Craigslist gives it up for the cockroaches of life.

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.

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6 thoughts on “Craigslist gives it up for the cockroaches of life.

  1. What I think is the main problem is that by making it free to post, the ratio of BS to anything useful will always be skewed to put emphasis on the dregs.

    I liken this to how more and more comments sections on various sites have become pulpits for trolling where people trying to hijack the conversation to promote their own vitriolic agenda.

    It makes it hard to feel any need to engage your fellow “men”

    • You’re absolutely right on all counts.

      Angie’s List is the craigshitlist alternative that requires payment (hence I’ve not subscribed). Perhaps that comes with a better grade of people and importantly a responsiveness from the powers that be if and when the cockroaches appear. I’d like to hear from someone(s) who’ve used Angie’s List for a review.

      Your comments touch on a post that’s been brewing in the back of my mind for some time now. Eventually, eventually. 😉

      • Oh wow, I was only half-joking when I said that but… isn’t kind of dumb to ask for both announcers and customers to pay for access? It’s almost like going to the mall and having to pay a cover charge…

        • @longeyesamurai
          No, no, it’s not like that with Angie … {Angie … Rolling Stones strain in background}

          A couple excerpts snagged off the Web:

          Angie Hicks of Angie’s List
          Angie’s List is a service listing and review site that offers user-based rankings and reviews of service professionals in local areas. Angie Hicks launched the company in 1995 after a friend moved to Columbus, Ohio, and had a difficult time finding reliable contractors. The list originally had 1000 members in Columbus, but it has since expanded to cover most major U.S. metropolitan areas.

          Users pay a nominal fee ($10 a year in my locale.)

          “Why? Angie’s List is more than just a review site. Our mission is to make it incredibly easy for you to hire remarkable local service. This means we also offer live support. Like a personal assistant, our customer service team can match you with a highly-rated provider, book estimates if you want them, schedule your job and manage follow up communication – saving you the time consuming work of hiring providers. Your membership includes access to:

          Reviews you can trust on thousands of local service providers.
          First-class support from our customer service team.
          Deals and discounts from highly-rated providers.
          Award-winning content from the Angie’s List Newsroom.

          Join for a month or a year (annual memberships are most popular and backed by our 110% money-back guarantee). We’re confident you’ll find this is a service worth every penny.”

          Ed.note: As strictly a business service, Angie’s List isn’t a direct alternative to craigslist, rather a model of how to keep the shit out and promote/offer the good. In essence, it’s a positive biz service that craigslist can’t come close to replicating. And yeah, were I in need of a contractor for a home I don’t have, haha, I’d pay Angie’s the annual 10 bucks way before I’d turn to craigslist!

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