A big part of the craigslist operational philosophy is that people are smart and will make good use of our site, better use than we'd conceive ourselves. This has a lot to do with the philosophy in The Cluetrain Manifesto and emergence theory, which derives from chaos and complexity theory.
Just so you know, we've turned over running the site to the people who use it, that is, posting and flagging for removal are handled by the visitors to the site.
The Dean campaign is doing something similar, as described in an article by Ed Cone.
"We want to let [grassroots volunteers] have control, let them help the campaign how they want to help the campaign," says Dean's campaign manager, Joe Trippi.
I went to an organizing meeting today, and judging by the way Mike Ford was talking, they really mean it.
These guys are really smart in other ways. I was most struck by their request to letter writers (to other voters) that they include pictures in the letters, pictures of themselves, their families, or their dogs.
I lean more and more to the Dean campaign. I think the big issue, bigger than anything, is the restoration of American democracy, and this is a big part of how to do it.