Great to be part of the Neighborhood!
I enjoy this app for the most part and find the good outweighs the bad for me. I like that our neighborhood beat cop can post information and alerts; it has an option to list items for sale or go to the marketplace if you’re shopping; keeps me updated on road closures/construction; neighbors can post/reply to each other - we’ve discussed alternatives to our local cable company; neighbors reporting suspicious activity and one even uploaded a surveillance video of someone stealing a package off their porch)...and the like. Plus you can choose how large you want your neighborhood to be - the whole city or specific neighborhoods. What I don’t like is really only the lost/found pets posts. When i first joined, I saw a post and thought how useful this is, what a beneficial service - and it totally is! But I had no idea how many animals go missing or are found in my area. Easily 4 posts per day on different animals - so I get 4 emails that day - because I get a new email for each new post (not the replies to them, thank goodness). Now I could alleviate this by reducing my neighborhood area, or by opting out of email alerts - either of which I want to do because I like to keep up with what’s going on in my area - I guess I’m a cyber-Mrs. Cravitts. Anyway, I think most people, even student renters, would like this app.
My neighborhood was icky
I moved so I hope my experience improves. It's not the fault of the app at all; I lived in an awful HOA heavy neighborhood with dreadful neighbors completely uninterested in meeting the people next door to them for 3 years but 1 on 1 through the app they were fine. I've moved 3.5 miles where "no HOA!" is a feature and I can't figure out how to get myself out of the cold and unfriendly bedroom community up atop the Mesa. What do I do?
I wasn't aware of some of the features of the app until I wanted to get away from No Lawn Art land- can I see who my neighbors are? Huh. That's kinda nice down here where we talk to each other since I'm not sure what the name of woman is who threw away my $5-$50-$200 pots and my just started cuttings from plants taken from all over the US - 10 year old lilac, oak, cottonwood, and more bonsai, my recreations of ponds… because having them in a small part of her yard for 2 weeks was too much for her, although I'd promised to replant and re-do a garden bed for her. The premise of the app is marvelous; yet some people are too cold and self absorbed to understand the value of reaching out to people. To anyone. I've never lived near people, their dogs, their cats and remained strangers.
Acts of kindness recharge us. For years, as a counter balance to my dysfunctional family I wore a bracelet that said "measure your life by acts of goodness, not by years alone"
By Alison Gilroy
This app can be very helpful for people new to the area and for lost and found pets, etc.
However it can also be a big source of stress and/or anxiety! Because people being people means there will be those who agree with you but then there will always be those who do not. Thats fine. But when its expressed in combative and/or hostile or mocking tones it isnt a pleasure. People seem to revert to middle school mentality at times and behave in very unkind and very pessimistic ways. This journey of life that we're all on together could be so much better if ee in fact conducted ourselves with respect, kindness, positive outlook, and the golden rule;
If you cant say anything nice, dont say nothing at all! Think, will any good result from my comment? Will anyone be hurt or offended by my comment? Maybe I shouldnt make that comment?
I just think that life, and the world in general, would be so much sweeter if we all behaved as though we actually cared about each other! Whats the line in the song used on the commercial last fall? "We are life. We are one. We are HOW WE TREAT EACH OTHER WHEN THE DAY IS DONE"
That is so true! So why cant we treat each other better?! I dare you all to be nice and to be optimistic for one week. Keep track of daily bullet points so at end of week you can access. Good luck keeping cool all!!
After a year I’m suspended
By Momof6 K
Hi. I received an email from Rebecca with no last name saying that there are members that have an issue with my screen name on Nextdoor. Why? If you view my history I have not caused any issues. I have attempted to sell things and I have given things away with no issue. I have been in the area for some time now and a member of Nextdoor for a little more than one year I believe and never has there been an issue with my name before today. My “neighbors” will never “know” me. I’m not out in the community and I keep to myself. My last name is real and just as Rebecca chose not to provide her last name to the email sent to me I should have the right not to provide my first name. How I choose to identify myself isn’t relevant to my behavior on the Nextdoor site. I could be Lisa Standsfield, but you would never know otherwise and i take major offense in you suspending my account as a result. How do I know that Rebecca is really a member? Or is in charge of Nextdoor compliance. Or is who she says she is? Here’s the other thing my name isn’t common first or last. I vote and pay taxes, but I can’t omit my first name on your system? A system I don’t even use that often? Really? Keep your account access. Knowledge of me on the Nextdoor app doesn’t in anyway affect my standing or lack there of in the community. You are wrong on so many levels.
Great idea, poor design
I love the concept of Next Door, and, it makes it possible to communicate with neighbors, without face-to-face contacts, of which I am very reclusive. However, the design, while usable, in most respects, could be greatly enhanced by inclusion of accessibility considerations in the overall design and coding. It is much more difficult to use, than it needs to be, for those of us who do not have the luxury of sight! It is a bit ironic, because, the goal of the project seems to be inclusion, and bringing people together, but excluding people who use alternatives to vision for accessing information, seems to not even occur to the developers. I have offered to help, in this regard, but those offers have mostly gone unheeded, which is disappointing, and indicates indifference, rather than unawareness. People who cannot see are equal members of the community, and want to be productive, contributing neighbors. Please don’t deprive anyone from the opportunity to fully participate, by knowingly, excluding them. Eye candy does not have to be compromised in order to make an app or website more usable for those who do not benefit from it. Function is always more important than form, in development and implementation of any program.
Originally I was just using Safari to access it once in a blue moon when I would see a new post update in my email. Last night my husband and I went to my parents for dinner. When we arrived home we found all 3 of our dogs had squeezed under our privacy fence and were gone. 2 of them were at our neighbor’s across from us. Our 3rd dog is special and just keeps wandering aimlessly no matter what. He’s a stocky pittie and is over the top sweet (would help a burglar carry our belongings out of our house very some love) so I was very afraid the wrong person would get their hands on him. After searching through the farms down the way, driving around trying to see in the dark, having a friend to search all different lost & found websites I finally remembered the nextdoor app. As soon as I pulled it up, sure enough, there he was in photos at someone’s house two roads over. I’ve always found this app interesting and somewhat resourceful for my husband’s side work but I didn’t think it would be that extremely helpful on my main screen so I never downloaded it until today lol. From now on it’s staying on my main screen.
Your satisfaction will depend on your expectations
By The Pragmatic Corvid
I’ve been a Nextdoor user for several years. I’ve found it to be an excellent place to post things I have for sale (as long as they’re not vegetables from my garden, eggs from my chickens, quilts I’ve made, etc.). My neighbors have also kept me informed about various criminal activities in the area, events that might disrupt my commute, contractors both good and questionable, and opening dates for new businesses.
On the other hand, discussions about serious and meaningful topics are often flagged for removal, even if the discussion is lively and respectful. Nextdoor policies also prohibit neighbors posting services they offer (babysitting, dog walking, house-sitting, etc.) unless the person creates a business page (a bureaucratic tangle few individuals are willing to navigate). Finally, it’s entirely too easy to flag someone’s post without first contacting them to explain the problem.
So, if all you’re looking for is an online forum to learn about which roofers are dependable or get rid of that old furniture cluttering up your garage, you’ll be happy with Nextdoor. If you’re thinking you’ll have a place to discuss the positions of your local elected representative or the merits of proposed legislation, or let everyone nearby know about your side business, you’ll likely be disappointed.
Poorly monitored/managed application for neighbors that truly care about their neighborhoods
First off they allow ads for puppies and kittens To be given away for free. It’s a known fact that this encourages those looking for bait for training their fighting dogs and good for their large snakes to pick up these animals. Applications that care about the welfare of animals do not allow ads that list them as free for this simple fact. Secondly the application is full of ads for all kinds of items pasted in between the posts. Thirdly I wrote a post asking my neighbors if they knew when google fiber was going to be installed in my neighborhood as their contractors had put up “no parking “ signs in front of all our homes two weeks ago but no one had started working. I stated in my post that I was asking because I had contractors coming to work on my home that would have to park in front of my home and that I had called the construction hotline provided to us but they did not know when the work would start or who was going to be doing the work so I couldn’t even try calling the contractor to ask. Next door sent me an email an hour after I posted this stating they removed my post because it was “soapbox “. Not sure how that is determined but definitely not an app that is interested in neighbors gathering and sharing information that is pertaining to them.
Great app during a natural disaster
I’m from Ventura which was greatly affected by the Thomas fire, the largest wildfire to date in California. This app was the best way our city communicated with us during the 3 weeks the fire burned. Through this app, the city was able to quickly post information as they received it about the fire, when people could return home, where to pick up free masks for the smoke and workshops and resources for those who lost their home. Even after the fire was finally put out and the news crews left, neighbors in the affected areas who had lost their home were exchanging information about how to clear the debris, reporting suspicious activity and exchanging experiences trying to manage their insurance claims. I have learned about the difficulties of rebuilding after a natural disaster through this app.
I thought this app was mostly just to buy and sell things with rude people but once our city went through a disaster, this app became invaluable, informative and helpful for everyone in our city. To the Nextdoor app team, thank you for playing an integral part in our city’s ongoing recovery.
Toxic White Privilege
I joined this all because I liked the idea of getting involved in neighborhood. Come to find out, my neighbors are a bunch of bullies. If you don’t agree with them or try standing up to them, they will ban you. The group leads will delete your posts and censor your voice if it isn’t in accordance with their own personal views. This creates a lot of hostility between neighbors, which I’ve seen turn into verbal assault. The app caters to prejudice and racism, the neighbors spend most of their time bickering and tearing each other down, if you ask them to stop they will report you and your post will be removed. The app also doesn’t allow you to delete any messages or to block anyone, allowing harassment to run rampant.
It seems this app doesn’t want you to have a voice if you don’t have a hive mind, they discourage individuality. NextDoor has helped expose my neighbors for the two faced individuals they are. They may smile at you on the sidewalks, but they will most certainly be talking about you to their friends on this app. I’ve met a couple of well-meaning neighbors on the app, but they’ve also received a ban for standing up to the hive. Until we stop persecuting our neighbors, and allow freedom of speech, this app will just add to the toxicity of our society.