Craigslist Complaint - Keyword Spammers on Craigs, ruining search!
First of all, I love Cragslist. I have bought and sold many items in the true spirit of Craigslist. I have found some very good deals on things I need, and I have provided some very good deals on items that were just taking up my space.
My problem is that keyword spammers are really making it tough to use. I started to notice this in the automotive. I enter a search for a specific model. Let's say for example "Mustang". When I hit search, I found the results would have as many other models as actual Mustangs! In some cases, the invalid results outnumber the real results by a very large margin!
This is because too many people bury a list of "key words" or "similar to" in the text of their ad to fool the search function!
Recently, I was shopping for a motorcycle for my wife. We bought one 2 weeks ago. But again, the same problem. Enter KTM and you get a list of Kawasakis, Hondas, etc... Same for a Ducati!
Tried finding a cell phone to use to finish out my contract. This is where it is really bad. Enter "Samsung" or "Nokia" and there is no end to the variances you retrieve from the keyword spammers!
The problem is 2 sided; 1. Craigslist doesn't do enough to let people know that this offense should be flagged. 2. The posters need to realize that an effective ad does not need a list of keywords and including a description that isn't what you are selling (someone looking for a Challenger does not want to see a Honda Civic!) is annoying!