From an Etsy PSA
, Re: the ArsTechnica debacle
"There was an article published on ArsTechnica that made clear how direct the connection was between using your real name on Etsy, buying an item and receiving public feedback for that item. The reaction to this article has made us realize that we need to change the way our Feedback system works, and this is what we’ve already done today.
'Cause, ya know, the USERS screaming "NO!NO!NO! DO NOT WANT!" to the myriad privacy and site changes they've made in recent months wasn't getting through, it took it going far elsewhere into the Internets and a couple of FTC reports for them to figure out "Hey, maybe this is a problem?"
My favorite part? "To further discuss this, please see this Forum thread
." BTW, the forum thread, as posted at the end of the original blog entry that was just posted 3 hours ago is closed to commenting. There is no further discussion. As usual, Etsy has shut it down when they weren't being told "YAY YOU'RE TEH AWESOMEST!"
Glad I stopped listing there. The amazing lack of customer service is special, and seriously? I am a rather firm believer in 'Net privacy. No one gets to decide for anyone else what they should have be public information. Now it would be nice if Etsy would actually, ya know, close my damned account like I asked them to.
Edit: Additional btw? It wasn't just on Ars Technica. It was also ( here )