This explains why we've been getting random notices about being added to a user's "circle." It also explains why some shoppers, like the woman whose sex-toy purchase now appears "right after her online resumes," are so up in arms. As ArsTechnica notes, critics of Etsy's new policy happen to have something in common: "a thing for searching for artisan dildos." Despite Google's and Facebook's PR disasters with this same kind of policy, it looks like Kalin chose to learn the hard way that forcing users to opt out might get you more initial sign-ups, but it could come at the expense of loyal dildo buyers.
It is the confluence of these two things that led us to this position: if you enter your real name, purchase an item, and the seller leaves feedback for this item, this purchase will be publicly visible via our Feedback system. Search engines index our site, which means this data can turn up there, too. It's been this way since October.
Now that the glitch has been resolved, rest assured your appreciation for the fine art of handblown glass dildos is once again a private matter.
Rethinking Feedback [Etsy]