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The Second Etsy Community Council

Dec 14, 2009

by matt

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

UPDATE:  The application process for our second Etsy Seller Community Council is now closed; we’ll announce the new members in about two weeks. Thank you to everyone who applied for the first Community Council and for this one!

The Etsy Seller Community Council is a group of members who volunteer to meet with Etsy Admin at least once a month for a period of six months to discuss marketplace enhancements and community offerings. The meetings are held in the Virtual Lab and ongoing communications are facilitated through Google Groups.

We want you to get involved! We are opening up the applications for our Second Community Council today. If you applied for the first round but weren’t picked, not to worry. We’ll be including those applicants in addition to new ones in the selection process.

Thanks to everyone who applied!

As we did with the first round, we will be selecting the next set of 25 artists by choosing a diverse group of sellers who cover a wide range of success, history, and geography. We will not have access to usernames when going through the selection process. Once selected, we contact each member to confirm that they are still interested.

A huge thank you goes out to the members of our First Community Council, whose tenure just ended! We learned so much from these members and are grateful for the insightful and honest feedback they provided. They’re a talented group too! See the items below for some of their work.

Seller Handbook | Handmade Video Portraits

 

142 comments

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal said 10 years ago

    I think your community council idea is a wonderful way to get feedback from a cross section of Etsians. Way to go!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 10 years ago

    Wonderful way to get new ideas to make Etsy even better!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 10 years ago

    that is wonderful idea!

  • KBShimmer

    KBShimmer said 10 years ago

    Very cool! I would love to be involved this go round.

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 10 years ago

    Excellent!! This is a fabulous way to improve Etsy and give voice to the community!! :)

  • missisaau

    missisaau said 10 years ago

    Awesome! I think this is a brilliant idea.

  • missisaau

    missisaau said 10 years ago

    Awesome! I think this is a wonderful idea.

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 10 years ago

    I'm all about community engagement. So great to see etsy be so accountable!

  • CLineCreations

    CLineCreations said 10 years ago

    This is great, thank you!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 10 years ago

    Very cool! I hope I get chosen :)

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 10 years ago

    Love that you want continual feedback from the seller community.

  • TimothyAdamDesigns

    TimothyAdamDesigns said 10 years ago

    Love it....

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest said 10 years ago

    cool, great idea

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 10 years ago

    Great way to bring in Community input! Awesome!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 10 years ago

    Oh I wish I could apply - I guess living outside of the US isn't helping me here :) Good luck to anyone who applies!

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 10 years ago

    wonderful

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 10 years ago

    thank you for the notice.

  • silentlanguages

    silentlanguages said 10 years ago

    Three cheers for involving etsy sellers in the thought process of improvement!

  • sugarraindrops

    sugarraindrops said 10 years ago

    What a fantastic way to get the community involved! :]

  • DesignsbyShellie

    DesignsbyShellie said 10 years ago

    Great idea! Sounds like fun. :)

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie said 10 years ago

    So exciting! Thanks guys!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago

    I hope there is a rep. for all the Fine Artists on Etsy! Thanks :)

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    It really was an amazing experience, I'd encourage all of you to apply. xoSherry ps Thanks for including my scene stealers!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 10 years ago

    great ideas to keep us involved.

  • creationsinglass

    creationsinglass said 10 years ago

    Great idea, I hope that not only "cheerleaders" apply, but those "Negative Nelly's" out there. Hopefully, they can voice their concerns constructively and critically...

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the info!

  • creationsinglass

    creationsinglass said 10 years ago

    wow, my comment was removed?

  • creationsinglass

    creationsinglass said 10 years ago

    never mind, lol I guess my computer is being wacky!

  • greeniemarie

    greeniemarie said 10 years ago

    Nice! I like that you keep the site a community effort, gives Etsy a unique feel you cant find anywhere else :)

  • blupixie

    blupixie said 10 years ago

    Sounds great, would love to be involved with it.

  • VintageConfections

    VintageConfections said 10 years ago

    Agree with creationsinglass! What a great idea. Thanks!

  • peaceblossomcandles

    peaceblossomcandles said 10 years ago

    Glad you are continuing this. I applied last time, and I'm still interested!

  • ovgilliesdesigns

    ovgilliesdesigns said 10 years ago

    Interesting idea...

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 10 years ago

    Great idea!

  • trucdart

    trucdart said 10 years ago

    I HEART ETSY. Thanks for doing this.

  • KreatedbyKarina

    KreatedbyKarina said 10 years ago

    When I click on the link, it says I've already taken this survey?

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 10 years ago

    KreatedbyKarina, did you apply for the first round? If so, you do not need to fill out the questionnaire again. You will already be in our pool of applicants.

  • underoakstudios

    underoakstudios said 10 years ago

    This is great. Thanks for doing this guys!

  • lushboutique

    lushboutique said 10 years ago

    Such a great idea! I love Etsy even more for doing this.

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 10 years ago

    Exciting!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 10 years ago

    rakshniyavintage, please do apply! We want an international perspective and we're certainly accepting applications from non-US members.

  • KatDesignsNYC

    KatDesignsNYC said 10 years ago

    What a great opportunity!

  • SimplyInvitingCards

    SimplyInvitingCards said 10 years ago

    Thank you Etsy! I'm glad you do things like this to involve your members any way you can.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    I just applied. Awesome opportunity!

  • 1022SeaShellAve

    1022SeaShellAve said 10 years ago

    Sounds Great!

  • 1022SeaShellAve

    1022SeaShellAve said 10 years ago

    Sounds Great!

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie said 10 years ago

    I just applied, thank you for the great opportunity!

  • michvanetta

    michvanetta said 10 years ago

    Sounds like a great opportunity!

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 10 years ago

    Very happy to see this continuing.

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto said 10 years ago

    Wonderful idea! A great opportunity for all, both sellers and Etsy. Thank you!

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 10 years ago

    Great idea!

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 10 years ago

    This sounds fantastic!

  • beadinbythesea

    beadinbythesea said 10 years ago

    Wonderful, I'd love to be a part of it!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 10 years ago

    So glad to know Etsy's continuing this group!

  • nauli

    nauli said 10 years ago

    I think, this is great!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 10 years ago

    Really solid idea. Thanks for the info!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 10 years ago

    Really solid idea. Thanks for the info!

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 10 years ago

    good idea!

  • econica

    econica said 10 years ago

    this is great!

  • Peaches4me

    Peaches4me said 10 years ago

    Great to see this!

  • NottyPooch

    NottyPooch said 10 years ago

    Great idea! Certainly a good way to get more feedback. I'd love to apply as an international seller!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 10 years ago

    great idea! and great picks! i love the film noir dress.

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 10 years ago

    Etsy Admins, You are awesome!! Thanks for being so open to your customers!! AudreyGardenLady

  • patspottery

    patspottery said 10 years ago

    OHH!!! Thank you sooo much for listing my Red Stamped Bowl :>) I LOVED being in the first Community Council !!!

  • RAGGEDedgeGear

    RAGGEDedgeGear said 10 years ago

    I didn't even know there was a community council! What a FABULOUS idea! I think I might just have to apply :)

  • hellobrowneyes

    hellobrowneyes said 10 years ago

    This is a really great idea and a great way to get involved!

  • organikx

    organikx said 10 years ago

    It was a fabulous experience that I'm thrilled to have been a part of, the etsy community council will grow and evolve and be such a huge benefit all etsy users in the years to come, thanks so much for the opportunity to be involved with the very first, test pilot council!

  • GreenMamba

    GreenMamba said 10 years ago

    I'm glad to know that the Community Council is still active. Thanks for the heads-up, admin. And thanks to all those who served on the first-ever Etsy CC! May I make a couple of suggestions? At the end of each term, it would be great to have a published synopsis of what the Council has discussed/accomplished/tested/etc. (those things that have the all-clear to be divulged, of course). Also, for future Council selection, it might be a good idea to start the application process in advance of the term end, and have the new council settled on by the time the previous CC is retired. That way, the new CC can be announced and ushered in as the old one steps down, thereby avoiding any gaps in council coverage. Thanks again!

  • mostlyart

    mostlyart said 10 years ago

    Fantastic this is still going on!

  • BySaraLynn

    BySaraLynn said 10 years ago

    I'm so excited and I hope I get to be a part!

  • RossanaShoshana

    RossanaShoshana said 10 years ago

    This is great, thank you

  • wood4sale

    wood4sale said 10 years ago

    Looking forward to hearing more from the council

  • PhatGrrl

    PhatGrrl said 10 years ago

    I was just reading the information on this, what a great idea for the community. I couldn't find any results of what was decided or discussed during the first term, I've probably missed it somewhere on Etsy so it would be wonderful to have an update. Look forward to reading what was actioned and what was filed for future plans and the suggested agenda for future committees. :D

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago

    Wow, I'd love to join!

  • mizusugi

    mizusugi said 10 years ago

    Terrific idea to let sellers be involved. Thank you!

  • stitchntyme

    stitchntyme said 10 years ago

    Having a CC is awesome, but just wondering if we will hear how the CC helped Etsy in their first term? :)

  • cynmb

    cynmb said 10 years ago

    Excellent idea! I second (or third) the suggestion that squeaky wheels, if they apply, be considered as well because being a customer who complains frequently, I know I do it because I love this site. And so I understand that when sellers criticise, they do it because they want this site to improve and fulfil its enormous potential.

  • auntsuesoldnewlovely

    auntsuesoldnewlovely said 10 years ago

    ...."we will be selecting the next set of 25 artists by choosing a diverse group of sellers who cover a wide range of success, history, and geography".... Just wondering if vintage sellers were included in this??? Thanks!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 10 years ago

    I am applying right now!

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits said 10 years ago

    Super! And thanks to the first group of etsians who provided such great feedback! Eileen...

  • menzocollection

    menzocollection said 10 years ago

    Thank you, Etsy, for having this. And I second GreenMamba's suggestions. It would be great to have such a synopsis shared with the community at-large. If, for example, such discussions really do have an effect on the short-term and long-term focus and goals of Etsy, I think it would be really helpful for the rest of us to know some of the ways in which that communication and teamwork have had that sort of impact. It would illumunate how fruitful this approach is and help continue the community spirit of Etsy. And if Etsy has provided such a synopsis report or results info regarding the previous council, can you please post a link to it in this thread? It got by me! : ) Thanks again for this "open door" approach!

  • menzocollection

    menzocollection said 10 years ago

    And as auntsue asked, are vintage sellers included in this? Since you used the word "artists", I'm unsure about that.

  • menzocollection

    menzocollection said 10 years ago

    Re: a sort of synopsis report I see that FeralGlass has just started a Forum thread about the same topic: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6378316

  • debhillart

    debhillart said 10 years ago

    Since this is a new endeavour and selecting the second group offers the opportunity to evolve, might I suggest at least one member from each category?

  • AustinModern

    AustinModern said 10 years ago

    Yes please, I applied for the first council and considered applying for second, but as a vintage seller I didn't know if we were invited to participate. Also a heads up on what the 1st CC has done or achieved or decided or discovered would be great. I'd love to take part in something that actually helps steer a good site towards greatness. However this IS my DayJob and obviously, I would rather spend my time on other business ventures if CC is more of a social group.

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    I wrote a comment in feralglass's thread. While I don't speak for everyone, I was a member of the council.

  • lainedesign

    lainedesign said 10 years ago

    Love this idea. You guys are the tops :-)

  • alyanna

    alyanna said 10 years ago

    Glad to hear this is continuing on! I hope the plans for a buyer's council is still in the works as well!

  • RunzwithScissors

    RunzwithScissors said 10 years ago

    As always, Green Mamba has excellent suggestions. If she applies, you should accept her! I agree -- It would be nice to know what they accomplished, or the issues they provided feedback for. It was great that the first one included Vintage sellers, and here's hoping the next one does, too.

  • menzocollection

    menzocollection said 10 years ago

    This is the 1st time I hear of a possible buyers council. Excellent idea. Extremely important to know what buyers are thinking and what improvements they would suggest. Some buyers-only do post in the Forums, which is always informative and a great help to sellers.

  • embellishedlife

    embellishedlife said 10 years ago

    GreenMamba for president!

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 10 years ago

    Is great this is working!!

  • BerkanasGarden

    BerkanasGarden said 10 years ago

    I also applied for the first one and never heard anything. I just applied for the second one as well. I have to agree it would be nice to hear what the first council accomplished.

  • strawberryona

    strawberryona said 10 years ago

    Wonderful idea! I just applied and can't wait to hear from you!

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery said 10 years ago

    So glad you are open to ideas, but organizing the people together too!

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 10 years ago

    I'm glad that Etsy admin has formed this council, and would welcome an opportunity to participate.

  • SewCharitable

    SewCharitable said 10 years ago

    This sounds like a great venture. I second the suggestions that the synopsis should be shared with all of Etsy. I would welcome the chance to participate in this council.

  • perebags

    perebags said 10 years ago

    This sounds great :)

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 10 years ago

    This is really wonderful!

  • uknowuneedanother

    uknowuneedanother said 10 years ago

    :) So, I just applied, if accepted, I'll do my very, very best to keep my Mediteranian temperment in check. :)

  • novaofsweden

    novaofsweden said 10 years ago

    I applied too. I'd love to be more in the loop..

  • KreatedbyKarina

    KreatedbyKarina said 10 years ago

    Vanessa KreatedbyKarina, did you apply for the first round? If so, you do not need to fill out the questionnaire again. You will already be in our pool of applicants. _____________ Ah--just reread the post---I was so excited at the possibility of taking part that I skimmed through it quickly to get to the Application process...thanks!

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 10 years ago

    Just applied *fingers crossed* would be a great opportunity!

  • fullcirclechains

    fullcirclechains said 10 years ago

    Just applied! I'm so new and I don't have tons of sales yet, I love etsy and have been involved with the art of selling buying and creating art for over half my life and I feel like I've got fresh ideas! Does anyone think I even have a chance? Give it to me straight eh?

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 10 years ago

    Love the idea!

  • jill2day

    jill2day said 10 years ago

    I applied... hope there is a real range of demographics and voices included. Great idea Etsy!

  • FABRINICO

    FABRINICO said 10 years ago

    I just applied, Thanks Vanessa for telling that non-US members can participate too.

  • HerRoyalFatness

    HerRoyalFatness said 10 years ago

    Fabulous way to include all opinions and enhance the features for all artisans.

  • pinkparchmentsoaps

    pinkparchmentsoaps said 10 years ago

    What a great idea!

  • perebags

    perebags said 10 years ago

    :)

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 10 years ago

    Thanks Barbara, I just applied. Please include a fine artist on the team! We'd love to get more coverage in the media and throughout the site. -Victoria

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 10 years ago

    I applied, thanks to Barbara for the info. Please include at least one painter to represent fine arts!

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 10 years ago

    oops, didn't see my post the 1st time. Sorry about that.

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry said 10 years ago

    This is a great idea!

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the opportunity. I love interacting with others in the community & getting a chance to hear what they are thinking!

  • balmenvy

    balmenvy said 10 years ago

    Very cool! Power to the people! :D

  • QuiltSewCover

    QuiltSewCover said 10 years ago

    Thank you for giving us this opportunity to participate in another aspect of Etsy.

  • SWANclothing

    SWANclothing said 10 years ago

    I'm applying again :)

  • retroandmetro

    retroandmetro said 10 years ago

    Thanks for letting newer Etsians know - like me. Would love to represent rural Etsy artists...from sparse ol' Wyoming. This is just one of many great things to love about your idea and execution of Etsy.com

  • arenacreative

    arenacreative said 10 years ago

    Thank you, I've applied!

  • kidgiddy

    kidgiddy said 10 years ago

    I totally applied - thanks for the opportunity! I'd be really excited!!! k

  • yappingcat

    yappingcat said 10 years ago

    I applied as well. I would love to have the opportunity to be more involved! Thanks Etsy!

  • PleasantPeasantry

    PleasantPeasantry said 10 years ago

    How exciting! Good idea to get everyone involved!! :)

  • marbled

    marbled said 10 years ago

    thank you for the notice.

  • walkcollection

    walkcollection said 10 years ago

    Great opportunity for everybody, even non-US residents!

  • TierraPercussion

    TierraPercussion said 10 years ago

    Wonder if they'll consider me? 3 sales

  • IrelandBrady

    IrelandBrady said 10 years ago

    I'm new to Etsy and still learning so many new Etsy things each day. This will be interesting to watch and learn more about.

  • Noaki

    Noaki said 10 years ago

    Great idea!

  • GreenMamba

    GreenMamba said 10 years ago

    Just curious - was this sent out in an Etsy News e-mail? I didn't get one. But this definitely would have been newsworthy . . .

  • melindahilldesigns

    melindahilldesigns said 10 years ago

    As a relatively new Etsy seller it is good to know that members are encouraged to join in and give input. Excellent idea!

  • SmallJoysStudio

    SmallJoysStudio said 10 years ago

    Way to go. Community involvement can be extremely helpful.

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 10 years ago

    Great... have a good ideas

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 10 years ago

    Love it! Consider me applied! : )

  • GemstoneGiant

    GemstoneGiant said 10 years ago

    Great opportunity to Etsy sellers to have their voices heard!

  • stickstaffcane

    stickstaffcane said 10 years ago

    I'll apply next time. You are connecting with your customer - - us. Thank you.

  • ccdzs

    ccdzs said 10 years ago

    Our feelings and input needs to be included - I am very gratefuk Etsy Admin chooses to listen to its sellers.

  • artnomadix

    artnomadix said 10 years ago

    Great idea ! Please elect at least one from Down Under in Australia, and as many from other countries as is possible. Then it will really be representational of all the Etsy sellers worldwide.

  • laraandmedolls

    laraandmedolls said 10 years ago

    oh! I missed the opportunity again looks like... oh well may be next time.

  • Indiscretion

    Indiscretion said 10 years ago

    I know I'm too late to apply for the second council, but I have a question. I'm wondering if Etsy would ever ask the SAssy Street Team about the questions/feedback we get from sellers/buyers? I know the staff often refers people to the team to ask questions. Some of the questions I get may be useful for the Etsy staff in terms of site usability, etc.

  • artrageousclay

    artrageousclay said 10 years ago

    I am very excited to see this come about, and look forward to seeing the results.

  • creationsinglass

    creationsinglass said 10 years ago

    I vote for GreenMamba...

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 10 years ago

    Fantastic! This should be a really great thing.

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