Yesterday, I had all my posts removed without justification or warning to me. I have had several posts on Nextdoor about a critical issue confronting all the residents of El Dorado Hills. The subject is the rezone of the old El Dorado Hills Golf Course. I know many residents feel strongly about the rezone because in 2015 91% of registered voters voted against it.
Because time is of the essence, I started posting topics about this rezone to make residents were aware of the impacts on the community. Although each topic was centered around the rezone, each topic I posted had a different facet of the rezone so discussions would be unique.
The intent of the posts was to get the community involved in a subject very important to the quality of life in EDH now, and for future generations. I found that most residents were engaged and many great issues were discussed along with historical facts about the community.
I was enriched with a lot of new friendships as were others. These discussions and the documentation provide in those discussions were helpful to many in understanding the issue.
As with all discussions, and by the nature of social media, some discussions strayed outside the areas intended, but that is the nature of things.
Today, I took a 3 hour nap in the middle of the day and when I awoke I found that I was locked out of Nextdoor until I agreed to follow the Nextdoor guidelines. I agreed and was allowed to continue to find that all my posts, neighborhood connections, the history and relationships contained in those posts were gone, without warning.
I have had a few hours to absorb this and felt compelled to write this post, probably my last on Nextdoor.
I am disappointed that the hours and hours of communication, engagement, information and knowledge that help me and thousands of others share our thoughts was destroyed by some unknown person or persons who felt they had to power to take that from us.
I was naive to think the administrators of this website would not do such a thing because according to their “about”, “Nextdoor is the world’s largest social network for the neighborhood. Nextdoor enables truly local conversations that empower neighbors to build stronger and safer communities.
Building connections in the real world is a universal human need. That truth, and the reality that neighborhoods are one of the most important and useful communities in our lives, have been a guiding principle for Nextdoor since it was founded in 2011.”
So I sit here quietly. No one has given me an explanation of any kind.
Well, my faith in Nextdoor is destroyed and it is time to move on.