Thursday March 30, 2006

Shorten My Sig - Not

I received an unusual email request today from SFFN.

SFFN is the San Francisco Freecycle Network. In case you're still unfamiliar with Freecycle, it's a "grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns." Membership is also free. If you have some item you don't want but would rather not throw it away, don't want the hassle of selling on Ebay, and just want to re-home, you can offer it on your local Freecycle list.

Let me repeat the important part of that.

You are offering to give something away that you no longer need or want that someone else does want. All it costs is a miniscule amount of time and effort. The entire transaction is FREE

Last night, I offered a 500-ml graduated cylinder (think Chemistry 101) which found a new home within the hour. This morning, I received a note from the Freecycle moderator.

Dear Vicki:

Your sig line is adorable and we even got a kick out of your blog!
We must, however, ask that you eliminate anything but your name, email address and possibly phone number for the purposes of posting to SFFN. We don't know if this is just a blog or an advertisement for your business, but in any event we must ask that when you post to SFFN you have only the above referenced info.

Thanks for understanding!
SFFN Moderator Team

That is just too weird. And no, I don't understand.

I'm a member of dozens of lists. Over time I have probably been a member of hundreds of lists. I have been using email for over 20 years. And I have NEVER been asked to make changes to my sig for posting to a list.

So no, I don't understand. And no, I'm not going to go to the trouble of creating a special sig to use for this one list... presuming I even remember to do so.

The Cancer Research Association comes by every few months to pick up curb-side donations. I'll donate to them from now on.

- Vicki 

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