First, it didn't take half the night to figure out that the real victims of craigslist personals must be men. It must work like spam in that if you post enough spam in the "Casual Encounters" section then old and young farts alike will bite and hand over their credit card just to chat with their mythical Venusian goddess of love. Once they realize it's a dead end with no return, the game is on to figure out if ANY of the female postings in Casual Encounters are real or not. At least I was curious about it. So don't waste your time I will tell you straight up there's not one the night I tried and I answered them all which is to say approx 100. After the first few, I created 3 templates to use as responses with fill in the blank places that I could specialize each email. I WANT MY TIME BACK. With enough shots of whiskey and watching the night turn from Saturday to Sunday, one CAN begin to wonder who is trolling whom. When I realized how tired I was, I quit for the night and decided to start fresh sometime later that day. In the mean time my bogus email account was filling up quickly with wretched email from the most alluring sluts that ever sent an email.
If you were to take a snapshot demographic of the craigslist personals you'd be clearly convinced that the Internet was 60% horny women and only 40% horny men. Of course this is not a scientific observation of any kind but maybe that's another diary. At least half of those 60% women are sluts just breathlessly waiting for you to bang each of them. You could almost make the observation that at least half of the men on the Internet are either looking for trannies or wanting guys to suck their cock at a nice motel parking lot near the airport at midnight or just after the bars close.
What this means to me (if you are to believe the above snapshot) that if you assume (but please don't) that Craigslist.org is a virtual gathering place that mirrors REAL LIFE then it COULD follow that other public places in real life like Barnes & Nobles, Walmart, Target or your favorite supermarket that have a good number of women frequenting them are the sluts, the cheaters, the swingers or kinky BDSM types that constantly pound away on their keyboards and placing desperate, lustful ads on Craigslist. Yeah and that means even those lovely MILFs with two or three kids hanging around that go to church on Sundays and teach Sunday school. It would be like walking into a used car dealership with 100 salesmen and you're the only customer, with only 3 Yugos to sell and none of them are listening to a word you're saying.
For laughs respond to one of the ads (no on second thought don't), ask very specific questions and you will get back an answer that is complete nonsense. What you will receive back are misspelled words, grammar that looks like it was written by a Russian porn actress texting and a URL that takes you to a site that 9 times out of 10 (if you are using FF) warns you of malicious malware on the site which is probably hosted at some back alley, dog food, Ukrainian data center run by zit-faced underemployed Russian programmers jerking off to some cheesy Russian MILF gangbang porn. They are worse than all those cheesy MySpace web sites (almost as bad as porn) that automatically start playing their favorite playlist of shitty music the second the page loads.
You tire of this quickly. In fact, I can see how if you are a depressive type you might end up wanting to slit your throat after 3 hours of this total time wasting trip into the tubes of the Internet. Rest assured though that after a few mind numbing hours of this you just might get a real person on the other end. This happened to me once in answering an ad. Problem was I ended up with a couple of high school or college kids on Yahoo IM and for laughs we trolled each other for about 10 minutes until we bored each other to death. One night of answering ads will cure you of ever wanting to do it again. Trust me on this.
No, the real gold at Craigslist is placing your own ad or writing a rant or rave that is so totally outrageous that when you DO get a response back, you quit wondering why people answer the bot ads. It hardly takes any cleverness to do so and it is a great way to have an evening's fun if you're so inclined or so bored you forgot your real name.
Most normal females won't respond to any ad in the personals and Worse they won't place an ad there either, not unless they want their inbox stuffed full of a years worth of erect cock photographs to pick and choose from. This is probably 90+% of the responses they would receive. Another 9% send out not only a photo of their endowment but also write some of the weirdest, most bizarre shit you've ever read. If a woman has never placed an ad before she quickly learns not to ever do it again and usually they go in and delete the ad..."This posting has been flagged for removal" but it's more like "This posting has been flogged for removal" for all the pounding their inbox took. If you are trolling and impersonating a female get ready for some hardcore shit...a laugh a minute. You'll end up with a double hernia instead of a double penetration you were hoping for.
There is another area of gold and these gems are the "Discussion Forums". This is where you go when you have a quart of Colt 45 and a cheap pack of cigarettes rolled up in your t-shirt sleeve. It's sort of like entering a men's club with no one around but a bunch of perverts and transvestites. Of particular note is the 'kink' forum. Make sure you do a Google images search first for your favorite kink so when someone asks you for a photo you can send them one. These forums will remind you of the long threads we have on K5 between anyone and CTS. However, the level of depravity in the Kink forum goes from 'normal' to 'whoop-ass-with-cat-'o-nine-tails nasty' matched only by the Marquis de Sade in the original French.
I guess though when it's all said and done it might be possible to find your true love in the personals but I seriously doubt it. It's just that wading through all the total crap in your inbox, bot spam and pencil necked geeks becomes a tiresome task. I would think going to Barnes & Noble late at night and hitting on someone in the Tantric sex section would yield better results. Come to think of it I could use a latte right about now.