The following terms are commonly used on Freecycle™


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BOD Board of Directors


C&D Cease & Desist. sends C&D letters to groups that violate's trademarks.
cache or clearing your cache removing copies of webpages, images, and media that are saved for faster viewing
cafe or Freecycle cafe Back in the Yahoo days, a cafe group was a community discussion group. These have mostly been replaced by promotional pages.
cookies files stored on your computer by websites to save preferences


EF Back in the Yahoo days, Ersatzfriend was commonly used as a backup co-owner on Freecycle groups.
EFM Emergency Full Moderation
ERT Emergency Response Team, now incorporated into the Interim Moderator team.
EULA Short for End-User License Agreement, the type of license used for most software. An EULA is a legal contract between the manufacturer and/or the author and the end user of an application.


FC FC - Freecycle - "Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community." FC could also be used to refer to Friends Circles.
FC3 FC3 is our name for the 3rd-generation Freecycle interface scheduled to be rolled out in 2021. First generation was Yahoo groups and second generation was MyFreecycle, aka "legacy"
FIOD Tech Discussion Group/FIOD, formerly known as Freecycle Indie / On-site Discussion group
FLC Freecycle Leadership Community
FOP Fair Offer Policy - Members who adopt a Fair Offer Policy agree to take a period of time to see what responses they get before deciding who to give item(s) to. This gives members on Daily Digest, or those who don't have continual access to the Internet, a fair chance to respond.


GOA Group Outreach & Assistance is there to help and support members and group mods who have problems they need to resolve. Overlap? The GOA volunteer figures it out with the local mods. Abandoned group? Sales offer being allowed? Member unable to contact the group mods? The GOA team member has the authority and experience to be the final arbiter of any and every issue out there.


HUB The global leadership team consisting of the Support Coordinator, the Group Outreach and Assistance Coordinator, the New Group Approval Coordinator, the UK Director, the Hub Coordinator, the Advisor to the Executive Director and the Executive Director.


Interim in between, transitional, or temporary.
IMOD Interim Moderator is just what the name implies. This team takes over orphaned and abandoned groups, and manages parallel groups until a local moderator can be found and trained. (More information)


LM Lead Moderator (of a Freecycle group)


MOD Moderator (of a Freecycle group)


NGA The New Group Approver team evaluates applications for new groups and either approves or denies requests based on potential group viability and overlap with existing groups. They help potential new groups get their ducks in a row and make sure that the new group moderators are on the right path.


OBO "Or best offer." This is a term used by sellers in violation of Freecycle rules.
ONO "Or next offer." This is a term used by sellers in violation of Freecycle rules.


PPU Pending Pickup (not recommended, but frequently used by members)


Reseller Occasionally list members will reply to offers or post wanteds for items they do not intend to use personally. Whether they resell or redistribute the item, for their own profit or not, these members are termed resellers for purposes of this list.


STC Subject to Collection (not recommended but occasionally used by members)


TFN The Freecycle Network
TL Team Leader
TM Trademark
TOS Terms Of Service
Trading (for Brits) This is a confusing rule for us Brits because the Americans mean something different when they say trading. They tend to mean swapping. In fact, members who are traders (i.e. sell items away from Freecycle) CAN be members and they CAN even get items with the intention of selling them on, although some groups choose to prohibit this. Intention to resell must be disclosed up front.

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