|Tue Apr 12 2011 23:05:48|
Etsy to Post Users' Real Names in Discussion Forums
By: Ina Steiner
Etsy plans to add users' real names to the forums for those users who shared their real names in their public profiles. The disclosure came in a discussion about privacy issues ("An Important Privacy Question for Etsy - Opt-IN VS Opt-OUT").
Etsy founder and CEO Rob Kalin said the company would display public information in all areas of the site. "For example, we'll be adding real names to the forums, for people who have their real names on their profile."
The decision is surprising, since many users on industry discussion boards are careful to hide their identity through special "posting IDs" to prevent other participants from wreaking havoc on their product listings should they disagree with their opinions.
Etsy spokesperson Christina Batch-Lee said today there was not a lot more to share at this time, and according to Kalin, the reasoning behind the decision could be found in the forum post. "There is no date attached to the project at this point," she said.
"Will Etsy make the default settings for all privacy related information and features "OPT-IN" ? If not, why?" the user asked.
Kalin and another administrator participated in the discussion thread on Friday. At the time of this blog post (Tuesday evening), the thread was 24 pages, and neither Kalin nor moderators had returned to the thread to answer followup questions.
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