May 19th, 2012
On May 18th 2012, CraigsPal received Cease and Desist letter from legal counsel of Perkins Coie who represents Craigslist.org. I have thought about this letter for a while now and have come to the unfortunate conclusion that I’m going to run down craigspal.com.
While I could consult a lawyer and fight the most egregious of
the claims within the C&D, I’ve decided that the upside in
conducting a legal battle is just too small. Despite the claims in the
C&D letter, I have never really profited. That’s right. While
Craigslist attempts to cast me as some kind of evil profiteer, they’re
making an estimated $25 million per employee.
This for you is important to read.
I’m glad Craigslist makes money though. I just wish they would reinvest their profits in innovation. Instead of paying lawyers to shut down innovative ideas, they could be searching for ways to make Craigslist better. And there are thousands of people who would say that CraigsPal made Craigslist a lot better. Please DON'T any of this: fight CL forum, argue CL forum, brag about CraigsPal, spam CL, offend CL.
Zip radius (nationwide is others business, let's focus on local, 100-200 miles, mash those results, offer), mappers, digest, flagging (groups of people with pre-defined interests AKA saved searches in CL my account, serve it daily or regularly, the same group is your best Flagging squad that will keep the niche clean if you do not have any other solution, team); efficiently connected local resources is important now. You don't need to go in the other city, you'll have them in yours, if you setup saved searches under your CL account, that's the point. This is not to be done by third-party , this must be done by CL, anything can be coded. There's a need to efficiently connect people, that's the matter.
This year I picked up some great vintage surfboards thanks to Craigspal. It’s also helped thousands of other people find collectibles, jobs, gigs, cars, and even a lost pet. In fact a few forward thinking police departments were using Craigspal to find stolen property being sold on Craigslist. To my knowledge Craigslist doesn’t provide any tools for law enforcement officers to monitor their listings for illegal activity.
If you are a current Craigspal member, this means, it was fantastic experience, but it's over. You won’t be able to re-subscribe nor will any current free subscribers be able to use it. I am deeply touched with waves of feedback, support and praise about the CraigsPal project you may still send to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am greatly thankful for helping so many people to find their dreams and make them happy, this is my biggest reward.
On a personal note, I can’t help but feel that I let down my most fervent supporters, especially my wife and children who has supported me during the thousands of hours I spent developing, refining, and supporting this software and members.