The personals section on Craigslist is an area of the website where users can post personal opinions or seek interactions with other users. These interactions can be strictly online, but the user can also arrange for a meeting with someone local.
Under the personals heading on the Craigslist front page, users can find links to sections such as "strictly platonic," "misc romance," "casual encounters" and "rants and raves." There are also several sections for "seeking" that are divided into gender categories, for example "men seeking women," "women seeking women" and "men seeking men." Craigslist is a location-specific classifieds website, thus these categories may vary by region.
In general, the "strictly platonic" section of Craigslist is where users can post ads soliciting friendship and platonic meetings with other users. The "seeking" categories contain ads from users looking to date and find romantic relationships. "Casual encounters" is intended for users seeking casual or non-romantic sexual encounters. "Rants and raves" is a section where users can write posts about their own opinion on any topic.
Anyone can post an ad on Craigslist, and anyone can reply to a posted ad. Because responses are sent and received through personal email accounts, only the posters and responders can see the interaction.