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Explore early concepts with Etsy Prototypes

We’ve been posting a bunch about our launch and development process at Etsy. Inevitably, just like the creative process, it involves some trial and error and experimentation. We've just made it easier for you to kick the tires on new features we are working on in Etsy Prototypes. You can now opt in to join prototypes, altering your Etsy experience and giving us valuable feedback in the process. Prototypes are different from experiments, as you have to opt in to join Prototypes, while experiments are temporary changes to your experience that are not pre-announced.

Prototypes are projects that explore different ways of using Etsy. Each prototype is released with the goal of gathering data and observing how people use them. Given their exploratory nature, these projects may come and go at any time, and they may not always work as expected.

Today we are happy to announce our a couple of inaugural prototypes:

HTML5 Color Browser
Use a non-Flash version of the Color Browser.

Seller Opportunity Tools
Find new opportunities in Etsy’s marketplace. This tool helps you make informed decisions about where to focus your creativity. You can look at the popular searches that currently are under-served in the marketplace, or compare potential ideas for your next project.

View now to join either of these prototypes:

A few Qs & As:

Q: Do joining prototypes affect my ranking, promotion or visibility in Etsy?
A: No. These prototypes are simply ways for our community to test the latest explorations by Etsy.

Q: Are we going to launch more prototypes?
A: Yes, on an ongoing basis! As soon as we have more ready, they will be available on the Etsy Prototypes page. Stay tuned.

Q: Do prototypes last forever?
A: Nothing lasts forever, except diamonds. The exact length of prototypes will vary but we plan on gathering information and learning from them so don't be surprised if we decide to incorporate functionality from an prototype into the main site for all Etsy users.

Q: What if I have problems using a prototype?
A: Etsy offers limited support for Prototypes. If you are having problems with a specific prototype, we recommend participating in the forum for the given prototype team.

We are excited to bring some Etsy members into our development process and to get your feedback, we hope you enjoy testing out these features as much as we enjoy building them!

Questions and feedback are welcome in this thread.

Frank, Vernon, Ryan and Greg.

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Inactive Etsy Member 7:16pm Oct 21, 2011 EDT
There has been some discussion for some time about the colour browser..
what has changed?

Working with some of the prototypes in the past has been rather interesting to say the least.
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Inactive Etsy Member 7:17pm Oct 21, 2011 EDT
My beta-tester heart is bouncing with joy :)
I think a lot of these recent changes should have been tried in a prototype setting first. :3 Just saying...
will read and digest later. not that i anticipate any comments ;)

I'd be interested BUT can we opt out at any point if we decide to join?
I saw that on the left of my page earlier. Is there a limit on the number of people that can participate in a particular prototype?
oooh this looks very interesting!
I am game.
OK, I was brave and clicked - saw the messaging we can leave. :) I like seeing all my exits because I too don't believe anything lasts forever.
Are these stand alone trials or things that are incorporated into current features? More specifically, if I join a prototype team/test will all the regular functions of Etsy still be available to me with no disruption of the services I am used to and need?

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