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Web links in craigslist ads

Tips and Tricks for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed Props

There is a lot of confusion about the use of various sorts of links in craigslist ads. Some things are obvious, others are fine points. But if you want to avoid having your ad flagged off then you want to avoid getting any flags. Every flag counts and when you get enough, your ad is removed. Using links in your ad can draw flags, so they must be used with care.

The craigslist terms of use (TOU) states that : "You agree not to post, email, or otherwise make available Content: ... that includes links to commercial services or web sites, except as allowed in "services";" (item 7(m). Naturally craigslist cannot regulate what you transmit in private email to people that contact you, although they can block your access to the site if people complain about your behavior. More importantly, the TOU cannot push flag buttons, no matter what you do. Other users push flag buttons. And those other users are not little self appointed craigslist police running around enforcing the TOU, they are just other users like yourself. Still it is good to play by the rules, you have fewer problems.

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