When I heard I had to write a Forum Decorum article for Thanksgiving, I got pretty upset. I mean, I was mad! It’s the holidays! I wanted to go to the Forums and call some people out. I wanted to throw such a profanity-laced verbal dagger that Etsy-related blogs would’ve been buzzing about it for weeks afterwards! Thanksgiving is supposed to be about giving thanks and good food, not some @#$#^! Forum Decorum article!
Okay, so the above never really happened. Nevertheless, do you ever find yourself getting that mad on the Forums? You’re seeing red and your teeth are clenched; you’ve got some angry thoughts in your head that you are all too ready to hammer out with your keyboard. That little red guy or girl on your shoulder is prodding you with a pitchfork, encouraging you not to hold anything back. Does that sound familiar to you? If so, let us be the people dressed in white to offer up some fuzzy-like-a-bunny words of reason: Don’t post mad.
I know, you could be done with that post in 2 minutes, and say what you need to say. It wouldn’t even be calling out, right? You’ve just got to hammer it out there, to get it out of your system? Problem is, when you do that, you’re much more likely to break one of the forum rules meant to protect other members of the community. It’s an unfortunate fact that trampling on feelings and anger go together like turkey and stuffing, even if that trampling is unintentional.
Etsy loves to have you share your passion for handmade items (whether you love to make them, love to own them, or both) with us and our community. We know that passion often spurs amazing things out of all of you creative people; we only ask that when you’re upset and thinking of posting on the Forums…take five. Go outside and peek at the sky, go badger someone into making you something to eat, or give someone you love a hug. If you absolutely have to yell it out in text, let us know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just don’t post mad. You’ll be glad you didn’t, and we’ll love you even more for it!