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Cross posting is not a problem, but some groups have a policy on restricting it. Cross posting is when a member sends an Offer or Wanted request to more than one group at the same time. Cross-posting is particularly common in built up areas where members may live near to two or more groups.
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=Background=
  
= The reasons why some groups discourage cross posting:  =
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Cross posting is when a member sends an Offer or Wanted request to more than one group at the same time. It is particularly useful where members live near to two or more groups.
  
*It increases the number of messages in each group, pushing more local posts off the front page.
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Some groups discourage cross posting or ask members to wait a day or two before reposting on another group.:
  
*Members who belong to more than one group see the same posts twice.
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= Advantages of cross posting =
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It is what members want. If they need to dispose of something or acquire something, it is not convenient to have to post to one group at a time
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*It increases the number of messages in each group, making them more useful
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= Disadvantages of cross posting:  =
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*It increases the number of messages in each group, pushing local posts further down the list.
  
 
*It could be seen as against the spirit of local groups.
 
*It could be seen as against the spirit of local groups.
  
*It uses more fuel and increases pollution to travel to distant groups.
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*It takes more fuel and increases pollution if members travel to distant groups.
  
= Problems with restricting cross posting:  =
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= Problems restricting cross posting:  =
  
*It is time consuming to monitor, although not if you use ModTools: http://wiki.modtools.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
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*It is time consuming to monitor.
  
 
*Unless all surrounding groups have a similar policy it can be confusing to members where groups  have different rules.
 
*Unless all surrounding groups have a similar policy it can be confusing to members where groups  have different rules.
  
*It may lead to moderators having to deal with more complaints.
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*It may lead to complaints.
 
 
*Many mods feel that it is too restrictive.
 
 
 
= How to handle cross-posting:  =
 
  
If you do decide to restrict cross-posting you need to decide on a period. Usually groups ask members to wait 24-48 hours between posts. You may reject posts outright that are too far away e.g. further than 5 miles from the group or beyond your neighbouring group's area (this can depend on the kind of area your group covers (urban or rural) and how many neighbouring groups you have). Explain to members why you have a 'no cross-posting' rule, they're usually quite understanding when they know the reasons
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= How to manage cross-posting restrictions:  =
  
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If you decide to restrict cross-posting you need to decide on a period. Some groups ask members to wait 24-48 hours between posts.  Explain to members why you have a 'no cross-posting' rule.
 
Admins on [[Crossposting]] and [[Keep it Local|Keeping It Local]]  
 
Admins on [[Crossposting]] and [[Keep it Local|Keeping It Local]]  
  

Revision as of 20:07, 11 February 2018

Background

Cross posting is when a member sends an Offer or Wanted request to more than one group at the same time. It is particularly useful where members live near to two or more groups.

Some groups discourage cross posting or ask members to wait a day or two before reposting on another group.:

Advantages of cross posting

It is what members want. If they need to dispose of something or acquire something, it is not convenient to have to post to one group at a time

  • It increases the number of messages in each group, making them more useful

Disadvantages of cross posting:

  • It increases the number of messages in each group, pushing local posts further down the list.
  • It could be seen as against the spirit of local groups.
  • It takes more fuel and increases pollution if members travel to distant groups.

Problems restricting cross posting:

  • It is time consuming to monitor.
  • Unless all surrounding groups have a similar policy it can be confusing to members where groups have different rules.
  • It may lead to complaints.

How to manage cross-posting restrictions:

If you decide to restrict cross-posting you need to decide on a period. Some groups ask members to wait 24-48 hours between posts. Explain to members why you have a 'no cross-posting' rule. Admins on Crossposting and Keeping It Local



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