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Rules for how to participate in The Great Internet Migratory Box of Electronics Junk

Please read this complete set of rules and 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:

If you are looking for a recipient of a box, those with a green heart after their info are confirmed for wanting to still participate, those in red haven't bothered to respond yet and the one in blue wants to but can't due to unfortunate circumstances. If I can't contact a person once, I will strike through the text. I will try twice and if I can't contact at all, I will remove them from the list. The idea is to have a list of willing, and therefore, contactable participants.

Step 1. Sign up and get picked to get a box or start a box.
  • Sign up on the Box Requests page of the TGIMBOEJ Wiki if you are interested.
    • If your contact information requires a user to log into any sort of service other than this website you must enable your account to recieve emails from here, NO EXCEPTIONS. We aren't saying you can't put up your facebook or twitter info for other users to contact you on, we are saying you can't use only that information because it's unfair to ask someone to sign up with that service just to contact you. In addition, it restricts others from contacting you to be able to send you a box. If you have a blog, have a contact form or email info visible and easy to find. Otherwise, enable your email form here NO EXCEPTIONS..
  • There are many boxes; one will find its way to you eventually.  :)
  • Consider starting a box. The more there are in circulation, the more likely you are to recieve one.

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 How to start a box on the TGIMBOEJ wiki.
  • If you put in a motor or other magnetized item please wrap it in something or put it in a small box so that screws and other bits of metalic items aren't stuck to your device.
  • If you put in something that's esily damaged such as a small lcd, protect it by putting it in a small box or wrap it in bubble wrap etc.

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. Do you have a blog, a web page, a flickr or youtube account? Great-- put something up about your TGIMBOEJ experience on one of these places. (All-purpose tag: TGIMBOEJ. On Twitter: #tgimboej. TGIMBOEJ Flickr group.)
  • ALSO update the Box Tracking page, adding your name, date, and location to the history for your particular box.
    • This part is mandatory. We need to see where this thing is which is why the Box Tracking page was created in the first place.
    • This part should be a given considering the nature of the project yet there are people who have not done so. You signed up here and agreed to the rules so not doing so will result in you being removed from participation. If you need help, contact a project administrator.

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.
    • Use the tag TGIMBOEJ to start the contact so that the person understands that this is about (i.e. in the subject line of an email or contact form etc.).
    • If you make contact successfully, make sure that they understand these participation guidelines before getting their shipping address.
    • If you cannot make contact, mark their info as unreachable and please try another member of the list.
      • Do not give up and just keep the box. This behavior will get your account deleted and locked.
      • In addition, your information being posted on the Greedy Participants page for all the world to see. Signing up and recieving a box means that you agree to these rules and any that may be added in the future.
  • 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 MUST update the Box Tracking page to reflect this event.
    • This is mandatory.

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.

RikugunChaos13 : i think there no one i requested a box it seems Every 1 lost interest

That's what I'm working on RikugunChaos13. I'm attempting to contact everyone on the request list to find out if they want to keep participating. So far I've gotten one emphatic yes, one no, and one that will again later on because he lost everything in a tornado. On a side note concerning that, I'd like to try and get some folks to just send him some stuff to build back up perhaps some of the things he lost. I plan on starting a box myself to make sure it gets tracked right. I lost a lot of my things as well so it may take me awhile to get one together. One of the bigger issues I see is the cost. Obviously most of the participants are in the US and sending a box overseas is not only expensive, there are security issues involved. I can envision a customs official thinking a box with parts in it like this might be dangerous. I'm basically poor so I have to pick and choose what $10 or $20 to ship a box I can use. If I don't already have it to use I wouldn't accept a box. --Liquibyte