I know that Im late to the party. That seems to be my life. Had to jump into this diccussion after reading how open and honest everyone has been. I have a great deal of Love for the CL personals. I use to think like some. That is was for the bottom of the barrels. But we are only human. We have wants and needs. So, I started using them a little over 2 years ago. And even though there was a lot, and I mean a lot of fakes and flakes and games.
I managed to meet some beautiful and great women and had a lot of good times. Some one night stands. Even 2 long relationships. Its definitely sad to see the personals gone. Those of you who had been there for a long time. You got a lot more notches than me. I will admit Im a little jealous. Definitely wish I had discovered and started using the personals a few years earlier. But no use of crying over spilt milk. Life has a way of even-ing out. Perhaps all the prostitutes will move elsewhere and CL will bring it back when laws get changed letting free adults get paid for sex In all seriously I got all my first gay sex through CL.
There is no chill gay bar by me just a young one with blaring music which is horrible. It's interesting that other countries Casual encounters are up. Everyone just start using Toronto's casual encounters lol. I was just thinking this. I'm in Vancouver, but I like to browse the Bellingham listings because it's no biggie to pop across the border. I figure all the Americans near the Canadian border are going to start posting in the nearest Canadian city.
Was just coming here to post about this. Met my best friend on there, he and I still thank each other for not being a murderer Is the closest alternate I found. But there are very few ads or none in some sections - but I imagine that will pick up soon. The hell you on about?
It was also created by a group of Democrats. Reddit's personal sections are actually good; there may not be many people, but the vast majority ARE real people, even if they don't post their picture in their ad.
Check your city or state. So many great people are still in my life because of the site. My and my BF met through CL, after we both spent many years exploring our sexuality through the site. I know my BF will too. Is there some way we can recreate that, but avoided all the legal crap that CL would have to deal with? There enough smart people in here how hard would it be to recreate Craigslist and call it Craigslust or something silly like that.
Instead of a degrading "why has no one swiped right on me" process like tinder or yellow, where you run out of people in your area, it was a cool email function where you could anonymously tell people what you wanted to try, what you were looking for, and say a lot more about yourself to people online without scaring anyone off. Instead of judging their looks first and running out of matches till you eventually go "well They really still could find a happy relationship, or meet some cute ass people, experiment, or finally fulfill their fantasies, so Plus, god, it was flattering and such a massive self esteem boost back then; hundreds of anonymous email responses to date or sex ads, exploring things, all that I'm gonna miss it.
It getting removed really caught me off guard, especially from all the dope ass people ive met there. Or one that can be like, both legal AND effective, not anything where the only results involve fake spam bots 92 miles away, so yeah I'm going to make a prediction, that this will encourage the rise of something like a block-chain forum that is "not hosted by anyone".
When that happens, they'll probably regret this type of legislation. It's sad that it was a conservative bill that introduced this. Conservatives have always held that laws can't control human nature nor people. This will drive the bad element underground and make it harder to track, meanwhile the legitimate users lose out.
It's also sad that a great service has been ruined by spammers, scammers, botters, and yes, unfortunately criminals. There was a very legitimate use for the personals several, actually. So now we all lose, for lack of other solutions. I'd like to get in touch with someone I've been emailing. To test it, I responded to my own ad using a different email address, and it went through. So, for now, they are still working if you want to reply but I wouldn't count on them staying active for long.
Best to exchange direct email addresses even if you have to set up a junk email address to do so. Not everyone is using it to meet hookers a lot to people actually gained true relationships from this site at least they should have kept personals for relationships and removed the sex encounters part.
I heard of a site called https: We are working on fixing the issue!. Please come back in a litlle bit. The posting capability is still working so - POST an ad and it will go live as soon as possible! It has both desktop and app versions you can get the app on Apple and Android.
I met a few cool women and ppl thru these personals and as usual our gov. Is ruining fun things when they should be worried about larger issuers than some damn potential local prostitution on a website. Now what the fuck do I do? This is coming from a guy who lost his v card in a park from a girl I met on craigslist. Best 10 seconds of my life! I'm not surprised this had government action taken against it, it's ironic that some of the most successful people can function normally in law, politics, medicine, science, art, technology etc.
I encourage everyone that agrees or disagrees with my post to at least watch this YouTube video by Anonymous:. Been using it since around Met hundreds of people, good and bad but mostly good.
We still post pics of her sometimes just for shits and giggles. Really, weirdly sad to see this go Tampa Pride is coming up in my city tomorrow. I want to know how the hookups are going to play out, since there's no Craigslist to post.. Had to weed through a lot of BS, spams, fakes, and flakes, but, I did score a few good fwbs. Sad to see it potentially gone forever. The intent of the bill, rather. On some other shit, my opinion is neither true nor false.
I know what you are saying. But the execution of it is absolutely moronic. Its like shutting down the entire egg section in a supermarket because a few of the eggs were rotten.
Then people will just look to the black market for their eggs. But you get what I mean. These bills are not going to solve anything. They are just creating more problems. Sure, it was like looking for a needle in a haystack most days, but I had many successful and fun dates from that site. It was always a good place to go, when I just wanted a handful of replies in a short time haha.
In fact, just had a great date last night from there. I feel like they'll come back around again, just have to come up with some legal jargon to add to the site or verification or something. I cannot begin to discuss how horrible this decision was by Congress. My wife and I were just getting into finding friends, as she has finally seen the light, and we were enjoying the ability to post and filter through the options as we saw fit.
There is nothing quite like CL personals and I have no idea what we are going to do now to find friends, safely, discretely, and conveniently. Is there any truth to this? Anybody think CL is protesting somehow? OMG - Where will I find broke str8 guys ha to suck off now CL was my goto for an endless supply of horny men that wanted some head and a few bucks.
You paid guys to suck them off? I'd think guys would lay back and enjoy it without expecting anything. Anything where users could break any law, now CL can be held responsible. Obvious with the prositutes on there, cl couldnt risk it. Other things that facilitate drugs might be taken down too. Wow, the Craigslist personal sections was iconic! Met some fun people on CL. I should probably write about it.
And today Craigslist actually took down all the personals sections. The US just ruins it for everyone. Please vote in more sensible people. As a man who was using it to hopefully find a couple to explore group play with, I'm at a loss on where to search now.. We made a local alternative for Buffalo and Western NY. It's exactly like Craigslist casual encounters.
Give it a try. It's new and growing but it functions like cl so you won't see any spam garbage or bait and switch marketing.
It's practically the same interface. Probably not too much in the long run as most desperate people will find other methods to find hookups. Any tool or service can be misused. We can't take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline.
Hopefully we can bring them back some day. To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness! The results pages are still there, but when you click any listing, you get: If it was passed by Congress but not signed by the president why are they acting like this is a law already? The quality ranged from bad to hot, and in one exceptional instance, a ridiculously hot chick from Maldova.
But the government cannot fucking monitor the free trade of sex on the internet. This is an absolute outrage. The best substitute that currently exists is Swinglifestyle.
Someone to help play out a particular fantasy, someone vastly older than them or someone of another race. Very few of the women who were advertising seemed to be looking for anything I would consider a "normal encounter. I typically wrote two or three paragraph replies and matched the tone of their own messages, then attached a couple of tasteful photos of myself. I didn't get a single reply from an actual prospect this way. It turned out that most of the ads were fakes from scammers, and quite a few fell into another category all together.
Prostitution is what made Craigslist controversial. There's technically another section for that — "Adult Services," formerly "Erotic Services" — but that's not the only place you'll find practitioners of the world's oldest profession. The prostitutes of Craigslist speak in code, but it's not a difficult one to learn.
They advertise "French lessons" — an odd thing to advertise under "Casual Encounters," don't you think? Well, it's obviously a euphemism for something else. Many of the ads that weren't from scammers were from prostitutes.
The ads are so obvious that it's surprising the euphemisms are effective in fending off law enforcement. Then again, maybe they are law enforcement. Amidst all those failures, I had one near-success. A woman wrote in response to my sweet "cuddling first" ad saying she was in town for only a couple of months, and that she was frustrated she couldn't find a relationship. When she sent her pictures, she looked plain but attractive.
We exchanged a couple of e-mails over the course of two hours, tossing back and forth lists of interests and the like. She made it clear that she wanted to meet up, and while she talked about starting slow, it was clear that it would indeed be a casual encounter. But when I suggested a time to meet — the last message from me before I would reveal myself and back out — there was no reply. At least, not yet. The next day, she e-mailed me saying she was deeply apologetic and that she'd fallen asleep.
She said she'd like to meet up sometime. So yes, there are women on Craigslist. Well, at least one! You've probably guessed by now that the experiences for heterosexual men and women on Craigslist's casual encounters are quite different. I observed that for every ad a woman posts, there are at least 20 from men.
If nothing else, that imbalance ought to alter the experience. To get the female perspective, I did two things: I posted a fake ad as a woman to see what kinds of responses I would get, and I interviewed two women who have had success hooking up on casual encounters in the past. As for potential suitors, I asked only that they supply a photo and "be attractive and not creepy. There was a five minute delay before my ad appeared, then I started receiving about one response per minute. Most of them were careful to say "I don't do this often.
Some sent pictures of themselves naked along with the word "Hi. There were a lot of expressions of sympathy over my fake breakup. I was hearing from men of all types, and it seemed I had my pick of the litter.
After about thirty minutes, though, my post was flagged for removal. I thought I'd made it look legit, but as we learned earlier, folks have good reason to be hawkish about scammers.
After the end of my test run with Craigslist casual encounters, I decided to get more insight into the female experience with the site by interviewing two women who said they had successes meeting up with men on Casual Encounters.
Their problem was the opposite of mine. They had too many options to pick from, but they both dealt with the numerous choices in the same way. Both women ultimately responded to men who they felt put effort into writing long, personal messages as opposed to quick notes.
Multiple paragraphs of insightful and relatable prose won out — but only after the initial test of physical appearance. Both said they immediately eliminated men who opened with pictures of genitalia — a very common practice. However, looks were important. One of the women I interviewed said she once had a crush on a client at her job, but couldn't make a move without compromising her professionalism.
However, she was looking through Casual Encounters and saw an ad from a man, and she recognized his writing style — it was her old client! She sent him a message to see if it was him, asking a question only he would be able to answer. He proved his identity and they ended up hooking up. One of the women said she would go to Casual Encounters when she was looking for a very specific sexual experience — something you can't always count on from a one night stand that starts at a club or bar.
The other said her reasons could be summed up as "curiosity, boredom, and convenience. The trick is to keep an open mind and not have any real expectations.
At the very least, it's mildly entertaining. After all this exploration, I'll say that Craigslist casual encounters is a place where people go to find very specific things from each other that they might not be able to conveniently locate in the real world. Some of those things are very alternative. It's a last, best hope for some people who are looking to make a personal connection, but it's full of spam, unwanted attention, crime, and, well You might not find what you're looking for, but you're sure to find something interesting regardless.
Image courtesy of iStockphoto , nights , geotrac... She said she'd like to meet up. In fact, I was inspired to write this article when a friend told me many of her female friends had owned up to using it. Please come back in a litlle bit. Any tool or service can be misused. Fuck all these muthafuckuhs! This is a total bummer. Want to add to the discussion?
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