***UPDATED DISCLOSURE: I had an interesting phone call yesterday from New York. A gentleman had seen this blog here on Active Rain and was hoping to find out more from me... reasons why his ads were being flagged and removed from craigslist. Please note that I am not a Craigslist Employee, nor am I an expert. The information I have regarding posting your ads on Craigslist quite simply comes from their rules & regulations: http://www.craigslist.org/about/help/ ***
Ok... so recently I posted an entirely non-Real Estate related want ad for a yorkie on Craigslist, only to find it had been flagged/deleted the next day. It got me wondering ... HOW???? WHY????? WHO??????
FOR CLARIFICATION PURPOSES (since I keep getting emails from people telling me I probably just broke the rules):IN THE TERMS OF CL, NO WHERE DOES IT SAY YOU CAN NOT POST A PETS WANTED AD. IN FACT IT IS NOT AGAINST THE RULES. Even the people flagging your listing will tell you it's NOT against the rules... they just don't want it there. Simply put, there are people who spend almost their entire day removing these posts because they "feel" it encourages underhanded sales of animals.... again... NOT against the rules...
This flows in to our Real Estate ads as well. It is NOT against the rules for Realtors to place their listings on CL. AGAIN... it is left in the hands of people that "feel" CL should be for NON Professional use. Private homeowners only....
So I dug a little:
Can you believe it? There are forums specifically made for users to encourage other users to FLAG your posts!!! Granted, if you are NOT following CL rules and are posting MORE than one ad every 2-3 days... you are violating the terms and conditions.... but occasionally ours disappear regardless. http://www.craigslist.org/about/terms.of.use.html
So has your ad been flagged and deleted? Here's why: (NOTE THAT ALL OF THE LINKS ARE NOT REAL ESTATE RELATED IN THIS FLAGGING FORUM)
At this site: http://www.forumslister.com/ SCROLL to the bottom and there is a list of FLAGGING FORUMS.
Just thought you'd like to know this is how some folks spend their day :-)