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Niles, IL freecycle Rules and Etiquette

This is an automatic email containing a file from the Niles, ILGroup Dear Freecycle(TM) Member,

Thanks for being a part of The (ever-expanding) Freecycle Network. We're changing the world one gift at a time! This message is sent to all subscribers upon joining, and periodically thereafter to the entire list. If this message hasn't been updated since the last time you read it, feel free to move on to the next post. Date of last update: Jan 18, 2011.

If you're new to the group or want a quick refresher on making the most of our Freecycle group, please read on! This message contains essential knowledge for all Freecycle members and will answer MANY common new-user questions, so please take the time to read it through.

This Freecycle group matches people who have things they need to get rid of with people who can use them. Our goal is to keep usable items out of the landfill. By using what we already have on this earth, we reduce consumerism, manufacture fewer goods, and lessen the impact on the earth. Another benefit of using Freecycle is that it encourages us to get rid of junk that we no longer need and promote community involvement in the process. Free your inner hippy!

This Freecycle group is a branch of an incredibly fast-growing international Freecycle movement, which began in Tucson, Arizona on May 1st, 2003 and now boasts thousands of groups all over the world. Please help this group grow by spreading the word!

We all personally know lots of great people in our community who would love this idea. So, why not "pay it forward" and tell 3 (or more) people how wonderful Freecycle is! You tell your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers...and they tell theirs, and so on, and so on...well, you get the idea!

USING THE FREECYCLE LIST

Post via the website by logging in to http://my.freecycle.org and clicking on the "My Posts" tab. Click "Make a new post" and use the drop down menu to choose either Offer or Wanted.

To change your password or email address, login and click on the "My Info" tab. Click on the appropriate button and make the changes. Remember to click on the prompt to save your changes.

To unsubscribe, login and click the My Groups tab. Next to the group you wish to leave, click on 'change settings' and then "Leave group" and you will be unsubscribed from the group.

To leave the My Freecycle site completely, login and click the "My Info" tab Then click "Delete Account" and follow the prompts to leave the site.

To post, read or reply to messages or to manage your membership settings (including email delivery options), visit the group site http://groups.freecycle.org/nilesIL

To read all of the posts on the group that are still open (especially helpful for new members who may find recent posts of interest there), visit the main page and click on the All Items tab. My.Freecycle was designed so that when a Taken/Received message is sent to the board, the original Offer/Wanted is automatically removed. This way, you can visit the site and quickly see what Offers and Wanteds are open without having to search through the board for a Taken/Received message. Obviously, this is dependant on the members keeping their posts up to date but all posts that are visible are still open and available.

For more information on Freecycle in general and a list of other approved Freecycle groups, visit: http://freecycle.org/ (Highly recommended!)

The following list rules have been adapted from the original Freecycle etiquette guidelines. For a refresher, read on. A certain structure definitely makes the group run more smoothly and effectively for everyone's benefit. Remember, the success of this group depends on all of us, and that means each of us need to do our best to keep on task and, well, be nice and patient. Good luck, have fun and dive on in!

FREECYCLE 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 Two strikes and you're out of the group. This is our main Freecycle rule to live by, and it's a pretty easy one at that.

2. Please use WANTED posts sparingly and don't offer money. A good rule of thumb is to try to keep offers and wants about equal. And above all else, don't ask for an extravagant item like a diamond ring which we'd all like to have or the strike rule will kick in - see no. 1 above.

3. NO POLITICS, NO SPAM, NO MONEY, NO PERSONAL ATTACKS/RUDENESS, NO PROSELYTIZING/RELIGION. It's all about R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Two strikes & you're out, i.e. you will be unsubscribed by the moderator after two inappropriate postings. 4. NO TRADING PLEASE. Go to your local trading organization for this. It can be quite fun. With Freecycle, though, there are no strings attached, just give it away now.

5. RESPONSES GO ONLY TO OFFERER. It keeps down the sheer no. of emails.

6. NO OFFERING YOURSELF OR YOUR CHILDREN. Posting oneself or another person from the human species is not allowed. There are many fine Internet dating sites better suited to this purpose.

7. A BRIEF NOTE ON FREECYCLE ETIQUETTE: "Be nice." 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. (Leaving someone hanging is never a nice thing.) 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; no more than three days after the offer is made is usual. (Think of it as The Three-day Rule.) 8. 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 a 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.

That should just about do it. Have fun keeping good stuff out of landfills!

Your Local Freecycle Moderators

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