Twitter for Neighborhood Busybodies

Good lord, y’all. Are any of you on the Nextdoor app? It’s a neighborhood-specific social media thingy where people can post yard sale notices, advertise items for sale, complain about road work, provide alerts about upcoming local events, etc.

But “Crime & Safety” is where the real action is. The crime rate is low in my town, but apparently I’m surrounded by nitwits who do nothing but watch Fox News segments on MS-13 by day and stand armed watch in their darkened lanais after the sun goes down, scrutinizing passersby via surveillance cameras and passing judgment on teenagers’ dress (pull up your pants! take off that hoodie!) and intentions.

I’d rather see a horde of saggy-pantsed, be-hoodied teens on my lawn than any one of these armed, bloodthirsty, middle-aged drama llamas who are so clearly eager to shoot anyone who steps on their property.

Open thread!

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    I am on Nextdoor because the police and city occasionally use it for alerts or notices of meetings. Also, we had a real peeping tom/ potential rapist in the area a while back, and I wanted to keep an eye on that. I ignore most of the other stuff, although they send out emails every day that give me a chance to look at the titles of posts. What I see (and this may be my selective noticing) is lost or found dogs and cats, dogs mostly. Also requests for suggestions on home repair people and offers to house sit.

    I think that we don’t get much of that busybody stuff here because Santa Fe is a diverse city, and everyone is pretty much accustomed to it.

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    germy says:

    I recommend Best Of Nextdoor on twitter:

    "Suspicious guys focusing on homes" 👀 pic.twitter.com/Lnfvho523z— Best of Nextdoor (@bestofnextdoor) July 26, 2018

    Nextdoor is Twitter for old people. 🧐 pic.twitter.com/9G0cFxleOy— Best of Nextdoor (@bestofnextdoor) July 25, 2018

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    CaseyL says:

    Yes! I’m on Nextdoor – way the hell across the continent from you – and it’s pretty much the same here. Though the local bogeyman isn’t MS-13, but homeless people. Constant breathless reports of people loitering, walking too slowly, pausing on street corners, etc. Since there genuinely is a lot of local property theft, there’s always fuel for the snoopy-snoop fire.

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    I’m not on Nextdoor, because I’ve seen the kind of stuff people post there, via the Best of Nextdoor twitter account.

    Edit: too slow! Damn.

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    WhatsMyNym says:

    @Baud: I was laughing so hard you beat me to it!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Yeah, Best of Nextdoor is a hoot. I bet half of their content originates in Florida.

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    Emerald says:

    Been on Nextdoor for a couple of years. I mostly see lost/found pet notices, requests for recommendations for home repair types, and notices of car break-ins. Haven’t seen any politics yet

    But I’m in SoCal.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    OMG…every time I start thinking “maybe it’s time I got a Twitter account”, I read about something like this and then just lie down till the thought goes away.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Baud: LOL! I mean, LOUD!

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    Emerald says:

    @Baud:

    Snarf!!

    And we do get coyotes here in SoCal!

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    MattF says:

    I checked out my local one– found a request for used legos– so that’s good, I guess.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Have never heard of Best of Nextdoor, Betty, but I did see earlier today that the Shitgibbon is doing a MAGA Rally in Tampa this Tuesday, July 31, beginning at 7:00 pm. I think you and Adam should go and incite a little resistance mayhem!

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    MattF says:

    @Miss Bianca: A healthy response. I deleted my Twitter account a while ago. You can still read any Twitter thread you want to.

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    Never heard of Nextdoor.

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    Mandarama says:

    @Baud: That made my whole day. The majority of posts on our Nextdoor are warning about coyote activity. Fights always erupt between the “why can’t we just shoot them?” gun-toters and the “protect the wildlife” faction that likes to point out the negligence of letting any pet ever go outside. Ends in stalemate, and two days later, the same fight recommences. Perhaps Wile E. has finally found a winning formula for world domination.

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    Baud says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Betty can post a Nextdoor warning about an orange shitgibbon in the area.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    OK, o/t here…not really sure what I think of this article in the WashPo:

    First thought: “My God, are the Kochs actually doing something philanthropic?”

    Second thought: “My God, they’re going to build their own actual *street gangs* out of this program.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2018/07/28/koch-network-project-gears-up-to-help-inmates-reenter-society-after-prison/?utm_term=.941599fe0b80

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    MattF says:

    And, um, btw… how, exactly, does Nextdoor make money?

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    Nicole says:

    @Betty Cracker: I’m not saying that your comment is a generalization, but I will say the first time I heard about Nextdoor was from a friend who lives in Orlando.

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    @MattF: Probably sitting pretty on VC money without any actual income.

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    germy says:

    @MattF:

    And, um, btw… how, exactly, does Nextdoor make money?

    I’m guessing since it’s “free” they sell users’ info to third parties. The Facebook model of capitalism.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Baud:

    It would be the neighbourly thing to do.

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    LongHairedWeirdo says:

    I hate to say it, but the idea of using the surveillance footage to track and harass droopy-pantsed kids after they’ve put a few years on, and are embarrassed by the look, sounds like a good way to get the slightly older to help quash this fashion disaster.

    The notion of assuming they’re a danger, just from hoodies and pants that would prevent them from fleeing the scene of a crime at speed, makes me think that thought isn’t a favored activity by these people watchers.

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    @schrodingers_cat: @germy: That, or like s_c said, their business model is setting bags of other people’s money on fire until the underpants gnomes return a profit.

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    EricNNY says:

    “these armed, bloodthirsty, middle-aged drama llamas”

    Stop, you’re giving llamas a bad name. My llama Sulli is very much a liberal llama…

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    MattF says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Ah. The old ‘lose money on every transaction, but make it up on volume’ model.

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    @MattF: I learned that one from Milo Minderbinder, as I recall.

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    Kay says:

    Amen. We have a “police blotter” in our daily newspaper and you would not believe how many people call the police to report suspicious behavior. The paper used to report that so and so had been admitted to the hospital too in the same back page of the newspaper as “police blotter” but I think that violated health privacy laws so they stopped years ago.

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    My neighborhood is prone to vandalism, car break-ins, parcels thefts, burglaries, muggings (raises hand), armed robberies and so forth, and four decades in Oakland have left me feeling highly unsentimental about the city’s criminal lumpenproletariat. I don’t spend much time on NextDoor, but I’m never sorry to see the posted photos, because most of these local characters are bad actors. YMMV.

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    MattF says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Given your nym, you’d be the expert. Although… [pedantic] it’s Milo Minderbinder {pedantic} .

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    germy says:

    Been seeing a lot of GoFundMe's for medical bills, and it's got me thinking… it would be really great if we could all pitch into a single big fund for medical care. You know, so we don't have to wait for emergencies and we can all give to each other and access it "universally."
    — Luis Medina 🇩🇴 (@Kinowolf) July 23, 2018

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    Percysowner says:

    I’ve never heard of Nextdoor and I don’t think I want to know what people in my neighborhood are doing. I almost loaded it, and then balked at giving my email, so I guess I’ll never know.

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    EBT says:

    Whooo full body aches and knee pains.

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    @MattF: Which I’d already fixed by the time I saw this comment :)

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    Baud says:

    @germy: But then you couldn’t discriminate based on who the patient is.

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    MoxieM says:

    Where I live the “free” section of Nextdoor is mostly the amusement. I recently read about someone trying to give away used (presumably re-usable) menstrual pads. There have been collections of unmatched socks; broken glasses/watches/whatever. Requests for the loan for the summer of a kid’s bike (not that weird, except in context). Potted up invasive weed plants …

    And then there was the person who posted a picture of an African Spotted Dog, and said she’d seen a Coydog in the neighborhood. I asked if it had mange, or wasn’t that an AS dog? “Oh, yes”, she said, “I found the picture on the Internet, it’s an African dog, but” (I’m imagining hands waving vaguely). More Coydog reports came in.

    sheesh.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    This kind of shit is why I automatically hate it. Our neighbourhood was kind of close for the long term residents. Not so much for the renters. Dorothy had lived across the road from me for two decades. She managed to hang on to the house after her divorce by letting her adult daughters live there for expenses. She moved on with her life and got together with a guy who moved in with her. My next door neighbour discovered that he was a registered sex offender and plastered the neighbourhood with flyers on every lamppost that screamed “SEX OFFENDER IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD”. Fine, except that he didn’t follow up on his research beyond SEX OFFENDER to discover that his offense was as an 18 year old kid he had consentual sex with a 16 year old girl who was putting it out for anyone who would oblige. Her parents found out and had him charged. He has lived with that for the rest of his life. As my boss so rightly pointed out to the zealots in this kind of case, what are these people supposed to do? They can’t live within so many yards of a school, a church, a daycare, or anywhere else that people gather, are they supposed to live in a hole, under a bridge? As it was because my neighbour hounded the guy out of the street, Dorothy lost her house. Way to go asshole.

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    Juice Box says:

    My Nextdoor feed was full of panic about the presence of coyotes and rats. My neighborhood sits between a large county park and a golf course so that’s why you see a lot of more or less savory wildlife. Deal with it.

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    @EBT: Get thee to a physical therapist! Assuming thee is insured.

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    VOR says:

    @Emerald: Hell, we have coyotes in Minnesota. My brother lives in the exurbs and won’t let his dog out unsupervised.

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    David Evans says:

    I joined Nextdoor in Cardiff, Wales in order to find homes for some unwanted stuff. Most of the posts seem to be about that or needing help with minor matters. I don’t think anyone is standing armed watch – I imagine the police would take a poor view of that.

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    Pogonip says:

    @Emerald: Likewise. I think Betty Cracker is blaming Nextdoor when the real culprit is Florida.

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    Doug R says:

    FFS you beat the British, beat the confederacy, finally put Capone behind bars, eventually helped beat the Nazis, double-tapped Bin Laden and you’re afraid of a bunch of gang-bangers?
    Cluck, cluck.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Never been to nextdoor but have heard from people I work with that it has been very nice for keeping up on neighborhood events and stuff. These are wingnuts and they never mention hearing about crime there so I assumed it was not like that.

    I live in a white plurality neighborhood, about 40% of my neighbors are melanin deficient. We have a decent sized group of East African refugees along with smaller Hmong and recent Latin American communities as well as about 30% African-Americans. Crime is really low though and has been declining for some time. WHat is funny is that there are a few people who have convinced themselves that the cops are lying and hiding the real rate. I always ask them if they have had a problem recently or if they know of anyone that has. The answer is always “No, but I heard someone 8 blocks over got robbed & there was a that shooting thing” (shooting was 2 years ago & a family dispute but you know).

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    germy says:

    Will you join me in starting a GoFundMe page for Mark Zuckerberg? After losing $16+ billion today, he’s left with a mere $70 billion. No one can survive on that. #ThoughtsandPrayers
    — Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) July 26, 2018

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    Schlemazel says:

    .@VOR:
    We live in the near burbs (Robbinsdale) I think I saw a coyote last year. I know we have fox and deer.

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    JMG says:

    I’m sure it exists here, but don’t see this flourishing in New England. The family that lives on one side of my house and I have not spoken in 25 years except to give each other misdirected mail and the night their babysitter got her car stuck at the bottom of an icy driveway. They’re nice people, we just don’t speak. Very Boston, that.

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    Pogonip says:

    @MattF: More than likely they’re selling our data, like any other “social media” provider. I’d like to find a Nextdoor-type service that you could get a paid subscription to, with a firm contractual agreement that they will not sell your data, firm enough that you’d have a good chance of winning a lawsuit if they were caught doing so.

    Our Nextdoor is great, but then we don’t live in an area full of homeowner-association busybodies. It seems self-evident that your local Nextdoor will reflect the area.

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    B.B.A. says:

    Glenn Greenwald
    ‏Verified account @ggreenwald

    I deleted pre-2016 tweets – because of how easy and often old, out-of-context tweets are distorted – & many are suggesting I did it to hide them from Mueller or FBI. The multi-level stupidity is manifest, but US political culture is drowning in deranged conspiratorial sickness.
    3:15 PM – 28 Jul 2018

    Even when explaining why he did something perfectly reasonable, he has to be as prickish as possible.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Baud:
    Nice. LOL.

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    Mary G says:

    Way back when it started, I got a fancy letter on expensive paper saying I had been nominated by a specific nice liberal neighbor, so against my better instincts I signed up. It was “worst of rich people” with links to ICE scaremongering alerts, complaints that the sheriff’s refused to question brown people just because of the sanctuary city laws, people looking for Mandarin tutors for Junior willing to pay up to $9/hour, selling ugly useless shit they paid a fortune for, etc. I quit almost immediately and it took forever to get the email unsubscribe to work. The icing on the cake was when the neighbor complained to me for nominating her!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Doug R: they wear hoodies, Doug. HOODIES!

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    germy says:

    @B.B.A.: And in that thread he just HAD to take another swipe at Joy Reid.

    It must piss him off so much that she wasn’t hounded off TV and public life.

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    MattF says:

    @B.B.A.: And, needless to say, it’s everyone else’s deranged conspiratorial sickness.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Pogonip: “I think Betty Cracker is blaming Nextdoor when the real culprit is Florida.”

    Well said!

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    Virginia says:

    I used Nextdoor to give away some furniture. Our son was home when the guy showed up and helped him put in his truck. The guy gave our son five bucks and a joint.

    Not bad. The weed was okay. And we got rid of the stuff.

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    MoxieM says:

    @JMG: Oh yeah we do. I’m out in the boonies (Happy Valley) now and we have NextDoor. When I lived in posher zipcodes (Brookline, Lexington) we just had local listserves to batter each other with. The Arlington List is famous. But that has absolutely nothing to do with speaking to people as in, face to face.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @B.B.A.:

    “Many are suggesting I deleted incriminating tweets! WRONG! FAKE NEWS from SAD (or sick!) INDIVIDUALS!”

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    @B.B.A.: I would suggest that if 1/3 of your tweets are easy to misread out of context, the problem does not lie with the reader.

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    raven says:

    I’ve written about the influx of “tweakers” on our block. One house full got busted for home invasion, auto theft, scales, points and guns. The moron’s across the street aren’t THAT bad but I don’t trust the motherfuckers as far as I can see them. I bought a Simplisafe Alarm system and as soon as they release their outdoor camera I’m getting one of them. We had a big neighborhood discussion on Facebook after one of them was flying around the area in his junker. I’ve called their landlord and if I get the chance I’ll call the cops in a heartbeat. You’ll be glad to know I still don’t keep and loaded weapons around the house and I hope I don’t have to.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @B.B.A.: I suppose for Glenn Greenwald, it would be “perfectly reasonable” to try to get rid of a bunch of incriminating tweets, wouldn’t it? Just as it would be reasonable to presume he’d be whiny, dickish, and projecting about it.

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    Ruckus says:

    @MattF:
    Aaahhhh, the old Ralph Williams car sales pitch. Ralph owned a few car dealerships in socal and his TV ads were legend. Why no one ever ran him over with a car he had sold them was beyond me. Maybe they were too ashamed to admit to being taken or too dumb to figure it out. There was also Calvin Coolidge Worthington, with his “Go See Cal” slogan.

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    Orchid Moon says:

    Nextdoor neighbors can seriously overreact as they did in one city we lived in. Someone decided that the paper delivery person was dangerous: OMG! Black person driving a minivan slowly through the neighborhood early in the morning, occasionally stopping for periods of time!! I pointed out that our delivery person, a wonderful woman, drove a minivan just like that through the neighborhood every morning before that thread was cut off. At least no one called the police on her.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Open thread? This is not only a great burn, it’s kinda true. Ish, according to Wikipedia

    Charlie Kirk @ charliekirk11
    Did you know:
    The Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an anti-slavery party
    The mission of the GOP was to stop the spread of slavery into the western territories with a stated goal of abolishing it

    Charles Louis Richter @ richterscale
    Did you know:
    Shell Oil was founded in 1833 as an antique store.
    The mission of Shell was to import seashells from the Far East with a stated goal of using them in interior design.
    Surprisingly, businesses and political parties change over time.

    Charlie Kirk, if you don’t know, is an odd young man who used to go to college campuses and sit in public spaces in a diaper with a pinkie to own the libs. He now gets very angry if you point that out. He also I believe organized that conference of youthful incels who got Jefferson Beauregard, sole Attorney General of these United States, to gigglingly chant “lock her up” last week.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Jesus. What is with you and math today?!

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    Ruckus says:

    @Doug R:
    Gang banger. Singular. Isn’t is always one guy walking down the sidewalk?

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    MattF says:

    @Ruckus: Yeah, one guy. But he just looks guilty, for some reason.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Baud:

    God, almost makes me want to throw up.

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    Ruckus says:

    @B.B.A.:
    Well what do you expect from a major prick, to be the nice guy?

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    JPL says:

    @germy: Ads. It is used by a lot of realtors.

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    HeleninEire says:

    Next-door? No clue. Just yesterday I joined WhatsApp after a bunch of people asking me to do it for years. I hate adding Apps to my phone. And seriously WhatsApp is the same as Messenger. But a friend is organizing a trip to London for 7 of us – oh did I tell you I’m going to London in December to see the Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House? Well I am WOO HOO.

    So she needed us all together so she would not have to write the same message 7 times. So I did it.

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    BellyCat says:

    One positive Nextdoor story for ya’.

    I live in a neighborhood where the commercial district is highly trafficked due to a highway on-ramp close by. People were frequently getting hit and the local township was loathe to give pedestrians improved street crossing opportunities. Decades old problem.

    Nextdoor allowed the entire community to mobilize and make their case so persistently that eventually the town Council caved and pedestrian safety improvements are (FINALLY!) pending.

    Unsure if a coyote crosswalk will also be added but, if not, will duly agitate for this on Nextdoor since there will soon be fewer controls on the neighborhood kid population. //

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    @Steve in the ATL: lol. Although I have been studying up for my upcoming interviews…

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    The Eureka Police Department now wants anyone who owns a digital security camera to register with the department in an effort to aid “investigations into criminal activity.”

    I’m a one-man neighborhood watch primarily because of my apartment’s location in the neighborhood but also because many of my neighbors are those who require assisted living (primarily mental disability) and my area is a transit corridor, you can walk from the bay to south side of town on streets not highly trafficked by vehicles. Add in the nightly NA meetings at the old church that bring in four dozen people from halfway houses sprinkled about the neighborhood, the normal foot traffic, the can hunters and garbage can divers there is a lot to watch.

    Plus, I’m a front stoop sitter. Annoys me to no end how people will go out of their way to avoid eye contact much less a nod of acknowledgement and a wave as they walk past. Modern digital devices have made it worse, either with a face stuck to a screen or wearing headphones. Makes it easy to ignore the human being 25 feet away.

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    Ruckus says:

    @MattF:
    What could it be, give me a minute, no still haven’t got it quite right…….
    .
    .
    .
    I KNOW! Assholes.

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    JPL says:

    Our nextdoor is used for inquiries about lawn care, etc, but also civic engagement. Surprisingly after Parkland High School shooting, we had a civil discussion about gun control. This is GA ya all! Each community tends to be different though.

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    smintheus says:

    @Mandarama: In PA you’re allowed to kill coyotes year round 24 hours a day.

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    raven says:

    @HumboldtBlue: Simplisafe has a form you can download and submit to the heat.

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    Ruckus says:

    @HeleninEire:
    My friend who I dog sat for wanted me to go on What’sApp so we could talk on the phone. The villa she stayed in was so big that the WiFi wouldn’t carry to all the rooms. We finally made it work when she moved into the kitchen. And BTW, the entire time I used the Amtrak WiFi for my phone. Thank you all for providing me with free WiFi for the 2 weeks! When I wasn’t even on the train.

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    HeleninEire says:

    @Baud: Oh HOLY HELL. I gotta follow them.

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    Pogonip says:

    @JMG: You and your neighbors remind me of the old joke about the guy who joins a monastery under a vow of silence. Monks can speak once every ten years, during an interview with the abbot. 😁

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    @raven: gah, tweakers are horrifying.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    So… how do Californians feel about the state Dem party endoring de Leon instead of Feinstein?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @JPL: got canvased by the Angelika campaign again today! Was a high school this time rather than Fraü Angelika herself, but still exciting to be canvassed by Dems in this area!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Baud: You know, it’s painful to read that speech two years later. I remember how good I thought it was at the time.

    Then I remember how an old acquaintance of mine and I basically told each other to FOAD after that convention – I because I couldn’t stand his Hillary-hate, he because I was obviously a neoliberal corporate shill who couldn’t understand why I couldn’t understand that Hillary was a warmongering hag, Bernie was a light-weight charlatan for finally, grudgingly endorsing her, Jill Stein was better but still an idiot, so his preferred method of political engagement would be trying to persuade Ralph Nader to run again. This was the same idiot who got up at to CO Democratic convention to try to rabble-rouse against Hillary.

    I think of this guy every now and again as we plunge deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness that is Trumplandia, and I think that if I were ever to drive down the street in my old home town again and saw him crossing the road, how tempted I’d be to step on the gas pedal instead of the brake.

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    JPL says:

    @BellyCat: That’s the type of engagement we have also. My DIL’s neighborhood tends to be more gossipy i.e. son’s neighbor was placed in assisted living, and the gossip was whether or not the house was going on the market.

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    Fair Economist says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷: I would rather de Leon be Senator because Feinstein is too moderate and 20 years past retirement age. Still expecting Feinstein to win and I’m not going to throw a fit if she does.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    From the late night thread last night, I still don’t understand how I’d run out of food in two weeks if I was the last person on Earth, as one commenter claimed.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Baud:

    Reading her words brought tears to my eyes.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    I because I couldn’t stand his Hillary-hate, he because I was obviously a neoliberal corporate shill who couldn’t understand why I couldn’t understand that Hillary was a warmongering hag, Bernie was a light-weight charlatan for finally, grudgingly endorsing her, Jill Stein was better but still an idiot, so his preferred method of political engagement would be trying to persuade Ralph Nader to run again.

    Holy shit. That’s the fringe of the fringe right there. Jill Stein was better but still an idiot. I mean, that’s pure delusion. It’s a good thing you stopped communicating with that moron. Who knows if his condition was memetically contagious?

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    Gvg says:

    I haven’t had a problem with next door. Repair recommendation, garage sales, lost pets including a turtle recently. One lady posted a what horrible thing the city is taking away a family home for cut rate price to put in a fire station story that the owners told her…and eventually admitted she had been fed a story. People looked into it for commission meetings etc and one thing led to another, the neighborhood collective research was the house was being foreclosed on for non payment of debt, sold at auction and the county might bid but might not be high bidder etc. Right from the start a few people were like but a fire station would bring down high insurance rates…there have been a bunch of petty thefts and car break ins. Surprising how many non rich people now have cameras though and there have also been arrests because of it. I think certain kinds of teen mischief is doomed.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Just to clarify, I don’t think Nextdoor is bad overall. I found someone to foster the abandoned kittens that were born on the roof of our backyard bar on there, and the foster lady found homes for them via the app. I’ve found odds and ends I need, learned about events, etc. I just need to stay away from the Crime section!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷: The scariest thing is that this guy is an emergency fire responder. Kind of an iconoclast, and definitely an anti-authoritarian, but not fucking delusional. Or so I thought.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Fair Economist: She was often awful under the Bush years and I can’t believe she never got a solid primary challenge then, so I’ve been ambivalent about her, but she’s been a stalwart the last couple of years. I’ve said here before, her stance on health care, protecting the ACA, expanding Medicare by making it a public option, could/should be a model for Dems, especially the “red state” ones.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Uh…just curious, but…in what way did you think HRC was “often awful under the Bush years”?

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    katep says:

    My Next-door has had some vicious fights about school levies. Schools waste your money, teachers have summers off so they shouldn’t get raises, I had to walk to school so no reason for busing, blah, blah blah. Levy passed anyhow.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    He meant Feinstein, I assume.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    It takes all kinds.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Miss Bianca: @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷: Oh, oops, my goodness you’re right. Poor red-faced me!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Miss Bianca: Feinstein, not HRC. Voted for the war, first round of tax-cuts, for then torture-, now trump-, apologist Mukasey.

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    Citizen Alan says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    I believe he meant Fienstein.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Ah. Got it. I am going to have to step away from this blog before I hurt myself, I am obviously suffering from attention-deficit.

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    TriassicSands says:

    I recently received a card in the mail about signing up for Nextdoor. So, I went on line and started reading about it. The card went in the trash. I live in a small neighborhood and word of mouth seems to work.Nextd

    Nextdoor looks like another aspect of social media that could be very useful…and then Americans sign up. Or is that Amurkins?

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    Redshift says:

    Our Nextdoor is okay, and pretty boring. Mostly requests for recommendations for workmen and doctors. There was some good organizing on it a few months ago when a company in an industrial area that backs up to a nearby neighborhood tried to slip building an asphalt plant into a zoning request.

    On my mom’s, a neighbor recently had a freakout because she found cocoa tin in her back yard and declared that there must be “a dog poisoner” in the neighborhood. (My mom convinced her that a raccoon had probably carried it from a recycling bin.)

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    Pogonip says:

    @Betty Cracker: Ours doesn’t even have a crime section. Lost pets, found pets, giving away pets, selling this and that, who’s the best plumber, I’m looking for work, real estate ladies (for some reason men in real estate don’t use it around here), pyramid-scheme recruiting. If my area was dangerous enough to have an entire Nextdoor section devoted to crime I’d probably move.

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    @Ruckus:

    There was also Calvin Coolidge Worthington, with his “Go See Cal” slogan.

    …and his “dog” Spot*.

    *Spot was never a dog, Spot could be a tiger, an elephant….

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    BC in Illinois says:

    Never encountered Nextdoor, but what it reminds me of is the local newspapers of the past:

    1) NC small town “________ had a birthday party for 14 guests, with a Batman theme. Games were played.”

    2) WI small town/rural “_______ _______ had two visitors from St Louis last week. His sister _______ and her husband BC.”

    Gotta keep up on the news.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    I’m on it here in Charlotte, I remember one post specifically about a proposed mosque – the poster was, shall we say, not enamored of the idea. The first three responses were in support, at which time the OP responded “That WASN’T the response I was looking for!” Clown.

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    SFAW says:

    @Doug R:

    FFS you beat the British, beat the confederacy, finally put Capone behind bars, eventually helped beat the Nazis, double-tapped Bin Laden and you’re afraid of a bunch of gang-bangers?

    Well, in fairness, it wasn’t the people prone to be RWAs who did all that.

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    Juice Box says:

    So, I went at looked at Nextdoor again. Now they’re panicking over some bobcat sightings. Extra cool! Does anybody know whether it’s best to go looking for bobcats at dawn or at dusk?

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    SFAW says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    how tempted I’d be to step on the gas pedal instead of the brake.

    Not to be too pedantic, but I think temptation is generally associated with things you shouldn’t do.

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    Lynn Dee says:

    Ha. Nextdoor must be the same nationwide: Local threats (coyotes here in Southern California) + “I saw a stranger” stories.

    I walk my dog every night around 9:00. I fully expect to see me and Kobe on video one of these days: “Does anyone know this woman? She walks her dog every night and looks like she’s casing houses for possible break-ins.”

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    xjmuellerlurks says:

    Generally, our local Nextdoor is announcements, ads, and other mundane stuff. Some recent issues are installing speed bumps to control speeders, coyotes eating pets, and folks rendevousing (meeting, but in a seemingly nefarious way) in the neighborhood swimming pool/tennis courts parking lot. The speed bump thing generated dozens of comments/responses in a couple of days. Some were pretty heated. Who knew that speed bumps could evoke such passion?

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    centraltexas says:

    @Baud:

    She could post a warning about the head of a large gang of child kidnappers.

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    centraltexas says:

    @MattF:

    Not sure but my guess would be “the same as all social media” by selling whatever they can glean from your enrollment (name, address, family members, interests, hot-buttons, likely family income, etc) and your postings (concerns, products sought or endorsed, business services sought or endorsed, political leanings, etc). In short, productize and monetize your membership to anyone who will pay.

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