Fighting for freerecyling

What goes up, goes up

Freegle continues to grow its groups.  From Richard Wallman’s own group in Birmingham to one that I modded until TFN got nasty, Cherwell Valley.  So now the largest Freegle group is over 27,000 members and if you ignore the stub groups, there are around 190 real groups.

The Birmingham conversion to Freegle is most interesting.  According to Richard this is a hijack by other moderators.  Obviously his opinion was not too popular within the group, however definitely worth a read is Richard’s ramblings, including castigation of Neil Morris, the ex-UK director for doing absolutely nothing for the last four years.


September 18, 2009 - Posted by | freecycle


  1. One line I will pull out of Richard’s ramblings, “Still, at least it means that Birmingham Freecycle is now off of Yahoo!Groups”.

    So for any Freecycle group this is a clear warning. You will not be on Yahoo for long.

    Comment by andyswarbs | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. Just in – Cherwell Valley is now yet another freegle group, as is Ascot.

    Comment by andyswarbs | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  3. Having trialled MyFreecycle and found it wanting, our group has tried to exticate itself from the system to no avail so we refer all joiners to the Yahoo group and soldier on.

    All requests to the GOA have fallen on deaf ears (quel surprise)

    Our message numbers dramatically ramped up when we went back to Yahoo Groups and the moderator plugins mean we can do more than the MF nonsense…

    Our members LIKE Yahoo groups and after an inadvertent but ill supported failure on MyFreecycle where 7,500 users were SPAMMED with a repeated message (some over 200 times), I think that if they are ever faced with a return to MF, we Moderators would be LYNCHED! 🙂

    Comment by DrBazUK | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  4. Unscientific stat taken today:-

    Now 174 Freegle groups on Yahoo with over 50 members per group (total 621381 members)

    233 UK Freecycle groups* on Yahoo with over 50 members per group (total 806562 members)

    * Search criteria was ‘freecycle uk’ which will pickup any groups with those words in name or description, also there will be a few non freecycle groups included which are still using the freecycle name, freecyclebrighton is one confusing example of this

    Comment by Dave | September 20, 2009 | Reply

  5. Dave, thanks for the update. It is almost impossible to get accurate results. For example some groups are now Freegle groups but have not changed their name. In particular the Cafes are likely to be a lot slower in changing their names, and some have large memberships! As you have seen (and excluded) there are a number of stub groups, placeholders if you will.

    What is important in such a survey is to look for a trend. That can provide more reliable information. For example, if I now look for Freegle groups, that has now gone up by almost 50% over the weekend.

    My prediction is that the number of Freegle groups will continue to rise – and substantially.

    Very interestingly in my own county, Oxfordshire I am now seeing demand by members for change. No longer is this event being driven by moderators. No, the cudgel is being picked up by the rank and file.

    Comment by andyswarbs | September 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. What is so confusing about freecycle brighton? Compared to the rift and splits and goldrush for new groups it’s an abacus!! We were gifted the name “freecycle” before it was trademarked and have no intention of changing the name of it whilst continuing to run it 100% independant of TFN

    Larry Pickleman

    Freecycle Brighton Yahoo Group Owner

    Comment by Larry Pickleman | September 26, 2009 | Reply

  7. I’m a bit late to the discussion, but I find it fascinating that Richard was complaining about his group being hijacked. Did he ever (or does he now) complain when Deron and his girls hijack anyone else’s group?

    Comment by heidi uppgaard | October 28, 2009 | Reply

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