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Is Wallman right or is he wrong?

Richard Wallman, the architect behind MyFreecycle complained on his blog about Neil Morris, one of the ex-Directors of Freecyle UK.  He said that he did nothing, not even write a job description.  Not very complimentary, I guess.

Whilst on the Telegraph, Neil is reported as saying, “We were not allowed to make our own local decisions and the incredible amount of energy that was around for developing the UK was being blocked.”

Being blocked, hmm.  That says to me that Neil was attempting to do things but was being stopped in his tracks.  Was it in fact the same Richard Wallman, as a stooge for Deron that was stopping Neil from doing things?  I think we should be told.

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September 20, 2009 Posted by | freegle | , , , | Leave a comment

Freegle on the Financial Times

Coverage of the breakout from The Freecycle Network of the UK groups to the Freegle Network continues on the FT.

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September 18, 2009 Posted by | freecycle, freegle | , | Leave a comment

A third of all UK freecycle groups have joined Freegle

Whichever way you cut it more and more UK groups are leaving freecycle in their droves. This organisation that was only launched 4 days ago has grown by 50% in the last 24 hours. My last post reported 194 groups, whereas my latest search comes out at a staggering 347 groups.

Please tell me if I am wrong, but my crude maths says that between a third and a half of all UK freecycling groups have now converted over to Freegle.

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September 13, 2009 Posted by | freecycle, freegle | , , , , , | 26 Comments

Freegle it is

It is a sad day when yet another heard of group owners decides to break away from The Freecycle Network and create their own brand name.  Very sad.  I do of course wish them well, but they miss an opportunity, imo, a very serious opportunity.

Still Freegle it is.  This is not necessarily the best name in the world.  But that is what the IAFCmods a breaking away to.  They have a stub website available, and no doubt that will grow apace.

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September 12, 2009 Posted by | freecycle | | 24 Comments

Facts, Facts and more Facts

Check out our new facts page.  Definitive reading imo – and that is why it has a permanent link in this blog.

If you have any facts to add please get in touch.

September 11, 2009 Posted by | freecycle | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Are you a scared moderator?

No, not ready to leave just yet
Image by flickrized via Flickr

Right now many moderators must be feeling very scared.  When The Freecycle Network first started it was a nice cosy place where we could all do some good.  Then nasty things started happening, and in my opinion they have all been initiated, albeit unintentionally.  This was done by one person who created an organisation full of secrets, more fit for the Klu Klux Clan than recycling unwanted items.

Everyone, and I mean everyone gets swallowed up by the touch-feely niceness of freecycling first.  Then of moderating their own group and perhaps even running their own group.  From their they get elevated into the increasingly closed and private hierarchy referred on this site as TPTB – the powers that be.

Epitomised by strong control on free thought using tools such as moderation, banning and black-balling the centre of this organisation has only talked of relinquishing control.  Never in all the six years of TFN’s history has Deron Beal ceded one ounce of actual control – to anyone.

The result is an ever-increasing global fraternity of so-called darksiders or nexters.  And now at this very moment possibly 100s of new groups and their moderators will also share that same label.

At they back of their minds, your minds, must be the ultimate question.  “How do I justify this to my members and to myself?”  Following this are a range of related questions such as, “What the F*** have I been doing with my life?   Should I just give up?”

The answer, the only answer is to go back to roots.  Look at your group closely.  Talk to your members.  They love you.  They trust you.  You love them – and you should trust them.

Then ring the changes on your group, oh, and feel the fresh air.

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September 11, 2009 Posted by | freecycle | , , , | Leave a comment

Tomorrow 27% of freecycle disappears!

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  A man lights a c...
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According to the Green Living Blog on the Guardian the UK Freecycling fraternity accounts for 27% of all freecycle activities – worldwide.  And as of tomorrow none of that will be associated with The Freecycle Network when nearly all UK groups will rebrand themselves away from the control freakery of Deron Beal.

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September 10, 2009 Posted by | freecycle | , , | 15 Comments

IAFCmods set up new network

Freecycle at N2Y3
Image by happykatie via Flickr

Following the breakdown in communications (was there ever any communication from Deron that wasn’t a form letter?) the IAFCmods group of moderators now seems intent on forming their own network.  In there own words (as already published on the web)…

“We the IAFCM Committee committee no longer see any way to negotiate with TFN or achieve our aims in the current Freecycle Network. Most of us are now moderated and believe we are targeted for removal from our TFN positions (and some are already removed). We are sorry we have failed to achieve our preferential aims..
We no longer feel we can ask you to stay in the Freecycle Network.
For this reason we will now focus the attentions of IAFCM Mods going alone, standing on our own two feet and launching a New UK led and democratically led successor Network. We have received many messages from member moderators urging us to prepare against this eventuality and have a successor Network ready to launch.
The proposed network will not follow the organisational model of The Freecycle Network. It will be led by a consensus, have free elections and polling of group members It will be looser than TFN and groups will be free to choose their own names for their groups, but may, if they wish, choose to use the the network name to increase their visibility in the search engines and have a higher profile as we promote it.
Thee may well be some groups that wish to stay in the Freecycle Network and if so we wish you well. We wish to be inclusive and we wouldn’t mind you having a dual affiliation but it we know it would result in you being kicked out of TFN so we wish you you well for the future
There will be a short delay before full instructions on how to establishing full links with the Network and cut the ties with TFN are published We are aware this is a big step and is not exactly what we had in mind when we first started with IAFCMODS and though many members are “raring to go” others may feel a bit pressured and need time and space to voice any reservations. We wish everyone to feel comfortable and we are aware that the committee were working under constraints where we could not consult on this as much as we wanted.
However such constraints are now lifted and there can be open discussion on on IAFCMods in which committee can fully participate.
Fuller instructions as to how to safely rename your group will follow. Please regularly read messages on IAFCMods group for information. We will also be posting admin notices you can use to communicate with your group members. Now it’s open to everyone can help modify and polish up admins etc. Please use this group as we used to use modquad in the past to develop best practise and to freely comment on proposals – but lets think outside the box as we don’t want to repeat TFN mistakes.
Post here if you are asked to stand down or your group is threatened in any way and we’ll support you in making the necessary changes.
Carol, Caroline,David, Edward, Mark, Saira and Seb
Your Interim Committee”

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September 10, 2009 Posted by | freecycle | , , | Leave a comment

Calling all UK groups to disassociate themselves from TFN

FreeCycle
Image by eschipul via Flickr

Over the last months an earthquake has been building within the UK Freecycle movement.  The first overt rumble was the resignation of Neil Morris, who until then was the lead person in the UK in more ways than one.  At the same moment the entire UK lead team also resigned.  The Freecycle Network reacted by putting in place an interim lead team, which subsequently has been elevated permanently to replace Neil et al, headed by Janice.

Neil and many others in the UK moderation fraternity then set about creating IAFCMods, a pressure group to promote the needs of UK moderators within TFN.  The succeeded wholeheartedly in creating IAFCMods.  They did this with full democratic process, even to the point of Neil not being the automatic lead person.

And then they set about trying to work with TFN to get IAFCmods recognised.   Well all hopes and efforts have been either totally ignored or rebuked.  Time and time againg UK moderators tried to get The Freecycle Network to listen and react positively.

The reaction can be summed up in the following email sent by Deron Beal to Neil yesterday, published with permission:

“Arrived home tonight to find the following email in my inbox. The email below from Deron demonstrates and confirms the autocratic policies that I have been fighting to change for a considerable period of time. I think the email and actions speak for themselves.
Neil Morris
I give full permission for this to be forwarded anywhere.

Begin forwarded message:
> From: Deron Beal <deron@…>
> Date: 8 September 2009 19:32:26 CEST
> To: Neil Morris <neil.morris@…>
> Cc: EastMidlands <eastmidlands@…>, “ukgoalead@…
> Janice” <ukgoalead@…>, NptonNorthCentralFreecycle@…
> Subject: Your volunteer role with Freecycle UK
> Dear Neil,
> We’d like to thank you for your efforts in keeping your local Freecycle group going. Your volunteer efforts have been greatly appreciated.
> However, we no longer feel that it is a good fit between yourself and The Freecycle Network at this time and would ask that you step down from all Freecycle volunteer roles.
> If you could please demote yourself from your local group as a mod or owner and unsubscribe from all leadership groups that would be appreciated.
> I’d ask that any fellow local volunteers wishing to continue volunteering contact me at this time.
> Please approve the interimmod@… address and promote them to Lead Mod of your group before stepping down yourself.
> Regards,
> Deron

So, up yours Neil is the message.  However Deron has spoken to other UK moderators in the same vein.  And now the IAFCMods have reacted, again this is public domain information:

> From: ****
> Date: 9 September 2009 11:00:03 BST
> To: <intlfcms@yahoogroups.com>
> Subject: [UIFMS] Breaking News – IAFCM
> Reply-To: IntlFCMS@yahoogroups.com
> We the IAFCM Committee committee no longer see any way to negotiate
> with TFN or achieve our aims in the current Freecycle Network. Most of
> us are now moderated and believe we are targeted for removal from our
> TFN positions (and some are already removed). We are sorry we have
> failed to achieve our preferential aims..
> We no longer feel we can ask you to stay in the Freecyle Network.
> For this reason we will now focus the attentions of IAFCM Mods going
> alone, standing on our own two feet and launching a New UK led and
> democratically led successor Network. We have received many messages
> from member moderators urging us to prepare against this eventuality
> and have a successor Network ready to launch.
> The proposed network will not follow the organisational model of The
> Freecycle Network. It will be led by a consensus, have free
> elections and polling of group members It will be looser than TFN and
> groups will be free to choose their own names for their groups, but
> may, if they wish, choose to use the the network name to increase
> their visibility in the search engines and have a higher profile as we
> promote it.
> Thee may well be some groups that wish to stay in the Freecycle
> Network and if so we wish you well. We wish to be inclusive and we
> wouldn’t mind you having a dual affiliation but it we know it would
> result in you being kicked out of TFN so we wish you you well for the
> future
> There will be a short delay before full instructions on how to
> establishing full links with the Network and cut the ties with TFN are
> published
> We are aware this is a big step and is not exactly what we had in mind
> when we first started with IAFCMODS and though many members are
> “raring to go” others may feel a bit pressured and need time and space
> to voice any reservations.
> We wish everyone to feel comfortable and we are aware that the
> committee were working under constraints where we could not consult on
> this as much as we wanted.
> However such constraints are now lifted and there can be open
> discussion on on IAFCMods in which committee can fully participate.
> Fuller instructions as to how to safely rename your group will follow.
> Please regularly read messages on IAFCMods group for information.
> We will also be posting admin notices you can use to communicate
> with your group members.
> Now it’s open to everyone can help modify and polish up admins etc.
> Please use this group as we used to use modquad in the past to develop
> best practise and to freely comment on proposals – but lets think
> outside the box as we don’t want to repeat TFN mistakes.
> Post here if you are asked to stand down or your group is threatened
> in any way and we’ll support you in making the necessary changes.
> Carol, Caroline,David, Edward, Mark, Saira and Seb
> Your Interim Committee

Are you a lead moderator of a Freecycle group, especially in the UK?  I just wonder at what point do you draw the line.

In my personal opinion I would not think it amiss if all UK groups – every single one of them – disassociated themselves from TFN immediately.  I mean, Neil a total stalwart of UK Freecycle, who has tirelessly worked over many years to promote freecycling in the UK is now totally and clearly snubbed.

In my personal opinion any non-UK group should also consider its position.

If you are ready to leave The Freecycle Network check out the Yahoo group readytoleaveFc for resources to help you in the process.  I recommend also the FCnext yahoo group for open debate on the subject.

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September 9, 2009 Posted by | freecycle | , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Behind the scenes things are happening

Palazzo Eni (Roma).
Image via Wikipedia

I did quip that while UkMods talks Rome burns.  That seems to be exactly what is happening.  TFN is battening down the hatches wherever it can.  Could it be that all this talk amongst UK Moderators will come to nothing?  Is the ground being taken from underneath them?  The fact that Stockton has in fact been closed, very much against Uk Moderators express wishes and very much ahead of any previously announced timeline shows to me that they are moving.

Along with that there are other events happening that I now know about but cannot report here.  Are we soon going to see a mushrooming of new MyFreecycle groups?  I predict a doubling over the summer months, and mostly in the UK.

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July 27, 2009 Posted by | freecycle | , , | Leave a comment