You Have Exceeded the Posting Volume Limit for This Account (Warns Craigslist)

I ran into this the other day on Craigslist: “ You have exceeded the posting volume limit for this account”. Craiglist continues to battle spam and overposters, especially in the Services section.  I triggered this warning when trying to post my 4th message–even though each of my 4 messages where in separate subcategories of the the Services section.

Craigslist offers little guidance beyond that somewhat cryptic admonition. And don’t bother emailing for guidance–Craigslist remains committed to a “hands off” approach.

Craigslist advises, “You may post to one category and in one city, no more often than about every 48 hours.” You’ll also get this message if you are re-posting a message that is nearly identical to a message already in the system.

Oh well.

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11 replies
  1. Frustrated
    Frustrated says:

    I ma getting so sick of craigslist. They need to provide some sort of customer service and a better way to handle this kind of error.

  2. LimiTed
    LimiTed says:

    Their volunteer posters on the help/feedback/flag forums are often quite rude to people even with valid questions. They tell you it’s a free site and if you don’t like what goes on there, don’t visit it.

    Craigslist is a useful and fun site, but has several problems that need to be addressed. This is a monster that’s grown too big for their admin to control; therefore, they do nothing. I’d say the site will eventually collapse if they continue with their “hands off” and “right to free speech” attitude. Personally, I’d be glad to subscribe if the funds would be used to hire people to delete spam ads or more effort put into quality control and customer service.

    • Kinsey
      Kinsey says:

      Ive noticed the same thing. Many of the recurring “helpers” on the feedback forum are total jerks. I guess, since they’re free to say what they please, I’ll do the same. I’m sure they won’t like a taste of their own medicine.

  3. Charles
    Charles says:

    I had the same issue. The forum I was posting to is filled with spam and yet I cannot post more one ad every few days. It seems their anti-spam measures are actually causing MORE spam!

    • Yen
      Yen says:

      I also have this problem. Apparently, Craiglist encourages visitors applied multiple accounts to post their advertisement. In the end, those spam companies would create huge amount of accounts to spread the ads.

      I wonder what’s Craiglist’s next steps? close the registration?

  4. Jill Nyahay
    Jill Nyahay says:

    My account has exceeded as well. I believe what happens is that the first posting of the 180 days stored needs to expire before we can report.

    I think Craigslist does a great job. Let the machines handle the humans, at least that way it is fair for everyone.

  5. Chris
    Chris says:

    Has anyone overcome this error. I had two ads to post under two different categories but same city.
    First ad went thru after phone verification(not sure if it’s ghosted) and the second was blocked with that error.

  6. THiott
    THiott says:

    I am sick of Craigs list and the Crap they dish out I try to post something and I havent been on here for a long time and I still get this stupid Message .How the Hell can someone be over a limit when I havent posted anything in 2 months or more?

  7. Trish
    Trish says:

    OMG!!! I see the same post over and over and over. But if I try to post over and over and over it blocks me. What’s up with that? Free speech.. I don’t think so. If they don’t like your price, they flag stuff. People that run it are taking advantage of their roles.


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