How to Flag a Posting on Craigslist

By KR Knowlin

Flagging: Helpful or Obnoxious?

In the Craigslist online community, all users are permitted to flag any ads that violate the website's Terms of Use or posting guidelines. This self-moderating system works to single out inappropriate postings by determining how many flags an ad receives. According to the Craigslist Help page, "free classified ads receiving a sufficient number of qualified negative flags are subject to automated removal." Other postings, like forum postings and paid ads that receive enough flags are subject to further review.

Step 1

Navigate your Web browser to

Step 2

Locate the posting you want to flag. Click on the link to the posting to view the posting in full.

Step 3

Locate the flag options box in the upper-right corner of the Web page. The box is situated under the "Email This Posting to a Friend" link.

Step 4

Click the "Miscategorized" flag link if the post is in the wrong category or site, or if it discusses another posting.

Step 5

Click the "Prohibited" flag link if the posting breaches "Terms of Use" or other site guidelines, such as content that is "unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, or is harmful to minors in any way," or content that violates federal or state laws.

Step 6

Click the "Spam/Overpost" flag link if the posting appears too frequently on Craigslist, appears in multiple cities and/or categories or if the posting is too commercial.