How to participate in The Great Internet Migratory Box of Electronics Junk
Please read this complete set of instructions if you want to participate in the TGIMBOEJ project.
As a participant in the TGIMBOEJ project, you will help us to nurture a healthy environment for responsible reuse of electronics, and to ensure the continuity of the project. These six steps are designed with those goals in mind.
- Step 1. Get the box.
- Sign up on the Box Requests page of the TGIMBOEJ Wiki if you are interested.
- Step 2. Take out and add as much electronics junk as you like.
- Try to keep the box size small (and thereby relatively inexpensive to ship).
- (For boxes within the USA, it is recommended to use a USPS flat-rate Priority Mail box.)
- Try not to over-stuff the box, so that there's still room to add things.
- If your box gets too large, you can split it in two. See instructions on the TGIMBOEJ wiki.
- Step 3. Document your participation.
- Remember, this is The Great Internet Migratory Box of Electronics Junk.
- To fully participate, you should write up, photograph, document or otherwise publish in some way online at least one thing you took out of the box. You've got a blog, a web page, or a flickr or twitter account? Great-- put something up about your TGIMBOEJ experience on one of these places.
- ALSO update the Box Tracking page, adding your name, date, and location to the history for your particular box.
- Step 4. Contact the next recipient within 7 days of receiving the box
- Pick (by any criteria) a new recipient from the [Box Requests]] page and contact them.
- If you make contact successfully, make sure that they understand these participation guidelines before getting their shipping address.
- If you cannot make contact, please try another member of the list.
- If you are not sure what to do, please don't give up-- Contact a project administrator, and we'll find a new willing recipient for you in short order.
- Step 5. Send off the box within 14 days of receiving the box
- You can update the Box Tracking page to reflect this event.
- Step 6. Follow through.
- A single box can travel for a long, long time, if we all work together to keep it moving.
- Your responsibility for the box that you received ends when the next recipient sends it onward.
- Follow up roughly 7, 14, and 21 days after you've sent your box onwards to make sure that the next person has been able to contact a new participant and has actually sent the box on.
- Having been through the process, you can serve as a mentor and point of contact, should they have any questions.
- If you or the next recipient encounters trouble with the process, please contact a project administrator, and we'll help you both get things back in order.