I belong to the local branch of the freecycle group. I enjoy finding people who need what I no longer need. I normally give more than I take, which is fine by me.
Occasionally, a few posters will not let everyone know an item has been taken. The local mods are good at reminding them to do thus, so it all works out.
Today, someone posted an item that I'd truly like to have. I replied immediately, (I was fortunate enough to check my mail about the time it was posted), hoping I'll be lucky.
The reply I got was a request to "apply" for approval to e-mail this person! How rude! She contacted me, not the other way around. Why belong to this group, and offer items, if someone has to write you a sentence, basically for approval?
I understand wanting to battle spam, but still.