VIDEO: Troll Infiltrates Wednesday Night’s Board Meeting

A virtual Community Board 7 meeting took place over the course of over six hours on the evening of Wednesday, November 4.

Themes of the lengthy discussion included capital budgets, crime and safety, temporary homeless shelter sites (including a potential new one) and more.

The full meeting can be viewed here, but we’ve extracted some moments of tension from the pre-meeting, when an infiltrator who went by “Mr. John NIMBY [Not in my Backyard]” entered the Zoom session, testing the patience of CB7 Chair Mark Diller.

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The “NIMBY” acronym has frequently been used to deride those opposed to the homeless shelter sites established in the neighborhood this year.

About 32 minutes in: “Are we experiencing Mr. John NIMBY in the chat?”

About 40 minutes in: “Mr. NIMBY, we really need you to knock it off.”

At about 47 minutes in, some name-calling takes place. There was no confirmation that this was the doing of Mr. NIMBY.


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About 49 minutes in: “Mr. NIMBY, I’m still seeing your name pop up in a very difficult way. If attacking folks in chat doesn’t stop I’m going to have to remove you.”

Around 52:39: Who’s been trolling us, anyway?

1:10:50: Mr. NIMBY gets another warning, after which he appeared to leave the chat.

The full board meeting began shortly after Mr. NIMBY’s final warning, and can be viewed in its entirety here. Here’s a link to the November 4 board agenda and to the meeting resolutions.

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