Some details about why this site was set up and how to use it:

My wife and I noticed need-greaters are always moving in and out of the country or into different houses/apartments, and therefore always needing to buy and sell things.  It’s great when you can connect with someone who is selling what you need to buy or vice versa.  The purpose of this site is to make it easier to let each other know what is available or needed.

I do web design work and set this site up in a way that it hopefully won’t take too much time or money to maintain.  I’m not trying to make money from the site.

If you sign up for updates by entering your e-mail address, you’ll get an e-mail when something new is posted.

For now I have opted to not have the site listed in search engines like Google.  That means if you search for the site you will not find it.  You’ll need to type “needgreater.org” into the address bar of your web browser.  It seems like it would be best for people not to just stumble across the site but to just use word of mouth to tell others about it.

Even though the idea is for this site to only be used by brothers and sisters, keep in mind there’s always the possibility someone else could find the site somehow and post things or reply to something you have posted.  So exercise caution.  Don’t be too liberal with giving personal details like directions to your home or meeting someone alone in an unfamiliar place.   Unless it’s someone you personally know, there’s always a possibility online that someone is not who they say they are.  Hopefully that won’t be an issue, but we certainly don’t want anyone to have problems as a result of using this site.

On a technical note, there is a size limit on photos you post with your ads.  This is to keep from taking up too much space on the server and slowing things down.  If your photos are too large, you can find some free websites that let you resize your photos.  For example, http://birme.net/ or http://www.picresize.com/

I hope you find the site useful.


Todd Heitner