How to use Freecycle
1. HOW TO USE MY FREECYCLE
HOW TO POST AN OFFER OR A WANTED:
When you log into my.freecycle.org, you will see three tabs in the center of the page. From the "My Post" tab, click on "Make a new post" and use the drop down menu to choose either OFFER or WANTED. Then fill in the lines in the message maker to follow the group guidelines. Click on "Make this Post" and your message will be posted to the message board and sent out to the members that have All Mail or Digest selected as their choice of post notification. You can also post your message via an e-mail. You must use the correct format of: OFFER or WANTED: Item (Location), and then send to BeckleyWVFreecycle@groups.freecycle.org
WHAT IS THE "MARK THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE" MEAN:
This is a feature that will quickly draw the attention of the moderator to a post on the message board that has not followed the guidelines, or is spam, or has a legal issue or something of that nature. By filling out the comments box, it will send a email to the group moderator with the post ID and member ID so that they can review the post and/or delete the post from the message board.
HOW TO READ AND REPLY TO OFFER AND WANTED POSTS:
Log into My Freecycle and click on "My Groups" at the top of the page on the right. Select the group message board you wish to view. This will show all current posts. If you are interested in an item listed, click on the item post number, or the reply link. A new page will open and you type your response in the blank message box. Remember to click on "Send Message." This will send your request to the member that posted the post. If you are wishing to reply from the email, just hit the reply button in your email client. If you are wishing to reply from the DIGEST, scroll to the post in the digest and click on the link provided to reply to that post. If you hit the reply button on your email client, it will go to the moderator address and not to the member that posted the post.
HOW TO LET PEOPLE KNOW YOUR ITEM HAS BEEN TAKEN, OR YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE ITEM YOU WANTED:
Log into my.freecycle.org and click on the "My Posts" tab. On the next page you will get a list of all open post you have under your account. Select the post you wish to close, and click on the manage button for that post. Click on either "Mark as TAKEN" or "Mark as RECEIVED" to send a message to the group email members that you are no longer looking for the item. By clicking on either of these options, your original message will "automatically" be removed from the message board so that no future contact will be allowed regarding the closed post. If you have posted an item by mistake or your item has not been taken or received, you can use the delete feature without sending a taken or received message by clicking on "Remove post from My Freecycle". Please do not remove the post until the item has actually been picked up to avoid having to re-post.
HOW TO ORGANIZE THE E-MAILS YOU'RE GETTING:
You can set your personal email delivery preferences by Logging into my.freecycle.org and then click the "My Groups" tab. This will produce a list of groups you belong to. Click the settings button for the group you wish to change email delivery, Next page, from the drop down menu make your new selection and click the SAVE settings button. Please note, if you choose to receive no emails, you will still receive Admin messages from the moderators.
HOW TO CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD, E-MAIL ADDRESS or DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT: Log into my.freecycle.org On the "My Info" page, click on the appropriate button and make the changes. Remember to click on the prompt to SAVE your changes and stay on the page until you get a confirmation that your changes have been saved. If you leave the page too soon, the changes will no longer be saved.
HOW TO REACH THE MODERATOR:
If you have a question, problem or complaint you can contact the group Moderator/s by sending an e-mail to: BeckleyWVFreecycle@mods.freecycle.org
HOW TO RECOVER PASSWORD OR USER NAME ON MY FREECYCLE
Go to my.freecycle.org
Go to the appropriate box to get the appropriate form.
Click on the link, "Forgotten user name form? or Forgotten password form? to have this information sent to you by email. Follow the prompts and instructions provided.
Go to my.freecycle.org and click on the "Log In" link and type in the recovered information.
HOW DO I JOIN OTHER FREECYCLE GROUPS
From the My.Freecycle home page, select "log in". Enter your User name and Password. Click on "My Groups" link On the next page you will see a search box, type in the name of the group you want to join. When you reach the search page results, just click on the link to join the group. If the membership request is pending approval, watch for a email from the group moderator with further instructions to join. Follow all instructions and fill out the questionnaire and send it back to the moderator to get your membership approved to the group. Be patient, sometimes this takes a day or two.
HOW DO I LEAVE A GROUP
Log into My Freecycle Click on the My Groups tab. Below the group name, click on the settings button. The page will refresh and select the button "Leave group" A new page will open; click to confirm that you wish to leave the group. Do this for each group under your MY GROUPS tab that you are no longer interested in participating with. Once you belong to NO groups, you can then delete your MY FREECYCLE account on the MY INFO tab, but it is not necessary to delete the account, you can leave it there as long as you wish. One day you may wish to join another local Freecycle group and your membership will already be waiting for you to add a new group to under the MY GROUPS tab. Leaving the account will assure that your user ID is saved for you to use at a later date.