Thursday, April 9, 2015

Benefits of Joining Prototype Teams on Etsy

Etsy prototype teams were such a mystery to me for so long and often, even when I joined some of them, I didn’t give any feedback. Recently, after being an active member of the Listings Management Prototype team, I realized how valuable our voice can be when we give honest feedback in this type of forum.

So let me walk you through where to find the list of Prototype Teams, what you might expect when you join them and how you can benefit from being a part of these projects. 


A link to the list of prototype teams can be found on your Etsy “front page” ~ the page that appears when you click the HOME button or the orange Etsy word in the top left corner. Scroll down the page and you’ll see a list of links on the right. Prototypes is the last link in the list. 

When you get to the landing you'll see that Etsy describes prototype teams as projects released by Etsy Admin for the purpose of gathering data and observing how people use them. These projects may come and go at any time and they may not work as expected. 


First of all, if you decide to join a prototype team, there is no rule that says you can't leave the team later. 

So why would you want to join a prototype in the first place? The projects that Etsy introduces through prototypes are usually new features they are considering for future release. The members of each team are given the “beta” form of the tools or features. It’s like getting to read a book before it’s released to the public AND we get to give our feedback about how the book ends.

Etsy recently released an update to the Listings Manager on Etsy. As part of the prototype team I had the opportunity to give feedback about the features. I remember telling them that scrolling up and down the page from the title to the tag boxes was so time consuming since I pull my tag words from my listings title. I was shocked that they really listened to my frustrations and made some immediate changes! With a few more tweaks they designed the page so that the title appears at the bottom of the screen when you are working in the editing window!! 


Whether or not you decide to join in on the feedback conversations, you still get to use the features or tools. After you click “join prototype” they will instantly be available to try.

One such feature you may want to try right now is being tested by the Saved Snippets for Convos team. If you find that you are typing the same message over and over again in response to convos, you may want to join this prototype so you can save message snippets to a drop down menu that is available each time you type out a response to an Etsy convo.  

So in short, I encourage you to check out the list of Prototype teams about once a month. I'd like to know if any of you are part of a prototype and what your experience has been.


  1. Oh, wow, this is great info! I´ll give it a try :)
    Thanks for sharing your experience!

    1. I'm so glad you found this helpful Maria!


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