How to Effectively Flag on Craigslist
By Christina Ash
Craigslist users who post classified advertising on the website are responsible for ensuring that their ads comply with the company's guidelines and rules. However, with over 60 million new ads posted on the popular website every month, it's not surprising that some of them don't conform to the terms. Craigslist moderators do limited moderation of ads, but for the most part, it's up to the community of users to flag posts that they believe violate one or more of the website's rules.
What Is Flagging?
Flagging gives Craigslist users an opportunity to highlight ads that they believe violate the website's posting guidelines. All classified advertising on Craigslist is self-published, so inevitably, some non-compliant ads will get through. According to Craigslist, millions of ads are removed each month through flagging.
Deciding to Flag
How to Flag
What Happens Next
Craigslist automatically removes any free classified ad that has a number of flags. Likewise, Craigslist staffers review paid ads that accumulate flags, and those found to be in violation are removed. Some ads and postings may be rewritten to conform more fully to the guidelines. If one of your ads is removed and you don't know why, you can post details in the Craigslist flag help forum and other users will help you figure it out.
Christina Ash has been writing since 1982, throughout her career as a computer consultant, anthropologist and small-business owner. She has published work in various business, technology, academia and popular books and journals. Ash has degrees in computer science, anthropology and science and technology studies from universities in England, Canada and the United States.