(Note, this post has a handy glossary, below).
While I know genuinely amazing stuff has been done on it I've never made a complete transaction on Craigslist, not even for an iPod case, but I enjoy reading CL personal ads for their transparent, cross-sectional (though perhaps not at all so perfectly cross-sectional) view of society. It's a clear city-by-city-wide view into the naked thoughts, wants and needs of humanity.
From what I've seen, the M2M personals frequently support the gay male reputation for wanting anonymous or hook-up sex. Here's a line from one: "looking for similar guy to stop by, do our thing and then leave."
For me right now, it's simple: why wouldn't anyone looking for a new intimate interaction with a person want want to leave the door open, if just a bit, in case a hook-up turns into a bigger thing ? What am I missing ?
Is it a macho thing, ie. a "play it cool" move ? A gay community thing ? Or is it a thing with people that frequently hook-up that helps prevent tricks from getting the idea of not ever leaving ?
From what I've seen on CL, there seems to be more "fuck me then leave" posts than "no strings, but if we hit it off" posts.
But perhaps that's more a commentary on the cross-section of folks posting in the CL personals, but nobody's judging anyone here. I'm just a gentle, single, funny masc vers GWM in the city... without a Craigslist personal ad.
CL - Craigslist
M4M - Man(/Men) for Man(/Men) for romantic or platonic purposes, depending on ad location
NSA - No Strings Attached, meaning that there should be no expectation of pursuing any sort of ongoing relationship beyond initial engagement, but does not preclude the possibility
B&G - Blow and Go. a new acronym invented exclusively for this blog's title, to create a comedic alliteration effect (pronounce that "affect" .. see what I did there ? ;)