The short answer is: you. The registered users of the site help self-moderate the questions and answers. The karma system allows users to earn rights to perform a variety of moderation tasks.
How does karma system work?
When a question or answer is upvoted, the user who posted them will gain some points, which are called "karma points". These points serve as a rough measure of the community trust to him/her. Various moderation tasks are gradually assigned to the users based on those points.
For example, if you ask an interesting question or give a helpful answer, your input will be upvoted. On the other hand if the answer is misleading - it will be downvoted. Each vote in favor will generate 10 points, each vote against will subtract 1 points. There is a limit of 200 points that can be accumulated for a question or answer per day. The table below explains reputation point requirements for each type of moderation task.
|20||accept own answer to own questions|
|25||open and close own questions|
|50||retag other's questions|
|75||edit community wiki questions|
|200||edit any answer|
|200||delete any comment|
How do I change my picture (gravatar) and what is gravatar?
The picture that appears on the users profiles is called gravatar (which means globally recognized avatar).
Here is how it works: a cryptographic key (unbreakable code) is calculated from your email address. You upload your picture (or your favorite alter ego image) at gravatar.com from where we later retrieve your image using the key.
This way all the websites you trust can show your image next to your posts and your email address remains private.
Please personalize your account with an image - just register at gravatar.com (be sure to use the same email address that you used to register with us).
To register, do I need to create a new password?
No, you don't have to. You can login through any service that supports OpenID, e.g. Google, Yahoo, LinkedIN, etc.