Most of us think we know what is meant by those signs that have the word Solicitation with a red slash through it but do we really all see that sign through the same prism?
The dicitionary defines solicitation, in part, as: to make a request, application, or entreaty to (a person for business, support, etc)
Many associations do have a rule prohibiting solicitations but what is the basis for such a rule? Ostensibly it would be to protect privacy in members' homes, mailboxes and other personal property such as your car's windshield. Perhaps another goal is to enhance security in the community by deterring outside vendors from entering for the purpose of solicitation. What about your neighbors or vendors already inside the community who might take the opportunity to announce their business or to seek your support on an issue?
Are there other purposes for a comprehensive non-solicitation rule though that aren't as useful or innocent as the goals outlined above? There are many types of solicitation that occur in a community association setting. The following are just some that I have seen firsthand:
Girl scouts selling cookies
Jehovah's witnesses "selling" their ideas
Invitations in my mailbox to a jewelry party being hosted by a neighbor
Flyers on my car for window tinting, car detailing and pizza delivery
Recall committee members soliciting my vote
Schoolchildren selling holiday wrapping paper as part of a fundraiser