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This means, for example, no pornography, alcohol, tobacco, drugs (legal or otherwise), 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.
For more information and suggested notices, see the Reseller Guidelines.
This sample welcome file includes the required Guidelines and Disclaimer. Feel free to adapt it to use as a Welcome file for new members
I pledge to be a really nice and patient person in my role as moderator. I promise to use the Freecycle name only for noncommercial purposes. I will do my best to keep my Freecycle.org group free of spam, scams and advertisements. I'll suggest people give preference to nonprofit groups when giving stuff away. And, finally, I shall come clean of my pack rat ways and clean out my own garage before asking the same of others!
We ask that all moderators live in the area that is served by the Town group. Only a local resident will know the needs of the community and the available resources, such as local recycling facilities, community events, gathering spots, compatible non-profit groups, etc.
Moderators may be lead moderator on only one group. Moderators may be back-up moderators on other groups if necessary. A back-up moderator is one who is on a group simply for emergencies. The back-up moderator does not participate in the day to day running of the group and has limited privileges to approve members and messages in case of an emergency. However, we encourage all groups to find enough local moderators so that a back up is not necessary.
If you would like to do more for Freecycle beyond moderating a single group, please check out the Volunteers page for more opportunities.
We encourage magnanimous giving with absolutely no strings attached.
be it a day or a weekend, etc...
WANTEDs serve a valuable purpose, one that becomes clear when you meet the first appreciative recipient whose WANTED post you fulfilled. They remind potential givers of things they might be ready to let go of, and they *really* help local nonprofit groups ask for what they need rather than having to take what they get.
So reinforce how great OFFERs are, and instill in your members the importance of paying forward, but never put down WANTEDs. That's the juggling act we all have. If you do this you'll find that with as your group grows, it will have as many or more Offers as WANTEDs - it's the nature of the beast. We bipeds are basically caring and giving individuals, with just a teensy bit of *positive* reinforcement.
You may find that it helps to limit the frequency of individual member WANTED posts, however, as well as the frequency with which members can post the same WANTED, say once a month or once every couple of weeks.
You can encourage members to get the ball rolling by first making an offer to the local Town group, but if we require new members post an Offer first it endangers our charitable status.
Most posts should appear on Freecycle.org groups without having to go through moderation. In addition, the vast majority of members in your group should not be on moderation. Moderation of new members' posts is fine - just remember to take the folks off moderation within a week or two so that these don't pile up. Important: The moderation of troublemakers is highly advised.
You may ask your GOA what percentage of your group is moderated. If the percentage is too high, your GOA will ask you to fully unmod your group.
This includes full names, addresses, phone numbers, social security number, etc. It is an invasion of our members' privacy and is more than is needed to keep a local group running smoothly. If you limit your group by geographic area, it's enough to ask for cross streets and/or postal codes.
We also don't ask for this information as it exposes local volunteers and the organization overall to the risk of having and maintaining such information. If we don't have such information, we don't risk it being accessed and something happening (robbery, stalking, you name it).
Sharing such personal information also makes potential members uneasy : why does Freecycle need this info? Unfortunately, in today's world, we have to be extremely careful about personal info.
Yes, please don't moderate a group with competing aims while moderating with The Freecycle Network. "Competing aims" includes other reuse/recycle sites as well as buy/sell groups because of a potential conflict of interest.
Remember, the group actually belongs to the members, and our role as mods is just to make the group run smoothly and safely for them to use.
Be aware that you are a "public" figure with your local Freecycle.org group. Please choose your email address and username with that in mind. You do not have to include moderator, or any other connotation that you are a moderator, but please keep the following in mind: