Difference between revisions of "Cross-posting"

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=Background=
 
=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.  
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Cross posting is when a member sends an Offer or Wanted request to more than one community at the same time. It is particularly useful where members live near to a few communities.  
  
Some groups discourage cross posting or ask members to wait a day or two before reposting on another group.
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Some communities discourage cross posting or ask members to wait a day or two before reposting elsewhere.
  
 
= Advantages of cross posting: =
 
= 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.
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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 community at a time.
  
*It increases the number of messages in each group, making them more useful.
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*It increases the number of messages in each community, making them more useful.
  
 
= Disadvantages of cross posting:  =
 
= Disadvantages of cross posting:  =
  
*It increases the number of messages in each group, pushing local posts further down the list.
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*It increases the number of messages in each community, pushing more local posts further down the list.
  
*It could be seen as against the spirit of local groups.
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*It could be seen as against the local spirit of Freegle.
  
 
*It uses more fuel and increases pollution if members travel far to collect.
 
*It uses more fuel and increases pollution if members travel far to collect.
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= Problems restricting cross posting:  =
 
= Problems restricting cross posting:  =
  
*It is time consuming to monitor.
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*It can be time consuming to monitor.
  
*Unless all surrounding groups have a similar policy it can be confusing to members.
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*Unless all surrounding communities have a similar policy it can be confusing to members.
  
 
*It may lead to complaints.
 
*It may lead to complaints.
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= How to manage cross-posting restrictions:  =
 
= How to manage cross-posting restrictions:  =
  
If you wish 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.
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If you wish to restrict cross-posting you need to decide on a period. Some communities 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 10:21, 11 November 2021

Background

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

Some communities discourage cross posting or ask members to wait a day or two before reposting elsewhere.

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 community at a time.
  • It increases the number of messages in each community, making them more useful.

Disadvantages of cross posting:

  • It increases the number of messages in each community, pushing more local posts further down the list.
  • It could be seen as against the local spirit of Freegle.
  • It uses more fuel and increases pollution if members travel far to collect.

Problems restricting cross posting:

  • It can be time consuming to monitor.
  • Unless all surrounding communities have a similar policy it can be confusing to members.
  • It may lead to complaints.

How to manage cross-posting restrictions:

If you wish to restrict cross-posting you need to decide on a period. Some communities 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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