Popular In Chicago: July 18th

Jul182014

Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening threads on EveryBlock this week:

Don’t get ticketed - learn the rules for street cleanings.

Bicyclists in Lakeview

Places to donate clothing: click here and here for ideas.

New to Bucktown? Welcome!

Please let people exit the train before boarding.

And finally, for laughs only.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Site Maintenance

Jul172014

EveryBlock will be down for site maintenance starting Saturday, July 19th at 9 p.m. EST, and will be back online on Sunday, July 20th.

We appreciate your patience, and thank you for continuing to be a part of the EveryBlock community.


New Open Data Sets in Chicago

Jul172014

Open Data fans rejoice! (And beachgoers, taxi riders, and affordable broadband supporters.) There are some new datasets on the City of Chicago Data Portal.

The City of Chicago has released a handful of new datasets which pertain to several parts of daily life in Chicago. The public will be able to explore the water quality at Chicago beachesfind who and which vehicles are licensed to carry passengers, activities for Chicago’s Micro-Market Recovery Program, and the geographic areas targeted by the City’s Broadband Innovation Challenge.

Read more: http://digital.cityofchicago.org/index.php/summertime-data-four-new-datasets-launched-on-open-data-portal/


Socrata launches the Open Data Network

Jul152014

Great news from Socrata on their effort to increase the creation and consumption of open data, to benefit cities, citizens, and the economy.

Socrata (www.socrata.com), a Seattle-based cloud software company focused exclusively on democratizing access to government data, today announced the launch of the Open Data Network, which will unleash the full potential of government data and help drive sustained prosperity in connected communities all over the world.

Bringing together a vast and connected ecosystem of participants – governments that are open data publishers and consumers; businesses that incorporate and use government data; citizens; and civic developers and entrepreneurs who use open data to build service delivery apps – the Open Data Network will encompass 25-30 industries, each with its own unique and valuable data set.

Read more: http://www.socrata.com/newsroom-article/socrata-launches-open-data-network/


Code For America Fellowship

Jul142014

The deadline to apply for a Code For America Fellowship is tomorrow, so if you’re interested in working with cities to help improve the citizen experience, fill out an application! To see a list of some of the apps developed by  Code For America fellows, click here.


Popular in Chicago: July 11th

Jul112014

Hope everyone had a good week! Here are some of the happening threads on EveryBlock for the past week.

How did the turtle cross the road? (In Albany Park.)

Proposed residential development in Jefferson Park

Free up some shelf space - places to donate used books.

Got any suggestions for good jogging routes in Irving Park?

Chocolate Croissants

Ideas for Building Community in Logan Square

A continued thanks to everyone who supports the EveryBlock community and makes it a place to discuss issues of all kinds. Have a great weekend!


Removing Posts for Privacy Reasons

Jul082014

At EveryBlock we take issues of privacy very seriously, and in some cases, our moderation team is faced with the decision of whether or not to remove posts on the grounds of privacy violations.

If an EveryBlock user posts another user’s personal information, such as a private address or phone number, without the user’s permission, that is a violation of our community guidelines and grounds for removal.

If the user posts personal information that may be public knowledge, but does not include a link to an official news story or police report, that is grounds for removal as well. Unless the user has done their due diligence to provide the info from an official source, we’re going to assume that absent any links, the information is hearsay.

Although this can be a gray area, we still try to follow this simple practice: if it’s a violation of our guidelines, remove. If not, keep it up. In practice, we do not edit or alter posts and in the few situations when we do, we always notify the user. Often times, if we delete a post, we will message the user telling them what was wrong, and that they are free to repost if they fix said problem.


July 4th on EveryBlock.

Jul032014

Happy (early) 4th! Hope everyone has something fun planning for the holiday. Here are some of the Independence Day themed-threads on EveryBlock.

Love fireworks? Here’s a list of locations, and here, and here.

Hate fireworks? Here’s how to handle the noise, smell, and aftermath.

Heading outside Chicago? Here’s how to cope with the traffic.

There are parades happening tomorrow, too…

…as well as some World Cup games.

Finally, keep track of your pets. Apparently, tomorrow is an easy day for them to get lost.

Have a safe and happy time!


Regarding Multiple EveryBlock Accounts

Jul012014

One issue that is consistently brought to our attention is the issue of EveryBlock users operating multiple accounts with different user names. The users in question could then use their multiple accounts to gang up on those with differing viewpoints, or to drive threads off-topic that the user might not agree with.

We take the issue of multiple accounts very seriously. Since having multiple EveryBlock accounts is a violation of our community guidelines, we appreciate those of you who have sent us feedback on the issue. We believe in partnership and encourage input from users like you to help keep the community productive and informative.

When submitting feedback regarding multiple accounts, as with any violation of the community guidelines, please provide us with examples of the violation, such as specific threads or comments. Our moderation team will then investigate and take the appropriate action.


Using EveryBlock to help start a community group

Jun302014

DNAinfo recently put out an article about West Town residents forming a neighborhood group, and using EveryBlock, among other sites, to help find new members and spread the word. It’s always nice to see the site being used to help improve communities and bring people together.

When Liz Kuhn moved just west of Damen Avenue earlier this year, the social worker who had been active in her neighborhood group found herself without a organization to turn to for local issues.

The section of West Town bounded by Chicago, Grand, Damen and Western avenues is something of a no-man’s land when it comes to neighborhood groups, she said.

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140619/west-town/west-town-residents-forming-new-neighborhood-group


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