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Common Abbreviations / Acronyms and Their Meanings

The following acronyms are commonly used on Freecycle™

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

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B

BOD Board of Directors



C

C&D Cease & Desist. Freecycle.org sends C&D letters to groups that violate Freecycle.org's trademarks.
cache or clearing your cache removing copies of webpages, images, and media that are saved for faster viewing
cafe or Freecycle cafe a place where Freecycle members can chat about all things Freecycle, offer up local resources and make new friends of a similar mindset; keeping our landfills free of usable items and building a worldwide movement of sharing.
cookies files stored on your computer by websites to save preferences



E

EF Ersatzfriend was commonly used as a backup co-owner on Freecycle groups on Yahoo.
ERT Emergency Response Team, now incorporated into the Interim Moderator team.
EULA Short for End-User License Agreement, the type of license used for most software. An EULA is a legal contract between the manufacturer and/or the author and the end user of an application Please see the ADMIN on Distribution of Software



F

FC FC - Freecycle - "Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community."
FIOD Tech Discussion Group/FIOD, formerly known as Freecycle Indie / On-site Discussion group
FLC Freecycle Leadership Community



G

GO Group Owner (Also Lead Moderator)
GOA Group Outreach & Assistance is there to help and support members and group mods who have problems they need to resolve. Overlap? The GOA volunteer figures it out with the local mods. Abandoned group? Sales offer being allowed? Member unable to contact the group mods? The GOA team member has the authority and experience to be the final arbiter of any and every issue out there.



H

HUB The global leadership team consisting of the Info Team Coordinator, the Group Outreach and Assistance Coordinator, the New Group Approval Coordinator, the UK Director, the Hub Coordinator, the Assistant to the Hub Coordinator and the Executive Director.



I

Interim in between, transitional, or temporary.
IMOD Interim Moderator is just what the name implies. This team takes over orphaned and abandoned groups, and manages parallel groups until a local moderator can be found and trained. (More information)



L

LM Lead Moderator (of a Freecycle group)



M

MF My Freecycle - http://my.freecycle.org (More information)
MOD Moderator (of a Freecycle group)
MyF My Freecycle - http://my.freecycle.org ( More information)



N

NGA The New Group Approver team evaluates applications for new groups and either approves or denies requests based on potential group viability and overlap with existing groups. They help potential new groups get their ducks in a row and make sure that the new group moderators are on the right path.



O

OBO "Or best offer." This is a term used by sellers in violation of Freecycle rules.
ONO "Or next offer." This is a term used by sellers in violation of Freecycle rules.

P

PPU Pending Pickup (not recommended, but frequently used by members)



R

Reseller Occasionally list members will reply to offers or post wanteds for items they do not intend to use personally. Whether they resell or redistribute the item, for their own profit or not, these members are termed resellers for purposes of this list.



S

STC Subject to Collection (not recommended but occasionally used by members)



T

TFN The Freecycle Network
TL Team Leader
TM Trademark
TOS Terms Of Service
Trading (for Brits) This is a confusing rule for us Brits because the Americans mean something different when they say trading. They tend to mean swapping. In fact, members who are traders (i.e. sell items away from Freecycle) CAN be members and they CAN even get items with the intention of selling them on, although some groups choose to prohibit this. Intention to resell must be disclosed up front.