FREEUSE.ORG: THE FREEUSE NETWORK
|...the simple, age-old principle that's changing the world one gift at a time.
Hello fellow FreeUser,
WELCOME to the The FreeUse Network (TFN). After reading this to the bottom, if you still have questions,
you may contact Scott, the Network Facilitator/Moderator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREEUSE GUIDELINES/ ETIQUETTE-----
(1) NO POLITICS & NO SPAM. Two strikes & you're out...actually, with blatant spam, one strike. (The
moderators will protect the members to the best of their abilities and will be reviewing practically every
(2) SUBJECT LINE RULES
Use these phrases:
OFFER: (Items you'd like to give away...clarify in the body of the post, as necessary; you may want to include your
location, preferred pick-up methods, etc.)
SEEK: (Items you're seeking; use sparingly, but as necessary) EXCEPT UNDER EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES: (a)
MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO POST AN 'OFFER' BEFORE YOU POST A 'SEEK'; (b) POST ONE SEEK PER WEEK; (c)
INCLUDE ONE ITEM PER SEEK POST; and (d) INCLUDE MULTIPLE ITEMS (IF NECESSARY) IN A SINGLE POST.
TAKEN: (to inform that items you've offered have been claimed)
FOUND: (when you have been offered and received the item you SEEK)
COMMENT: (Suggestions, thoughts, etc...may rather send this directly to the moderator at email@example.com)
ADMIN: (Primarily for moderator's email to members)
(3) CAN WE USE FREEUSE TO FIND NEW HOMES FOR PETS? Yes, keep it legal & be lovingly careful. If
asking for animals provide an explanation. (STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU CONSIDER USE ONE OF
THE LOCAL ANIMAL ADOPTION GROUPS-GET INFO ON THEM VIA THE "Links" IN THE MENU.) WE
PROHIBIT THE SEEKING OF PETS AT FREEUSE.
(4) KEEP IT FREE. Please don't ask for payment nor offer to buy items.
(5) We cannot accept any postings except for real, physical and tangible items. Asking for free advice is
acceptable, but always first consider contacting a professional. No employment, accommodation, or
advertisements (lost and found, upcoming events...unless approved by the moderator). We also do not
accept "personals" (i.e., dates).
(6) FYI: RESPONSES GO ONLY TO OFFERER. It keeps down the sheer number of e-mails*. (We
recommend that you receive all posts to RSFN via 'Daily Digest'. Of course, your viewing of the offers will
be delayed until the Daily Digest with all of that days posts are received in your email list.)
(7) SELECTION AND PICK UP. Arrangements are totally up to the individuals involved, generally, first
responded-first serve, if a charity responds, you may want to give them a first shot. You may wish to
receive offers for 24 hours before selecting a member to receive your offer. This allows non-profits to
contact you and you can choose a worthy recipient from a greater population. Charities, please provide
contact info so that they may call you and discuss the nature of your work in the community and how they
may support you. Always consider your safety during all transactions (see "Safety Tips"). M:oderators can
help facilitate transactions, as practical.
8) BE RESPECTFUL TO ALL MEMBERS. If you have a problem contact your moderator, we all get busy and
sometimes email goes unanswered so do not take it personally if someone does not get back to you right
away. DO NOT INITIATE ANY CONFRONTATION WITH A MEMBER AT ANY TIME! CONTACT THE
MODERATOR WITH PROBLEMS...firstname.lastname@example.org.
*TIPS TO ORGANIZE ALL OF THE NEW E-MAILS YOU ARE GETTING: Go to "Tips for Managing the Email".
This will enable you to meet your freeuse goals and objectives.
SUGGESTION TO HELP US GROW:
"Network"--Tell your family, co-workers, classmates; Make an announcement at your professional or
social organization; Let your church members know; Tell your favorite charity...be creative...let's make this
grow! YOU CAN ACCESS A FLYER THAT YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND PRINT IF YOU GO TO THE "Files"
LINK ON THE MAIN MENU OF www.FreeUse.org.
Just a suggestion: If you can, find something around the house that you can live without, in fact,
something you'd like to live without, and post it on our message list...you know: OFFER: New jag
Statistics show that at the beginning of a new FreeUse network that about 70-90% of the posts are "SEEK"
messages...making your first post an offer will even things out a bit...like I said, if you can.
Scott, Facilitator/Moderator, The FreeUse Network
The FreeUse Network was started
in May 2004 as a local freecycle
group by an Environmental
Engineer to promote waste
reduction in Baton Rouge LA by
helping to keep reusable items
out of landfills and to develop a
helpful community of caring
people. In October 2005, due to
freecycle losing it's grassroots
appeal, FreeUse was born.
*The FreeUse Network will
NEVER apply for a trademark for
"our name", will NEVER prohibit
people from using the term
"freeuse" as a verb (e.g., "happy
freeusing"), will NEVER solicit
payment from nor align ourselves
with hazardous waste companies
that wish to white-wash their
history of non-compliance,
pollution and fines, will NEVER
pay one dime to those of us
VOLUNTEERS who will keep this
a grassroots group with the
following focus: Keep reuseable
items out of landfills, help those
in need and develop a caring
community of members
You see, giving things away for
free to those who can reuse them
was not invented in October
2005 nor May 2004 nor May
2003, it came about the time
man separated from primates, as
How, then, can one ever expect
to 'trademark' giving? This
concept is, therefore, FREE to