VERY GOOD APP!
By CD in CC
This App has been helpful in so many ways - most of which were covered in the review above! Hearing the good - and the bad - from neighbors helps me, and am glad that my tips and my experiences over many years have been helpful to others. The most helpful to me are reports of crime, tips, and lost pets that I could possibly lookout for. But the lost pets are also the WORST - but probably most important - feature because there are so MANY, and most have no tags and/or microchips. It is really upsetting. We can remind people about getting I.D.’s and that a local law requires that pets be licensed/registered with the City. Our reminders may be annoying but if this App helps find/save even one animal, it is worth having. I have actually had a few technical problems with this App. Sometimes my incoming posts/emails stop appearing. My settings had not changed on my end but maybe something happens with the Network when the App software is updated. I have so far been able to solve my problems using the HELP feature and/or a prompt response from one of the “Reps”. I do wish there were maps that show the street “boundaries” of each neighborhood. It would help when choosing which neighborhoods to add to my mailing list or give me an idea where the crimes are happening without anyone having to give any street name if they do not want to.
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.
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!!
App is pretty good when it works. It would be great to see a complete deletion of inbox messages rather than archiving. It’s not hard to implement. Otherwise, it’s a good app to keep track of what is going on in your neighborhood/area. Not happy with the fact that there are times when NextDoor is down. What I find hilarious about the app is it’s informative in letting you know who the crazies/gossipers/busybodies are in your neighborhood. It’s entertaining for sure.
Wow, even though the hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm, this app has been a failure at consistently working during this time. There are critical communications that are always updated in my area through this app and all I have seen is a try again later message. I'm not the only neighbor in my area that has had this issue. If you have an urgent message to communicate to your community or need to stay up to date with info from local offices of emergency management notifications, use Facebook. This app has been truly disappointing. Haven't been able to check my community feed for the last hour. My area is under a flood warning, flash flood watch, tornado watch and tornado warning. I'd suggest Facebook, the FEMA app as well as the Red Cross app during times when receiving critical information can help you and your family.
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.
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.
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.
Awesome APP why didn’t any think of this sooner?!?
Ok so let’s admit it, community and neighborhood values have changed in the past days 10 years. We no longer know our neighbors it’s just not the same. Technology may be part of the reason why, amongst other reasons too but hey if technology is keeping neighbors isolated and not out talking to one another then why not use it to our advantage right? .. and that is why I appreciate this App so much. It’s a place to share good news, bad news, warnings/alerts... missing pets/items...offer refer promote or inquire about services ... pitch ideas and generally just communicate with one another. It helps maintain a safer surrounding Keeps people aware and informed and I guess is the new way to be a neighborhood.. take what I can get but I have to admit so far there’s been at least 3 incidents in which this app has benefited me personally ... it’s great. Get your neighborhood involved guys.. it can’t hurt but I can help. Totally recommend the neighborhood app...at least check it out. Thanks to the developers ... one app I’m sure of is this one. Love it!