Blog is online again as of 9/19/15

A bit of a snafu with the hosting account as the hosting servers were updated and I missed my window to add the new info. So my blog has been down for a few weeks. All my chores are done and with the heat being what it is, it’s a good day to catch up on some badly needed maintenance and research. I need to revise the Donations page so it will automatically record donations. ($31 dollars has been received since this year.) Not sure if I’ll continue using PayPal or check other avenues that may be more user friendly. The main goal will be for it to be transparent.

As always, your suggestions are most welcome.

Sad and shocking news, and terrible behavior by Marin County officials — and the media!

My thoughts and prayers are with Robin Williams’ family and friends since hearing the sad news of his passing yesterday. He was a national treasure who touched so many through entertainment, but he was more than that — a really decent and kind human being. Rest in Peace Robin…the world is much less shiny without you.

I also want to express my displeasure about how the announcement of his passing was broadcast. Have to lay this squarely at the feet of Marin County officials. It used to be that when a public person died, no matter the controversy, it was announced but facts were held back out of respect for the person and their family. It gave family and friends time to process and grieve. After all, there is plenty of time to investigate circumstances thoroughly and make announcements later — after the person has been put to rest, a memorial is held, etc. For the MC officials to blurt out to the press details of how he was found, and other details that are really none of the public’s business 3 hours, much less several days later… well, I find it tawdry and unconscionable. We all know that the media is out of control as they run a horse race to be the first to publish the announcement, talk about it nonstop, corral others in the entertainment field to go on camera to publicly display their shock, and tell stories about him — is all for one thing — RATINGS.

This ghoulish behavior seems to be getting worse as it’s helped along via social media as people parrot the details on their FB page or tweets, chattering on and on, with the news and entertainment media organizations vie for the most eyeballs, and eventually comments, they can get for ratings.

Not sure why the Marin County Sheriff’s Department chose to release the details they did yesterday, but whoever made the decision to do so made a REALLY BAD ONE. It can’t be justified under “Protect & Serve” when that seemed to be nowhere in their sites to respect this extraordinary man and his end of life circumstances. Robin Williams deserved better than that. He, and his family, deserved privacy and time. That Marin County officials didn’t “get” that, is shameful and demeans us all.

FYI: Yahoo Groups is down, and up again

Hopefully it will be back up soon!

Happy Thursday from Yahoo Groups….I’ve just noticed, as I went to the moderation queue at our website, that Yahoo Groups is down. Did a little digging around and it appears that ALL Groups sites are not coming up. The url takes forever to load and then the message “Oops! Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content” with a giant unhappy face emoticon loads. A header loads, along with the left sidebar, but both have only generic info.

I’ve reached out to Yahoo via Twitter and will also send an email to my contact. (I shudder to think about what they are “refining” now.) Will add to this post when I know more!

Update at 2:25pm: 

Our Yahoo Groups page is back online, however with the following message:

“We’re upgrading our systems and some functions of Yahoo! Groups will be unavailable for a few hours. Emails sent to your groups may be delivered late during this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

I do see that 5 messages are pending in the moderation queue, but it’s not accessible. Will keep an eye on it throughout the afternoon and put them through as soon as I can!

Update at 6:00pm:

Was able to moderate messages just after 4pm. Yahoo still has the message up so our site might still be affected. If major glitches continue, I’ll note them here. If not, then this will be my last post about it and it will be biz as usual. Hopefully, their “upgrading of systems and some functions” will not create any havoc and the site will return to normal.

Oh — I did finally receive an email from my contact, and also a reply tweet from Yahoo. I let them know that it would be really great to get an advance notice of these things BEFOREHAND!

Admin note to group 2/20/14 about bouncing email messages to group

Dear MarinFreecycle Members,

We are having intermittent problems with posts to the group that are being sent via email. I’ve reported it to Yahoo Groups service and they are looking into it. I’m so sorry that I didn’t notice it sooner! It was brought to my attention by Dan M. He let me know that email posts he was sending were bouncing back to him.

Until this problem is fixed you may want to submit your posts at the web site. I’ve included instructions below. I’ll send an Admin message when YG has fixed the problem. Hopefully it will be in the next few days.

I apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience!

Nicole Price
Moderator, MarinFreecycle |
You can now attach photos to the group!

To post a message to the group:

1. Go to
2. Sign in with your Yahoo Groups membership email and password
3. Go to the Conversations page
4. Click “New Topic” purple button

TIP: Always include your city in Marin in your posts.
Fellow members want to know drive & gas consumption involved.

Great reminder today from a member

Dear Members,

I received this note today from Susan, a MarinFreecycle member since 2009. She shared recent frustrations, and some really great observations about why it’s not always the best idea to commit to those who rush to reply to Offer posts. I’ve written about this many times over the years, and wanted to share part of her note today, and add my comments about it.

“My experience has been that more often than
not I end up getting several enthusiastic responses,
then people flake. Meanwhile, I am trying to uphold
a sense of fairness i.e. allowing the first person to
have “dibs” even tho the 3rd or 4th person can come
right away. Time and time again the first person flakes,
forgets, changes their mind, becomes totally high-
maintenance, or whatever. 

“I think this is part of the reason why people resort to the
“curb alerts” of craigslist-OR-just toss their stuff in the

Does this sound familiar? Most likely it’s happened to all of us. We all have different reasons for wanting to clear out that Offered item right away, but I want to remind you that this group does not subscribe to, and actually discourages gifting to the first person who responds. It’s totally up to you of course, but a better tactic, if you have the time, is to wait at least 24 to 72 hours to give Members time to receive the Daily Digest and respond to your offer. The added benefit of this is that you’ll have a backup list of interested folks. When you do respond or make a commitment, kindly let the person know that you are looking forward to them keeping their pickup commitment. Feel free to note that you have a backup list as well. Last but not least, don’t post a Taken message until the item has been picked up. If you feel you must post a Promised message to the group, which is allowed, always include that you have a backup list in case of a no-show.

Lastly, if you just want something gone immediately, our group is probably not the best place to post your Offer. I suggest that you try — which allows addresses — a practice we DO NOT allow.

Thanks everyone. I hope your recycling experience via MarinFreecycle will benefit from this note. Many thanks to Susan for sharing her thoughts.

Nicole Price
Moderator, MarinFreecycle

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You can now include photos in your messages to the group!

To post a message via email:
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