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    • Victoria Rose
    • February 15th, 2011

    it is great that you are seeing yourself as valuable. I certainly and completely value you and your conscious community of connected clutter-ers and unclutter-ers. you’ve ALL changed my life!! literally. i can now “let go” of many cluttery and energy sucking decisions by telling myself. “Hey, if I ever REALLY need something on that infamous “someday” I can make a quick post and it will appear magically in my freecycle inbox” I am sooo happy that I don’t have to hold onto anything of supposed value because i save so much money by using freecycle. BTW we are very lucky here in the bayarea. i hear tell that Arizona freecycle only lists very few and no-so-desirable, (at least for my step-daughter’s opinion), items.

    i am honored to be able to donate tips to an association that supports such a positive change in my life and i am sure in the lives of many others as we pay it forward to our mother earth by way of each other.

    • Mary
    • February 15th, 2011

    I have often wondered how you can possible handle all the posts- on your persona time. It must make an impact on your other commitments. I, for one, support the trip jar idea whole heartedly. I’ve tipped on a couple other free support sites and will be happy to do so from time to time.

    • Greg F
    • January 31st, 2011

    Dear Nicole:

    I saw your poll today – “Should Marin Freecycle charge new members $2.00 upon joining to cover administrative expenses?”

    I recommend that you put out a “tip jar” and let everybody donate as much and as often as they wish. You can send out reminders every once in a while. Whatever suits your personality. I think this will nicely solve your funding problem.

    I tip a couple times a year at this website: http://fullyinformed.com I support the site because the owner does a great job, and she offers the site for free, letting people donate if they feel like it.

    Best wishes. ~Greg

    • Fred J. Keyser
    • December 31st, 2010

    is MCFC a profit making group or not pls? Is this in other areas of the USA? thanxx Fred

      • Nicole-admin
      • January 2nd, 2011

      Good question! MarinFreecycle is not a profit making group. It is an internet based group that is modeled on the freecycle.org concept.

      Freecycle.org, is incorporated in Arizona as a 501(c)3 non-profit. There are thousands of freecycle groups all over the world that are owned and moderated by individuals like myself who do so on their own time and expense. Although freecycle.org operates on a budget from corporate donors, local moderators are independents and unpaid. I can’t speak for the reasons why others do it, but for myself, it is a desire to help facilitate community recycling from a grass-roots level. I saw a need here in Marin County, and started our group in 2004.

      There are individuals who have started profit making companies based on our basic concept. iReuse is one example. Their CEO is a former member of our group.

    • Mark
    • August 2nd, 2010

    On a practical note, do all Freecycle boards use Yahoo groups? Frankly it is just not that efficient when there are other categorized boards out there, and I would imagine at least some of them can send out email notifications if that is really needed.

    I don’t know if it matters to the rules but you can just imagine one forum category for all the WANTED and another for all the OFFERS would be nice to have, and also a discussion area is not a bad idea and would not be a problem when it’s separate as it wouldn’t clutter up the listings. That’s one thing that doesn’t make a lot of sense with FC, some discussion can be beneficial and you know a lot of people will never look at this blog, and frankly a blog is not the best format for discussion. Anyway just a thought, I know switching would be a big deal but I’m wondering if some places people don’t just use an actual bulletin board rather than a Yahoo Groups list.

      • Nicole-admin
      • August 2nd, 2010

      I agree with you about most of what you’ve said. I will be first in line about YG not being the most efficient mode of communication for a group. A few years back I created a bulletin board format, using Simple Machines, and set it up as you described. About 200 or so signed up from my call for testers, but it became clear that the mail system associated with it would not be enough to handle the traffic unless a lot of time and attention was paid to it, and the dollars that go along with that. Then the Freecycle.org folks asked me to remove it. (I won’t get into why here…) From this volunteer’s perspective, for all its faults, YG is the best we have right now. It’s free, and 95 percent of all the Freecycle groups use its interface, which is recognizable for many members when they move here and become a member. Freecycle.org also has developed an interface but we’re not a part of it by choice, as it has caused a lot of grief and consternation for moderators and members alike.

      I’m sorry to see that you’ve left the group.

    • Mark
    • July 12th, 2010

    Sounds like many of us have experienced unresponsive people that do not follow up. Frankly I think that’s good reason to give preference to regulars who obviously respect the way Freecycle is used, and just respect good communication with other people! I know in the time I’ve used FC I feel this way more and more. To me it’s about supporting a community where people work together rather than just people who want to get rid of stuff or people who don’t care about anything once they get what they want!

    • Helen
    • July 2nd, 2010

    Hey Freecyclers –
    I’d appreicate it that if you post a WANTED item, you should come get it! Afterall, it’s the courteous thing to do when someone goes to the time and effort to collect the items you want … if you don’t want it anymore, say so!

    An irritated Freecycler

      • Mark
      • July 12th, 2010

      Just like the post by Bee Green below, this shows how inconsiderate many people are. I really don’t think most people get or respect the fact that when they write an email, there’s a person on the other end! They may not behave the same way when dealing with people face-to-face, so there should be some degree of etiquette or just a minimal amount of good communication. I’ve noticed sometimes people will posting offers will also not reply OR post a TAKEN ad, nor is there is RECEIVED message.

      Just to put it in context, if you’ve ever dealt with any kind of personals ad online you may see the same behavior. Essentially personal ads come down to someone wanting a little companionship, and I’m not just talking about the ones for romantic interest where you obviously don’t fit their long laundry list of qualities. Ads that sound pretty open about what they want (and obviously real, not the vague spam ones) will sometimes completely ignore you.

      Frankly I guess to sum it up in a nutshell: People are flaky and rude, even if it is in a passive way.

  1. Hey, I’ve been receiving numerous emails purportedly from Yahoo Groups regarding my request to unsubscribe. Anyone else say they’ve been getting these? I’ve gotten six in the last hour.

      • Nicole-admin
      • March 9th, 2010

      Sounds like a major glitch! Have they stopped? I have not received complaints from others about this.

    • Bee Green
    • January 22nd, 2010

    I have replied a few times to a WANTED post with the item, only to have no response. I think that’s pretty disrespectful and rude … I’ve gone to the trouble of hunting down the item they asked for, replied in a nice way, and … no reply, not even a “Thanks but I already have what I wanted”. It makes me want to Not make any more repies to Wanted posts.

      • Nicole-admin
      • January 23rd, 2010

      Thank you for posting your comment here Bee Green. I am sorry this has happened and want to say that you make a really good point.

      The chances are very good that you expressed a frustration shared my many others who feel the same way, but have not vented that frustration. That’s what Admin messages are for, so an upcoming Admin very soon will address this as a reminder to all that common courtesy is always a good thing — and what the opposite of that yields.

      • Nancy B
      • January 24th, 2010

      Bee, you may not know this, but many freecyclers MONITOR the board through automatic e-mail notifications. Obviouslyl I’m incorrect to asssume everyone else does that.

      I have received up to 50 requests for one item. I cannot always give a personal reply to folks. My solution is to send out another notification saying that it’s “taken.” The item you were asking about may not have been available any longer.

      If someone doesn’t reply to me within a reasonable time, I assume it’s not available any longer.

        • Nicole-admin
        • January 24th, 2010

        Nancy — Bee was referring to replying to Wanted postings and not being acknowledged with a reply.

        • Nancy B
        • January 24th, 2010

        My apology… you are SO RIGHT… The very idea that someone would blow off a reply to their “wanted” posting — with an OFFER no less — does not compute.

    • Marylyn Thornton
    • January 19th, 2010


    Can you please help me to get sending picture attachment enabled.

    I love freecycle and often need to include pictures in my offers.


      • Nicole-admin
      • January 19th, 2010

      Sorry, photo attachment is not available in our group. Members are welcome to post their photos at Picasa, Flickr, or other place on the web, and include the url in their posting. Or you can offer to send photo to responders via email. I also sent you an email about this.

    • Anne Brown
    • January 15th, 2010

    I’m finding it frustrating that people doing the OFFER posts are neither responding to my (rather instantaneous) email replies when I’d like to come get something (giving my email, phone, etc.), nor are they posting any kind of TAKEN message. Posting that “taken” message ASAP would be most courteous, if you can’t be bothered to reply to the email.

      • Nicole-admin
      • January 15th, 2010

      Anne, can you forward me a few examples of Offer posts that you’ve responded that do not have followup Taken messages. Thank you.

        • Anne Brown
        • January 15th, 2010

        Nicole, I’ve sent you a bunch of forwarded emails. Thanks so much for listening! Thanks for being the one to lead the freecycle effort in Marin!

    • Gillian
    • November 4th, 2009

    Hi Nicole
    I’m sure you’ve heard from other freecyclers, the digests seem to have switched from coming in batches of 25 today to batches of 2, meaning I’m getting a ton of email from freecycle. Did some setting get messed up on the group? Or is it yahoo’s fault.
    Just sanity checking…..


      • Nicole-admin
      • November 4th, 2009

      The Daily Digest distribution is controlled by Yahoo Groups. They must be having a problem today. I heard from a member of another group that the same thing is happening. Will monitor their YG blog and post a message to the group.

    • Mari Harrison
    • September 3rd, 2009

    I’ve been trying to post a free dryer on freecycle and I never see it posted. What am I doing wrong?

      • Nicole-admin
      • September 4th, 2009

      I checked the message archive and from May 19 to Sept 2 there are 4 messages from you offering a clothes dryer. You can do a search at the YG site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/marinfreecycle/messages to see them.

      Your email preferences are set to individual messages so a record of all group posts would be delivered to your yahoo email account.

      Have you received responses to your post?

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