First, a big thanks to everyone who’s been contributing this week. I just got back into town after attending a conference, and it’s really cool to see everyone getting so involved and keeping things informative and lively in my absence.
And another thanks to everyone who has posted an ad on the site so far during our beta period. So many cool neighborhood businesses, great artists, and unique services that I never even knew about. And don’t forget that you can also add your business to our directory & review system for free, and have a totally separate way for neighbors to find out about what you have to offer.
But the main thing I want to talk about is the scanner. Over the last week or so there’s been several different discussions about the scanner, with some frustration expressed about our focus on crime and the prominence of the daily scanner reports.
It’s important to remember that this is a community-driven site. Anyone can join, and anyone can post stories about what is important to them. If there’s topics and stories that we’re missing, I really hope that the people in the know will take some time and tell us all about them, just like so many people have over the last several days. There’s no excuse to complain about the mix of content on the site if you’re not actively adding to it.
We’ll definitely be keeping the scanner. I think it’s very common and understandable for people in the neighborhood to want to know what is happening when they hear sirens or see flashing lights. And I think the scanner provides a lot of those answers. More generally, it provides a lot of raw information on what happens every day in our area. I’m a strong believer that information, truthfully reported, is very empowering on a number of different levels.
On top of all the above, I personally enjoy hearing and writing about the little bits of drama that play out across the east precinct every day. Some are sad, some are funny, some are frightening, and some are a bit boring, but it’s real-life drama that I had no idea was going on until we started listening. And since I enjoy it, and since our metrics indicate that a bunch of other people do too, it will be staying.