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Thank you for the warning, Anon. I did see this message when it was first sent to me, over a month ago, but at that point I was just on my way out of the country and wasn’t able to address it. To anyone that’s curious but isn’t curious enough to scroll through a month’s worth of posts in that tag, this post of mine was reposted 8 times.
This has happened to me before, and I usually message the person responsible asking them to take it down. Usually that works. Usually, it’s simply the case where they didn’t know any better, or they were new and tumblr was too confusing—things like that. That’s fine.
This is the first time and hopefully the last time I’ll say anything publicly about the issue of reposting. It’s unfair to the person who spent hours of their time, maybe even days, working on something to post on here. Be it a fanart, a gif, a graphic, music, etc. It takes a SECOND to reblog it and show your support for their efforts, for their creativity or enthusiasm. I used to love, love, love making things on here and rarely did I get a pat on the back for it, but when I did, I gushed like a little baby. Because someone appreciated what I made and it matters.
There’s a reason why 90% of the graphics/gifs and things you see out there have little signatures, to reduce the number of times work gets stolen, stripping the original poster of proper credit. There’s a reason even after spending an entire night over a stupid gif set, uploading it to tumblr as a draft to make sure it checks out alright, that I will go back into my photoshop and spend another 15 minutes on it JUST TO MAKE SURE MY URL IS ON THERE. Because of things like this. It’s not fun; it doesn’t make my stuff look any better. It’s a chore, honestly. But it’s made necessary but careless reposters.
Why repost? It takes longer than a reblog. It disheartens and frustrates the original poster.
If you really want to claim something like that as your own, my advice is to spend the time ACTUALLY MAKING IT. But what if you don’t know how? LEARN HOW. GIVE BACK INSTEAD OF TAKING. There’s so many people out there willing to help you, me included. There’s tutorials galore with step by step instructions by blogs dedicated to showing you if you just took the time to check. It took me a week to figure it out how to even make a gif. And months to add on the bells and whistles. I’m not even close to being decent at it.
But if you spend time learning it instead of going repost-happy, you’ll understand how long it takes to learn the process. You’ll understand that a simple little fandom graphic actually takes so much time and energy and how crappy it is to see your work displayed like a giant neon sign without your permission.
The short version in all of this is, please don’t repost.
Please reblog and support your fellow tumblrers.