As many of you are aware, we are in the process of improving the Category system. This is a long-term project that we are very excited about!
We get many suggestions for subcategories and sub-subcategories. Almost all of these will be in the new system. Keep making these suggestions, as we are saving them to be implemented later!
As our engineers work on the new systems, we are currently and constantly adding new subcategories and sub-subcategories to the site. In my estimation, we immediately add over 50% of the unique ideas proposed into the current category system! Last week, for example, we added about 29 new sub and sub-subcategories. So keep ’em coming!
So, what determines whether we will add a new subcategory or sub-subcategory — now, versus later? And, if you have an idea for a new subcategory or sub-subcategory, what is the best way to suggest it to us? Here are some pointers and tips:
How to suggest a new sub or sub-subcategory on Etsy:
1. Start using the name of your proposed subcategory or sub-subcategory as a tag, and encourage others to do the same.
When we are deciding whether to add to the current category system, we will search for the word under the proposed Category. If there are items “tagged” with this word, it greatly increases the chances that it will be added. If the sub or sub-subcategory is added, these items will automatically be in it!
2. Got an idea for a subcategory or sub-subcategory? Let us know!
Etsians make category suggestions in various ways — all of them are great! Some like to post in the ideas section of the Forums. Make the title something like “Category suggestion: how about “XYZ”?”. If an admin doesn’t reply, please convo HeyMichelle (that’s me!), and I’ll take a look. Feel free to convo me directly as well.
Other ways that people suggest categories are by e-mailing Community or Support. These are just fine, although it may take a bit longer for me to see the suggestion, since they are just going to forward the email to me!
Many suggestions we get are good, but for various reasons, we are unable to add them at this time.
Reasons we might not add a suggested category, subcategory or sub-subcategory:
1. There’s a better chance of us adding to a short list than a really long list.
Does the place where you would like us to add a sub or sub-subcategory have a long list underneath it? This makes it more difficult to add subs underneath it. If there is nothing, or a really short list, it’s almost a shoo-in. Don’t let a long list intimidate you, though! If your idea is a good candidate for the current system, we will try to find a way to accommodate it!
2. We are not currently adding “styles” to the category system.
Examples of styles are “Primitive,” “Kawaii” and “Cottage.” These are currently very useful for shopping, and will be included in the new category system. However, adding them now will lead to mistagging, and will make it more difficult to find items in these styles. A suggestion for those who are making items in a style: create or join an Etsy Team with others who are working in that style. At the bottom of your item descriptions, describe the style in one sentence, and encorage shoppers to search for the style to find similar items. This will spread the word about the style and help with cross-promotion!
3. We are not going to add new top-level categories that are not *types* of items.
New top-level categories in the current system are very rare indeed! We’re not currently considering new top-level categories for methods, art forms, materials, styles, or any other type of category other than “What is it?” types. Please continue to suggest these, though, as they may be excellent candidates for sub and sub-subcategories, and are useful for designing the new category system.
4. Technical difficulties
Certain things that would make a fabulous subcategory for the current system can’t be added now for technical reasons. An example of this is Art Dolls. We are working on implementing fixes for these types of problems, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Well, that’s all for now! Thank you so much for your category suggestions — we very much appreciate it, and we look forward to hearing more!