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I don’t know how you feel about it but I’m really annoyed about projects that have been marked with “make it” and once you look at the instructions it is only an advertising for a pattern available at an etsy shop. Like this one http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/mini-twist-clutch/instructions/1
It would be good if we can report those as inappropriate too. I think the new feature that you can display all the projects that you can make is great but unfortunately gets spoiled by fake ones.


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    Nov 10, 2009, 11.38 AMby barbaraagatha

    I think Burdastyle has become a resource to promote personal Etsy shops. I think it’s nice that people can promote their business, but it shouldn’t be deceiving. It’s a community, after all.

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      Nov 11, 2009, 11.12 PMby alden

      We think it’s wonderful that our members get to display their creations and have the opportunity to promote their business, however, we also agree with you that the creastions should be hand made and people should participate in the community as well

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    Nov 16, 2009, 07.11 AMby kquade

    I understand your frustration, but at the same time I don’t see any other way for the member to let you know right from the start that you CAN make it, you just have to buy the pattern first. I dunno, it’s a fine line I guess. for instance, i may not have looked at that project if it had been labeled “for sale” because i don’t want to buy a little clutch, because i make my own. however, if it hadn’t been labeled “make it” i also maybe wouldn’t have looked at it. or maybe i would have because i thought it was cute. i guess what i’m saying though, is that by being labeled “make it” on the creations page, i know from the very instant i see the picture that i can actually make this project myself, even if it means i need to purchase a member’s handmade PDF pattern. I understand that it’s frustrating to think you can go straight to a tutorial but then find out it isn’t free, which is a bummer. i guess maybe burdastyle needs to make a “buy pattern” button? I dunno!

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    Dec 20, 2009, 12.53 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I know if I had an Etsy store (and it is possibly on the cards) I wouldn’t use “projects” to promote myself. I think an every-now-and-again item for sale as part of personal promotion is ok, but when a member posts 5 or 6 in a row that’s pretty lame, not really what I would call participation in our community…I simply chose not to comment on these “projects”. Post your website in your profile, promote yourself in other ways and participate openly within the community please people will get to know you and spread the word, I always thought that was what this website was supposed to be about.

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    Dec 23, 2009, 01.58 AMby sarsaparilla

    I agree with kaitui_kiwi. I love looking at everything, but it is a bit annoying when people use this site only to advertise without cost…. especially when the description given is just ‘Check out my Etsy store!’ If I wanted to look at clothes for sale on Etsy, I would go to Etsy. Of course I do think it’s fantastic this site is encouraging small business, but I’d like a little more community in this community website… Does anyone else feel this way?

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    Dec 23, 2009, 04.39 AMby oscarthegrouch108

    maybe put a link to the pattern, or a “pattern found here” button, something other than “make it” is needed i think.

    personally, i like the for sale button but it is used……improperly sometimes. if you are going to post something here, you would give a story on how you made it, why it’s special, your creative process……something. not just “see my shop”. i do plan to get my etsy shop up and running again, and i will most likely share some of the items in my shop here, just not all of them.

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    Jan 4, 2010, 04.42 PMby alden

    Hey everyone, We totally hear your concerns and are trying to come up with a solution. Do you have any suggestions? I do like oscarthegrouch’s label suggestion

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    Jan 7, 2010, 01.47 PMby julietta

    I also like the idea for an additional label.

    Maybe you could also add a function that does not allow to post only one step in the make it section. This might also minimize the number of fake how tos.

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    Mar 1, 2010, 09.47 PMby seemane

    For all these Etsy items for sale…. maybe on the little diagonal labels (top right of the photos in pink) instead of the “Make it” label have “Pattern for Sale”… but still keep the “For Sale” circles in blue… that way viewers can see that they can buy the ready made item…. OR they could choose to purchase the pattern if they so wish?

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    Mar 15, 2010, 12.05 PMby geneviever

    Hi, I’ve only just seen this discussion but recently received a few negative comments for one of projects for this reason. I had no idea that people were upset by this so I have now removed the projects completely as I couldn’t see any way of editing it to remove the “Make It” tag. Some people suggested I should have used the “For sale” tag, but to me this is also misleading if the item itself is not actually for sale. To me a “Pattern for Sale” tag seems a good solution.

    I’m happy to go along with whatever is decided and certainly wouldn’t want to irritate or offend anyone, however, the reason I chose the “make it” tag was that the Burdastyle patterns that cost to download are also labelled with just “make it”. When I’m browsing for project ideas sometimes patterns that are for sale come up, sometimes free patterns come up. Personally, if I see something that I would love to make and the opportunity is there to buy a well-made pattern & complete instructions to make it for under $5 then I am very happy. I don’t see that this means that the label “make it” is false and misleading.

    For example the Ravelry knitting and crochet site allows users to sell their own patterns directly from the site. They actively encourage this and to me they are an extremely vibrant community. As long as the patterns are handmade I think this will only add to the burdastyle site, as the quantity & quality of projects and patterns available will be higher.

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    Mar 15, 2010, 06.15 PMby gedwoods

    I like the “Pattern for sale” label idea. I think this enhances the BurdaStyle site. This would meet people like geneviever’s interest as well. Cool idea.

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    Mar 15, 2010, 10.25 PMby ticklishmoose

    I agree with the people saying all the etsy posts are lame. This site is not just to promote “buying”- it really is about a place for us to display our passions, and yeah, quite frankly we all sew, so if I want it I’ll make it myself- thankyouverymuch. I think it is perfectly acceptable to promote selling a pattern you have made. But the constant selling of etsy items gets old. I usually pass over them- BTW.

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