staff reply

Okay so from what I can tell, this is Tumblr’s situation right now.

About Messaging:

  • Messaging is out, but only to a handful of people. Those people then must message another person in order for the other person to get messaging. Like some kind of flu or some shit, and no one is vaccinated.
  • However, one blog can only instant message 50 people per day. As in, only 50 conversations can be started (they can then keep talking) per day. Therefore, for each blog that started out has 50 people they can “infect”, and those 50 people have 50 people to message, on and on.
  • Therefore, if you get messaging it’s best for the community if you start messages with people who don’t have it yet. Even if you don’t want to talk with them, just to give them the update.
  • When you do get the update from the person who messaged or “infected” you, there will be a jump scare with balloons and confetti, so be aware. I’m sorry Tumblr hates disabled people. I’m not sure if there’s a noise to go with it.

About Replies:

  • Replies are supposedly coming back after they are “fixed”. I think they got a huge backlash from us, and decided to bring them back.
  • There is no defined timeframe for when they will be back, and only David Karp seems to be saying they will be back. @support seemed vaguely confused about it and specifically mentioned that Karp was the one saying that they will bring back replies.

About Fanmail/Asks:

  • Asks will be staying in the entirety. The ask system will not be changed. 
  • Fanmail will be deleted. They will take away fanmail within the next couple of weeks, assumedly when they think messaging will have “spread”
  • Fanmail chains that are already going (as in, fanmail in your inbox) can still be replied to and sent. You just can’t start a new fanmail by going to someone’s page and clicking the fanmail button.

Please spread this so that everyone knows what’s up!

Sources: @staff blog, @support blog, and multiple blogs who have messaging and have been posting about it with screencaps.

EDIT: I’ve been made aware of 2 more things to add:

  • In a couple of weeks, (probs when they get rid of fanmail) everyone will have messaging. So Unfortunately, we will still be plagued by Spam bots. At least they can only do 50 a day.
  • Also there is no noise when you get the little confetti-balloon update. Awesome!
  • suffering tumbler users:please staff... please give us replies back we're begging u...
  • *another digit on the monkey's paw slowly curls inward*:

imagine if scotty changed things around the enterprise like staff changes things around tumblr

one day all of a sudden doors dont open automatically anymore?? jims freaking out but hes like ‘ay sir but no one used ‘em, i’ve got something NEW now’

and he takes jim to the turbolift and now it goes SUPER FRICKIN FAST NOW


I am convinced that the reason why tumblr has removed the ability to reply to posts is because it does not want us to have our own communities within the larger whole. Your dashboard is not a social network; it is not a place for bonds to form and friendships to develop. Those things can still happen but that is incidental to the main goal of the site: to produce content. 

That post you made four years ago of a picture of a collapsed wine display in your local grocery aisle–the one that still gets hundreds of thousands of notes now and then, drowning out every other note you get in response to your dog dying or your engagement announcement, the one that continues to haunt you without the help of a third party extension that tumblr won’t officially endorse or condone, the one your friends and oldest followers know never to reblog again because you’ve begged them to not make it worse–that’s the sort of content tumblr wants to see. Tumblr doesn’t want you to say “my grades are failing, I’m worried I’m going to lose my scholarship to UMass and I’m terrified to face my parents.” Tumblr wants you to say “mom: how’s school? me: (insert jpg of a turtle covered in spaghetti).”

Tumblr does not want you to make posts meant to be heard at or below the volume of your followers list. Your personal posts are just crowding the memes. 

just thought i’d pop back for a sec to let you guys know the staff replied, and just to second my point to that anon that D-Day isn’t necessarily well known, the entire tumblr staff didn’t realise it was D-Day

now that we don’t have replies I’ve been thinking abt how the type of communication differs between asks, replies, IM, and reblog commentary.

you might reply to a post with “omg”, but sending an ask with “omg that post” is unnecessary and is probably never sent. reblogs with “omg” are looked down upon and rarely used anymore, while in IM you might message the person with maybe more information than simply “omg” if you know them already or if you’re mutuals.

idk, it’s interesting to me bc I’m also a linguistics major aside from CS.

@allthingslinguistic what do you think? is this even worth pointing out?

  • Staff:We've brought Replies back
  • Staff:But only for like, some of you
  • Me:Wait so is there some sort of system like Messenger to get Replies?
  • Staff:¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Me:When will everyone have them? Is there a method to all this? Do you even kn-
  • Staff:¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯