If you’ve found that you benefit from EveryBlock, whether it’s to connect with your neighbors, learn more about your community, or become more involved, we encourage you to share EveryBlock with your friends and neighbors who care about their neighborhoods.
Click on Invite Friends to EveryBlock on your EveryBlock Homepage, enter your friends’ email addresses and hit send. You can choose whether to include a personalized message or just use the standard one that we’ve written.
What are some of the top discussions happening this week on EveryBlock?
Chicago favorite, Paczki Day, is approaching. The debate for where to get the best pastry continues: http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/feb27-paczki-day-6011826/
What’s black and blue with trash all over? http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/feb27-is-black-new-blue-6012144/
Hey yous, do you speak Chicago? http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/feb25-chicagos-uniqueness-6009020/
The worst potholes in Lincoln Square: http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/feb23-which-street-lincoln-square-has-worst-potholes-6005601/
Eats, shops and activities in Andersonville: http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/feb27-must-try-places-6012198/
Did you have a favorite EveryBlock conversation this week? Let us know!
A lot of users have asked when we’re going to update the Chicago Ward Boundaries on EveryBlock to reflect the changes that take effect next year.
For more information on the new wards, we’re pleased to share WBEZ’s breakdown of the boundaries as they will exist post 2015 elections. Embedded in the piece is also a link to current boundaries.
When the new wards go into effect, we will adjust them on the site accordingly. Thanks for being engaged. And please continue to let us know if you have any Feedback.
The Unneighborly button allows EveryBlock users to flag posts or comments that violate the Community Guidelines, and notifies our content moderation team. The content moderation team looks at the post and decides whether it’s necessary to send a warning, delete the post, or suspend/ban the user. The user’s prior behavior (i.e., multiple unneighborlies) is also considered.
Examples of posts that may warrant an Unneighborly flag are:
Unsolicited advertisements or self promotion of for-profit businesses
Posts that contain profanity
Personal attacks towards other users
Sharing others’ private information without their consent
- Copyright violations and Libel
However, you should not flag a comment or post as unneighborly if you simply disagree with the user’s opinion. Instead, post a comment that says you disagree, or send a private message the user. And you can always “Mute” a user, which will hide their posts and comments from your timeline and email digest.
Unneighborly: [User Name] is awful.
Not-Unneighborly: That pizza place down the street is awful.
Please continue to use Unneighborly to help us moderate the content on EveryBlock, but remember that the first course of action, if possible, is to keep the dialogue going.
We’d like your input – please let us know via our Feedback Form if you think a seperate “disagree” button should be created for posts that don’t necessarily violate the terms of service, but you disagree with.
If an EveryBlock post contains a Comcast service-related issue or comment, the moderators will alert the Comcast Digital Care Team, who will work to resolve the query. In addition, any similar posts or messages received on EveryBlock social media accounts will be passed on to the appropriate department. For example, the following post was recognized and passed on to the CDCT, who are working to resolve it.
Just as elected officials, business owners, and community organizations use EveryBlock to understand the ideas and concerns of the people they serve, we will take note of posts regarding Comcast service-related issues and notify the appropriate department.
To contact Comcast customer service directly, click here or call 1-800-934-6489.
One type of posting that appears on EveryBlock are Media Mentions. Media Mentions are links to neighborhood-specific articles or posts from sources like media organizations, community groups, government agencies, and local blogs. EveryBlock looks at location data within the posts, such as addresses, and sorts them into the proper neighborhood. You will only see Media Mentions that are relevant to the blocks, wards, neighborhoods or other locations you follow.
You’ll find links to articles that touch on everything from education to traffic patterns to events. And because communities are multi-faceted and diverse, we’ve been working hard to add new types of sources, such as museums, non-profit organizations and educational institutions.
Click here to learn more about Media Mentions.
We’re always looking for new and different sources of local information that would help users connect to their community. If you know of an organization whose stories should be included in Media Mentions, please let us know via our feedback form.
It’s our pleasure to announce that EveryBlock has relaunched in Chicago.
We’re excited to continue to be a source for people to find neighborhood information and to connect with those in their communities.
EveryBlock has always been about providing information for your block and connecting you with your neighbors–that’s what we’ll continue to be. You’ll notice the homepage is very much as it was, with the timeline, event listings, neighbor messages, and email digests just as you left them.
We want EveryBlock to be a place where people gather to share information and ideas on how to make their neighborhood an even better place to live, work, and play. To realize this vision, we will be reaching out to, working with and gaining input from the non-profit communities, civic tech community, elected officials, neighborhood leaders and all those who want the best tools for their part of Chicago.
We will be working on additional features that we hope to roll out in the coming weeks and will keep our blog updated with more information.
Whether you visited the site before or are completely new, whether you’re from Chicago or just visiting, we welcome you!
The EveryBlock Team