Imagine taking the classifieds section of your newspapers, magazines, and other free papers and making them as an available space online for anything.Craigslist is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums. Craig Newmark did just that in 1995. Craigslist is a classified ads site that has sections for jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs and more. He also set up a discussion form and it is an international site.
Craigslist has a user flagging system to quickly identify illegal and inappropriate postings. Users may flag postings they believe to be in violation of Craigslist guidelines. Flagging does not require account login or registration and can be made anonymously by anyone. Ads sufficiently flagged are subject to automated removal when a certain number of users flag a posting. The number of flaggings required for a posting’s removal is variable and remains unknown to all but craigslist.org. Items are flagged for three categories: miscategorized, prohibited, or spam/overpost.
In 2001, the company started the Craigslist Foundation, a § 501 nonprofit organization that offers free and low cost events and online resources to promote community building at all levels. It accepts charitable donations, and rather than directly funding organizations, it produces “face-to-face events and offers online resources to help grassroots organizations get off the ground and contribute real value to the community”.
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