I’d like to request an “about” tab in the header to include:

A “play nice” rule. while your faq’s are pretty clear about not harassing members, I see a lot of nasty comments and attitudes on blog posts. Recently, on Alison Dahl’s lovely last project, some people went off on a tangent about wearing the cream colored dress to a wedding as well as the model’s nipples. Thankfully, you’ve removed them. The only negative feedback I want to read is from people who’ve made the pattern & had issues with it.
Also, in regards to “play nice,” negative body comments are never appropriate for this site. Not about a specific model and not about body types in general. While I understand that members may be offended or disenfranchised by bodies shorter, taller, bigger, or smaller than their own, I don’t believe Burdastyle is the appropriate place to air your negative opinions. There is a very good chance that someone frequenting this site has a similar body type and would find your comments hurtful.

Which leads to: in the about tab, please explain where the majority of the patterns come from now, i.e. from the Burdastyle Magazine. If you don’t receive all of a month’s patterns for download, can you mention that you only receive a limited number of collections & that you don’t choose them. I assume that most members think that “you” are still drafting these patterns, like when the site first started, and no doubt are puzzled why the patterns only come in certain sizes. Every single pattern batch conversation ends up about the sizing: plus, standard, tall, petit.

Also, please post “petit,” “tall,” or “plus” in the pattern descriptions. This would also save the inevitable “what does the sizing mean?”

Plus sized patterns~ you don’t seem to receive very many of them. Perhaps you can link to Burdastyle.de when they upload theirs, as well as a tutorial for how to buy from their site.

Thank You :)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 05.07 PMby mynameisdavid

    Hi nouvellegamine,

    Thank you for your suggestions. These certainly make a lot of sense, and will be added to our list of potential site improvements.

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    Feb 19, 2012, 04.11 AMby nouvellegamine

    thank you David. you’re always so nice and helpful. i really love burdastyle & want to keep it a great, inclusive place :D

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    Feb 25, 2012, 09.31 AMby urbandon

    ‘Play Nice Rule’- I like that. Have seen some seriously negative comments. It’s just not appropriate.

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      Feb 27, 2012, 01.28 AMby nouvellegamine

      i agree. i just don’t get it. although i have a suspicion that most are troll accounts.

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    Feb 25, 2012, 11.15 AMby sewingfan1

    It’s weird (or maybe just lucky) but I’ve never come across any nasty comments up til now, they always seem to be lovely positive ones on the projects I’ve looked at.

    I like the idea of a “play nice” rule though as I know how hurtful it would feel if someone was saying nasty and destructive things about anything I posted. Constructive comments or suggestions are always welcome to me though as it’s a good way of learning. For example, if someone posted “it’s a lovely dress but that style would probably work better on someone taller/shorter” or “you could do with putting a bit more shape into it / loosening it a bit” then that would help me with my styling and choosing of which patterns work best for me.

    It’s a difficult area though as it depends what mood you’re in when you read the comment as to how it will affect you, or maybe English is their 2nd language and it comes across differently to what the writer intended. I guess maybe the person posting should specify whether they want honest + constructive criticism on it or not as I’ve seen some members do that before and always thought it was a good idea but then forget to put it with my projects.

    Ha, there’s a suggestion then for the team, on the uploading projects page, could there be a box to tick if you’re looking for helpful criticism or not?

    I like that the team delete the offensive ones too.

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      Feb 27, 2012, 01.31 AMby nouvellegamine

      i’m definitely talking about the lame snarky comments. it’s just ridiculous sometimes.

      but i think a box for constructive criticism would be good. i have seen people ask for criticism as well when they feel like something abt their project isn’t working for them :)

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      Feb 28, 2012, 12.24 PMby sewingfan1

      snarky comments are a definite no no ! ;-)

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    Feb 26, 2012, 01.45 AMby sew4my3

    You all are so great and make my job so delightful!

    Yes on occasion we get members who are in a bad mood and want to share their feelings with the rest of the world via the internet. Overall most of our members are fun, exciting and truly eat, live and sleep sewing. I like the ideas posted in your comments and will pass them along to the team. Also, if you come across these unwanted comments, please let me know and I will remove them.

    Thank you all for being so thoughtful and wanting to make our community a better place for all!

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    Mar 5, 2012, 04.10 AMby sewingqueen-1

    I’d love to see an explanation of how to download from the German site. I speak French, but German is waaaay beyond me and even trying to translate it leaves me baffled. Can someone please explain how to navigate the site and how to download free patterns? Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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