Dear Tumblr Staff

Please add some type of notification that an ask, anon or not, has been received. I’m tired of my asks getting eaten and never knowing if I should send again, or if I’m accidentally flooding my friends inbox.

Please and Thank You,

Attention: David Karp, Tumblr founder & CEO, and Yahoo! Inc

On June 1, 2015 we, the Photographers on Tumblr, held a Protect the Creators (PtC) campaign. We, creators of original content, want(ed) to get the attention of Tumblr staff and management. We want(ed) the people who run Tumblr to make the necessary changes to this platform that will protect creators’ original work.

Such protection would make it impossible for rebloggers to alter or remove any part of the original post (title, caption, description) and simultaneously ensure the source link is permanent and irremovable. 

This is not an unreasonable request, Tumblr has code changes all the time. Yet nothing seems to have changed in terms of tightening up protection for creators of original content. Worse still, when creators have reported offences, their request for corrective action has been ignored. Are the creators not central to what Tumblr is all about? What would Tumblr be without original content? It would just be recycled content from other internet sites.

An ex-Photographer on Tumblr drew my attention to the slogan Tumblr used to have: “Follow The World’s Creators

Now the slogan is: “Follow the blogs you’ve been hearing about. Share the things you love.

This too de-emphasises the creators - a point not lost on anyone in our creative community. It makes me uneasy, especially with so little being done to protect the very creators who fuel Tumblr.

David Karp, Yahoo, Tumblr - please give us solutions.

Tumblr is big enough, it’s smart enough, with probably some of the best resources at it’s disposal. Making a few small changes would give many creators here more security and peace of mind. More importantly (for your bottom line), it would stem the tide of creators moving on to competing platforms.

This is what we are asking for:

1.       If we are a creator, an original content blogger, and we report a violation of our work to you - whether it is an alteration to the original post, or outright theft - please act on it. Do not ignore us. Please do something. When you do nothing, you are effectively letting the offender know it is perfectly okay to alter others’ original content, while at the same time - perhaps more importantly - you are fostering discontent and anger within the large and active creator community. We need a change in attitude from you, together with how you manage this. If you need suggestions from us on how we think you should manage this, we will gladly provide. So long as the creator is put back into the position they were in, prior to the offensive reblog/post.

2.       Make the necessary code changes we need to protect our original work. This should immediately minimise the instances of infringements and work effort required, as referred to in point 1 above.

3.       Allow the metadata of the copyright holder/owner of photos to be retained, along with the camera/speed/aperture/iso exif data.

David Karp, Yahoo, Tumblr - please, make this platform better. We know you can. 

The question is, will you?

(My thanks go to the ex-Photographer on Tumblr, Pete of tvoom, Fern of qbnscholar and Chas of cpleblow for advice, input and edits.) 

P.S. Some people have asked what prompted me to write this post. It came about because of a conversation I had with someone whom I respect, who has stopped using Tumblr. What sealed it, was them bringing to my attention the change of Tumblr’s slogan.

Dear staff

I feel like this message will be on behalf of the entire Roleplaying Community here on Tumblr. Which, let me tell you, is a rather large one. 

This new update has made things a lot more difficult for a lot of people. Roleplaying is something that makes a lot of people happy. And, in some cases, can create a new world for people to escape into who have depression and other mental illnesses and that makes it easier to cope. But now, with this new update, you have ruined it. Being able to cut a post was something simple. Something that did not need to be fixed and did not need an “upgrade”. All it has done is create problems where there were none before. And all you will have done is force a lot of people to leave because it shouldn’t be a hassle to reply to a roleplay thread. You have ruined something that made a lot of people happy. You have upset a community that has nothing but love and passion within their members. And all you need to do is  go into the Tumblr Update tag or the Tumblr tag itself to see how much you have upset people. 

Please, I am begging you, to reconsider this update. There are plenty of issues on this site. But cuttings posts was not one of them. And as a result you will lose a lot of your users.

Yours Sincerely, A very upset roleplayer

A tip for fan artists

I just thought this might help with deleted captions under your art - instead of writing the caption draw it, put it under your art as a picture and this way no one will remove it.

(Until Tumblr staff makes it impossible to delete the caption and help this way not only to artists but also to gifmakers of Tumblr, looking at you staff)


□ Make a somewhat decent messaging system

□ Report everyone in the shitty shoplifting fandom to the police

□ Stop posts from losing all of their notes 

☑ Make everyone’s urls three shades darker on every post for no reason

Hi, tumblr

I hate seeing all of the ads you are throwing at me. I will never buy Axe or anything you show me. Eff you. You know what I might respond to? No? Exactly. Eff you and your marketing, Yahoo. I am here to do what I need to do. NOT what you need me to do. When will you and Twitter and everyone understand that the the real issue is what We believe in? WHEN will you realize that advertizing turns us  (me) off completely? The products of corporations make us feel like losers. DO YOU UNDERSTAND? It’s pretty simple.  Stop. Let US decide what we want.

I’m really glad that the latest tumblr update was to bold the names of the people I follow when their posts are on my dash, instead of giving us a proper messaging system or a way to track more than five tags, because it was terribly confusing trying to figure out who was I following just based on their name, their icon, and the fact that their posts were on my dash.

Open Letter to Tumblr Staff

Dear Tumblr Support,

Once again, I have sent you a flag regarding a blogger who is engaging in harassing behavior. This is the fourth time I have reported this particular person. And I already know that nothing is going to happen. Because that’s how Tumblr Support works.

This blogger has been harassing me from multiple blogs over the past several months. I have repeatedly blocked her and she continues to message me. I have repeatedly contacted Tumblr Support regarding this issue. However, nothing has been done because apparently, Tumblr does not feel the need to enforce its’ own policies regarding online harassment and bullying, despite clear guidelines being set forth in the Terms of Service that we all agreed to.

I have tracked this user’s IP address and I will block them once again, and I expect Tumblr Support, as before, to do absolutely nothing about it, because the safety and mental well-being of your users apparently means nothing unless there is a sponsor involved.

People who engage in online harassment and bullying on Tumblr get away with being horrible because they KNOW that nothing will be done. I have yet to see any person removed from Tumblr for displaying bullying or abusive behavior, no matter how severe it is or how many times they are reported.

Do we have to wait until there are death wishes and dox threats flying around for anything to be taken seriously? Or do you tell those users to “just turn off anon and use the block feature” as well?

Please consider reviewing your enforcement policies for Community Guidelines…or maybe creating some new ones.

Thank you.