Nextdoor.com - Quite entertaining

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  1. denverpilot

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    So someone convinces my wife to "accept an invite" to nextdoor.com, a social media thingy for neighborhoods based on where you live... supposedly to generate a sense of "community" and all that rot... since only true neighbors can be in your "groups" ...

    And she adds me. Alrighty then, I'll check this thing out...

    Vast majority of posts... "I have something for sale..." Garage sale stuff, mostly... okay that's cool.

    Someone posts that they make cakes commercially and a little ad. Cool.

    Someone brings up a county road paving thing... for a special taxation district to cover paving our entrance road, and ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE...

    And damn... is it FUN! I post a couple of times with some ACTUAL MATH for costs and what not... which "bothers" the emotional ones... and the broke ones... stuff like "That's $400 a year... I spend more than that fixing my vehicles because of the washboards, and the county grades the road over 100 times a year to keep it THAT good..."

    But the best have been so far...

    "My pig is loose. Has anyone seen it? It's black."

    And today...

    "Anyone have a twin mattress? It's too cold for mom out in the RV."

    ROFLMAO... this stuff is solid GOLD when the system considers the six surrounding neighborhoods (that actually cover like a quarter of our county, because we're RURAL) as your "neighbors"...

    Of course, there is the down-side that maybe, just maybe, I really DON'T want to know some of these neighbors... hahahahaha...

    But MAN is some of this funny. One large animal, the person didn't even say what kind of animal it was, it is apparently so well known as an escape artist that they just posted "Shiela is out again... someone want to come get her? She's in my pasture..."

    I said Shiela to protect the innocent... and also because of the movie Napoleon Dynamite... because I'm pretty sure this thing that got out and into the other person's pasture was an Alpaca...

    ROFLMAO... anyone else on nextdoor.com and see this insanity with neighbors? It's been many minutes of entertainment for me so far... mom in the RV, has to be the best so far, though... wow... :)
     
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    Nextdoor is great fun! The 2 best topics around here are the coyotes and all the pets and children they're going to kill. Then there was a good thread on KBJC and sending in noise complaints. So much mis-information it makes my head hurt. Apparently, jets have only recently started flying to BJC and they just changed the "pattern" to go over these peoples houses. If they complain enough they will change the plane's patterns just "like they did in Boulder". Hahaha
     
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    Aww man! You have an AIRPORT nearby! Now I wish I had one so I could read all of THAT stuff!!!

    So freaking funny...

    The best during the tax debate on the road was literally this... (not directed at me, but someone who agreed with my $400/year assessment...)

    "Okay then Mister Money Bags! If you can afford another $400 a year, why don't you just pay for the whole road!"

    Not kidding. Hahahahaha...

    Of course, she was talking about three miles of road at an estimate of $1.2M per mile... I don't think "Mister Money Bags"' $400 is quite going to cover it... just a guess. :)

    One person went off on a full page rant about how we all live in the country and listed off all the problems of country living (I was surprised she didn't tell us all she walked uphill, in the snow, both ways, to work) and that was her "reasoning" that the road should stay unpaved. That was pretty awesome too... included a mini-rant about how bad pavement was for horses... to which, I ALMOST... ALMOST... took a photo of the sign up at our mailboxes that is a reminder from the HOA and the Sheriff that horses are allowed on the TRAILS in our neighborhood but NOT on the roads... but I couldn't bring myself to do it...

    a) I don't mind the horses on the road, and some of the folks who do the carriages are nice folks who cruise around the dirt roads in their horse-buggy all summer, and it's fun to watch... and

    b) my small-L libertarian bent... I could care less if the horses are "breaking the rules" I DGAF. All I need to do is not HIT them, and that's pretty easy... :)

    Where has this app BEEN all my life?! This is WAY too much fun. In a way. It also highlights that our "education" system is completely effed if these people graduated high school... hahahahaha... wow...
     
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    In the suburbs, it’s mostly people being nosey or whining about stray animals. I’m just glad we don’t have an HOA, although someone had suggested starting one on the Neighborhood app, and was promptly shot down by myself and several others. We live outside the city limits for a reason.


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    Our longest running threads.
    Ball can plant started making new noises during night shift and snowflakes are upset.
    Suburban greenie wants to know where to recycle alkaline batteries. I posted numerous quotes that they go straight to the trash, even if some place advertises "recycle"
    Why did WalMart close?
    What's going to be built in the half-started then cancelled Cabela's site?
     
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    I will add that they have done some positive things with the app. They organized a 4th of July parade which had about 20 cars and tractors pulling decorated trailers through the neighborhood with music. It was fun to see some neighborhood spirit. They usually send out Halloween inquiries for parades and such around this time.


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    Yes, been on it a few years here in the 'burbs. Lots of lost/found pets. Lots of reporting on suspicious characters in the neighborhood. Lots of requests and receipt of recommendations for everything from lawyers to landscapers to babysitters.

    One of the better uses recently was last week when someone reported that the jr high kids waiting for the school bus were getting out of control. At least two parents piped up that their kids waited at that stop, and would be talked to that evening.

    Basically does via social media what our parents did in person in the 50s and 60s. For better or worse.
     
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    All the missing cats... I like cats, but if you let them go outside expect them to eventually not come home.
     
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    Our funniest posting on nextdoor:


    "From: Public Information Coordinator [name removed], Police Department

    Friendly Police Department Tip #001 - Nude Jogging:

    On Jan 27th at 3:30am, an officer on the south side of a large corporate campus near [address removed] observed an unknown male running outside. After seeing nude buttocks illuminated by a street light, she and another officer contacted the jogger, who was wearing nothing but black Sketcher sneakers. Concerned for the cold weather, he was placed in a patrol vehicle.

    When questioned, he stated "he was trying to build up his immune system to fight the cold weather".

    While we don't like to question one's fitness methods, nude jogging, at night or during the day, could be considered indecent exposure. In this instance, he was not charged, as there were no victims involved.

    We do not have pictures to share of this incident. You are welcome."
     
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    A typical posting for our neighborhood: a lady wants to hire a handyman to hang pictures, for cheap. Or 'my a/c quit, what is a good brand?'

    Mundane, I think, but my wife enjoys it.

    What surprises me is that nobody seems to troll.
     
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  11. denverpilot

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    I don’t want to troll but I want to make the neighbors wonder about me so they’ll leave me alone.

    “So, is anyone else a huge fan of Coast to Coast AM?”

    LOL LOL LOL. nah. I won’t. But I want to. Bad.
     
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    Some other interesting threads:

    a) STOP our town from becoming a safe-injection site! (not planned) - 60 pages of posts on why it's bad and it means instant death to everybody in the neighborhood. But again, not something that is planned.

    b) Pass an ordinance NOW to force our police to immediately report to the feds all aliens that get arrested for a violent offence. Maybe 20 pages of arguments... We've had like one violent offence arrest in a year, and that guy wasn't an immigrant.

    c) There was a coyote sighting. Shoot the cayotes now! NO - don't shoot the coyote's! SHOOT THEM NOW - THEY WILL EAT ALL THE CATS! Nobody's seen that coyote since... probably got arrested and reported to the feds...

    d) All of our houses has doubled in value in the last three years! Yes, I don't care that it made me a millionaire as a result - I now have to pay more in taxes! (It really did double in value - the town valuation isn't wrong).
     
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    Well, duh! The P-o-l-i-c-e are on there.
     
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    I forgot the lady selling cannabis oil for “old and ailing pets”. LOL. Uh huh.
     
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    I used it once to see if a neighbor had garage space in the winter for my motorcycle. It worked. Other than that I keep away except for browsing the email digest. I see more than enough junk on Facebook and in aviation forums ;)

    Hmmm... I wonder what would happen if I advertised "learn to fly"?
     
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    I literally thought of little green men when I read this! "Damn, Jeb! The Martian is out abuctin folks again! Get ya gun!"


    My mother mentioned this site last night while I was talking about some remodeling at my house. My father and I looked at her like she was crazy.
     
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    If these people can't afford $400/yr to pave the road (no brainer), they might be living beyond their means.
     
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    Having worked on a recent school levy issue, it is very apparent that there is a significant population whose aversion to taxes is completely unrelated to their income.

    Sat in a town hall discussion where said group was passionately arguing that the government had no business funding public education at their expense, and if a family couldn't afford to pay for their kids education at a private school in full, then they should be prepared to have them flip burgers for a living.
     
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    Mrs. Steingar does this sort of thing on Facebook. Had had some actual positive results.
     
  20. Palmpilot

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    Does anyone know where nextdoor.com gets its financial support?
     
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    ^^^ they get a percentage of the garage sale listings and sell pig bellies at 100% profit.
     
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    Not sure what their original business model was, but they've recently started selling advertising. Most of what pops up in my feed is local real estate listings, home security companies, and links to stories on the local paper's site.
     
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    There is paid advertising inside it. Subtle and not bad actually. E.g if someone asks for a plumber recommendation and someone else recommends e.g “bob’s plumbing”, if Bob is a sponsor, Nextdoor would change the recommendation into a link.
     
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    Around here, they've had prominent advertising from companies with poorer reputations...
     
  26. Palmpilot

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    That's what I was afraid of!

    I signed up with a disposable email address, just in case. They also wanted my contacts list, but I have moral reservations about providing other people's info, so I skipped that step.
     
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    Seriously, I would be certain they are planning on the eventual spin-off and sale of a multi-billion dollar business that is chock full of verifiable data linked to real names, addresses, and as you saw, contact lists.

    Really genius stuff. Like facebook, but with you and all your neighbors names tied to your real street addresses with the data on all the things in your neighborhood you like, dislike, and would like to see changed if only someone could offer that service...

    Mrs. Suzy Jones on 1234 Main Street and 17 of her neighbors think a sandwich place closer to them would be ideal.

    And she is willing to donate to the campaign of the next candidate that is pro/anti immigrant/abortion/life if only the current idiot in her district could be run out on rails.

    And she and her baby daddy will be shopping for a new home in the $300K price range near a nice preschool in a couple years because they just announced a new bun in the oven.


    Etc..., for sale to anyone willing to purchase the demographics.
     
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    I like it for the most part. It's a lot like POA in that there's mostly good stuff with a few rabble rousers. A lot of neighbors successfully recovering pets who made a jail break. A few for-sale ads, but not many. The only thing that's irritating is that so many people who do not live in our neighborhood have joined.

    A couple of months ago a woman started a thread about the need for people who walk their dogs need to pick the poop up. And she posted two pictures of fresh piles of dog poop. The thread got a lot of comments along the lines of "I hate that too" so it was always the one that opened first when I'd go to the site. So after a couple of weeks I posted asking if she'd remove the pictures. I didn't post after that, but that started all kinds of hell with some people saying they were funny, others saying how disgusting it was. Internet tough guys (all girls, actually) just looking for a fight.

    One woman posted that she needs new brakes on her car but all the shops are too expensive, does anyone have any ideas. So I said I've shown several friends how to change their brakes, posted screen grabs from the auto parts store with prices and said I'd show her how to do it some weekend morning and it would take less than an hour. She responded, "thanks, but I'm not that kind of girl". I was glad to see others asking her just exactly what responses she was expecting to her original post, that it was a generous offer to help her save money.

    A guy I work with has one of those "little library" birdhouse things, kind of a large birdhouse on a post that has books that neighbors can borrow at their convenience. He'll post some current titles in the little library occasionally. Kind of neat.
     
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    One item of entertainment I've seen so far is a group that is hassling the FAA over changes in flight paths to San Jose International when the wind favors landing to the southwest. They're currently crowing about getting the FAA to meet with them. I'm kind of amazed about the level of effort, because it never seemed like a problem to me. I guess I have a different perspective because I lived near the extended centerline of that airport for a few years, and there were times when I would have to turn up the volume to hear the TV. I've certainly never experienced anything like that since I've lived here in Mountain View.
     
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    i'm curious if @denverpilot's posts on the neighborhood are as verbose as the ones he shares here. heehee
     
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    Ya think? LOL. Yeah. Um. Rural. Poor people. Three dead cars on the side of the house they’re going to “get around to fixing someday”. It happens. ;)

    You’ll have to move into the neighborhood to find out. :) I recommend the house with the cars. It’ll be on good sale after a foreclosure soon...-ish... ;)
     
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    How? I mean I know it’s possible but can’t imagine a lot of people would spend the effort falsify the residency documentation just to get on the site for a different neighborhood.
     
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    My wife got on it and then convinced me to as well. Some posts can be rather funny.

    This year there has been a proliferation of snakes in the area so there has been numerous threads about them. There is the kill all snakes crowd and the more informed crowd.

    Then there are a couple of horses that have escaped their pasture three separate times and each time it is major news on next door. It's like people have never seen horses.

    I particularly love the posts when a police car is seen in the neighborhood especially late at night. People assume the worst.
     
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    I'm always entertained by Nextdoor. One of the most popular (and heated) discussions that comes up at least once per year is how the neighbors want KPDK closed down because of all of the noise...ends up being a huge debate that goes on forever and gets nowhere. There's one lady who said she calls in noise complaints several times per day, every day. Must be fun...
     
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    If that is true, then whoever is vetting people is not doing their job. In our subdivision, it is our HOA president who verifies residence before allowing membership.

    But it could be that Nextdoor reset ywhich neighborhoods' posts you see. That happened to me; I had to go into settings and deselect back down to just our subdivision and the adjoining ones. May want to double check.
     
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    I have no clue how they check people out here. My wife “invited” me and it let me in. Definitely no “documentation” that we live here.

    That subdivision thing is interesting. They let us see the multimillionaires over around the golf course many miles away, because it does “all surrounding” neighborhoods and our ‘hood extends for miles as it is.

    Which is why the other day when I saw a “Can someone blow out my sprinkler system?” post, I did a double take. Sprinkler system? Who the heck has one of those out here for their prairie grass?! Oh... those “golf course” people... ;)
     
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    Ahh. No idea you can join by invite. They did a public records check for me to join - and everybody I’ve seen online so far lives in the neighborhood.

    It’s kinda disdurbing that you can click on any house in your neighborhood and see who lives there, but then again anybody in the world can go to my county web site already and do the same.
     
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    Wonder how that works with owners who rent houses. Most records would show the owners not the renters.
     
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    my neighborhood is boring... no missing pigs. just a bunch junk peddlers
     
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    I believe if you’re a renter you have to send in a utility bill? (Not sure)