I'm a regular reader and would like to think a semi-regular poster in the Etsy forums. Lately, though, I'm reevaluating the intelligence of participating there.
No, the world is not all rainbows and butterflies, but the negativity in the threads is becoming overbearing and ridiculous. And not just the "oh woe is me, why aren't people buying?" but the level of rudeness and closemindedness is unreal.
Vintage is allowed. Get over it. Supplies are allowed. Get over it. And yes, psychic or tarot readings are allowed as long as a handmade chart or something equivelent is mailed to the buyer....so says the admin. Get over it.
What is it so hard to understand? Why does it have to be a battle of who thinks who has more right to sell on Etsy? It doesn't matter if you agree or not...if ETSY says it's ok, it's ok. I'd prefer Etsy only let open-minded, NICE people sell, but it's not my call, is it?
And while I'm on a roll with the complaining, I'm so sick of reading "you're calling out" to almost every question a seller asks...even when there isn't a specific buyer, seller, name, item referred to. Someone used the term Hall Monitor today and it is so fitting for a few people.