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Re: Internet v People

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Is it not just a numbers game? Ask a couple of thousand internet weirdos and you're likely to get a response reasonaby quickly. Asking the neighbours, you have to ask one at a time (possibly interrupting whatever they're doing) until you get a volunteer.

But, yeah, I get what you mean. And I tend to agree.
When the first one answers the door...normally/always I get help. There used to be a time people were helping thier neighbours build barns and things. It kind of comes from the trust that exists here in Switzerland as it is based on your honour. Help your neighbour.

The problem with the internet "weirdos" is there is less to be accounted for. If they say they will show up, that is not at all a guarantee. If you ask your neighbour, and they say they will be there, and they aren't it creates an uncomfortable atmosphere.

I help when asked. I help when I see someone struggling, and do not expect anything in return. If people have any moral grounding then they understand this. So if I have to ask anyone random, I don’t find it strange or intrusive. And I dont think I am the exception at all.
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Re: Internet v People

Here's a website to help real-life neighbours, not just in the same building but in the neighbourhood, to be able to find each other for help, locally. In particular, for borrowing and lending goods.

At this site, one can order a batch of pictogramme stickers, and stick those on one's letterbox which mean "I've got this item, and am willing to lend it to you or else to help you use it."

http://www.pumpipumpe.ch/that-is-how-it-works/
Seems like a fine idea to me.

At a party last year, I met a woman who lives an an area of Bern (don't know which) where, she told me, this is now working very well. Whenever she and her family need some equipment she doesn't own, they take a stroll around the streets nearby, peering at letterboxes, till they find the corresponding sticker, and then they ring the doorbell or leave a note in the letterbox, asking the potential lender to phone them. Similarly, she receives such enquires for things with which she is willing to help out.

This is not imposing or intruding since, by having stuck the sticker on his/her letterbox, the potential lender has already indicated his/her willingness to help out.

Does anyone have experience with this system?
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Re: Internet v People

All very well till things get broken. We had a communal lawn mower. I know who broke it but she refused to acknowledge it. Her husbands reply was "buy a better one next time". I decided if he wanted a "better one" he could pay for it himself & we got our own.
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