- How can I get to know my neighbors better on EveryBlock?
Tell your neighbors a little bit about yourself by making sure you've uploaded a profile photo, short bio and completed your profile page. You can do this by selecting the account menu in the top right corner of the page and selecting "Manage your settings." (Make sure you're logged in first.)
Once you've completed your profile, the best way to get to know your neighbors is to dive into the conversation. Post comments on news items or existing neighbor messages, and post your own neighbor messages if you have specific topics in mind or messages you'd like to share.
- Invite your friends
Since EveryBlock just isn’t the same without the people who bring your neighborhood to life, we’ve made it even easier for you to invite your friends and neighbors to sign up. You can add friends from your Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! or other address books with just a few clicks.
To access the "invite your friends" page, click on the account menu in the top right corner of any EveryBlock page and you'll see a link at the top of the list. You can use the pre-written message or customize your own message and include links to EveryBlock pages of interest (like an interesting neighbor message or juicy media mention about the neighborhood).
EveryBlock gets even better as more neighbors come on board, so don't be shy about helping us spread the word.
- Mute, hide thread, report
Don’t like what you see? You have options! If someone’s responses are rubbing you the wrong way but they haven’t violated the EveryBlock guidelines, you can Mute them. The "Mute" button is available on every new message; if you want to mute a commenter, simply click the orange icon next to any user’s name on a post or comment.
You will never see neighbor messages from muted users, and their comments on other discussions will be hidden from view. If you would like to read a comment from a muted user, you can expand it and read it without unmuting them.
Never want to see a thread or category again? Hide will take care of that from the original message. Click the gear box on the lower right corner of a message and click the "Hide this post" link, or the “Hide category” link.
Finally, if a discussion or user’s getting out of hand and violating the EveryBlock community guidelines, use the "unneighborly" link to alert the moderators.
- Send a private message
To turn on this feature, click on the account menu in the top right corner of the page and select "Manage your settings." Click on the "Email" link on the right side of the page. Then, look for the “connecting with your neighbors” heading and mark the checkbox. (We have turned this option off by default for all our existing users because we didn’t want to catch anyone by surprise.)
If you’d like to send an EveryBlock neighbor an email message, first go to his or her profile page. If your neighbor has enabled this feature, you’ll see “send email” in the right side.