12/24/2015 at 11:55 pm #83235
Frankly folks, I’m not even entirely sure if this place even qualifies for life support anymore. It seems we have pulled the plug at this point from the looks of things does it not?
Happy holidays to you and yours, and to all a good forum.12/25/2015 at 6:13 pm #83236
Happy Holidays to you, too, SHM, and to all the lurkers (um, both of you? Hey, is this thing on?)12/26/2015 at 10:04 pm #83237
Once it boiled down to cranky old ladies talking nonsense, pointless squabbles, and people bitching about the homeless, everyone left. imho. I miss sparing with 1derfull1, even some of the trolls where more entertaining than this. I can’t even get off a Ted Nugent joke anymore, maybe when The Donald swears in things will pick up.12/26/2015 at 10:58 pm #83238
Yeah, the forum got schlonged. What ever happened to Oly or Chopper74?12/27/2015 at 9:56 am #83239
Where are the hobo advocates? The bums are trashing Ballard, but you probably don’t notice it unless you get out of your car and walk. Thank goodness for the rain!12/27/2015 at 1:16 pm #83240
I look in a couple of times a month, but there is rarely anything to comment on. When it was down for so long and then people had trouble reregistering for the new format, people just dropped out.
You can still comment on homeless people on Next Door. But back in the day, this group was way more entertaining.12/27/2015 at 5:00 pm #83241
I still check the posts here, if there are any! but the truth is that Nextdoor is a much better conduit for sharing information about the neighborhood. You can’t be anonymous, the people that run it are on accessible and respond to complaints and suggestions, (sorry Geeky Swedes) and people are willing to share information, make comments and not be afraid that some idiot is going to attack them/ As far as I am concerned Nextdoor is a wonderful asset to the local communities.
FWIW the posts and interactions that have been going on on Nextdoor Ballard and Magnolia have resulted in SPD, SPU and the Mayors office actually doing something about the problems.12/27/2015 at 5:09 pm #83242
I will add that a few years ago, maybe 3 or 4, MayBallard was a fun forum to be a part of. People had a sense of humor and interacted in a fun way. I made quite a few friends from being active here, but then the trolls started dropping by and I think people got fed up with the lack of response from the web support team and also the software upgrade that they did which resulted in people being unable to log in or post and all kinds of problems contributed to the demise of the forum.
I do miss the quirky posts and the odd characters that posted here and the helpful, knowledgeable folks that would post great info. But I really do not miss all the nasty comments and attacks the went on over the years.
Anyway, Nextdoor is where it is at for now. Things are getting done there, people are organising and positive change is being made in our communities because of the ability to communicate with others in a safe online environment.12/27/2015 at 5:24 pm #83243
I’ve heard people speak well of NextDoor, but when I read that Ballard was segmented into multiple sub-neighborhoods, I didn’t want to contend with all those different forums.
Plus I don’t like having to fork over personal information to see what the content even looks like.12/28/2015 at 9:46 am #83244
GAM- it is actually not that bad, you can select the neighborhoods that yo participate in and block others and you only have to make your name and your street visible to others. You can limit the amount of info other people can see but you do need to use your “real” name and give the manages your real email and other info to be able to participate. I really like it and it is working, people are connecting with each other in a positive way and getting things done. Like the guy who works at Windermere office on Market that has been using his own truck to collect the abandoned shopping carts along the Burke Gilman trail and returning them to the stores or the people that have organised meeting to talk about the homeless situation in Ballard etc. Great community activism that all came about from people sharing info and comments on the Nextdoor forums.
Something like that did happen here a few years ago but not any more.12/28/2015 at 9:54 am #83245
Veggie, thanks for the info, but I don’t see anything getting done except more creeps migrating into the hobo utopia.
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