Sorry, I just have to vent for a minute, simply because there’s no real way to do it effectively on Craigslist. Yes, Craigslist uses absurdly outdated technology that doesn’t allow people to do anything to respond to ads, nor really to carry on an effective discussion in their forums. Maybe I’m just spoiled, but threaded forums like that went out years ago.
That said though, I really do hate the utterly idiotic people who post on Craigslist. I’m not talking about the people who can’t spell, the people who don’t even know what they have, the people who ramble on and on in their ads, I specifically mean the people who think they’re above the rules and get to do as they wish and bitch about it when their ads are flagged.
Yes, I’m talking about the majority of the people who post in community/pets. Sorry, let me step back for a second and post some facts.
- Craigslist specifically prohibits the sale of any animal of any kind on their site. It appears as item #11 on their list of prohibited items. It also appears as a warning on the community/pets page that says: no pet sales or breeding please.
- While it does say that a small adoption fee is allowed, lots of people think “rehoming fee” and “sale” are synonymous. They think that simply calling it a rehoming fee allows them to get around #1. They are wrong.
- Craigslist CEO Craig Newman has specified what he permits as a “rehoming fee”. “Your small rehoming fee may ONLY be to offset RECENT vet care done to prepare the… animal for adoption. Anything over that will result in flags.”
So you’d think that people with the slightest brainwave activity in their head would know that you cannot sell animals on Craigslist. You’d have to be a complete asshat, or blind, or both, to miss that very important point, it’s plastered everywhere on the site. Yet, lots of people seem to think that they’re entitled to do whatever they want to do, rules be damned, because somehow they’re special.
I get so sick and tired of this idiotic American entitlement bullshit. What’s worse are the people who go into the flag help forum, post that they got flagged and then bitch and whine when everyone tells them they are trying to do something they’re specifically prohibited from doing. And they argue with people about it! “I can sell if I want to!” “Who are you to tell me I can’t do what I want?” “I see other people doing it!” That last one really gets my goat. Hey, I see people shooting other people on the news all the time, why can’t I do it too? The fact is, when you sign up for a Craigslist account, you specifically agree to follow the rules and one of those rules obligates you to flag all ads that you see that violate the rules. Those who bitch that they ought to be able to ignore the rules too are, by their very nature, breaking the rules they already agreed to!
Dumb, dumb, dumb people.
The world, and certainly Craig Newman’s privately-owned site, doesn’t owe you a free place to post whatever you want. You agreed to follow the rules. Follow them or take your sale somewhere else. Nobody gives a damn about your ridiculous arguments or absurd rationalizations. You don’t deserve to break the rules, no matter how many other people you claim you see doing it. If you see it, flag them. Do what you agreed to do in the first place. If you ask for help, accept the help that is offered! Don’t argue about it! What’s the point in asking for help if you’re going to throw it back in the face of the people who try to help you, especially since ignoring them is just going to keep getting your ads flagged. The rules are the rules, take it or leave it.
I am so tired of the absurdly stupid, entitlement-happy fucktards.