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Old 04-28-2016, 11:45 AM   #21
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it's great - my house got egged two years ago and I posted a rant and four hours later the football coach called me and they were over there cleaning my house
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:46 AM   #22
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My neighborhood already has a Facebook page on which residents can post about topics of interest like lost pets, suspicious strangers, street repairs, houses recently put on the market, welcoming new neighbors, new businesses in the neighborhood, and so on.
Fb isn't policed as well as nextdoor - you actually have to live in the neighborhood to get verified
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Looks like I must provide my email before I can see if there is an active group in my neighborhood?

We have a Yahoo! Groups community site and it works well but we have too many participants that will not use PM instead of replying on the forum. I thought maybe nextdoor.com might be less cluttered.
I thought so too. But if you Google nextdoor with your city-state or neighborhood (e.g "nextdoor Indianapolis IN - there are 566 Indy neighborhoods already online), it shows all active neighborhoods near that city. Pretty complete. They claim there are already thousands of neighborhood forums established.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:56 AM   #24
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My neighborhood already has a Facebook page on which residents can post about topics of interest like lost pets, suspicious strangers, street repairs, houses recently put on the market, welcoming new neighbors, new businesses in the neighborhood, and so on.
Fb isn't policed as well as nextdoor - you actually have to live in the neighborhood to get verified
Get verified I'm not sure what you mean. I haven't seen a single Facebook post that was made by an outsider, if that is what you mean. My neighborhood is small and extremely stable (most have lived here 50+ years), so that may be why it works for us.
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Get verified I'm not sure what you mean. I haven't seen a single Facebook post that was made by an outsider, if that is what you mean. My neighborhood is small and extremely stable (most have lived here 50+ years), so that may be why it works for us.
nextdoor has one or two people that live in the neighborhood verify that you actually live where you say you live before you can join

FB isn't that strict, it depends on the group moderator
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nextdoor has one or two people that live in the neighborhood verify that you actually live where you say you live before you can join

FB isn't that strict, it depends on the group moderator
Oh! Thanks for the explanation. Yes, of course we have a responsible group moderator who lives here and knows everyone. This has never been an issue at all.
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Get verified I'm not sure what you mean. I haven't seen a single Facebook post that was made by an outsider, if that is what you mean. My neighborhood is small and extremely stable (most have lived here 50+ years), so that may be why it works for us.
Our neighborhood also uses a private Facebook group, no hurdles to jump through and only residents can join the private group. Only requirement is you have to be on Facebook.
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:26 PM   #28
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I thought so too. But if you Google nextdoor with your city-state or neighborhood (e.g "nextdoor Indianapolis IN - there are 566 Indy neighborhoods already online), it shows all active neighborhoods near that city. Pretty complete. They claim there are already thousands of neighborhood forums established.
Thanks! I actually already tried that with no results but when I copied your format exactly it came up with 48 hits. None of these are actually close to me so at least I know I'm not missing out on anything.
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DW and I have used it for a couple years. Seems harmless enough. I've only posted one time and I don't think she ever has, but we frequently discuss topics that come up. I've yet to see any feuds or bullying, and political stuff gets quickly moderated. I get a daily email summary of new posts and click if something interests me. I probably click on one or two topics every day. Our local police department uses it for official announcements. The City has also used it for official announcements about upcoming street closures/repairs/timing/etc, which I find to be very useful. I'm not sure how effectively that could be accomplished with a Facebook group.
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I'm curious what you mean by this.

I don't see it as any different than my use of this board. I choose not to get notifications of new posts on either. So I read both just when I choose and can read either on computer or phone.


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Item: Quickly get the word out about nighborhood break ins, lost dogs etc.

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Based on this thread I signed up only to find that I'm the only one in my neighborhood or even nearby. sigh.
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Based on this thread I signed up only to find that I'm the only one in my neighborhood or even nearby. sigh.
yeah it kinda only works if you have a bunch of neighbors on it...maybe more will join
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There are a number of neighborhoods shown on their map in my area, but none of them include my street.
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yeah it kinda only works if you have a bunch of neighbors on it...maybe more will join
Invite them to join as my neighbor did me and I others. My understanding is that's the only way...you need an invite from one of your neighbors, although that may have changed in the past years.
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yeah it kinda only works if you have a bunch of neighbors on it...maybe more will join
So you have to have neighbors?
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:03 AM   #36
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While I have never heard of nextdoor.com we have something similar here... Front Porch Forum... you can join your town and adjoining towns... posts typically are people who have stuff available for sale or free... people looking for stuff.... local political issues... etc.

I post there occasionally and get an email summarizing posts every day from my town and an adjoining town every day. Our towns are probably like your neighborhoods (1,500 and 3,000, population respectively).
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I was an early adopter when our local police starting using it. I think it's a pretty effective tool and is worthwhile. I am our neighborhood lead (aka moderator) and am able to control the unruly folks without too much issue. We did have an issue for a while with folks posting commercial stuff (Realtor listings,etc) but I have been very aggressive on keeping that at bay.

Bottom line, I like it and have yet to see any ramifications (unsolicited emails, robot robocalls, etc.) that would dissuade me from using it.

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We have nextdoor in our neighborhood and it is quite active. Only a few times have the moderators had to step in and curtail a thread

It is a great way for information sharing. You post that you are looking for a service provider (doctor, lawyer, indian chief) and you will get at least a dozen or so options posted in reply.

It seems that a lot of neighbors that I might not talk with routinely have an electrician, plumber, painter, etc that I have called upon and been VERY satisfied
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Fb isn't policed as well as nextdoor - you actually have to live in the neighborhood to get verified
So how do you get verified, I'm not keen to publicly post my name and address so someone can verify me.
Am I able to "see" who is already on it, to select who could verify me ?

Seems like a chicken and egg issue.
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So how do you get verified, I'm not keen to publicly post my name and address so someone can verify me.
Am I able to "see" who is already on it, to select who could verify me ?

Seems like a chicken and egg issue.
I don't remember. I think someone has to verify you when you sign up.
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