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Please, if you reblog this, I will write down EVERYONE’s URL and show them all to my friend who says ‘Tumblr is full of shitheads and idiotic people,’ It really makes me sad whenever she says that and I want to prove to her that Tumblr is full of amazing and awesome people! If you would ever be so kind and just press the reblog button, it’ll help :D Thanks!
“The "re-" gestures--such as reblogging and retweeting--have become cultural rites of cachet in and of themselves. If you can filter through the mass of information and pass it on as an arbiter to others, you gain an enormous amount of cultural capital. Filtering is taste. And good taste rules the day: Marcel Duchamp's exquisite filtering and sorting sensibility combined with his finely tuned taste rewrote the rules.”—Kenneth Goldsmith, Why Conceptual Writing? Why Now?
A VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATIONAL POST FOR YOU. PLEASE READ AND REBLOG. THANKS SO MUCH!
As I’ve been on tumblr, I realize that people often are not very observant, or don’t want to be, and also steal things/don’t credit artists for their works. I’ve seen a few posts try to point this out and fix the problem, so I’m just going to try again to show you how to avoid this problem.
First, let’s start off with tumblr-based posts, in other words, works created and then posted first to tumblr, or works made with the intent to post on tumblr. For example, gif sets/graphics, text posts, comments, theories for shows, audio posts, etc. I don’t know why a lot of people try to take credit for a witty response, a text post, or even works of art painstakingly created in photoshop or some other program (we’ll get to drawn art later, because I feel like that is a separate entity).
When I spend my own time in photoshop (and believe me, it takes a long time for me to make things, because my photoshop is a turtle), trying to create gifsets or graphics, I don’t like it when people try to make it seem like they created it, or draw the focus from the piece to themselves. I don’t mind comments on the graphics or gifsets, as long as it remains credited to me or whomever created it in terms of other people’s graphics/gifsets. You guys know what I’m talking about, and you know what’s respectful and what’s not. Don’t do the disrespectful. Also, for the love of God, do NOT repost the gif/gifsets/graphics as your own, or without credit. If the graphic/etc has a url on it, it’s usually fine to repost, because credit is on the picture already. However, it’s better to just reblog from the OP. It’s fine to use gifs as a reaction, because you’re simply using the gif to express emotion, but claiming it as your own is a no-no.
Now, if you’re going along and you see a gifset or graphic or text post and you’re wondering who the lovely person is who made it, so you can ask for permission for something or give the creator a follow, here’s how you can do zat:
As you can see, this graphic is made by bartonsnethers. I chose this particular screencap, because of the comment. It’s very nice, but says, “Who ever made this…” Well, it’s easy to find who made it! Simply look for the source.
The source is usually in the upper right corner of any post, as highlighted above. Clicking the source name will lead to you to the Original Post. If it is not a repost of a graphic or something, you will most likely see that their tags say something like “my graphics” or “graphics” or “mine”, and usually those who make graphics or the like will keep a tag page specifically for their works. You can go through that tag to see their other works, or find the one you’re interested in.
Most text posts are the same way, however, urls change all of the time! Here’s an example:
As you can see, it says the text post is by url professionalmisandrist. However, in the upper right corner, you see the url acoolshark. Always go by the url in the upper right corner, because that is the updated url of the blog that made the OP.
Now, what happens if that source is not the right hand corner, like this post here (which probably took a lot of effort to make because wow a+, link here so you can reblog it from them)?:
No upper right hand corner source! That’s okay. Just click one of the people who reblogged it like highlighted above (and one of them is the actual OP, but I’m going to keep going as an example), or click the notes in the bottom left-hand corner, and click urls until it leads you to a blog that will show you a via and a source, like so:
Via is the blog it was reblogged from only. So this blog reblogged this picture from pottersherlock. The origin, or source, is by sherlockstuff. So, this particular photoset was made by sherlockstuff, who, coincidentally, has a page dedicated to the reposting and how to avoid it, as well as how to avoid reblogging reposts, which I recommend reading quickly before I continue on, because I can’t put it any better than that (life is funny, I didn’t even know they had one!)
So now you know how to identify the original poster for pretty much all posts, and how to avoid reblogging reposts.
Now I’m going to talk about posting artworks found around the internet. The most notorious around here is finding pixiv photos and not crediting them.
Here is an example of a properly credited pixiv post:
the source in the corner says pixiv, and when you click the pixiv link it sends you to this page, which is the artist page for the artwork above. Perfect! Asking permission to repost artwork is always best, though! Always, always credit artists for their hard work.
Last, but not least, is taking credit for funny comments or text posts, which I’ve had happen to me numerous times. Now, to some people it might not seem like a big deal, but everyone likes to be funny, successful, and credited for their funny ideas. Plus, if you’re directed to a blog who has stolen a comment or text post, you aren’t going to get to experience any more humor the original blog has to offer and that is a bunch of babyback bullshit.
Here is an example, from my own personal experience, on stealing comments, funny posts:
(right click, open image in new tab to see bigger image)
When I was still relatively new to tumblr, I made this comment on a funny post (look, I even have dohimdraco, my old url!). There are so many things going on in this post, though, already, which I didn’t know about for a while (that’s why information like this is essential!). You can see a url cut off by wowfunniestposts (and don’t even get me started on the ridiculousness of those blogs, which blatantly steal posts all of the time for followers, WITHOUT crediting. If you see a post from any variation of those types of blogs, do not reblog from them, try to find the source by going through notes/blogs. It’s really easy to do), but even those two urls aren’t the source for the OP. After clicking around a bit, I found the source:
lovingpigfarts, whose blog has been deleted/doesn’t exist anymore, made the original post, as far as I can tell.
HERE is the post being reblogged TODAY. Mind you, it’s still the same exact post, however, all of the comments have been put under the same url for some godawful reason (aka, popularity for something they didn’t contribute to in the slightest).
Now, at the time I made the “Join Happy Potter…” comment, I was still struggling to get followers as I was still fairly new to tumblr. Any follower I got from the comment made me immensely happy, and I was really excited. However, quite early, someone took credit for it, and not only for my comment, but the comment above me as well, and the OP.
Using tumblr is not that difficult. Don’t replace a url with your own. Don’t delete a url, so yours will be placed there. It’s that simple. If you want to delete something, delete the entire comment if you don’t want it on your blog. Go to the html, take out the blockquote of the comment you’re removing to keep it all neat and tidy. Please be respectful to those around you, even on the internet.
And basically that sums up what I’m trying to tell you. I’m not doing a TL; DR because you should be reading this. Thanks for your time.
If you’d like to add something important, please do.
- me: Well that's enough blogging for one day. Bye tumblr, i'm off to bigger and better things.
- me: *about to close Chrome* *wild post appears on dash*
- me: Well one more reblog couldn't hurt.
- me: *94737290582959427953 years later* I don't have a problem. I can stop whenever I want. I just don't want to.