[conspire] (forw) Reminder that we are NextDoor's product, not customers

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Feb 14 20:03:28 PST 2021

[Archivist's note: This is round one (Feb. 2021). Round two (Nov. 2021) is here and here.]

Not in _any_ way surprising.

----- Forwarded message from Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> -----

Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2021 20:00:54 -0800
From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
To: [a friend who is a NextDoor community lead]
Subject: Reminder that we are NextDoor's product, not customers

I refreshed my NextDoor tab, and behold!

  Account temporarily disabled

  Your account has been temporarily disabled for a violation of this
  Community Guideline:

  Be respectful to your neighbours
  We want all neighbours to feel welcome, safe, and respected on Nextdoor.
  When conversations turn disagreeable, everyone on Nextdoor suffers.  Our
  Guidelines prohibit posts and replies that discriminate against, attack,
  insult, shame, bully, or belittle others.

  Learn moreabout this guideline and our moderation process.
  Sign in again in 4 days (Feb 18)

Predictably, there would never be detail cited, but I can guess:

Yesterday, in one of the threads about Michael Thomas Cheek, the 'sexual
violent predator' proposed to be released to Emerald Hills, Redwood
City, one woman decided to use the thread to suggest that the release
was to punish the community, and that it was part of an aim to bring
about "melting pot" damage.

Another commenter asked her to please explain this comment.  I seconded,
saying it seemed suspiciously like dog-whistling to white supremacists, 
and that the charge of forcing a "melting pot" on the hilly and
expensive suburbs above Redwood City by placing someone named Michael
Thomas Cheek there is a little comical, the person being not what one
would call ethnic.

The same woman also claimed in that thread that sexual abuse of 
children has no legal penalty in Greece.  I pointed out that this was
erroneous, cited links to the specific parts of the Greek Penal Code
that make child sexual abuse a serious crime, and suggested she should
please retract the claim and apologise to Greek readers, as there is no
universe in which that is not offensive to that entire nation, not to
mention being flat-out factually incorrect.  And I asked her to 
please do basic checking of such claims in the future before making

I'm pretty certain it was one or both of those two.  Probably both.

Anyway, it's good to know that NextDoor's moderators are protecting
racists and xenophobics against the horror of being told their claims
are mistaken and consequently feeling bad.  Well done!

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