Each one of these efforts feels like missing the part that makes CraigsList special to me – it’s the simplest thing that could possibly work.
Anything more – while perhaps adding value – absolutely adds overhead.
If only in the number of decisions that need to be made, communicated, and maintained.
“If most people are good and their needs are simple, all you have to do to serve them well is build a minimal infrastructure allowing them to get together and work things out for themselves. Any additional features are almost certainly superfluous and could even be damaging.” – Craig Newmark
Seems to me if a designer wanted to get their CraigsList re-design recommendation implemented – they’d find a couple superfluous things in the existing site and kill them.
Who’s up for the challenge?