Your BIG questions
Thanks so much for so many great thoughts. A few themes seem to be emerging here:
1/ A lot of you have said that you would like to browse what is on offer by neighbours that live beyond a mile away. You would be able to see more stuff, it would be great for people living in rural areas or places where Streetbank was yet to take off and it would be an easy change for us to make.
There are two issues. Firstly, do you want to lend over bigger distances. Perhaps if you knew that you might be asked to lend something to someone 10 miles away you would put less valuable things up. Secondly, does someone who lives further away stop being your neighbour? Some will say that any one in need is our neighbour. But Streetbank is about connecting with local people because we think more meaningful relationships develop that way. In fact, for really busy Streetbank areas we would like to connect you with people just living within 250 yards. Alternatively, we could change it so it to show you only the things and skills of, say the first150 people closest to you… That would work for rural areas and for people living in densely populated areas.
2/ Some of you have suggested a mapping function. We LOVE the idea of this. We tested it out on a couple of our more cautious friends and they were a bit worried of the big brother/ compromise of sensitive information aspect. Weâ€™re holding back on this one for the moment.
3/ Some of you have suggested places to put messages up about Streetbank. Thanks this is really, really helpful. We will put things up in due course but if you beat us to it weâ€™ll only be seriously pleased and grateful.
4/ We are working on the Requests page. It is a bit rough and ready but should be improved soon!