Rideshare service for Burning Man

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  1. Ridejoy is systematically spamming Craigslist, both with individual reposts of their listings, and lists of their content.

    Having recently been forced to wade through their dreck, I’d estimate they are advertising on the Craigslist SF Bay Rideshare board 10-20 times *a day*, rewording ads to evade the CL spam filters, and reposting as fast as the community flags them.

    Yuck.

    • jasonshen says:

      Hey John, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Jason Shen here, co-founder of Ridejoy.

      We are dedicated to making rideshare easier and more convenient, so I’m truly sorry you’ve been having unpleasant experiences with us. We actually only post 1 calendar of rides a day. The vast majority of those “Ridejoy posts” are made by users of their own volition, not by us.

      We’re excited to help people share rides to Burning Man or wherever they might need to go. If you have any other feedback, please feel free to reach us at team@ridejoy.com!

      • SedanChair says:

        I am dedicated to never believing any sentence that begins with “we are dedicated”

      • Fun facts:
        -To use Ridejoy, you are required to provide a phone number, photo, work and school info, and a personal bio.
        -You are encouraged to scan your drivers license (!), and run a background check on yourself. (!!)
        -Ridejoy’s privacy policy explicitly states they have the right to share and sell this information.

        Wow. Facebook, eat your heart out.

        • Jason Shen says:

          Hey John,

          We believe that rideshare is a super awesome form of transportation, but not enough people are comfortable doing it. We’ve heard repeatedly from people that they appreciate learning more about the folks they’d be riding with so we’ve made Ridejoy a very social service.

          We take privacy very seriously. We have never shared or sold personal user data on Ridejoy and anyone can review our full privacy policy here: http://ridejoy.com/terms
          Jason

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  2. robuluz says:

    Ah yes. Fond memories from my twenties of three of us setting out for ConFest (not quite BM) from Adelaide (a journey of around 900kms)  in a Holden Gemini. We spotted a hitch hiker just as we left town, and although we were a bit cramped, offered him a ride. Guess where he was going.

    Have fun people!

  3. nixiebunny says:

    We never have more than a couple cubic centimeters of space left in our car after packing it full of the requisite stuff. If anyone fits in the glovebox, we may have room for them (but not their gear or water).

  4. Adam Brown says:

    Am I reading correctly; Cory at Burning Man? I’d have thought it was all too “woo-woo”! I’m imagining an irate Cory bursting into a reiki tent and demanding to see some double-blind trials, haha

  5. Cyran0 says:

    Oh, Cory!
    How could you NOT also include couchsurfing?
    (Even Happy Mutants need to sleep!)

    http://www.couchsurfing.org/

  6. ZA_SF says:

    Heh, wonder if that Rideshare system will hold up under the pressure of Virgins evacuating an epically dusty and overheated Playa. 2012 won’t be 2011, not without even modest rain sometime the next month.

  7. noah django says:

    one needs a ticket to drive out into the middle of the desert now?
    if Burning Man ever appealed to me, it definitely doesn’t anymore.

  8. niktemadur says:

    Karl Pilkington reference, from “An Idiot Abroad”,
    the Moscow cab driver, in poetic form:

    Ah yes,
    that damned carpool,
    full of smelly hippies
    who don’t bathe
    for a week…
    But they smoke weed
    a LOT

    Query – “Is there anything, AT ALL,
    that you like about Burning Man?”

    NAAAH-thing!

    Seriously, I’d love to go to Burning Man, get my free hug and all, but it’ll have to be another year.

  9. giantasterisk says:

    Ooo! I’ll start. Here’s my very truncated list of things you should know before going to Burning Man the first time:

    1) If you live in a half-way decent city and you participate in the life of that city, there’s nothing at Burning Man that’s better than what you already do week in & week out.
    2) Radical free expression is really just clothing choice. 99% of  people either go with the Mad Max theme or fuzzy boots & booty shorts.
    3) If you want to get there when it opens, expect to wait in a line of cars for about 8 hours (not including the several days drive you’ve probably already done) and when you finally reach the front, you see why you’ve waited forever. There are people who stop every single car, make you get out, hug them, ring a big metal bell, and roll in the alkaline dust. I’m pretty easy going, but I wanted to punch those guys in the face.

    I could go on, but that’s a decent start. The bottom line is — it’s really not worth it. And that’s coming from someone who loves and seeks out the weird and wonderful of the world.

  10. standingstill says:

    That’s funny…last year I was getting off shift around 6am and rode past that camp on the way to the commissary…and saw this guy sitting out front watching the sun come up. As I rode past I thought…wow, that guy is totally working the Cory Doctorow look :) 

  11. Pres says:

    Haters gonna hate. I hope to be able to attend Burning Man next year. Looking very much forward to it!

  12. Jason Shen says:

    We submitted a tip to BoingBoing with no assurances that they would post our link. We did not compensate BB in any way for this post and I’m sad that you feel a disclaimer is necessary.

    From the Boing Boing policies http://boingboing.net/policies

    “Boing Boing is supported by advertising. We don’t do pay-per-post and we are always transparent when a sponsor is involved.”

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