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Added May 04 2012

I check in this afternoon to EB. All is normal. I go, swim my laps, shower, ride back, open my EB and all of sudden there's Thanks and No Thanks.

Fill me in.

FYI, for EB mods/admins/employees, seeing this, for your next company meeting, to get extra points, tell the powers that be, there should be a place for all EB "members" like us, from all over the USA, to talk amongst ourselves about how EB is run. A forum on the blog (which sucks BTW.) or somehwere else, to talk amongst ourselves about how you design and run EB, and handle the everyday tasks.

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    P.S., pha que, as near as I can tell, EB has removed only one of all the posts you've made thus far - the one where you called the moderator an "overseer" and said she was going to delete ALL your posts AND your account if she didn't like you.

  • Gene 50 year resident of Jeff Park

    fascists!

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    God Save the Queen!

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    The usefulness of getting the individual posts by email - they can remove them from the web but they remain in your mailbox!

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    "God Save the Queen!"

    And how does this contribute to the discussion on Thanks and No Thanks?

  • Dirk Portage Park

    @Bob Kastigar. Sex Pistols reference to Gene 's jab at the powers that be. "God Save the Queen. And her fascist regime." All personality. We mean it man.

    Uh oh. I said God and Sex in the same post.

  • Josh. .

    The original concept of Every Block has been slightly polluted by the idle chat and irrelevant input by some. I for one am grateful to EB for making such a handy tool available in keeping neighbors informed and alerted of things important to each community. Since there is “no fee” to use Every Block .com, I feel I have no right to complain or fault any of the staff as they iron out this new system which I’m confident will continue to benefit each of us.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Not to mention if I insert a non-sequitor here, I'm doing it in the THREAD THAT I STARTED.

    Without those of us who inject noise every now and then into the signal, here in the 45th and 38th wards, this place would have no soul.

  • Josh. .

    Your doing what? Idle chat & irrelevent input?

    Natural reflex response there “Kenji” assuming my comment about idle chat & irrelevant input referred to you. Who was it that said “muting is for wausies”? Well, I feel the same about “no thanks” now.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    @josh, you are funny bird.

    If you are familiar with Usenet, muting was like plonking, using a killfile, on Usenet, and yes I thought it was for wussies there too.

    Speaking of Usenet, where's Tracy at with her opinions? Anyone seen her around? She's EB MIA.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    kenji: if you want to inject noise every now and then, why don't you start a separate thread for that? Why clutter up a discussion, stuff the email, with your own sense of humor and discouraging the rest of us from participating?

    Just because you started the discussion doesn't give you dominance.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    "Mute User" is the same as a killfile was in the old days on usenet.

    Today, usenet has marginal status simply because of the spammers and users who didn't really contribute much to the meaningful and useful discussions.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    @Monsieur Kastigar, if I start new thread in Kenji- Town, for just idle chit-chat would you participate and stick around even after you've been mauled a few times in it's discussions?

    You were on Usenet? chi.general? What was your handle?

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    @uncle bob, Usenet is yooge. OK it doesn't have the same flavor for text only groups it did back in the day, but for binaries it takes up huge bandwith.

    Usenet:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet

    FWIW, some of us here on EB have a long history being participants of Usenet.

  • Josh. .

    I dont mean to veer off topic, (LOL) but, I just noticed EB added the “no thanked” meter in member’s profile.

  • Gene 50 year resident of Jeff Park

    is that better than being muted?

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    give us a URL, Brother.

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    If you collect enough "no thanks" you receive the Fred Rogers Wag of the Finger Award and your cardigan sweater gets repossessed.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu0ZpE9bQGc

  • that's quite an avatar you've got there Kenji

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    no thank you

    it's all the rage

  • Josh. .

    Is that what Casper the friendly ghost looks like today?
    LOL

  • Gene 50 year resident of Jeff Park

    Casper,the friendly ghost,the friendliest ghost you know...

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    You already have a freedom of choice - if you don't like it don't look at it and don't use it.

    Why deny the rest of us the option?

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    kenji: if you want to inject noise every now and then, why don't you start a different thread for that?

    Why clutter up a discussion, stuff the email, with your own sense of humor and discouraging the rest of us from participating?

    Just because you started the discussion doesn't give you dominance.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    @Bobbie, take a peek 10 to 12 posts ago, in this thread. I asked you a question, which you didn't answer, and you also posted the exact same text as now a few hours ago.

    look up. ^

    fyi.

  • EveryBlock Becca Director of Community Management

    Hey everyone, thanks for your continued feedback on "no thanks." Adrian just updated our blog with some additional information about the steps we're taking and how you can help us. Please take a look: http://blog.everyblock.com/2012/may/21/nothanks2/

  • TLo

    I "No Thanksed" Becca. Just kidding, Becca!

  • Bike Jedi Bike Jedi . I live to bike . Born in the Square.

    TLo ..thats a hoot ...We should all do it just to screw with her ....Im not into the negativity of No thanks so I wont use it

  • Josh. .

    Becca, thanks for the update & the new final warning promt before giving someone a "no thanks".

    Also, I still have not heard back from Adrian regarding if all the Erroneous “no thanks” received from other members either confused or simply abused the new feature will eventually be deleted from a member’s profile.

  • Inactive user

    I think if the no thanks do not collapse the comment and if you do not list the number of no thanks received (or mutes for that matter) on the member's profile, it removes a lot of incentive for the petty to click it. People can judge on individual posts whether the no thanks are unfair, but not on a profile where they have no idea whether they were warranted. I don't believe that people have been confused when they click it, it is because they are seeking to collapse the post or run up the member's total no-thanks. Without that petty reward they may be discouraged.

  • Bike Jedi Bike Jedi . I live to bike . Born in the Square.

    It's clear the No thanks can be used as a Censorship tool and to make others look bad in the eyes of other posters ...I find nothing productive in that ...If you don't like what someone posts why dont you just say I dont like that idea ...I think X might be a better solution ...then you have discourse instead of people with an agenda getting your stuff axed ...

  • Josh. .

    Believe it or not there are some people who do not consider the rewards earned on EveryBlock as being “petty”. People work hard in establishing reputations by offering useful contributions while remaining helpful and friendly at all times. Perhaps the thumbs up or thumbs down given in some chat rooms or rant & rave forums can be considered “petty” but not here where the entire concept is based on being neighborly.

  • Inactive user

    I was referring to the people who no thank being petty. With your concern I would hope that you have never inappropriately no thanked someone.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    I did you once, intentionally. Just for kicks, early on.

  • Gene 50 year resident of Jeff Park

    I don't want to be stuck in purgatory with some weak willed sinners and a bunch of babies who hadn't been baptized.
    I want to go where someone knows the difference betwwen C sharp and D flat.

  • The moderation on this site is terrible too. I don't need eb to censor minor things for being off topic, I can skip or mute users if I want to. I wish there was a competitor that wasn't so sanitized.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    There is http://www.patch.com/ as an alternative, but it doesn't have Chicago - just a few adjacent suburbs.

    I don't see that Thanks/No-Thanks hassle, which I too think was a poorly conceived idea.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    @jm540. There's a popular place for chicago based talk that isn't sanitized. It's reddit.com. There's chicago based subreddits you might enjoy. r/chicago is the main chicago subreddit:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/chicago
    http://www.reddit.com/r/chicagofood/
    http://www.reddit.com/r/CityPorn
    http://www.reddit.com/r/chicagobeer/
    http://www.reddit.com/r/chibike
    http://www.reddit.com/r/ArtSceneChicago
    http://www.reddit.com/r/chicagocirclejerk

  • @kenji,
    Thanks! I'm an active redditor (I have my 4th cakeday coming up next month). I love r/chicago. I like EB for the extreme locality of it. I can read stuff from my block, I just wish it wasn't so heavily moderated.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    @jm540. Actually I don't think our posts here get looked at by EB employees unless another EB member sends a message to feedback or the no-thanks button gets clicked a ton.

    Imagine if it was like 4chan!

    Oh yeah, there's also Usenet too. Do you now about it?

  • Queen of Insanity reddit.com/r/greatnwside

    Usenet's dead.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Thank you, Shawn Michael Ritchie.

  • Queen of Insanity reddit.com/r/greatnwside

    OK, let me put it another way. "You know Usenet's dead when Kenji stops posting there, and posts almost exclusively on EB instead."

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Usenet isn't dead, it just is cluttered with a bunch of spam and other posts.

    You can figure out how to filter this out.

    And you don't need 5 "No Thanks" to get rid of the comments.

    Personally, I like usenet a lot better - it's completely free speech with no restrictions - unless you're subscribed to a moderated group.

    rec.humor.funny
    rec.humor.funny.moderated

  • Josh. .

    If EB plans to keep the NO THANKS feature in place as is, might I suggest also displaying the number of times each member NO THANKED another member just like the “THANKS” feature in thier profile. This way the habitual “NO THANKER” can still remain anonymous and also identify their excessive abuse/misuse.

  • Bike Jedi Bike Jedi . I live to bike . Born in the Square.

    Josh ... great idea .. I still think there should get rid of it ...Hell if you dont like what someone wrote why cant you just tell them and have discourse ?

  • Inactive user

    All caps is screaming. Not very neighborly.

  • Josh. .

    Cue Terrance in 3 , 2, 1…

  • Josh. .

    ^ LOL

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