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Craigslist (stylized as craigslist) is an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums. In March 2008, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese became the first non-English languages Craigslist supported.
Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some Craigslist sites cover large regions instead of individual metropolitan areas—for example, the U. states of Delaware and Wyoming, the Colorado Western Slope, the California Gold Country, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are among the locations with their own Craigslist sites.
People trying to get technical positions filled found that the list was a good way to reach people with the skills they were looking for. User demand for more categories caused the list of categories to grow.
The initial technology encountered some limits, so by Majordomo had been installed and the mailing list "Craigslist" resumed operations.
On May 13, 2009, Craigslist announced that it would close the erotic services section, replacing it with an adult services section to be reviewed by Craigslist employees. On September 4, 2010, Craigslist closed the adult services section of its website in the United States.
The site initially replaced the adult services page link with the word "censored" in white-on-black text.
The site received criticism and complaints from attorneys general that the section's ads were facilitating prostitution and child sex trafficking.
In 2002, a disclaimer was put on the "men seeking men", "casual encounters", "erotic services", and "rants and raves" boards to ensure that those who clicked on these sections were over the age of 18, but no disclaimer was put on the "men seeking women", "women seeking men" or "women seeking women" boards.
As of 2012, mashup sites such as and were overlaying Craigslist data with Google Maps and adding their own search filters to improve usability.
In June 2012, Craigslist changed its terms of service to disallow the practice. The site is considered particularly useful by lesbians and gay men seeking to make connections, because of the service's free and open nature and because of the difficulty of otherwise finding each other in more conservative areas.
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As a consequence, the young company was forced to rename to James Edition.
Community members started asking for a web interface.