What I Really Think by 27things

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27things says

Obviously, my posts in the Ideas thread regarding the ETC forum were intended as blatant sarcasm. But... the more I think about it, the more I feel like maybe I'm on to something. Let's just get rid of the Etc forum.

This might make me hated, get me muted or even banned but at this point I don't think I could care less. This is where I tell you what I *really* think.

When I first signed up at Etsy, I thought I was joining a community of creative people... artists, innovators, craftspersons and the like. It didn't take me long to realize that there were many people here who stood against the very foundation of creativity: expression.

Despite my initial reservations, I found my place in the Etsy community. I put my personality out there and found the segment of the Etsy population where I fit in. Through the Etcetera forum, I have met many smart, funny and talented people. These people have made Etsy into a place that I love. They made me feel personally vested in the community.

This is not about "muting" or moderation, it is about the people on this site that feel the need to morally police everything that happens here. If having MY right to express myself removed means that I don't have to read one more self-righteous, nasal gazing post about what is or is not appropriate, morality, business ethics or how I am making someone look bad and/or hurting their business, then I will consider it a small price to pay.

Why should I care if my personal expression offends your buyers? Why should I care if my personality hurts your feelings or if my personal expression hurts yours business? Obviously, you don't care about me. It's all about you. Your morals. Your customers. Your sales. Your business. You. You. You.

Frankly, it sickens me that there are people on Etsy who will not relent until all those they oppose have been silenced. If removing ETC and walking a firm line on the TOS and D&D means that these people will also be silenced, then I'm all for it. And then some.

This is your reminder: Disrespect and offense come in all shapes and sizes. I think at this point, I've made it perfectly clear that this never ending campaign to morally police Etsy is not only personally offensive but also disrespectful to us all.

I hope you win. I hope you learn that the price of silencing others is the cost of your own voice.


As an act of good faith, for those of you that find me offensive and/or rude, here's a prancing unicorn to send you back to your happy place.

unicorns.wizardio.com/

Yes, it really is a prancing unicorn and not some kind of BADBADNO.

Posted at 4:15pm Apr 10, 2007 EDT

Responses

i think that was well put.

Posted at 4:21pm Apr 10, 2007 EDT

When I first signed up at Etsy, I thought I was joining a community of creative people... artists, innovators, craftspersons and the like. It didn't take me long to realize that there were many people here who stood against the very foundation of creativity: expression


right on sister. :)

Posted at 4:22pm Apr 10, 2007 EDT

hurbanski says

That was well put. Censorship sucks.

Posted at 4:22pm Apr 10, 2007 EDT

well stated 27

Posted at 4:22pm Apr 10, 2007 EDT

mradorable says

I agree...will we be censored for agreement?

Posted at 4:24pm Apr 10, 2007 EDT

27things says

It's not about censorship as much as it is about people who insist on forcing their morals and ideals on others.

Either way, it still sucks.

Posted at 4:24pm Apr 10, 2007 EDT

Very well said. I do doubt that the people it applies to will read it or feel it applies to them.

Posted at 4:26pm Apr 10, 2007 EDT

I am sure they will read it, but whether they feel it applies to them is

Posted at 4:27pm Apr 10, 2007 EDT

arizonal says

don't ever change, 27.

Posted at 4:27pm Apr 10, 2007 EDT