Saturday, December 1, 2012

[OntarioCaliforniaFreecycle] File - Cross Posting - New Guidelines

Cross-posting seems to be the issue which creates the most problems among members so I am resubmitting this with updates just so we all are clear on what it is.

Cross-posting is sending your Offer or Wanted request to more than one
group at a time. This means sending the same message to multiple
groups, even if each message is sent separately. It has become a major
problem on many Freecycle™ groups. Cross-posting is particularly
common in big cities where there are large Freecycle groups very close
to each other.

Sometimes our moderators are not aware of cross posting, so you will see a post go through to several groups at the same time. We cannot control what other groups allow so what we say here is A SUGGESTION only.

(the one you reside in or are closest to). If you haven't received a
response after 24 hours, then post it to the next nearest group and so
on and so on. Some of your neighboring groups would consider it
courtesy to wait at least 24 hours between each posting.

Cross-posting is a problem for several reasons, most of which are
contrary to the spirit of The Freecycle Network™:

* It drastically increases the number of messages in each group
* It is not fair to the members of your home community to get beaten
to a good item by someone far away
* It wastes gas and increases pollution because people drive long
Distances to pick up items
* It forces too many people to compete for the same item
* It causes the person cross-posting to deal with excess responses
* It is the cause of many no-shows when people realize how far they'll
Have to drive
*Chances are if you are requesting an item from several groups, other members may not
want to accomodate you so you are limiting your chances for a good response.

One of the great things about using Freecycle is the building of a
local community through recycling things to our neighbors. Please give
your neighbors the opportunity to benefit from your generosity first.

Although we may not reject a cross posted item for reasons noted above, we suggest you consider that many people may belong to the same multiple groups that you do and, therefore, may find it annoying to get multiple copies of the same post and then may not respond at all. But it is your choice to do what works for you.

Ontario California Freecycle!


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