"They've just started doing this in the computer services section too. I'm seriously freaking out now because I make the majority of my income off that section. I'm a freelance designer.
I don't know how I'm going to pay my bills if I can't find a way around this. Anyone have a suggestion? Please?"
What about finding legitimate work that creates value instead of destroying it?! Fuckwad.
edit: I'm craving for a blockquote feature. Double quotes + italics is a poor substitute and double quotes alone are downright confusing if there's more than one paragraph.
edit2: I note that there's 2 requests for a blockquote feature in the appropriate section and they almost have no upmods. Is that representative of the opinion about the (non-)usefulness of such a feature? (hope you don't mind the offtopicness)
It's surprising that most of those spammers forums are totally open although there are some attacks not described or discused in any of them. Spammers, as individuals, are far less technical that we think (most of them are just users and costumers of a limited set of programs) and need those forums to contact to each other and solve their problems and technical doubts.
It was known beforehand that there would be a phone number and verified account black market. It's possible to block most of them (most) as there are federal databases that can be queried for the origin of a given number (whether is voip,cell or home line).
Making them pay for the priviledge to autopost can lead to interesting spamming blocking techniques as we just try to increase their cost per post beyond profit (which is very low for a single post). This is not the only cost increasing technique we are using but sadly it is impossible to share or discuss or ask for feedback of any of them on an open forum.
EDIT: It is a quote from the submitted link.
You're saying spammers benefit CL by dramatically reducing the average quality of postings down to almost nothing and that the illegitimate page "views" of bots make up for loss of legitimate page views by actual users that are lost by aforementionned loss of quality and that Craig actually loves it?
You're out of your mind.
By the way I'm interested in knowing that secret to "rid spam completely" that Craig sits on.
edit: Really interesting to see the kind of lame excuses people can come up with. I guess when you're dishonest with everyone then you're also dishonest with yourself. Or is it the other way around?
Well, that timely illustrates one of the many problems stemming from the lack of blockquote! I thought you were writing in italics just for kicks.
At least that's what I think when I deal with these people
So, "Yay!" blockquotes, but a bitter-sweet "yay" and one that includes a, "Can it be done better?"
It's a mess. I'd much prefer a consistent representation for blockquotes for ease of reading and semantics. It's the Right Thing.
Actually, constructively, opt-in blockquotes might be interesting: you have to click to expand what was quoted making it clear if someone is quoting too heavily.
1. Create a site that promises free ringtones.
2. Once a visitor enters their cell number, forward it to Craigslist, who sends a verification call to that number.
3. Ask them to enter the verification code on your ringtone site.
4. Redirect the verification code to Craigslist, and send your visitor a ringtone.
This is how CAPTCHA's got cracked as well: by embedding them into porn. ("Would you like me to take off my dress? Enter this code") It sounds hard to beat.
Any other outside-of-the-box solutions that you can think of?
It is f'n funny to see the low-life, scumbag, POS, donkey-raping, child molestering, masturbating monkeys(wait, Linus reserved that one for the OpenBSD community) that make up the "professional spammer community" whining about loosing their free ride. Boo-hoo. Maybe CraigsList will be worth a crap now.
This is a classy company, very reliable. We've been using them successfully for years for fraud prevention in online credit card charging.
It's such a shame that they're spending this much effort trying to ruin something so useful for short term gain.