Craigslist is a great website. It’s simplicity, it’s sheer volume of traffic and it’s localization makes it a beast of a classified website. It’s also a community moderated website, which is the issue with Craigslist. I’d say a solid 50% of the time when I post something, it get’s flagged and removed. It doesn’t matter whether I am giving away a swingset that is taking up space in my yard, trying to sell my car, helping a family on Christmas or trying to get some help on a project it always seems like i’m getting flagged & removed. It’s pretty ridiculous to have your ads taken down when you are GIVING SOMETHING AWAY (no strings attached).
I think Craigslist needs to fix this. They should have flagged posts go into moderation where a Craigslist employee makes the final decision. Hiring people to review ads costs money so I propose they charge a nominal fee per ad (even if it was $1). The fee would make people have to give their real information in order to validate the credit card which in turn would probably curtail fraud and abuse on Craigslist and pay for the staff of professional moderators.