I’m a crochet designer with 31 patterns on Ravelry. As soon as I read Rav’s new policy, I deleted all my pattern PDFs from my Pro account, thinking I was taking a stand. Then I discovered my pattern INFORMATION pages were still there. Rav doesn’t offer me the option to delete them.
Several Facebook groups formed immediately after Rav’s new policy was published, seeking to provide a place where we, who are in shock over this, have a place to share thoughts and ideas and get back to our yarn crafting without the drama.
One of these groups has a rule that stipulates that, as soon as a designer has deleted their Ravelry account, they can then list their patterns in the group. There are quite a few posters in these groups who are refusing to support any designer who still has a Ravelry account. This is quite frustrating to me.
Even if a designer deletes her account, the pattern INFORMATION pages will still be there. Ravelry is a database of patterns and they never delete a pattern page. It’s there for all time, sort of like a worldwide catalog of every pattern ever entered into their database.
If a designer deletes her account, ANY Ravelry member can then ADOPT the pattern and update the pattern information page any way they want. Deleting my account would mean losing all control over what’s on my pattern information pages. I feel the need to keep control, so that no one can ever sabotage my patterns or disparage me.
So, what I’ve done is put a link to my Etsy shop for each of my patterns, so at least any funds from sales will no longer go to Rav. This step alone is costing me money, because Etsy’s fees are higher than Rav’s.
UPDATE 7/8/19: I decided to remove this (the text in gray font). I’m also in the process of modifying all my Rav pattern listings to say this: “I’m no longer interested in sharing my patterns on Ravelry.“You can find me here, instead:
UPDATE 7/8/19: I decided to remove these photos. Also, I’m slowly, but surely, removing all the pattern photos except one and adding screen shots of the Rav home page with it’s devastating announcement about white supremacy.
I rather doubt that many people are even aware of this, at the moment. A lot of people in my Rav group, who test for me on a regular basis, are in other countries, so they may not even understand the entire situation.
I would love to see my sales soar because I’m taking a stand, but so far, I’m not seeing the love. People seem to be drawn to free patterns and so am I. However, I’m not successful enough yet to be able to make money from free patterns, like the big designers do via ad revenue on their YouTube channels or web sites. Someday, I hope to be there.
Please be patient with us small fish. I’m doing all I can at the moment to take a stand. I’m glad I don’t have hundreds of patterns on Rav, like some designers do. It could take literally months of working round the clock to delete every bit of information I had contributed to Rav.
I would ask that any new FB groups, when establishing their rules, would keep this in mind…that designers can’t remove their pattern information pages from Ravelry and that there is significant risk in deleting our accounts altogether.
However, that doesn’t mean we designers can’t take a stand in other ways, such as removing the option for Ravelry to get any of our revenue, directing customers elsewhere to buy our patterns, and adding other indications of our dismay with the new policy.
Rav doesn’t mind if I remove myself/my account. But, if I do that, I lose all control over my pattern information pages. There are lots of fields on the pattern information pages where data can be entered and I want control over every one of those. A disgruntled person could change the title, the tags, the photos, and the notes. That leaves me open to a lot of potential sabotage and hate. Sorry, I can’t do that. I hope other “Rav-ugees” will understand this and not bash designers who keep their Rav accounts.
One more thing: I have always voted Republican, ever since I was old enough to vote. I have one reason and one reason only for this…I’m against abortion. I take no other factors into consideration, when I vote. So, whoever happens to hold any government office, whether I like them or not, gets either my respect and cooperation or my disdain, based on this one factor alone.
Updated 7/8/2019 – I changed my mind about my pattern information pages on Ravelry. I changed them back to the way they were originally. If I do eventually delete my account, I am placing faith in my fellow fiber enthusiasts that they will not sabotage me. However, I will be watching my pattern information pages to make sure they are kept intact, along with the links to purchase the patterns on ETSY. If I do see any attempts to sabotage or defame me, I will contact an attorney at once.