I’m a bit disillusioned on the tumblr choice of editors on their tracked tags. I admit that. But for fuck sake, artists on tumblr used to be more strict and that was a good thing. Page two of that tag right now has a photo of Obama with a caption, page four has a fucking animated gif made straight from some BBC production. On page one, there’s a post about a music magazine focusing on candid concert photos.
Even tags used to promote and lift up artists that post their own things here gets fucked over and more and more curator-tumblrs gets the credit. And yes, on the first page the number of people who’ve posted their own creation are one. One.
It’s getting — to steal a phrase — “as useless as a marzipan dildo.”
What is sort of a drag, though, is that paying to pin your post is paying Tumblr to correct Tumblr’s most significant design defect: that it still presents posts in the Dashboard by according to a naive and arbitrary system of prioritization, namely: chronology.
I agree with almost everything of what Mills wrote — you should read the whole thing because it has points — but this is where I agree the most. As someone stuck in a different time zone from most of whom I follow and who follows me, this is a problem I think.
Sure, I have Google Reader set up for a few of my favourite people but that only works one way and really, I shouldn’t have to.
Really Tumblr? The recently updated app for Android is rather good, it’s faster and more easy to use but… No way of reading or writing replies? Logout when it can’t reach the network? Those are far more important issues than having a radar page.
I don’t know! But I do know this (a) I don’t have that function yet so can’t push reply without error and (b) it looks horrible as the enclosed screenshot will testify. Cross platform design isn’t that hard, really. Shouldn’t be anyway but obviously it is. And the font size, what were they thinking?! Would be horrible to read even a longer paragraph.
Yay! I feared I would be the last one — such as on the New New Twitter that’s still an urban myth according to me — but then of course the Missing E Destroys message popped up. And I think I need to speak out a bit.
- This is way more of an intrusion of privacy than Missing E has been guilty of (which to my knowledge is none.)
- False information is nobody’s friend even if it seems like it at the time.
- You wanted people to do things with your API. That some would want to use what you provided in a more serious fashion would come as no surprise. Some people make sites that showcase all green photos posted during the last 24 hours and some want to improve things they don’t like on the dashboard. Seriously. Clue by four, people.
- My only contact with support was when I reported a dashboard bug — one easily repeatable on several browsers and two computers. I had to describe it to three different people despite everything was quoted in the emails and after that I was told that they “won’t offer support on custom themes.” That’s not support.
- Some of the people who work at Tumblr are nice and I like them. I also like many of the users, this is what keeps me here despite the growing close-mindedness of the platform.
- I’m an obnoxious asshole as well as stubborn when it comes to things such as these. Had it been possible I would right now have installed two or three instances of Missing E. That’s just me though.
The future is not bright for ‘Missing e’
Whether or not I have grounds to justly disagree with them on this, the fact remains that under the Tumblr Terms of Service, they are well within their rights to delete my Tumblr blogs as a punitive action should I continue to distribute the extension. They have informed me that this is the course of action they will take should I not acquiesce to their demands.
I attempted to discuss options through which we could work together on making Missing e something they would accept, but after initial positive statements, they seemed fairly averse to the idea. Their intent is for me to stop distribution of Missing e in any form.
Their concerns range from a perception of an increased support load due to “issues” with Missing e features to a desire to dictate how the Tumblr interface is presented to all users. Even after my commitment to them that I would not permit any feature that removes their content or modifies it in any way that would prevent promotional content from being visible from users, they still would not change their position in any way.
I have requested that the request be given in writing so as to (hopefully) clarify the position and their reasons for choosing the option of deleting my blogs as a solution to their “Missing e problem”. Whether or not any satisfaction or understanding for any Missing e user will be gained from this remains to be seen.
In the meantime, within a respectable amount of time after the official request from Tumblr arrives, Missing e will be shuttered once more. Either that, or I am forced out of this community.
Classy move, Tumblr. Real fucking classy. This really doesn’t feel like the same place as it did even a year ago. Still love the product despite everything, but damn, they don’t make it easy to be liked.
Pro Tip: Hold Option (Alt in Windows) while editing an Answer post to expose some extra publishing options!
Really Tumblr? Really? A web page is not a native program on any computer, to even try that is… What if your main input is a pen and not a keyboard? Or a touch screen? Being inspired by David Carson is all fine, but hiding things you don’t really care about will not help making the user interface good. Chances are it will be worse and smell of cat pee.
Hi Tumblr! That lightbox viewer that’s used then one click the dashboard high-res link? It’s really usless. Often the high-res is shown smaller than the regular dashboard image which is such a stupid fail I have a bit of a loss for words. (I think the lightbox is rather clunky with photosets too but I’ll let that slide.)
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - “Bottled In Cork” (OFFICIAL VIDEO) (by matadorrecs)
Down to a 1000 followers! Yeah! There are things that make me nervous, and some of them contradict one another. Silent readers — dead silent — who’re only noticeable when they start to read you are one of them.
I don’t do the follow for follow bullshit, but I wonder why people start to follow and then never likes anything, never a reply, a reblog, anything. I’m perplexed and weary about that. Even more than the “what have I done now?!” that occurs at times.
Anyway! Let’s celebrate the lower number and more alive people ratio with Ted Leo. I love this song by the way.
Latest thing on the tumblr dashboard EXIF bug has made me laugh and cry.
You may need to edit and test you custom HTML to work with the new EXIF feature? Unfortunately, we can’t provide technical support for HTML customizations. Given our large number of users, we just don’t have the resources. My apologies.
This on a dashboard bug. I get that several people are involved reading and handling the support tickets, but really, reading through them shouldn’t be that hard considering it’s all quoted in the mail. The civil tone I liked, but it doesn’t help when it ignores the subject completely.
It has been quiet though since I answered this with colour-coded images of the dashboard. Hopefully it’ll be fixed. Sometime. Or there will be more questions that has nothing to do with it as soon as the time zones catch up.
So I reported the dashboard photo EXIF bug that hindered reply/reblog/like on the post below to be clicked unless said photo is expanded. Replicable in Chrome, Opera and Firefox.
And follow-up questions I get back from support? Of course it includes “Does restarting your computer and your modem/router help at all?” I wonder if they read the email I sent before they sent out the canned follow-up questions. Somehow, I doubt it.