It had been several months since this last happened and I thought the problem had been fixed, but apparently it is not because last week some time ALL of my Backpage ads were “community removed”!
There were actually several more than just the ones shown in the image above.
I’ve dug through the forums, but mostly there is just a lot of SPAM and people giving each other a hard time in there. I also emailed support a few months ago, they replied asking for additional details, but after providing the details I never heard from them again. So I figured I’d write this post to see if anyone else was having the same issue, and maybe together we can figure it out collectively.
Beyond some of the typical tactics that would get you banned from any website(which I wasn’t employing), here were some of the site specific reasons given in the forum for an average user who might get their posting removed:
It couldn’t have been the first reason because I only post my ads once every two weeks just to be safe. There is a possibility it could be the second reason since I did post similar ads in multiple cities, but only one ad ever two weeks. Meaning if I posted an ad in Seattle this week, I waited two weeks before I posted a similar ad in Tacoma. So that doesn’t seem like a very logical reason to me. And last all of my ads were posted in the appropriate category, as far as I can tell.
The one thing I did different this week was post a commercial add in the clothing for sale section. I wasn’t sure if this was appropriate or not, but after seeing about 90% of the ads in there were commercial listings, I figured it must be okay. Most of the ads listed there now are for commercial websites too!
According to this line under User Conduct:
17. Posting free ads promoting links to commercial services or web sites except in areas of the Site where such ads are expressly permitted;
In any case, and whatever the reason, I don’t see why that would cause all of my ads to be “community removed”? Shouldn’t only the one ad and any “duplicate” ads be removed? Many of these ads were completely unrelated. Plus how would the community know which ads I had since always selected the radio button “No, do NOT show links to my other postings”?
And it definitely wasn’t link-SPAM, it wouldn’t help anyway now that Backpage has added NoFollow to free advertising links.
I think something else is going on. Maybe it’s just that their software is buggy, I don’t know.
Is anyone else having the same issue or know what is causing this?