What’s up with craigslist?
Craigshitlist I mean.
I wonder whether the powers that be are aware of just how awful they’ve become.
How their job sections have been overtaken by the virulent virus of spammers. How their personal ads have become cesspools of people up to no good, indeed a very conservative way of putting it. Trolls.
I wonder whether they’re aware that the creepy and the crappy outweighs the considerate and the helpful.
Is it that they’re unaware? Or they just don’t care?
Either way, it’s a crime. Long, long ago, craigslist was a novel creation, a convenient way to connect people looking for roommates, jobs, for goods to buy and goods to sell and more.
But like anything else, when it’s not tended to, the system is downgraded. It collapses into its own decay and demise. The rodents and the cockroaches (read: spammers) move in, build their nests and then there’s no getting rid of them.
With proper monitoring and proactive enforcement of positive policies, much of the cumulative garbage and crap were preventable. Not all of it, mind you, for a gargantuan task that was.
What craigslist powers that be failed to do through time was stand on the side of right.
When spammers moved in, they failed to walk the talk about flagging.
But that’s not the worst of it. Craigslist failed to side with the good folks — those of us who DO flag the shit ads. Those of us who DO post ads alerting users of ads from phishers and spammers.
Those walking and breathing viruses are always one step ahead. THEY flag these posts aimed at alerting others.
And craigslist goes right along, falling in step with those phishers and spammers who make it a daily practice to flag helpful alerts that craigslist then proceeds to delete.
What is the point then of the good folks posting warning ads?!
There is none. And that’s the point. Craigslist ISN’T monitoring. It’s asleep at the wheel. It doesn’t care or has stopped caring.
And the result is what we see today: Craigshitlist. They gave up the good fight. They gave it up for the cockroaches of life.