1.KEEP IT FREE, LEGAL & APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES.
This means, for example,
– no pornography
– no alcohol
– no tobacco
– no drugs (of any kind, including all medicines, vitamins, creams, etc.)
– no firearms or other weapons.
Two strikes and you’re out of the group. This is our main rule to live by and it’s a pretty easy one at that.
2. SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR POSTS.
Use these phrases to make it easy for others to delete or view.
– OFFER: Coffee Maker( Your General Location)
– TAKEN: Coffee Maker (Used in conjunction with Offer)
– WANTED: Coffee Maker, any condition. (Your General Location)
[Please use this post sparingly and don’t offer money. And above all else, don’t ask for an extravagant item like a diamond ring which we’d all like to have or the strike rule will kick in – see no. 1 above]
– RECEIVED: Coffee Maker (Used in response to Wanted)
– ADMIN: (Used by Owners and Mods)
3. If you want to read the message on Yahoo! Groups, You must use “Special Notice”
You cannot use NO EMAIL.
This is the only way we can communicate with you for major announcements. There will not be alot of Special Notices.
4. NO POLITICS, NO SPAM, NO MONEY, NO PERSONAL ATTACKS/RUDENESS, NO PROSELYTIZING/RELIGION.
It’s all about R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Two strikes & you’re out, i.e. you will be unsubscribed by the moderator after two inappropriate postings.
5.NO TRADING PLEASE.
6.RESPONSES GO ONLY TO OFFERER.
It keeps down the sheer no. of emails.
7. NO OFFERING YOURSELF OR YOUR CHILDREN.
Posting oneself or another person from the human species is not allowed.
There are many fine Internet dating sites better suited to this purpose.
8. A BRIEF NOTE ON ETIQUETTE:
“Be nice.” We are all volunteers and we’ve got a great little community here so when you arrange to pick up an item from another
member, it is basic good manners to accommodate them as much as possible in terms of scheduling, and then be punctual; they are, after all, giving you something you need and asking nothing in return except that you will show up when you say you will. (Leaving someone hanging is never a nice thing.) Also, unless the giver tells you otherwise, assume that they would like you to come by as soon as you can to take away the item; no more than three days after the offer is made is usual. (Think of it as The Three-day Rule.)
Be aware! It is up to each individual member of Novi Recycle when arranging for pickup of the item being given away to be appropriately aware of the potential risk of having “a stranger” come to your home to pick something up. Novi Recycle assumes no responsibility for this risk. You may want to arrange to meet in a public place or leave the item on the front porch without mentioning whether or not you will be home at the time of pickup.
10. YOUR APPROXIMATE LOCATION:
Try to list this in the body of your e-mail as well as in the subject line. OFFER Couch (downtown). “I’ve got a couch and live
downtown. Nearest intersection: Speedway and Stone.”
11. NO PETS!!
To protect pets from the wrong people, use www.petfinder.com or
12. PICK UP.
Arrange as you like. Generally, you’ll wait until you get a handful of responses or maybe overnight, and then you can pick whomever you like! That’s half the fun. I always ask that people consider giving your starving local charity preference if one should respond. Arrange pickup with one person only, rather than “it’s on the porch, whoever gets here first gets it.” Otherwise you’ll become unpopular pretty fast with your fellow group members. Also, only give your phone number to one person at a time or ask for the
recipient’s phone no. Otherwise you’ll get swamped with phone calls.
13. Phone Numbers and Addresses cannot be publicly posted in the group,
this must be done via private e-mail. This is for our members safety. Yahoo Groups, Google, and other search engines keep copies of posts for many, many years.
That should just about do it. Have Fun .
Please join us on Yahoo! Groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/novi_freecycle/