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Original Post

Unless you're living under a rock or a large pile of yarn (like my poor family) you've probably heard Etsy plans on 'migrating' the forums. Now, I don't know much about migration. Even though I majored in Biology, my only memories of ornithology involve studying a Purdue oven roaster to learn muscle structure. Personally, my thought with the whole migratory thing is that you often get covered in crap when it passes over.

Regardless, I figured I'd give you my opinion since I know many of you live your lives entirely by what I say. You're welcome.

The forums have been likened to a 'community', 'family', someone even used the term 'student council'. I think these are all apt terms in some way but I think the most accurate description is a large train station. Say, Grand Central Station in Manhattan. For those of you who haven't been there, trust me, it's big and often busy. And most of the staff are kept behind bars and glass. Whether this is the case at's Etsy's offices I cannot say.

But let me tell you how the Etsy forum is like Grand Central station. Both are busy and have peak times. Both have people coming and going regularly. Some people know exactly where they're going as they've taken the same train for 20 years and head right to the track after grabbing their beer for the ride home. Some have no idea where they need to go and wander around until someone helps or robs them. A few sit in the bar and delay returning home. One or two sit on the floor up against the wall and just take it all in for some acting class they're taking in the Village. Some always arrive having to use the toilet. Why? I have no idea. They must like crapping in public places.

When you think about it the Etsy forum is just like this. You've got the old timers. You've got the newbies. You've got Etc. Yo've got the lurkers. And you've got the bullshitters who always crap all over everyone.

I will be sad that the train station will now be closed. Not because I love train stations. Yes, they can be exciting when you're off to a new destination, or just can't wait to get home. But in general they are a bit overwhelming and scary at night. Just like Etc.

However, I will take my train station over the alternative. What's the alternative you ask? It's like after you get on the train. You're all crammed into these little spaces and either pretend to sleep or put your headphones on because the dude next to you is shouting on his cell phone the whole ride. Or you stand for most of the trip because even though you can see empty seats plain as day, the folks next to them avoid eye contact and put their bag next to them as if to say, 'this seats taken, Forest.'

Someone mentioned yesterday it's like putting everything into small rooms behind closed doors. I don't know about you, but when I think of a long hallway with a bunch of small rooms and closed doors- only two places come to mind. A hotel and a whorehouse.

And you can bet your sweet backside that in both of those places lots of folks are getting screwed.

Posted at 10:11am Jan 21, 2011 EST

Responses

*chuckling*
You're right!

I wonder how people will hear of new changes/important info as well, if there isn't the same "open" discussion [I say that with a bitten tongue]; I mean, I never would have heard of a change like this if 4/5 posts yesterday weren't about it!

*sigh*

Posted at 10:16am Jan 21, 2011 EST

dmsupply says

Great post! I will miss the way the forums are now. I love how diverse it is, and all the different types of personalities. It's a bummer:(

Posted at 10:17am Jan 21, 2011 EST

I love this post!

Posted at 10:19am Jan 21, 2011 EST

fineheart says

Speechless. You have a great way with words.
Grand Central = exciting. Train Car = boring. Yeah, I do see it. And yes, I do live my life by what you say :)

Posted at 10:19am Jan 21, 2011 EST

very apt

I'm still curious how "site help" is going to be a "team"...

Posted at 10:20am Jan 21, 2011 EST

lol @ "they are a bit overwhelming and scary at night. Just like Etc. "

Posted at 10:21am Jan 21, 2011 EST

Very well-written, you made me laugh.

:)

Posted at 10:23am Jan 21, 2011 EST

ohmymilky says

Knot, you should be a writer. That was great.
Well written.

Posted at 10:23am Jan 21, 2011 EST