Monday, December 15, 2008

(more) non-sense from Craig: helping out those who are out to make a profit...

MORE: sorry about the delay (was away fro the day)

re: "Maybe you meant to write "not-for-profit", since says they are a nonprofit?"

I'm assuming you are referring to my quote -- that was a direct quote from "A Craigslist for service" -- the link Craig provided (numeral one under what should be the forth paragraph).

If you are saying that Craig may have made a mistake and meant not-for-profit, I doubt that, for a number of reasons:

#1. craigslist is itself a *for profit* (although by using the designation -- abusively in my opinion -- makes it very difficult for plenty of people that are providing free labor in the form of flagging etc. to realize this)

#2., while itself a non-profit, gives the option of volunteering for *corporations* (which are *for profit*) --> I believe this should not be allowed under the non-profit set-up (the non-profit is basically forgoing making a profit from the free labor *themselves* but passing that profit to *the corporations* it intermediates for) and if it is not clearly spelled out at the moment, I hope the IRS is going to spell it out...


re: "If you have the time and inclination to get out, you might volunteer for an existing service organization, probably a recognized *for-profit*." [my emphasis]

then again, if you have the brains and the inclination to think... you might donate your time to those who actually *need* the help... (as opposed to those who are out to make a profit, the *for-profits*, and would be thrilled to have your free labor...)


P.S. not at all surprised to hear this sort of non-sense from you... (it's just hard to believe that people still fall for it) D.


Monday, December 8, 2008

craigslist could have turned out... better...


it may well have been a better product but probably much less profitable (may have never really worked as a for profit).


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Has Blumenthal fallen under the craigslist spell?

re: (2nd part of 5th paragraph from bottom): "We're beginning with Craigslist because it's the biggest and one of the most apparent -- and frankly, one of the more cooperative. They've been cooperative from the early stages of our investigation."

now, *that's* funny... isn't he the same guy who said: (3rd paragraph): "I'm astonished and appalled by Craigslist's refusal to recognize the reality of prostitution on it's Web site - despite advertisements containing graphic photographs and hourly rates, and widespread public reports of prostitutes using the site" also...(4th paragraph) "[craigslist] has a moral if not possible legal responsibility to assure that it avoids serving as a conduit for prostitution and other illegal activity. My office will weigh all options, including possible legal action, if the site fails to curb content clearly prohibited by its rules."


P.S. I shudder imaging what kind of response does Blumenthal get from those ... not as cooperating as craigslist... must be something like this: "Get lost, Rick! go bother someone else, ok?" :) D.