An appeal to MIBOR - Indianapolis board of Realtors
I just posted this as a comment on the NAR blog, but I thought that it probably deserved it's own post as it really should be directed at MIBOR and not NAR - basically we all know the change to the IDX verbiage will be passed it's just a matter of due dilligence (can't blame NAR for that I suppose) but it's also going to take time - all the while, we are stuck without indexable pages until this ruling passes (we being Paula Henry / Mike Taylor of http://www.reddoorindy.com and myself - yes, I consider myself part of the team)
So here is what I wrote on the NAR blog as a potential compromise - I would love to hear some comments from MIBOR members on this issue and I think everyone would like to see some good will and common sense prevail here (it would also help minimalize and reputation management issues MIBOR now has, but showing they can in fact act intellegently and in good faith)
Here is my comment on the NAR blog
"And what happens to Paula Henry (MIBOR Member that started the
agent genius thread discussing this) or her broker Mike Taylor of
http://www.reddoorindy.com (Both of which are very loyal customers
of Real Estate Webmasters and innocent victims of these politics) -
I have already had our programming team block our /idx/ folders
from being spidered in response to the very heavy handed MIBOR
tactics (after trying to no avail to appeal the issue) - are they
now expected to keep their listings blocked (This question is for
MIBOR I suppose) until such time as this fully supported change is
6 months (or more) of competitive disadvantage due to processing time and due diligence? That just isn't fair to these dues paying, rules abiding members.
MIBOR I will be contacting you directly but I am going to post it here as well - would you consider a "stay of execution" (perhaps not the best choice of words in the surface but actually quite apt) until such time as this ruling has been passed or denied?
If it would help, I would be more than happy (at no charge to anyone) to not display / de-index the listings of any broker of MIBOR that specifically requests in writing that we not allow Google to index their clients listings. All we need is the broker name or associate ID, it is certainly not something that is technically difficult and I think would make a fair compromise.
This will pass - everyone knows it - why let just a few suffer (or risk a potential lawsuit) when everything negative about the future of this process can be avoided with a little common sense, and some fair compromise.