How to Zip a File or Folder in Mac OSX

Compressed files and folders take up less disk space than uncompressed files and also allow you to combine many files into one single file This is convenient when sending us ads you have created for your Craigslist posting campaign via email or our support system.

To compress a file or folder in Mac OSX, Control-click it or tap it using two fingers, then choose Compress from the shortcut menu (see screenshot to right)zip-a-file-mac
If you compress a single item, the compressed file has the name of the original item with the .zip extension, i.e craigslist_ad1.zip. If you compress multiple items at once, the compressed file is called Archive.zip. If you compress an entire folder, the compressed file will have the name of the original folder.zip i.e. craigslist_ads.zip. We recommend you zip the entire folder of ads and images you want to send us when submitting your content.

To uncompress (expand) an item, simply double-click the .zip file.

How to Zip a File or Folder in Windows

zipCompress and uncompress files (zip files)

Compressed files take up less storage space and can be transferred to other computers more quickly than uncompressed files. You can work with compressed files and folders in the same way that you work with uncompressed files and folders. You can also combine several files into a single compressed folder, making it easier to share a group of files, since you only need to attach one folder to an e-mail message instead of several files.

To compress a file or folder

1. Locate the file or folder that you want to compress.

2. Right-click the file or folder, point to Send To, and then click Compressed (zipped) Folder (See screenshot above).

3. A new compressed folder is created. To rename it, right-click the folder, click Rename, and then type the new name.

What Is a “Flagged” Post?

flaggedAs a result of so many ads being posted daily on Craigslist, Craigslist has adopted a community policing strategy.  CL users have the ability to flag postings that they deem inappropriate by clicking the “prohibited” link at the top of a posting.  If enough people in the community click this prohibited link, the post will become “flagged” and will be taken down.  The screen you will see when a post is going to be taken down is on the left.  Sometimes competitors or 3rd parties will try to flag your ad down, and other times Craigslist moderators themselves will flag your ad down if they choose to do so.  We only charge for live ads, or ads that are flagged down by 3rd parties or competitors.  We don’t charge for Craigslist moderated flags.

What is a “Ghosted” Post?

ghostedA “ghosted” post occurs when you follow all the criteria and requirements for submitting and ad to Craigslist, and Craigslist indicates your ad is live and will appear in the index shortly, but it never actually appears!  Where is it?  They say it appeared, but it doesn’t show up in the main search for your keywords, or when you are manually browsing through a category.

What is a “PVA”?

A “PVA” or phone verified account, is a Craigslist account that is already linked to an email address, phone number, and unique ip address.  PVAs are necessary to post on Craigslist, and Craigslist will periodically “reverify” your phone verified account by sending you text or voice messages with security and confirmation codes.