This site was created as the result of an ongoing battle between Craigslist and Padmapper. If you're unfamiliar, Padmapper is an incredibly helpful, free tool that makes browsing Craigslist's apartment listings a pleasurable experience by showing you listings on a map along with other helpful information. Anyone who wants to view a Craigslist apartment listing they find on Padmapper will be directed back to Craigslist. Craigslist recently decided it wasn't satisfied and asked Padmapper to stop using its listings. Padmapper initially agreed, then found a third-party site to provide them with the data legally. Craigslist disagreed that this was a legal way to acquire their data and filed a lawsuit against Padmapper. This whole debacle has led me to say fuck Craigslist.
What's the problem? Padmapper is a good site maintained by a good developer, Eric DeMenthon. He created the webapp as an effort to make finding apartment listings easier for everyone. Rather than considering the preferences of its users, Craigslist has chosen to sue Padmapper rather than come to an agreement about how they can co-exist peacefully, or work together to make Craigslist better. This is unfortunate, and I find it personally sad as Padmapper has helped me find all of my apartments in recent years when Craigslist could not. For a company that uses a peace symbol as its logo, I expect more of them than litigation in a reasonable dispute like this. I believe you should, too.
Is there a solution? I think there are many possible solutions, but they all lead to Craigslist and Padmapper finding a way to coexist so everybody is happy. Craigslist works because of its community, and it ought to find a way to operate in the best interest of that community. I'm not about to tell either party how to resolve this problem, but I think it's important for those of us who use Craigslist and Padmapper to show that we're not happy with the current course of action and encourage both sides to come to a compromise that suits them both and the community. To do that, I'm suggesting that you post your feelings on social networks. If it helps, you can share this site below using the social media buttons or use the site's badge and link to this page however you please. Hopefully with a common voice we can bring about a compromise.
In the meantime, if you are listing an apartment, do it on Padlister to help motivate Craigslist to compromise.
This site was created by Adam Dachis. I am not affiliated with either Craigslist or Padmapper, but wanted my feelings on the matter to be heard.