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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Here are brief explanations for some of the questions that you may have about the CPL Classifieds.

How does this system work?

On the front page for the CPL Classifieds, you will see a navigation bar along the top and bottom of the pages that contains options such as Search Ads, Post Ads, Modify Ads, and so forth. Please click on one of these links, depending on the action that you want to take. If you post an ad, you will be asked to select a password for that ad. You will also be given an ad number. In the future, anytime that you want to modify or delete that ad, you will need to know the ad number and password. Therefore, please make a note of them.

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How do I post an ad?

Within the navigation bar at the top or bottom of the page, click on the "Post Ads" link. You will then be taken to the "Post A Classified Ad" page. Here, you will see a form with many fields. You will also be asked to select a password for that ad. When you have filled out the form, click on the "Preview My Ad" button. You will be shown how your ad will look and given the opportunity to make any corrections before posting it. If you are satisfied with its appearance, click on the "Post My Ad" button to post it. You should then see an acknowledgement page if your ad was successfully posted. You will also be given an ad number. Please make a note of your password and the ad number, because you will need these if you ever want to modify or delete your ad.

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Do I have to use my real name when posting a message?

No. You do not have to use your real name when you post an ad. The program will simply publish whatever you put in the first and last name fields. If you feel more comfortable, you can use a nickname or pseudoname.

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Can I put HTML tags anywhere in my posts?

No. You can not use HTML tags in the body of the message. If you put HTML tags in your message, the script will just throw out everything in between the <>'s.

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What should I put in the "Text of Ad" box?

Please describe the item that you are trying to sell in as much detail as you can. If you're posting a classified ad advertising a car, tell people about the year, make, model, number of miles, options, etc. If you're posting a classified ad advertising a piece of real estate for sale or for rent, tell them about the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and other rooms; about the amenities; etc. If you're announcing a garage sale, be sure to tell readers the exact time and location of the garage sale and describe some of the items that will be available. For personal ads, tell people what you look like, what you do for a living, what your hobbies and interests are, where you're from, etc. Also, don't be afraid to say what you're looking for both in terms of physical or personality traits and in terms of the relationship. If you want someone who is a specific age or looks a certain way or has certain political or recreational interests, say so! Being honest about both what you're really like and what you really want will help to avoid misunderstandings in the future. If you're posting a help wanted ad, tell people about the type of work, what skills, education, or experience is required, what the rate of pay is, the geographic location of the job, and any other information relevant to this particular position. If you're posting an employment wanted ad, tell potential employers about the type of work you desire, your skills, education, and experience, what salary level you are seeking, what geographic areas you would prefer to work in, and any other relevant information about yourself.

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Why didn't my classified ad show up?

Your classified ad most likely did not show up because either you were in the wrong category (such as "Real Estate" instead of "Personals") or you specified search criteria that don't appear in your ad. If so, please verify that you selected the correct category and then broaden your search by leaving more of the search fields blank.

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How do I modify my ad?

Within the navigation bar at the top and bottom of every page you will find the "Modify Ads" link. If you click on this link, you will see a search form. The form will ask for the ad number and the password that you entered with this ad. Once you have entered these, click on the "Search for Ad to Modify" button. If you entered the correct information, your ad will be displayed with a modification form beneath it. The current information from your ad will already be filled in, so you only need to modify the fields that you want to change. Once you have filled in the form, click on the "Submit Modification(s)" button. You should then see an acknowledgement page if your ad was successfully modified.

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How do I remove my ad?

Within the navigation bar at the top and bottom of every page you will find the "Delete Ads" link. If you click on this link, you will see a search form. The form will ask for the ad number and the password that you entered with this ad. Once you have entered these, click on the "Search for Ad to Delete" button. If you entered the correct information, your ad will be displayed with a warning beneath it indicating that you are about to delete it. If you are sure that you want to delete this ad, click on the "Delete This Ad" button. You should then see an acknowledgement page if your ad was successfully deleted.

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Why didn't my search turn up any hits?

Your search criteria may have been too narrow. Go back to the search form and leave more of the search fields blank, or click on the "New Search" button and do a general search. For the broadest possible search, simply click on the "Browse Ads" link that appears underneath the navigation bar near the top of each page.

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How do I navigate the search results page?

The results of your search will be displayed on the search results page. To see more of your search results, you can click on the "See The Next 10 Hits" button beneath the ads displayed on this page.

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What do all of those abbreviations in the personal ads stand for?

Below are some of the most commonly used abbreviations for personal ads and what they mean:

  • M--Male
  • F--Female
  • W--White
  • B--Black
  • H--Hispanic
  • A--Asian
  • J--Jewish
  • S--Single
  • D--Divorced
  • M--Married (not that we're encouraging this)
  • Wi--Widowed
  • G--Gay
  • Bi--Bisexual
  • C--Christian
  • P--Professional
  • NS--Non-smoking
  • ISO--In Search Of
  • y.o.--Years Old

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How do I contact someone who has posted a classified ad?

All of the classified ads will list either the e-mail address of the person who posted the ad or their phone number. The e-mail listings are also links, so you can click on the person's e-mail address to send the person a reply message.

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How can I obtain a copy of this program?

This program is developed and licensed by Hagen Software Inc. A number of versions are available, ranging in price from $49 to $1,999, depending on the features that you need. You can purchase a license to use one of these versions. This license allows you to install and use the program on one web site. It does not allow you to resell, give away, or otherwise distribute the source code, nor does it allow you to extend this program to other web sites. More information is available here.

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