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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.

Understanding why your posts to group may be getting rejected

Here are the top reasons for post rejections. I hope it will help to remind you to avoid them, so your post makes it onto the board the first time you send it! (The reason for rejection follows in parens.) You are always welcome to re-submit your post after changing its content.

  1. Your reply came back to the board queue. (remember to reply directly to the person who posted)
  2. Incomplete subject line and/or city in Marin missing. (because Offer/Wanted/Taken/Received is missing in subject line)
  3. Come & get it offers with addresses are not allowed on this board. (because address is in post)
  4. Please resubmit your post with a subject line that conforms to group rules. (because subject line is odd or not appropriate)
  5. Asking to borrow is not allowed on the board. (because reference to returning an item to original poster after use is in post; okay to say you’ll be freecycle it after use)
  6. Posting a dollar value on your item is not allowed unless it is clear you are giving it for FREE. (because it creates confusion)

Hopefully seeing this list will be a good reminder for all to check their message before submitting.

Also, please remember to continue making donations to the various county nonprofits that depend on the influx of donations in the form of goods which they disperse to others, or sell to support their agency efforts. Our group is but one “spoke” in the wheel of recycling in our county.

Best way to send your freecycling post to MarinFreecycle

Couple of things I wanted to let everyone know. First, if you’ve had any issues posting a message to the group using the new re-designed Yahoo Groups–(wasn’t it nice of them to re-design it without sending out a notice to anyone?)–have no fear…sending posts via email is still the best and fastest way to post your messages. They come right into the message queue and I get a notification too. Email your message to from your membership email.

If you have an iPhone, here’s another way to post painlessly AND include a photo: Get the FREE MyFreeStuff app, go through the initial setup (it will ask you for your city), and you’re all set. You can then snap a photo of your Offer and thumb-key in your text and press send.

Take care and best holiday wishes,
Moderator, MarinFreecycle

Web message posts are working again

I’ve done a series of tests this morning and haven’t received that pesky 999 error message, so hopefully the Yahoo Groups technical glitches are fixed. If you try to post a message using the MarinFreecycle post page, and get 999, please let me know.

Happy freecycling everyone!

999 error workaround

To all MarinFreecycle Members:

You can still post messages to the group board via email. To send your message email You must send it using your MarinFreecycle membership email, or it will be rejected.

So very sorry for the inconvenience if you are used to posting at the website! This way is painless and your message will get to the queue where I can moderate it.