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    Etsy is comparable to a classified section in a newspaper, a neighborhood block sale, a flea market, Ebay, or Craigslist.

    From Etsy's website:

    The Etsy community spans the globe with buyers and sellers coming from more than 150 countries. Etsy sellers number in the hundreds of thousands.

    Can you truly imagine that "hundreds of thousands" of sellers know of this one vendor and what offensive crap s/he sells?

    Some idiot has a small selection of offensive items posted for sale in an unmoderated marketplace. I don't think it's right to punish everyone else who uses that marketplace.

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    by jennifree2bme on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 11:08:53 PM PST

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    •  If Etsy is selling it, then they're responsible (0+ / 0-)

      for it, and they're down for the consequences. They can sell Nazi paraphernalia and anime child porn if they want to, but I have the right to insist, at the top of my lungs and the breadth of my Internet penetration, that they remove it. If they don't, that's their right, and I have the right to boycott them, and to advise others of what they're vending so those others can make an informed choice as to whether they want to do business with them in the future.

      Etsy is not "unmoderated." They reserve the right to take anything down that they wish, and I imagine they do, otherwise the NAMBLA and skinhead material would be festering through the entire range of the site. I take it that some things are offensive enough to be removed, but material mocking and insulting rape victims is acceptable. My choosing not to do business with an outfit that takes that position is mine to make, and my choice to inform others is also mine to make. I don't have the right or the power to enforce some kind of censorship on Etsy, nor do I want it.

      "That kind of ignorant must hurt." -- Mrs. Max on teabaggers

      by Black Max on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 03:49:09 PM PST

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    •  It's not about rightness (0+ / 0-)

      It's about effectiveness.  I have little doubt that, if the matter is made sufficiently important to Etsy and its vendors, that the creep in question will be dealt with.

      As I said, free speech is a two-edged sword, and I'd add that so is the marketplace.  If Etsy is accountable for its users' actions, then Etsy will manage some level of site moderation.

      "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Ghandi

      by DaveinBremerton on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 05:45:34 PM PST

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