TakomaDC, Neighbors Talking to Neighbors TakomaDC@TakomaDC.groups.io

TakomaDC is for friendly neighbors-talking-to-neighbors conversations. It's focus is the Historic Takoma Park neighborhoods in DC and MD. Everyone everywhere is welcome but messages should be related to Takoma or topics being discussed by residents.

Please do not post commercial messages, press releases, class schedules, or solicitations. The focus on neighborhood issues keeps us from being overwhelmed with marketing. When we reached 1,000 members we became a seductive target for free publicity.

Occasional sale of personal items is allowed, and moving sales.

Please post informative messages rather than "Me too" or "I agree." Or add some information. Why?

Only quote what is relevant to your message. Select and delete the old messages at the bottom. Otherwise the digest becomes very long and those who use voice readers have a harder time finding the new message.

Please introduce yourself if you are a new business owner or professional in Takoma DC. But please don't use the list to solicit customers or clients. If someone requests services you can provide, please contact them off list. Or alternatively join the conversation and provide information that will help them clarify what they need and what might be available. Information and advice is always welcome in a conversation, just not a personal sales pitch. 

New members are initially moderated to reduce spam. After that the moderators read messages as they appear to ensure civility and friendly conversations. Discussions of sometimes difficult topics like race and politics are encouraged as long as they are not inflammatory or accusatory. 

To encourage conversation, replies go to the whole list. To reply directly to the sender, copy and paste their email address into a new message. Replying to the sender is only encouraged when asking about an item for sale, offering the requested services, or the sender is someone you know. 

Viruses are still out there so messages with attachments are returned. For information you would like to share, write a brief summary and give a web address for details. Only government agencies are allowed to post press releases. (Press releases in DC must total tens of thousands every week just for non-profits and arts events.)

Please identify yourself in your postings, and preferably include the street or area in which you live; we like to know who's writing.

HISTORY: TakomaDC was started  a few neighbors in 1997 during a crime wave, so could share information. They contributed to the cost of the software and the list was hosted by Glenn Kowalski on his personal server. In 2003, with 350+ subscribers, Glen was moving to Saratoga Springs and asked for help. Sharon Villines offered to assume ownership and transfer the list to YahooGroups. In 2009, at 1300+ members, Richard Holzsager became co-moderator, and was joined in 2014 by Pam Ellison. We all rotate throughout the year and cover for each other.

In 2014, we had over 2465 members; in 2015, 2710. Just before the transfer to Groups.IO in September of 2016, we had 2,973 members.

Please contact Sharon Villines or the current moderator if you have questions or problems with the list. Otherwise, enjoy!

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