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Old 11-08-2013, 11:39 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Craigslist: Now sorting by relevance

What the hell Craig?!?!

Why would you start sorting by relevance by default.
Relevant to what?!

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relevance sort is the default for searches performed directly from the homepage.

chronological sort is the default for searches performed from the search form at the top of a particular category's listing page.

you can always select which sort you want with the buttons on the upper right side of the results
https://forums.craigslist.org/?ID=240260951
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:46 AM   #2
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What the hell Craig?!?!

Why would you start sorting by relevance by default.
Relevant to what?!



This may kill CL for me. Haven't found anything "relevant" to buy in about 5 years. Before that it was great ... and my wallet was often empty.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:49 AM   #3
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If you miss that it did this, it's a bit confusing at first....but really they have a button right above that says "newest" which solves the problem.
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:09 AM   #4
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If you miss that it did this, it's a bit confusing at first....but really they have a button right above that says "newest" which solves the problem.
Yeah, but that takes an extra click. And that's not the point.
The point is, WHY would they assume people want relevance as default?
And how does it determine relevance anyway?

Newest First is the default that EVERYONE on craigslist cares about.
They want the latest postings for the best deals.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:05 PM   #5
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Yeah, but that takes an extra click. And that's not the point.
The point is, WHY would they assume people want relevance as default?
And how does it determine relevance anyway?

Newest First is the default that EVERYONE on craigslist cares about.
They want the latest postings for the best deals.


Amen!
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:33 PM   #6
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Its especially fun when there are a million people selling the same thing and you have to play the guess the keyword game to get your listing to the top.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:54 PM   #7
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I'm not seeing this at all. Searches and browsing are by default both ordered by 'newest' on my local Craigslist.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:12 PM   #8
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Yeah, but that takes an extra click. And that's not the point.
The point is, WHY would they assume people want relevance as default?
And how does it determine relevance anyway?

Newest First is the default that EVERYONE on craigslist cares about.
They want the latest postings for the best deals.
It's probably an attempt to filter out spam.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:51 PM   #9
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Might also be an attempt to stop frequent relisting.
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:13 PM   #10
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Default craigslist relevance sorting

Once again Craigslist proves it has no clue and no interest in what it's users like. Relevant to what?
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:41 PM   #11
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I'm not seeing this at all. Searches and browsing are by default both ordered by 'newest' on my local Craigslist.
Same here. Must be a test market situation.

Edit: Looked at the Columbus, Ohio CL and I'm still not seeing any kind of "sort by relevance".
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #12
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Hmmm....I was wondering why the transsexual escort ads were suddenly at the top of all my results.....
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Once again Craigslist proves it has no clue and no interest in what it's users like. Relevant to what?
Backpage rep?
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:30 PM   #14
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eBay does this too where they sort by most relevant instead of time ending soonest.
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:54 PM   #15
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See the top right hand side? Relevant is selected by default...
The SECOND listing is from a month ago!

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When I go to that exact page on the Columbus site and do the same search, it comes up in 'newest' order for me.
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Same here. Must be a test market situation.

Edit: Looked at the Columbus, Ohio CL and I'm still not seeing any kind of "sort by relevance".
The test is probably randomized by user, not market. Try clearing your cookies and going back. Depending on what percentage of users they're putting into the test, it might take you several times to get into the test group.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:00 PM   #18
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I go to http://columbus.craigslist.org/ and type "computer" in the search box, then hit enter.
Relevant is selected by default for me.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:04 PM   #19
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Found this on their forums:
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relevance sort is the default for searches performed directly from the homepage.

chronological sort is the default for searches performed from the search form at the top of a particular category's listing page.

you can always select which sort you want with the buttons on the upper right side of the results
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Ah... I've never even noticed, let alone used that search box.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:10 PM   #21
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Nah..this has changed recently because I search the same way I always have, and it never used to come up with "relevant" by default.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:10 PM   #22
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Interesting. That seems like a confusing design choice.

I'd say they should either:
1) Default the same everywhere
2) Remember your last setting and use that
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Hmm, it does it through the search on the main page here too.
I always just browse, so I would have never noticed this.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:56 AM   #24
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Very pointless, I'm not gonna buy something thats still on craigslist a month later
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