Since September, your correspondent has been posting polls on NextDoor to inform and learn from the community, to take its pulse and to move the community on issues near and dear to him. As few as four and as many as 330 people have voted in these polls with naming the bookstore and a ban or leafblowers being the most popular. See more about NextDoor at the end of this post.
Nov 3 POLL: DO YOU SUPPORT PROTECT THE VOTE RALLIES BEGINNING NOV 4?
Takeaway: Most support the rallies but after 16 people registered their choice, NextDoor shut down commenting but left one comment from a detractor standing. It may also have closed voting in the poll. Here's the poll link
Nov 2 POLL: WHAT IS YOUR TOP NOV 3 ELECTION CONCERN?
Takeaway: Before the poll was taken down only hours after its posting, 17 people voted, many citing counting of mail-in ballots as top concern. 3 or 4 people had grumbled about the post as harmfully sowing anxiety.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP NOV 3 ELECTION CONCERN?Our State Rep Chris Rabb and a local computer expert don’t believe our electronic voting system is secure. https://youtu.be/2n9uraDCSng
And there are news reports of confusion over PA’s mail in ballots counting https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/02/us/politics/Pennsylvania-presidential-election.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage . Some polling places are bracing for possible voter intimidation http://www.pikecountycourier.com/news/local-news/open-carry-and-voter-intimidation-what-does-pa-law-say-DC1370036 Of course you have voted or are going to BUT WHAT IS YOUR TOP NOV 3 ELECTION CONCERN?
Mail-in ballots may not be accurately counted
Electronic voting system may be hacked
Irregularities at polling stations may negatively impact the count
Other (See my comment)
Nov 1 POLL: DO ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS?
Takeaway: the NextDoor algorithm may have made this the last visible post on anyone's news feed
Oct 27 POLL: HOMELESS IN MOUNT AIRY - IS THERE A RIGHT TO HOUSING?
Takeaway: 40% believe not or are unsure and since children are people, that means that nearly half are unwilling to say that children have a human right to housing.
Oct 21 POLL: WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE OCT 22 CHESTNUT HILL LOCAL?
Takeaway: A fair amount worth saying something about. (In the 10/29 edition there is a help wanted ad for an associate editor.)
Oct 21 POLL: DO GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS?
Takeaway: You will know your good neighbor by the good fence they build between you and them
Oct 9 POLL: DO YOU SUPPORT BLACK LIVES MATTER OR BACK THE BLUE?
Takeaway: Of 133 votes, less than a third believe it is possible to support both
Oct 6 POLL: WOULD YOU ATTEND A (VIRTUAL) CHESTNUT HILL TOWN HALL AND WHO MIGHT HOST?
Takeaway: There is only some interest in a virtual town hall and even less interest in the question
Oct 5 POLL: NAME THE BOOKSTORE, THE FINALISTS ARE...
Takeaway: By a considerable plurality but with only a third as many people voting in this finalists poll as in the original poll, the peoples really like "Books on the Hill"
Oct 2 POLL: Should the CDC require face masks?
Takeaway: The people have spoken; make facemasks the law nationwide
Sept 28 POLL: I'M SORRY: WHAT ARE YOU SORRY ABOUT FOR POSTING ON NEXTDOOR?
Takeaway: For the most part, NextDoor users stand by what they posted
Sep 25 POLL: IS COVID-19 POSTER AT POST OFFICE MISLEADING?
Takeaway: If you've posted to a NextDoor group with only 6 members don't expect more than 6 responses
Sep 18 POLL: POLICE PERMANENTLY PARKED TOP OF THE HILL? PROTECTING BANKS OR PEOPLE?
Takeaway: Most people believe the police presence at the top of the Hill benefits some combination of the public and small businesses but 25% believe they are there at the bank or banks' behest. The police have not responded to a request for clarification.
Sep 15: NAME THE BOOKSTORE, THE CH LIBRARY FRIENDS WANT YOUR IDEAS
Takeaway: 324 people and likely more with opinions is giving the Friends Board pause before deciding on a name
Sep 4 POLL: SHOULD WE BAN OR RESTRICT GAS POWERED LEAF BLOWERS?
Takeaway: About half or more people would consider a ban or restrictions on gas powered leaf blowers
Your correspondent received a public comment on one of his posts on NextDoor but could not reply because the post had been taken down. Here is the comment and your correspondent's reply.
Chestnut Hill East Resident:
“I am wondering why there are posts asking neighbors to vote on a provided answer without any info on where some of this data may be going”.
BR: Speaking for only my poll posts I can say the polls are visible because I am posting them.
Chestnut Hill East Resident:
“Where is the response info going and to what end?”
BR: My end is to inform and learn from the community, to take its pulse and to move it on issues near and dear to me. I don't speak for NextDoor.
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