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Portage-Kalamazoo Freecycle Help
"CHANGING THE WORLD ONE GIFT AT A TIME"

FAQ
How do mailing lists work?
Why does PF use Yahoo Groups?
Who runs PKF?
Why don't we allow coupons?
What do I do if someone is abusive or rude in email or in person?
What do I do if more then one person wants what I have offered?
What is the PKF disclaimer?
Can I just set the item out and say who ever gets here first gets it?
What is the etiquette for pickups?
When making multiple offers should I put them together or list each one?
How do I arrange pickup?
Why do I see praise listings?
Post for prescription medication?
Can I get stuff from PKF to sell?
Can we freecycle gift software?
Can I work out a trade on the board?

WHAT IS FREECYCE GIFTING?
Freecycling is a gifting community using an internet mailing list to connect people who share the same anti-consumerist values. We believe that owning a tangible item carries with it a certain responsibility not to waste the resources and intention that went into the creation, distribution and use of the item. Freecycle gifting is a great way to find a suitable next owner of an item we no longer need or to locate a gifter for what we need.

HOW DO WE START FREECYCLE GIFTING?
The email list (PKF) is how we connect with people to give and receive gifts. The first step is to become a member of PKF. There are two ways to join the Portage-Kalamazoo Freecyle mailing list. From the web, go to the Yahoo Groups PKF home page and then click on the "JOIN THIS GROUP" button or send email to the subscribe address. Shortly after that you should receive a Pending Membership email from the server. Just follow the instructions in that email to complete your membership.

THIS MAILING LIST IS A BIT DIFFERENT THAN MOST.
Email that is addressed to the list will go to all members but there is no discussion allowed on PKF. When you reply to a message that is posted to the list the reply goes only to the poster as private mail, not publicly to the entire list. This keeps the volume of mail down by letting people make arrangements for the gifting of a specific item in private mail instead of all the other members getting mail about a gift they are not involved with.

SUBJECT LINES ARE THE KEY TO MAKING FREECYCLE GIFTING WORK SMOOTHLY.
The most important part of any posting to the list at PKF is a well composed subject line. People are busy. Finding the posts that members want to work with is so much easier if posters use good subject lines. That way scanning through all the mail from PKF only takes a few minutes a day.

POSTINGS TO THE LIST ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO BE ON FIVE TOPICS.

They are Offer, Want, Pending (or PPU), Taken and my personal favorite, Praise (or Thank You). One of these five keywords must be the first word of the subject line.

THE SUBJECT LINE MUST ALSO INCLUDE A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE GIFT(S).

In the praise post, the subject line must contain the name of the gifter. (more on subject lines)

THE BODY OF THE POST should further describe the item offered or asked for if more clarification is called for. Furthermore, all offers must include an approximate location or nearby intersection so responders can know how far they will have to travel for the pick up. it can be in the subject line or in the body of the post.

The whole idea of these rules for postings is to be courteous to the list readers. Freecycle gifting generates a lot of email. Busy members should be able quickly scan the subject lines to find the posts they might want to "work" with and read more about the details. Those are the only emails they should need to open and be able to quickly delete the rest. Proper subject lines that are on Topic make the whole process efficient. Even a busy day's worth of postings should only take a couple of minutes to go through if all posters are consistent with on Topic and descriptive subject lines.

Gift: Something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation. A valid gift requires: (1) a competent donor; (2) an eligible donee; (3) an existing identifiable thing or interest; (4) an intention to donate; (5) delivery; i.e., a transfer of possession to or for the donee and a relinquishment.