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RULES & ETIQUETTE

1 KEEP IT FREE, LEGAL & APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES This means, for example, No pornography, No alcohol, No tobacco, No drugs (of any kind, including all medicines, vitamins, creams, etc.), No firearms or other weapons. No unauthorised waste carriers.

2 SUBJECT LINE OF POSTS OFFER - Sofa (Postcode area i.e, MK9 first part of postcode only). TAKEN - Sofa (Used in conjunction with an offer post). WANTED - Sofa (Postcode area i.e, MK9, please use sparingly). RECEIVED - Sofa (Used in conjunction with a wanted post)

3 WANTED POSTS ARE TO BE USED SPARINGLY Only one wanted post per item.

4 RESPONSES GO ONLY TO OFFERER It keeps down the sheer number of emails.

5 NO POLITICS, SPAM, MONEY, PERSONAL ATTACKS/RUDENESS OR PROSELYTISING/RELIGION.

6 NO SWAPS OR TRADING Go to your local swap or trading organisation for this. It can be quite fun. With Freecycle®, though, there are no strings attached.

7 NO PERSONAL ADS Posting oneself or another person from the human species is not allowed. There are many fine Internet dating sites better suited to this purpose.

8 NO POSTS ABOUT ANIMALS FOR BREEDING OR FOOD PURPOSES Beyond this, some Freecycle groups do allow non-breeding-related posts to find new homes for pets, but ask that it be kept legal and lovingly careful. Other groups prefer not to allow pet postings. The Freecycle Milton Keynes group forbid animals to be offered or wanted.

9 BE NICE A brief note on Freecycle etiquette: we are all volunteers and we've got a great little community here so when you arrange to pick up an item from another Freecycle member, it is basic good manners to accommodate them as much as possible in terms of scheduling, and then be punctual; they are, after all, giving you something you need and asking nothing in return except that you will show up when you say you will. Also, unless the giver tells you otherwise, assume that they would like you to come by as soon as you can to take away the item. Manners do not cost anything.

10 PICK UP Arrange as you like. Generally, you'll wait until you get a handful of responses or maybe overnight, and then you can pick whomever you like! That's half the fun. Consider giving your starving local charity preference if one should respond. Arrange pickup with one person only, rather than "It's on the porch, whoever gets here first gets it." Otherwise you'll become unpopular pretty quickly with your fellow Freecycle group members. Also, only give your phone number to one person at a time or ask for the recipient's phone number. Otherwise you'll get swamped with phone calls. We moderators will block out contact numbers within the posts should we spot them and your membership will become moderated until we are satisfied your are abiding by the Freecycle Network rules and etiquette.

11 SAFETY Be aware! It is up to each individual member of Freecycle when arranging for pickup of the item being given away to be appropriately aware of the potential risk of having "a stranger" come to your home to pick something up. Freecycle as an organisation assumes no responsibility for this risk. You may want to arrange to meet in a public place or leave the item on the front porch without mentioning whether or not you will be home at the time of pickup.

12 FRAUD If a member is posting a sought after item such as PS3’s, Flat screen TV’s, Electric Bikes or other expensive goods; photographs of the item must be included in the posting of which one must show the serial number clearly within the photo. You may be asking why this measure has been put in place, this is to help prevent fraud within the Milton Keynes group due to a small number of individuals attempting to defraud genuine members offering these items and then informing the receiver that we mods took too long to approve their post and they have moved far away, They then request payment to be sent so the items are delivered to you. You will not receive the item and you will not get your money back from the fraudster. If you or anyone you know has been victim of this type of fraud you are recommended to visit www.actionfraud.police.uk . This type of fraud can then be reported with Action Fraud.

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