<== LINK to NEXTDOOR FACILITY
WHAT IS IT:
NEXTDOOR is a third-party web facility, totally independent and separate from
the Saddle Lake Farms (SLF) website, and no content or function or use of data
you might provide to it are in anyway the views, opinions, or comments or the
responsibility of the SLF Association. All information contained in
NextDoor is unofficial, and is not correspondence from the Saddle Lake Farms
Association. The SLF website will continue to be the official website SLF
Association information. Please be aware of the below stated details and
caveats before using NextDoor.
For some time now, there has
been a need for (and a desire to provide) a facility for neighbors to be able to
post (and to look for) things for sale to SLF residents, by SLF residents, as
well as other things like discussion groups, neighbor profile pages, social
Beth Bryan (who is also the
Special Events Committee chairperson for the SLF Association) has found a free
third party website called "NextDoor" (or ND for short) which addresses these
Developing such facilities
in-house would have required a large investment in time and work, so the SLF
Association (Association) decided to setup ND for SLF folks' use, and to inform
of such, via this M2M (recall an "M2M" is an email sent from the Association to
the entire SLF community). Beth has taken the lead on this setup and is
the liaison to the Information Committee to coordinate ND's functions with those
of the SLF website.
NextDoor is intended to
provide the following functions:
Lost & Found
So basically, ND would be
SLF's own "Facebook", "Angie's List", and "Craig's List" rolled into one place
for SLF folks only.
SLF ONLY - It is for SLF folks only
because of one very attractive feature - according to the advertised
specifications of ND, only SLF Folks are allowed to sign up! So you
have a certain level of assurance that anyone you are dealing with is a member
of the SLF community. In the initial setup, the ND software required the
input of the geographical boundary of SLF for the purpose of only allowing folks
that reside within that geographical area to register and sign-in.
MAIN PURPOSE - is to provide a forum for
light-hearted discussion for community events, activities as well as to provide
opportunities for posting (and reading of posts) regarding its other intended
uses listed above.
DETAILS & COORDINATION:
So as not to duplicate, or
overlap with, existing SLF website functions, the following elaborates on the
detail of how the above listed ND functions coordinate with the SLF website:
Bulletin Board - Currently there is a
"Bulletin Board" page on the SLF website whose use has been to post informative
messages from the SLF Association to the community. As we all know, the
traditional use for a Bulletin Board (like one in a break room or by an
elevator, for instance) has been for interactive use by individuals. The new
(ND) Bulletin Board will be of that nature:
SLF website Bulletin Board
page will remain, but will be renamed to better reflect its function - something
along the lines of "Board Messages". And the link to it will remain in same
place on the homepage
ND Bulletin Board will be of
the traditional-style, and to be used for:
SLF folks to post items they
have for sale or services they wish to provide
People desiring the posting
will post directly themselves. Moderator (Lead) will periodically monitor for
appropriateness (and may delete undesirable entries), but will not post entries.
ND Categories "Classifieds",
"Free Items" & "Recommendations" fit this use well.
Lost & Found - Where this could be viewed
as part of the Bulletin Board, it will be separate here, and will totally
replace the SLF website (L/F) page
SLF website page to be
deleted - if there is an entry currently on that page that you wish to remain on
the L/F page, please create a like entry on the new L/F page (on ND). The SLF
page will remain for a period of time (at least until the end of the year) for
Place (on SLF website
homepage) where this link is currently will be replaced with a link to this new
ND Lost/Found will replace
the SLF Lost/Found page:
SLF folks to post items,
either that they lost, or that they found
People desiring the posting
will post directly themselves. And as for all ND postings, the Lead can delete
inappropriate posting as detected and as they so determine.
Current SLF website L/F page
entries will NOT be carried over - it is up the any individual SLF resident to
create a new ND L/F entry if they wish the entry to remain.
Current SLF website L/F page
will remain until the end of 2015, but will not be updated.
ND Category (name of ND
category fitting this function): Lost & Found
M2M will be sent in
conjunction with an L/F entry PROVIDED THE SLF WEBMASTER IS SO INFORMED. Again, ND is completely separate
from the SLF website, and the SLF Webmaster will not be monitoring the NextDoor
L/F page for new entries.
In the past, when the SLF
Webmaster created a new posting on the SLF website L/F page, the Webmaster also
sent an M2M so that each SLF resident would know immediately, rather than at the
next time they logged-on the website. A L/F item, especially if a pet, is
generally of an urgent nature, and not appropriate to just rely on community
logging-in to the website, and more appropriately warrants an email.
The SLF Webmaster will NOT be
monitoring the ND L/F page, so when someone creates and posts an entry there, it
is Highly Recommended that they also contact the SLF Webmaster with such so
that an M2M can be sent in a timely manner.
Neighbor Profiles - A new facility, so there is
nothing on the SLF website to coordinate with, other than possibly the Community
A place for neighbors to list
information about themselves
May want to also refer to the
Community Directory (on SLF website) and/or the "Booklet" listed there which
cross-references with Lot#s and Maps for ease of locating neighbors.
Community Directory will
remain official SLF Association information (for such info it contains), so
please be sure to contact the Webmaster with any updates or incorrect/incomplete
information therein. For the purposes and uses of the Association, the
Community Directory will be considered official and accurate.
Discussion Groups - A new facility, so there is
nothing on the SLF website to coordinate with.
A place for neighbors to
discuss various neighborhood events, activities, and issues:
Various special interest
groups, perhaps, such as a "Seniors" group, or some interest in a particular
hobby, just to name a few possibilities. Clearly a broad scope.
Above all - keep in mind that
even though this is limited to SLF, it is public within that scope, and all
posts should be light-hearted and kind-spirited. Please refrain from discussion
and comments of controversial issues; no one should leave the NextDoor site
feeling saddened or offended.
A place where planned
neighborhood events could be listed, discussed, and planned:
Could be non-Association
sponsored, such as someone inviting neighbors to their Friday night card game,
or outdoor grilling, etc
Could serve as an additional
place to notify neighborhood of an Association sponsored event (i.e., an event
planned and held by the SLF Special Events Committee - note, per the below
"Social Events" bullet-item, that such info is unofficial and that official info
would reside on the SLF website).
Regardless of sponsorship of
the activity, this discussion group could be used to help coordinate the
activity, such as who-brings-what at a potluck, etc (i.e., could be used to
flesh-out the event planning details)
This would be the "GROUPS"
link (on the ND homepage)
Social Events -
Currently we have an Events Calendar on the SLF website. This page
will remain in its current form and function, and will remain the Official
Events Calendar for the Association and its committees (including the Special
Events committee). Information about neighborhood events and activities (both
sponsored by the Association and those that may not be) can be posted on ND, but
only information posted to the SLF website Events Calendar (and/or posted on the
SLF website homepage) will be officially from the Association. Recall that any
SLF resident can post to ND, so there can be no assurance by the Association as
to the validity or accuracy of such posting, nor whether or not such event is
sponsored by the Association. All Association events (and information from the
Association regarding such events) will be posted to the SLF website, via the
Events Calendar and/or the homepage. Such info may also be duplicated on ND,
but that is beyond the control of the Association.
SLF Events Calendar (and SLF
website homepage entries) remains official vehicle for Association sponsored events information.
ND Events entries may
possibly duplicate info on the SLF Events Calendar. Note that in addition to and event being listed on the ND calendar, there
may also be an ND discussion group devoted to fleshing-out the details for the
events (see note above).
If any confusion regarding info on the SLF website Events Calendar on info
for a particular event listed on ND, please contact the Special Events Committee
chairperson (currently Beth Bryan, at the time of writing of this M2M).
Whereas NextDoor is separate from the SLF Association and not connected with the
SLF website, there will be an ongoing attempt to coordinate and synchronize
certain parts of each, such as the Events Calendars of each, the sending of M2Ms
for Lost/Found items, and any other area where the two either overlap are would
benefit from synchronization or coordination. Thus one of the functions of
the Special Events Committee chairperson is to manage such coordinations.
Currently (August 2015) that is Beth Bryan.
CAVEATS & PRIVACY:
NextDoor is Not Part of
SLF Website & all Information Contained Therein is Unofficial - Other than the initial setup
(setting geographic boundaries so as to allow NextDoor to limit membership to
SLF residents only), and this M2M informing the community of this facility, The
SLF Association has no control over the content of the ND site, and is in no way
endorsing or approving the use of ND, or assuring the integrity, accuracy of
content, or privacy controls of the NextDoor site and supporting software.
The SLF Association does not control the content posted to the ND site and no
comment or content thereby posted represent the views and opinions of the SLF
Association, or its Board of Directors, or any Committee or Committee member
(acting in their role as such committee member). The NextDoor site is not
part of the official SLF website, and no content found therein should be
construed as official SLF Association information.
In essence - NextDoor is not
part of the SLF website, was setup purely as a convenience for SLF residents for
their use, and no part of the ND site, in function or content, is approved,
endorsed, authorized, or verified for accuracy or social appropriateness and
etiquette by the SLF Association.
Third Party Software
- the NextDoor
(ND) platform runs on (web) code not developed or known by the SLF Webmaster or
anyone with the SLF Association, and the Association cannot speak to what is
done with any information you provide to ND. It is hoped and presumed that
the ND site is based on secure software and that the practices and intent of the
ND developers and support staff are ethical and sound, but there is no direct
knowledge of this, so any information you choose to give the ND system is
entirely at your responsibility and the SLF Association has no control over its
use, nor any way of knowing its eventual use, if any, by the ND system.
Please do NOT share
others' info - We sincerely ask that you DO NOT SHARE ANY INFORMATION FROM THE SLF WEBSITE
WITH NEXTDOOR. That is, any info that you have come by only by
virtue of being able to login to the SLF website - please do NOT provide the ND
system with that info. An example is others' names and/or phone numbers
from the Community Directory. If you have gotten specific permission from
a particular neighbor to share their info with ND, then that of course is fine.
And in general, not just where ND is concerned, we ask you to treat info from
the SLF website in that manner. Things like Board Meeting minutes, SLF
financials, and other such data are ONLY for access of SLF folks, so please
don't share outside SLF.
Leaving SLF - Once someone leaves the
Saddle Lake Farms community, their SLF website access is removed, as well as
their inclusion on the M2M distribution list (these are tasks of the SLF
Webmaster). This is in keeping with above stated philosophy that such info
is only for SLF folks. Like stated already, one of the attractive features
of ND is that it is designed to only allow SLF residents to register. This is a
nice feature indeed, as it, for example, is intended to prevent such things as a
stranger (identity unknown) from knowing the exact address of someone posting an
item to sale, or service needed. Neither the Association nor anyone
associated with this "rollout" would have even considered ND had it not been for
that feature, as the security, privacy, and safety issues would have been too
great. For only SLF folk to be able to register narrows the audience of
any post to just SLF folk - a Much smaller (and knowable, manageable) sample
than the entire Internet!!
But since ND is NOT
controlled by the Association (nor the SLF Webmaster), there is no way to assure
that a person is removed from ND once they move away. This is an obvious
gap, and may or may not be of concern to you. Just be aware that anything
you share or post on ND possibly might be seen by folks not still living in SLF.
This site is potentially
accessible by anyone residing in SLF so it will be expected that proper decorum
and etiquette be observed at all times. As with any interactive facility,
there is always the risk of inappropriate postings, so please be mindful of
this, both as a poster and reader. Again, the SLF Association has NO
CONTROL over posting and content! However, ND does have a facility for a
moderator (called a neighborhood "Lead") which has the ability to delete
inappropriate postings, and Beth Bryan has volunteered to function in that role
at this time. This does not, however, assure that there won't be some
period of time that an undesired posting goes undetected and remains posted.
Where hopefully any such time frame will be short, no guarantees or assurances
can be made, and ultimately, as with any interactive forum, it is public (if
only to the SLF community).
So PLEASE make all
postings/comments informational only, or at least light-hearted and
non-offensive to anyone regardless of their particular beliefs and values -
Please NO controversial Social, Political, Ethnic, Religious, Moral or other
potential inflammatory comments. This new facility (NextDoor) is a form of
Social Media and those of us used to this arena are familiar with these
concerns, as just like with road-rage, a level of anonymity sometimes can foster
behavior that would not normally be displayed face-to-face. So to all of
us, both familiar and new to social media, please be mindful of these things,
especially as the folks involved will most likely all be our SLF neighbors.
And Last but not Least -
PLEASE let us all be careful in general about what we say about our neighbors,
regardless of what we know or think we know. As we all have seen many
times, what passes for fact is in reality only part of the story, and misspoken
words can ruin lives.
Thank You for taking the time
to review this intro and familiarize yourself with NextDoor. We are
excited and hopeful that this facility will enhance your lives here in Saddle
Lake Farms, and wanted to inform you of the features and advantages, as well as
to make you aware of any considerations that may be of concern to you.
To access NextDoor (ND),
you will need to register with the service. Since one of the features
is to allow only those in the geographic Saddle Lake Farms (SLF) area to
register (and use the system), then you will need to be prepared to provide
proof of residency. The ND site will guide you through this, but you will
need something like the account # from a credit card account or utility bill.
You will also need to
setup a username and password for ND. Note that this is
totally separate from your username and password for the SLF website, as ND is
totally separate and not associated with the SLF website (and the SLF Webmaster
will not be able to "look-up" or "reset" your ND password). Of course, you
may choose to use the same username as you have for the SLF website (if no one
has already chosen that username), and as well for the password - but that is
totally up to you when you choose your ND username and password.
To start the process
(register & define username/password, and then to sign-in), click the following
There is also a mobile app
for your phone, tablet, or other online mobile device.
We hope that NextDoor is of
use to you, and that this has introduced this new service to your
satisfaction. However, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments
and would like to discuss NextDoor or any of the above items further, please
contact either the Special Events Committee Chairperson or the SLF Webmaster
(contact info below).
Saddle Lake Farms Board of Directors
P.S. (contact info):
Special Events Committee: