manic-nightmare:

we are never more united on this website than when Tumblr does something fucking stupid again


Tags:

#The Great Tumblr Apocalypse #anything that makes me laugh this much deserves a reblog #(people don’t actually seem *super* united about this though?) #(like okay pretty much everyone I’ve seen was in agreement that Plus is going to end up a disaster *in practice*) #(but they vary a lot in how much they think it would have to change to become something good) #((with ”rotten to the core” being *one* of the extant opinions but not the only one))

itsbenedict:

itsbenedict:

wait what the- i just posted my- but instead it just posted the ask again??? or- no, the dash is showing an old post, what in the hell…?

is anyone else seeing this:

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instead of how it shows on my blog:

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? refreshing the dash doesn’t seem to fix it on my end, and idk if this is a problem with how tumblr’s serving the data or if it’s something funky on the client end

I was seeing posts in scrambled order too. Checked in a couple of times over the course of the evening to see if it had sorted itself out yet (it hadn’t), until eventually it occurred to me: “hang on, is Tumblr fucking around with that ~best-stuff-first~ shit again?”

And, yeah, they were. There’s a toggle in the Dashboard section of the settings.


Tags:

#reply via reblog #The Great Tumblr Apocalypse #Tumblr: a User’s Guide #PSA #bluespace

Updates to how we enforce our Community Guidelines on hate speech

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brin-bellway:

staff:

Tumblr wouldn’t feel like much if it were not for the passionate community filling up our dashboards. You are the reason people turn to Tumblr for a laugh or for a little human connection. You are why Tumblr feels like a home for so many. You care about this place, and you let us know when something doesn’t feel right. Many of you have called on us to further reevaluate how we deal with hate speech, particularly hate speech from Nazis or other white supremacist groups. Today we’re letting you know that we heard you, and we are taking further action.

We’ve listened to your feedback and have reassessed how we can more effectively remove hateful content from Tumblr. In our own research, and from your helpful reports, we found that much of the existing hate speech stemmed from blogs that have actually already been terminated. While their original posts were deleted upon blog termination, the content of those posts still lived on in reblogs. Those reblogs rarely contained the kind of counter-speech that serves to keep hateful rhetoric in check, so we’re changing how we deal with them.

We identified nearly a thousand blogs that were previously suspended for blatantly violating our policies against hate speech. Most of them were Nazi-related blogs. Earlier this week, we began the process of removing all reblogs stemming from the original posts on those previously suspended blogs—that’s approximately 4.47M reblogs being removed from Tumblr. 

Moving forward, we will evaluate all blogs suspended for hate speech, and consider mass reblog deletion when appropriate. 

Consulting outside experts 

We wouldn’t make a change like this without considering the impact to your freedom of expression. We do not want to silence those who are providing educational and necessary counter-arguments to hate speech. We reviewed our approach with a variety of outside groups and experts to make sure we have aligned with their recommended best practices.

There’s no silver bullet solution, AI, or algorithm that can perfectly target hate speech. That’s why we have a dedicated Trust & Safety team, and why we have an easy way for you to report any hate speech you do see.

If you see something on Tumblr that violates our Community Guidelines, please report it to our Trust & Safety team for review.

Lastly…

We are, and will always remain, steadfast believers in free speech. Tumblr is a place where you can be yourself and express your opinions. Hate speech is not conducive to that. When hate speech goes unchecked, it eventually silences the voices that add kindness and value to our society. That’s not the kind of Tumblr any of us want. 

Thank you for speaking up. Please continue to help us make Tumblr the place you want it to be.

<3

>>Earlier this week, we began the process of removing all reblogs stemming from the original posts on those previously suspended blogs—that’s approximately 4.47M reblogs being removed from Tumblr.<<

So by the sound of it, if you’ve reblogged any debunkings or tangents or possibly even unrelated posts from a blog that *also* posted hate speech (by whatever standards they’re using for that), it’s getting thrown down the memory hole.

Hey guys, I wrote a Tumblr reblog once disagreeing with the idea that deleting an OP blog should delete all of its posts’ reblogs. Do you know what happened to my post? It fucking vanished [link]. It lives on because I personally ensured it.

Now is a good time to remind everyone that tumblr-utils [link] incremental backups do not delete old posts if the original gets deleted, and the Wayback Machine sure as hell does not delete them.

Hey, so, about tumblr-utils:

Last week its API key stopped working: trying to use outdated versions of tumblr-utils will now result in “HTTP Error 401: Unauthorized”. The *current* version of tumblr-utils, if I’m understanding this bug report correctly [link], works but is globally rate-limited: no more than 1,000 blogs per hour and no more than 5,000 blogs per day across all tumblr-utils users.

But there is a workaround: apply for an API key *yourself* [link], then go into the Python code and replace the API key with your own (don’t worry, you don’t need to speak Python: knowledge of plain English is enough to make it obvious which bit is the API key). I just did this and it seems to be working now. Note: you must be logged into a Tumblr account to request an API key.

(I’m going to put this in a reblog of this thread because it’s one of the most fitting threads available, given that this information really should be on Tumblr specifically (where the people most in need can see it and share it) and I swore I’d never make another Tumblr-hosted OP. (And you can see why!))


Tags:

#reply via reblog #oh look an update #The Great Tumblr Apocalypse #101 Uses for Infrastructureless Computers #PSA #amnesia cw

nightpool:

prokopetz:

Huh – I just noticed that Tumblr’s post IDs jumped six hundred quadrillion places on February 24th of this year. It happened at some point between 6:20 PM and 6:35 PM UTC, from the look of it. I wonder what that was about?

Tumblr switched from a sequential ID system based on ticket servers to a system based on snowflake IDs. To preserve sortability, Snowflake ids use the uppermost bits of a number to represent the timestamp of the post’s creation and the lowermost bits to represent worker ids and random entropy. This means they’re going to starting near the limit of 64-bit numbers, several orders of magnitude above where tumblr’s id space was beforehand.

The well-known implementation complexities of using snowflake-based systems with javascript’s 53-bit numbers was the cause of liking and reblogging being broken on the desktop Tumblr dashboard for the majority of the 24th: https://tumblr.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043298974-February-24th-2020-Intermittent-errors-affecting-Tumblr


Tags:

#The Great Tumblr Apocalypse #Tumblr: a User’s Guide #the more you know

Updates to how we enforce our Community Guidelines on hate speech

staff:

Tumblr wouldn’t feel like much if it were not for the passionate community filling up our dashboards. You are the reason people turn to Tumblr for a laugh or for a little human connection. You are why Tumblr feels like a home for so many. You care about this place, and you let us know when something doesn’t feel right. Many of you have called on us to further reevaluate how we deal with hate speech, particularly hate speech from Nazis or other white supremacist groups. Today we’re letting you know that we heard you, and we are taking further action.

We’ve listened to your feedback and have reassessed how we can more effectively remove hateful content from Tumblr. In our own research, and from your helpful reports, we found that much of the existing hate speech stemmed from blogs that have actually already been terminated. While their original posts were deleted upon blog termination, the content of those posts still lived on in reblogs. Those reblogs rarely contained the kind of counter-speech that serves to keep hateful rhetoric in check, so we’re changing how we deal with them.

We identified nearly a thousand blogs that were previously suspended for blatantly violating our policies against hate speech. Most of them were Nazi-related blogs. Earlier this week, we began the process of removing all reblogs stemming from the original posts on those previously suspended blogs—that’s approximately 4.47M reblogs being removed from Tumblr. 

Moving forward, we will evaluate all blogs suspended for hate speech, and consider mass reblog deletion when appropriate. 

Consulting outside experts 

We wouldn’t make a change like this without considering the impact to your freedom of expression. We do not want to silence those who are providing educational and necessary counter-arguments to hate speech. We reviewed our approach with a variety of outside groups and experts to make sure we have aligned with their recommended best practices.

There’s no silver bullet solution, AI, or algorithm that can perfectly target hate speech. That’s why we have a dedicated Trust & Safety team, and why we have an easy way for you to report any hate speech you do see.

If you see something on Tumblr that violates our Community Guidelines, please report it to our Trust & Safety team for review.

Lastly…

We are, and will always remain, steadfast believers in free speech. Tumblr is a place where you can be yourself and express your opinions. Hate speech is not conducive to that. When hate speech goes unchecked, it eventually silences the voices that add kindness and value to our society. That’s not the kind of Tumblr any of us want. 

Thank you for speaking up. Please continue to help us make Tumblr the place you want it to be.

<3

>>Earlier this week, we began the process of removing all reblogs stemming from the original posts on those previously suspended blogs—that’s approximately 4.47M reblogs being removed from Tumblr.<<

So by the sound of it, if you’ve reblogged any debunkings or tangents or possibly even unrelated posts from a blog that *also* posted hate speech (by whatever standards they’re using for that), it’s getting thrown down the memory hole.

Hey guys, I wrote a Tumblr reblog once disagreeing with the idea that deleting an OP blog should delete all of its posts’ reblogs. Do you know what happened to my post? It fucking vanished [link]. It lives on because I personally ensured it.

Now is a good time to remind everyone that tumblr-utils [link] incremental backups do not delete old posts if the original gets deleted, and the Wayback Machine sure as hell does not delete them.


Tags:

#AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA #amnesia cw #reply via reblog #The Great Tumblr Apocalypse #PSA #101 Uses for Infrastructureless Computers #federated Tumblr clone when


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staff:

cozy:

Photo by @adulthoodisokay.

Something quick from the people behind @staff

Hello! 

You might have noticed that the internet can be a difficult place to be right now between all the scary news and misinformation about said scary news. On one hand, it’s wise to stay informed, but being constantly bombarded with headlines is overwhelming for anyone. Especially for those of us who spend large chunks of time online. It probably goes without saying that all of us here working at Tumblr are extremely, painfully online now more than ever, just like many of you. Scouring the remote corners of the internet is our job, and if we’re being completely real, our lives. As anyone who is extremely online can tell you, nothing kicks up the anxiety like a particularly difficult news cycle, especially one that feels neverending. 

We didn’t solve the broad-sweeping problems of the world, but we did figure out how to steal a few much-needed moments of bliss. We’ve been coping with rough times by taking time to enjoy the softer, gentler spaces on the internet—the ones overflowing with adorable animal GIFs, beautiful plants, and cute comics. We thought, maybe, you’d like to join us. So we made something for you. For us, too:

@cozy

Think of this Tumblr as a weighted blanket for the soul. A corner of the internet that feels like a hug. Since we’re not ghouls, we’re not going to use it to promote a new feature or anything like that. We’ve just been coping by spending time down this cozy rabbit hole and wanted to extend the invite. The more the merrier, right? We could all use an escape every now and again. Especially now. 

Remember: Don’t panic. Keep yourself informed, but definitely limit your news intake if it’s affecting your well-being. Don’t listen to unverified misinformation (you can see more about that on our post from last week). Take care of yourself. Practice physical distancing. Keep washing your hands. Keep in mind your mental health is just as important as your physical health. 

If you want to share your moments of joy, use the tag #cozytumblr.


Tags:

#interesting #landscape #The Great Tumblr Apocalypse #covid19

sigmaleph:

birdblogwhichisforbirds:

jenniferrpovey:

icecream-sandwich:

For anybody wondering about how Automattic changed the Privacy Policy (old / new) & TOS (old / new) but doesn’t want to read either, I just ran a quick comparison of each document through DiffChecker.

The changes are as follows:

  1. Replaced all references to Yahoo!/Verizon/Oath with references to Automattic
  2. Removed a sentence claiming Yahoo!’s search engine is superior to Google’s
  3. Removed a link to Tumblr’s old meetup page, which no longer exists
  4. Changed some punctuation

That’s it. The only difference in site policy is that Automattic is in charge instead of Yahoo!; everything else about how you interact with Tumblr and how it handles your data is identical.

Okay, thank you for doing this homework so I didn’t have to. MUCH appreciated. I was pretty sure there was no difference and I saw no red flags, but I forgot about DiffChecker.

This is useful information but also point 2 is just goddamn hilarious

in case you’re curious:

Because this kind of information can be seen by anyone and may be indexed by search engines (like Google Search, or the far superior Yahoo Search), you should be careful about what you choose to disclose publicly and make sure it’s information you want to share with everyone.

(the new version just removes that parenthetical)


Tags:

#Tumblr: a User’s Guide #The Great Tumblr Apocalypse #that DiffChecker site looks useful

Anonymous asked: why were you banned?

pervocracy:

Still no idea.  I didn’t get a warning, I didn’t get a notice of being banned; I just tried to log in one day and couldn’t.  Then they didn’t respond to my emails about it for ten months.  Then today some people told me they could see my blog again and a few hours later I got an email saying that I’m unbanned, but it doesn’t explain anything, just says I’m reinstated and “thank you for your patience.“


Tags:

#The Great Tumblr Apocalypse #The Last Tumblr Apocalypse #signal boost #what the fuck #this is simultaneously a surprise and yet an incredibly Tumblr thing to have happen

prokopetz:

prokopetz:

On the face of it, the notion of a premium tier for Tumblr isn’t necessarily absurd. Yes, it’s true that most Tumblr users are broke, but no competently managed premium blogging platform expects the majority of its users to pay in the first place; more typically, you’ll see about 1% of your user base with paid accounts – generally a mix of businesses that are using the site as their primary social media outreach platform, and folks with regular jobs who just want to be able to turn the ads off – while the other 99% make do with the ad-supported free version. The WordPress.com folks already run a premium blogging platform of their own, so they’re familiar with this usage pattern and aren’t going to have any unrealistic expectations there.

Now, whether the concomitant expectation that there will actually be businesses interested in using Tumblr as their primary social media outreach platform is absurd remains to be seen!

(Also, I’m seeing a lot of confusion in the notes about what WordPress.com actually is, so to clarify: WordPress is an open-source software package that anybody can install on their own web hosting and run a self-hosted blog. WordPress.com is a managed hosting service for WordPress blogs. It’s true that most standalone WordPress blogs are operated by businesses, owing to the expense and expertise required to deploy and maintain self-hosted blogging software. WordPress.com, however, consists mainly of non-commercial blogs, since all that’s taken care of for you.)


Tags:

#The Great Tumblr Apocalypse #WordPress #adventures in human capitalism #yeah I don’t get why people are making such a (negative) fuss about the possibility of being able to give Tumblr money #increasingly these days I want at least the *option* of giving my service providers money #it aligns their incentives better than the alternative