WASILLA All Mike Baker wanted to do was sell some doghouses that his sons and their friends built in his wood shop. The houses were part of a neighborhood program he had started. He posted ads for them on Craigslist, the free Internet classified site.
At first it worked. But pretty soon his ads wouldn't stay posted people kept "flagging" them, or reporting them for not fitting into the Craigslist rules, and they would disappear. Sometimes they were gone minutes after he posted them.
Baker got mad, really mad. He ranted and raved on Craigslist about the vile flaggers and even sent notes to their Internet service providers, threatening to sue them. But the self-taught computer geek also decided to get even.
Baker, a stay-at-home father of three, fired up a Web site, www.alaskaslist.com in January meant to be an alternative to Craigslist, where Alaskans can post guns for sale or sell eggs or saddles without having their ads "flagged" or rendered invisible because they don't fit Craigslist rules.
Baker, who lives in Chugiak, said he hopes his site will be the "antithesis of Craigslist." He provides a spot for people to sell guns, or find a breeder for their English Bulldog, both types of ads that Craigslist prohibits. He also lists things like boats and cars and garage sales, the mainstay of classified advertising sites.
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