|Wed Oct 10 2018 16:57:24|
Etsy Sellers See Stars - Black Stars
By: Ina Steiner
Some Etsy sellers were none too pleased when their star ratings turned black
yesterday. Some surmised it was part of a Halloween design theme the marketplace had rolled out. (The Search button is black as well.)
We asked Etsy about the color change this afternoon, we'll provide an update when we hear back.
So what's the big deal? As one seller wrote, "The black stars look like they are blank and yet to be filled with gold stars."
Later in the day, a seller rejoiced
when it appeared the stars returned to their brighter gold color, but the relief was short-lived as other sellers reported seeing the same black stars in Etsy listings.
One seller said they had seen the black stars for a couple of months and suspected it was a test that was over and was being rolled out permanently.
Update 10/11/18: We haven't heard back from the company, but an Etsy Product Manager cleared up the mystery - the change to the color of star reviews was made along with other updates across the site to make it easier for people with disabilities to view.
Responding to the discussion board thread, she wrote, "These changes help us to continue to make shopping and selling on Etsy an inclusive experience and allow us to stay up-to-date with current online accessibility standards. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to make Etsy.com more accessible for our entire community."
So it would seem the uannounced change is here to stay.