Have you texted your textdoor neighbor?


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/04/08/have-you-texted-your-textdoor.html


#2

I do what I do with my next-door neighbor, I block them, hire a PI and send my dog to their yard.

[Not really, our neighbors are really nice folks. They even pet-sit for us when we’re both traveling.]


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#4

So you text some stranger? And then it’s hilarious when this stranger doesn’t understand who you are or why you’re texting them? Am I following this?


#5

Kids these days, right?

/s


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#7

Hey look, another annoying thing the kids are doing! Bah, get off my lawn phone.


#8

One of my text door neighbors is my wife.


#9

Nope but someone with an area code number one off of mine (2-300 miles away) kept leaving their number with every business they could. I got calls from their pharmacy, their realtor, their dog groomer, and finally their mom. :helmet_with_cross: :island: :dog2: :older_woman: :map: :question:

The dog groomer place’s name was hilariously punny and everyone was really nice about the situation (possibly because I was helpful?). I didn’t get any more calls after their mom called. All in all 5/5. Would deal with repeated human error again. :star:

The time someone intentionally used the wrong number (happened to be my work cell) for their kids’ school so they wouldn’t get emergency alerts from school? 0 of 1,000,000 on all fronts. 0 of 500,000 for being a jerk on one and and on the other 0 of 500,000 for not validating phone number subscriptions with a text before applying them. :no_good: :no_bell: :no_entry_sign: :arrow_right: :two: :zero: :zero: :money_with_wings:

If I get texts from numbers I don’t recognize, I ignore them until they identify themselves. Fair warning. :cold_sweat:


#10

Reminds me of the days before Windows had a built-in and activated firewall, and you could peruse the c drives of the people on the same network segment as you.


#11

Yeesh! On the other hand, I know more than a few parents who would non-consensually farm out their parental responsibilities if they thought they could get away with it.


#12

Until I figured out how to get my number off that list, I got to find out how many times that one school was on lockdown in any given period of time. It was kind of terrifying to think about. I think the service wasn’t the same way parents got notified if their specific kid had an issue (I didn’t have to log in or verify … I just put my number in and told them not to call me anymore). If I had kids, I think I’d want to know if the school was on lockdown or a school cancellation or whatever but maybe it’s not quite as bad as dropping the ball parentally. Kind of drifting off topic on my end, I just don’t want to give them too hard a time about it.


#13

And the other half, based on the message board, are the kids who initiated contact and weren’t prepared for someone to answer.


#14

People with numbers in their email should do this too:
Hey, someguy6@aol.com, I’m someguy7@aol.com!!!
How’s it going? You ever talk to someguy@aol.com? Real jerk about misdirected email…


#15

A coworker found some pr0n in another division, back in '95 or so. The IT division, as it happens.


#16

We’re trending, @lamaranagram!


#17

Whilst it does sound interesting, after the experience we had in the past:

-someone is given our number presumably in error.
-said person rings us several times a week for months because they won’t believe us when we say [person’s name here] does not live here and assumes it’s some big prank on them.
-over time said person gets increasingly irate that we won’t give the phone to [person’s name here], reasoning with them / logic / even ignoring them has no effect. D:

I wouldn’t want to risk cold-contacting a random number in fear of finding another loon.


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You joke, but I actually made it a little hobby to meet every other tekkenfreak on runescape back when I played it. I had tekkenfreak, tekkenfreak2, 4, 5, and 7 on my friends list (I was tekkenfreak3)

Never was able to find tekkenfreak1 or tekkenfreak6 though…