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A message to a vocal Nextdoor user...

2019-09-19 22:54:28.407481+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Got asked to send a message to a particularly vocal Nextdoor user, gonna toss my message in the comments for future retrieval...

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#Comment Re: A message to a vocal Nextdoor user... made: 2019-09-19 22:55:16.484537+00 by: Dan Lyke

Hi [elided],

For better or worse, I somehow ended up with the "neighborhood lead" flag set on my Nextdoor account, for the "Upper Mountain View" neighborhood. As you might imagine, the last few days have resulted in a lot of messages from Nextdoor asking me to evaluate and vote on whether or not various posts should stay up. For the most part, I have given up on any attempt to have informed discussions on Nextdoor, so I just ignore these, but I've gotten several messages from leads of other neighborhoods asking me to reach out to you, specifically.

Nextdoor asks us volunteers to evaluate reported messages based on the criteria listed at https://help.nextdoor.com/s/ar...reporting-content?language=en_US and asks us to vote on whether or not we feel that the reported messages fall under these guidelines for removal.

As I said, I haven't been participating much in the current round of messages, but it is the case that for any message removal a reasonable number of people have looked at the message and decided that the way the message expressed itself fell afoul of one of those guidelines.

Hopefully all of those people are acting in good faith, and agreeing that it isn't the beliefs expressed in the message as much as the form of the message that's the problem. So if a message disappears from Nextdoor, that's the result of a number of people agreeing that the tone of the message, not the content, is a problem.

As I said, I've really kind of given up on any hope of informed discussion on Nextdoor, but since other people have asked me to step forward: Please, read over the guidelines I linked to, realize that those of us who've ended up as those who make decisions on the content of Nextdoor really would like a virtual space that honors multiple viewpoints and informed discussion, and we don't vote for message removal lightly.

But the current trend of messages is for a few people posting an awful lot, and it feels to us like there's a lot of speculation and vitriol that could be replaced with information and understanding if people took a little while longer to compose their messages, and to grasp the bigger picture in which decisions are being made.


#Comment Re: A message to a vocal Nextdoor user... made: 2019-09-21 14:33:56.498278+00 by: markd

Did you get any response?

#Comment Re: A message to a vocal Nextdoor user... made: 2019-09-21 19:12:00.201797+00 by: Dan Lyke

No but/and: Apparently the Nextdoor moderation process had kicked this person off sometime in between the "please say something to this person" and when I got a response from another moderator I'd Bcc'd this to.

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