Craigslist Gets Upgrade, Now Allows Users To Hide Posts And Automatically Hides Flagged Posts

Craigslist got a major update today, that now allows you to hide listings from the search and automatically hides posts you have flagged, with the option to undo the hiding of the post if desired. This is a great feature update, so it’s too bad it hasn’t been publicized so more people could know about it.

When you flag a post on craigslist, now the listing that you flagged will be hidden with a notification in the bottom right that allows you to show the posts that have been hidden.

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Additionally, it also allows you to hide individual posts by clicking a small “X” next to each listing in the listings page.

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So now when you search through craigslist, posts you don’t want to see and posts that you have flagged will no longer display in the search results, making it easier for you to browse listings.

The feature seems to be available for both logged-in users and users who are not logged in and do not have an account. However, it’s probable that if you have an account it will save your hidden posts so that you won’t see the posts you don’t want to see even after you clear your browser cache or close your browser.

On a side note, there is a small bug in the new feature that makes it so that if the post title is too long, you won’t be able to see the “x” button when in “Gallery” mode. Until they fix this issue, you can hide the post by switching to “List” or “Thumb” mode in the top left of the page.

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63 thoughts on “Craigslist Gets Upgrade, Now Allows Users To Hide Posts And Automatically Hides Flagged Posts

  1. I hate that you can’t remove an ad that is inappropriate. For example, CL does not allow a person to place an ad for a pet in the “Free” category. Back in the day, if you flagged one of these ads, it was removed. Today, these inappropriately placed ads are merely hidden from me, not removed.

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  2. Why does Craig’ list have such a hard time clearing out the spam and bogus ads in the Personals section. 99% of the ads in the casual encounter section are scammers. Most all of them usually have a large blank space at the bottom, A lot will include either a text number or an email adders that is so poorly disguised a first year programmer could write an app to clear them out. The women 4 men section has become just another casual encounter section so why bother. Cl needs to spend a little more time on monitoring their personal ads and get this cleaned up or shut this section down completely.

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  3. How many people have to flag a post in r&r before CL deletes the post? There is a gang that flags anything they don’t agree with even if nothing in the post is in violation of CL TOS and they get deleted. It’s usually about political topics. Thanks.

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  4. Why did they change it? I hate the overflowing red trash can teetering over the listings, souring my experience, waiting to be accidentally knocked over spilling out all the junk I wanted to forget from last time. I have to empty it now or something? That sucks.It doesn’t feel like the post was flagged either like before when the button is pushed, no redirects, just a lit up garbage can.

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    • If you log into your account, it does save your trashed items forever. If you are not logged in, there would be no way for craigslist to know you wanted it trashed after you cleared your browser cache. So log in before you trash items if you want to keep it trashed forever.

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  5. What I really hate lately is the, usually businesses, multiple same ads that can cover an entire page or so of craigslist.  Some times the same ad shows up over half the pages, multiple pages in a row.  I wish Craigslist would ban these companies from posting for 3 months for the violations.  These people/businesses are abusing craigslist and annoying its users.

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    • I agree with you 100%, i am from the Jersey Shore and in the Community section there is some kind of ride/share company that post’s around 60 or so ad’s ! They just seem to word each of them a little different, some are the same, but ALL are the same company ! This is so unfair for anyone competing for the same opportunity ! I found out there is a trick to this, all you have to do is keep clearing your cookies, and you can post multiple ads, so it will appear like different people or account’s !   I don’t think anything will be done about this, so i won’t be using CL anymore !    Peace !

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  6. I have an old acquaintance who likes to post free ads with my phone number. I don’t know how to get the adds down. I don’t care if I can see them, I care about the other 3 million people. There should be a text confirmation before posting any number to the website.

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  7. I totally agree withe folks that disapprove of this feature – ads that are obviously inthe wrong category should be allowed to be removed by readers with 3 flaggings at max-Craigslist is doing a real disservice to their system by letting all the clutter accummulate

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  8. does this allow you to hide ads you don’t want to see in your search or does it hide the ad so  no one can se it?

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  9. I’ve spent quite a bit of time hiding garage sale ads only to have them back in the morning. Very frustrating!

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    • This is because craigslist stores these settings in the localstorage area of your browser. You are automatically deleting all your cookies, or using private sessions, so, they cannot store your setting. Every time your browser is closed, it deletes all settings websites store in your browser. Shut that feature off if you want websites to be able to store your preferences indefinitely.

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  10. I like the idea that it takes more than one unique prohibitions/rated flags before a post gets removed. It was too easy (via mistaken or competitors’ flags) for a post to be taken off.I experience it myself frequently in the past, but not so much lately.

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  11. Hi John, I found the hidden post feature doesn’t work on different computers. If I hide one post on one computer with one account, the post is not hidden if using the same account but different computer. Any idea how to solve the issue? Thanks, Will

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  12. My post doesn’t show and says that it is hidden…..I DON’T want it hidden.. How can I make my post show ?? post #5585687601

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  13. I created a listing and for some reason it comes up as hidden and I never see it on the page.  I can’t deselect “hidden” either. What is going on??

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  14. Why does c/l allow photos in personal ads?  Disallowing it would eliminate all the smut in there, it’s awful and offensive posts rarely get deleted.  What does only inevitably gets reposted.  Some people are just plain sick!

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  15. how can I restore a post that shows hidden in my search.  I keep clicking on the red x “restore” but nothing happens.  It is my own post!

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  16. Personally I see a ot of very important and helpful info being flagged. Info that could only help people. There are flaggers who get their kicks from depriving you of your freedom of speech. Craigslist should CHARGE  25 cents for a flag and this would reduce the foolishness . Craigslist could be an important media if it did this right now it has turned into garbage because of the sick flaggers. BUT craigslist does not listen.

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  17. I am wondering if you could shed some light on an issue I have been having with the “hide” feature, lately. While searching for housing, I find lots of repeat postings, often by apartment complexes and real estate firms. They will create 20-60 postings sometimes, and I try to hide them, as they are cumbersome when I am searching on the map screen. However, there are some postings that I seem to be unable to “hide” as they remain on the list and on the map, after I select the “hide” option. They’re remaining during my searches makes it difficult to keep track of the housing that I am still interested in, while weeding out those that I have decided not to pursue. Do you have any suggestions for this problem?

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    • Craigslist recently updated their “hide” feature and I also noticed it is not always working on multiple posting when trying to hide on the map. This is a bug on craigslist, so there’s nothing we can do until craigslist fixes this bug. I agree it’s quite annoying and craigslist needs to fix this issue ASAP.

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      • I am new to Craigslist and am taking over the ad posting duties from my Apt Manager.  I was told by a prospective tenant that they read some bad reviews about my apartment building and therefore did not want to rent my unit.  First, how can I see these reviews for myself?  Will I be notified when a review is posted?  When a user clicks “Prohibited” are they prompted to write a review?  I have tried to call 3 different Craigslist numbers, but I am unable to reach a live person!  How do I go about removing these reviews?

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        • Hi owner that needs help,

          Did they said they saw the reviews on craigslist and not yelp?
          If craigslist, you can find the views by just searching for your own apartments on craigslist.
          One you find it, you can flag, but no guarantees it will be removed. However, it is probably breaking the TOS of craigslist so you can go into craigslist support forums and post it there, and an admin might remove it, but be aware that there is no guarantee it will ever be removed.
          Lastly you can contact craigslist abuse over the web form and post the link to the post and a brief description of why the post should be removed. Still, no guarantees.
          Please be aware you will never be able to contact craigslist by phone. Unfortunately there is absolutely no way.

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  18. I accidentally marked a post as prohibited – did I mess things up for the seller – will their post be removed from everyone? If so, can craigslist contact them?

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      • This happened to me. I accidently clicked prohibited and tried to undo it I clicked the red x that was in the box. However nothing productive happened, I tried to search for the item again and it would not pop up. I really was interested in finding out more about the item but now I cannot find it. Is there a way I can see the post again ?

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  19. If “Prohibited” now means “Hide”, they should change the links name. Or have 2 links, 1 for Hide and 1 for Prohibited.

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    • Hi KB, no, “prohibited” does not mean “hide”. When you click “prohibited”, it flags the message as spam. Since you thought it was spam, it only makes sense to hide it as well, so that is why craigslist adds it to hide automatically whenever you flag it as spam. You can always unhide if for some reason you really wanted to see the spam listings that you flagged.

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  20. Hidden ads still show up and can be opened without interference. The photos are dimmed but are still perfectly clear and clickable. Useless feature.

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  21. i like this feature when looking for jobs on my android phone using chrome browser. but it has happened twice now that the hide feature just disappears from existence. the little [x] ‘s are just not there, as if it went back to the previous version of Craigslist… why?

    if i switch and go to craigslist from dolphin browser the [x]’ s are there like normal. i reboot, i go back to chrome, srill not there! when this happened once before, idk how, but the [x]’s eventually returned, but bot for over a week. ome day they just show up and i have no idea why. it’s happening right now and it’s very annoying! i prefer to use chrome. any ideas?

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  22. The flagging system got worse in my opinion. The purpose of flagging on Craigslist was to remove illegal ads, scams, objectionable ads, CL policy violators, etc. from the web. Now all you can do is remove it from yourself.

    Obvious violations, particularly identifiable scams, remain as bait for the gullible even AFTER being flagged as prohibited. For example, in my market auto dealers regularly disguise themselves as “owners” to capture unsuspecting buyers wary of dealership tactics.

    And inappropriate photos are easily found under such listings as “casual” and WSM! Kids can get to these pixs!
    CL needs to return to the days when a flag meant a deletion of the offending listing!

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    • Craigslist’s modifications to flagging policy compromised this user checking system several years ago. They raised the number of flags required to the point that rules-violating ads would not come off. Then they prohibited use of clickable urls in ads so that an outraged user(s) could not advise others of inappropriate or fraudulent ads. Then they put a control of the RATE of flags coming in so that some (all?) flags would be ignored if they came in within a certain period of time from one another.

      Private auto dealers (“curbsiders”) are the worst, but pawn shops are up there. There is one pawn shop in Leesburg VA that maintains over 150 active ads in Owners pages, all disguised as owner ads. Repeated emails to abuse [at] craigslist.org about this flagrant violator are simply ignored.

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      • Hi Wally, thanks for pointing out these issues with craigslist’s flagging system. Sadly craigslist has continued to go downhill, making it a worse user experience. It is however a positive thing that craigslist has added the ability to hide ads which makes navigating through all the bad ads much easier. Still, I agree, something needs to be done, although sadly I doubt it will. Moreover, although there is a downside that some bad ads cannot be removed as easily, the upside is that it does seem to have helped with the flagging issue for legitimate posts to some extent.

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