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    in need of a programmer

    1) Project Details: (be as specific as possible): Ok, Here is the situation. We own an online store and have made a good secondary income to support our family through craiglsist. Unfortunately our competitor (we know who it is), has been flagging our ads IMMEDIATELY. We have purchased auto-post software and phone verified accounts. He flags them so quickly and often that we have burned through those pva's like butter ($$$). Anyway we would like the ability to flag him back. I would like to find a programmer to help me with this and possible a couple of other projects. I would like to be able to "meet" you and communicate through video conferencing.


    2) Payment Amount: 500+

    3) Payment method/ details (Paypal, check? Timeline?): paypal, or escrow. timeline ASAP

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    Let me understand--

    So you are using Craigslist in a way that violates the Craigslist terms of use (blackhat usage), which if you are caught you are banned, right? And then someone (who is doing the same thing as you apparently) has figured out a way to find your blackhat accounts quickly and gets them banned? Correct so far?

    And now you want to do the same back to him? Do I understand what you're asking for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumigator View Post
    Let me understand--

    So you are using Craigslist in a way that violates the Craigslist terms of use (blackhat usage), which if you are caught you are banned, right?
    Wrong - i have had to repost MY ad (in one category, in one city) repeatedly because it keeps getting flagged and removed by my competitor. Craigslist does not allow "spamming".. which would be in violation.
    And then someone (who is doing the same thing as you apparently) has figured out a way to find your blackhat accounts quickly and gets them banned? Correct so far?
    Wrong again - my accounts are getting "banned" because this fool keeps flagging me. Do you understand how craigslist works?
    And now you want to do the same back to him? Do I understand what you're asking for?
    [U]BINGO[/U] - You kinda got it. I am going to give that P.O.S. a taste of his own medicine.

    ... but thanks for your time.

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    Hey eAttic,

    If Fumigator is wrong and there are no illegalities here, why not take this up with CraigsList? Surely they have people who can help.

    In any case, revenge is always costly, and you have a family to support.

    Just my two cents.

    Mike

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    Craigslist doesn't care.. there are whole forums dedicated to this subject. They said sorry... two percent of posts are mis-flagged, please feel free to post again. HA! I can only post so many times from the same ip and same account. It is impossible to keep my ad up under those restrictions, when they get removed within an hour of my posting. If they did care they would require captcha for flagging as they do for posting. sounds simple enough. I have spent a lot of time (not spent with my baby girls) and money trying to keep my ads posted only to have them removed by some jackass. Fair is fair. If I can't advertise he won't be able to either. Believe me, I would rather not have to go through all of this. This fool is taking money from my family, and I think he should see how it feels. I think this software should be made public (maybe i will) so that craigslist gets off their *** and does something about this problem. Anyway I have the money to make it happen and I will.

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    Yeah but flagging doesn't do anything unless your post is against the TOS of craigslist right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afro_Programmer View Post
    Yeah but flagging doesn't do anything unless your post is against the TOS of craigslist right?
    Unfortunately that is not the case. CL does not employ anyone to review posts... or flags. Any idiot can flag.... u can even be a bot (no captcha reqiured).

    I have had to purchase accounts to repost my ad... this IS in violation of CL TOS.. however, I would not be in this position if I was not flagged for no reason repeatedly. Believe me, I would rather not have to spend all this time, money and effort... but it is what it is.

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    How does your competitor recognize your postings? Is there some specific item that he can search for electronically?

    How would you recognize postings of your competitor? Do his contain something that you can search for electronically?


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