Etiquette, Rules and Guidelines
File last updated: 8 April 2015
INTRODUCTION TO FREECYCLE.ORG:
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 unregistered waste carriers
2. SUBJECT LINE OF POSTS: OFFER: sofa (name of village/town) No postcodes please. TAKEN: sofa (name of village/town) [Used in conjunction with an Offer] WANTED: sofa (name of village/town) [Please use this post sparingly and don't offer money.] RECEIVED: sofa (name of village/town) [Used in conjunction with a Wanted] Please do not use postcodes in a post. ADMIN: [Used by group moderators - local policy issues, etc.]
Offers can only be repeated after 14 days on the message board.
Do not include phone numbers or hyperlinks in a post. Use of words such as urgent or desperate will send the post to pending to be edited out. Never pay money to someone who may want to send your item by courier. This is a scam.
3. WANTED POSTS ARE TO BE USED SPARINGLY. Numerical limits on Wanted posts vary by local group. Do not repeat a wanted post until it has been on the message board for 28 days. 4. RESPONSES GO ONLY TO OFFERER. It keeps down the sheer number of emails. 5. NO POLITICS, NO SPAM, NO MONEY, NO PERSONAL ATTACKS/RUDENESS, NO PROSELYTIZING/RELIGION. 6. NO SWAPS/TRADING PLEASE. Go to your local swap/trading organization 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 groups do allow non-breeding-related posts to find new homes for pets, but ask that it be kept legal and lovingly careful. Some groups prefer not to allow pet postings, other allow offers only. This group only allows offer pet posts and no wanted pet posts. 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.
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. However, anyone claiming to be from a charity or posting for a charity MUST include their charity number. 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.
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 organization 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.
If you encounter further problems, please contact the moderators of the group at: http://groups.freecycle.org/MoorparkCA
For technical assistance please send an email to: myFreecycleadmin@Freecycle.org
That should just about do it. Have fun and thank you for being a part of The Freecycle.org Network(R)!
Sincerely Holly Lead Moderator Moorpark California Freecycle group MoorparkCA@mod.freecycle.org
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