Yup. I know them all.
THE LOOSE CANNON
This person is liable at any moment to pepper the email chain with profanity, personal attacks, or links to NSFW YouTube videos wholly unrelated to anything going on in the neighborhood. If your group has a hands-on moderator, you might not know these people exist.
THE ARMCHAIR URBAN PLANNER
This person is always ready to debate the pending arrival of the new mixed-use Ikea/condo with talking points about “economic development,” “transit corridors” and “walkable urbanism.”
THE LONGTIME RESIDENT
No matter how long you’ve lived in your neighborhood, this person has lived there longer, and will remind you of that fact every chance he or she gets. Favorite phrases include, “You don’t know the half of it,” “Back in my day,” and, “Perhaps it’s time for you to brush up on your local history.”
THE LOCAL-ISH BUSINESS OWNER WHO ISN'T
This guy neither lives in the immediate neighborhood nor runs a business that is actually located there. But every time he gets in a new shipment of stationery, he wants to keep people posted.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD PATROL NUT
He won’t ever stop preaching to the whole group about how everyone needs to lock their car doors at night. Also, he sometimes sends horribly offensive live safety alerts like, “There is a black man walking down Washington Boulevard right now.”
THE "REPLY ALL" GUY
If Ethel is looking for someone who knows a good antique sewing machine repairman, this individual will respond with the answer… to everyone.
(Continued at The Atlantic Cities)