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[craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 20, 2014 04:45PM
I've used it for 10 years now with varying success, but I have some gripes. how would you make it better?
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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: January 20, 2014 04:59PM
User ratings. Entirely voluntary, if you want you can opt out... but if I could look at a seller and see a lot of positive rankings, that'd make me more likely to pursue buying something from that otherwise-anonymous person...



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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: fmgtech
Date: January 20, 2014 05:00PM
Make it mandatory to provide some type of contact info.

Allow more pics.

And most important try to do something about ads that are miscategorized. I don't know how you could control this but it is getting really bad.
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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: kahuna1342
Date: January 20, 2014 05:56PM
Control the over posting by the car dealerships. 10 ads for the same POS gets really annoying.





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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: Z
Date: January 20, 2014 06:50PM
Kahuna - I find restricting the list to owners only filters out a lot of that dealership spam, but yes, a bit of a pain that the dealerships would game regardless of any restrictions.
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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: wurm
Date: January 20, 2014 07:07PM
I'd like to have the option to keep the "anonymizer" email they give you throughout all correspondence with potential buyers...at least until I've weeded out the phishers and decide to use my real email address.
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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: January 20, 2014 07:07PM
1. Set up alerts, so I get a notice when something is posted

2. Make the search language more user-friendly.

3. Rank search results by zip code.
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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: fmgtech
Date: January 20, 2014 07:13PM
Allow state wide searches.
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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: January 20, 2014 08:32PM
Kahuna: Car dealers now have to pay $5 for every vehicle they post.... should at least slow some of the automated crap down....

dis-allow the use of giant keyword spamming lists in the footer and body of the post...

I hate searching for "Pioneer SX" and getting a hundred pages of results with every other brand of audio product imaginable. If I wanted your crappy Radio Shack piece of @#$%& from 1995 I would search for it by name!


Allow Multi-State (or perhaps Zoned ie. Southwestern US) search for items that do not turn up any/many results.



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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: January 20, 2014 10:09PM
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Will Collier
User ratings. Entirely voluntary, if you want you can opt out... but if I could look at a seller and see a lot of positive rankings, that'd make me more likely to pursue buying something from that otherwise-anonymous person...

This sounds like a very good idea since it would be nice to hear from other users' experiences before making the trip to meet the seller.

"Seller turned out to be a bad guy and murdered me. I don't plan to buy from this seller again."
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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 20, 2014 10:39PM
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fmgtech
Allow state wide searches.

Nationwide, too. Searchtempest does this except that it now reports by area and not just one large group which it used to do and whic I preferred.



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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: ST Nathan
Date: January 20, 2014 11:51PM
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Speedy
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fmgtech
Allow state wide searches.

Nationwide, too. Searchtempest does this except that it now reports by area and not just one large group which it used to do and whic I preferred.

Founder of SearchTempest.com here. This came up in my Google alerts. Just wanted to mention that you can easily get everything in a single list by changing the "Sort by" box on the results page.

Cheers,
Nathan
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Re: [craiglist] how would you change it?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 21, 2014 08:34PM
Nathan, thanks for the tip! Great, great site!! I found my snowblower some 400 miles away thanks to your site.



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