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May. 13th, 2016

wtf tumblr?

Tumblr forcibly logged me out, and refuses to let me log in via a webbrowser unless I change my password. Though it doesn't seem to have any problem to let me log into my account via the Android app.

Admittedly I haven't changed my password in a while, but still this is obnoxious behavior, in particular since they did not bother to sent me an email or such to explain or alert me to anything.

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Feb. 21st, 2016

the Tumblr app is making me crazy

The Tumblr app has notifications, usually only "So-and-so liked your photo", but sometimes the notification starts differently but then I can't find out what it wanted me to inform about, because when I tap on the notification, it only opens my dash, and when I go on to check account activity nothing shows there either.

I just clicked on a Tumblr notification on my tablet that had popped up without really reading the excerpt, except noting that it wasn't the standard like/reblog thing, but now I have no idea what it was, because there is nothing new in the inbox or the account activity of either of my two Tumblrs, and of course the notification goes away once you tapped it. Argh.

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Jan. 28th, 2016

displaying Tumblr in Firefox

Tumblr seems to freeze Firefox fairly often on my computer, e.g. I scroll down my dashboard and then suddenly the page (and all of Firefox actually, like I can't switch tabs) becomes unresponsive for a little while before scrolling resumes. At first I thought it might be some unfortunate side effect of XKit or an XKit extension, because the filtering that applies to my dashboard (like removing the sponsored stuff, and blocking some tags), and that used to slow things down on my old laptop sometimes, but this effect also happens sometimes when I have just a single Tumblr post open and scroll down that.

Do others have this problem? It is starting to really annoy me. It never happens on any other website besides Tumblr.

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Sep. 30th, 2015

This seems a really dysfunctionsl way to implement a sort of f-lock

Tumblr has created a way to not show a Tumblr via the web URL but only on the dashboard to followers. But as I understand it, the behavior is that anyone can follow you if they know your name unless you explicitly block them. So content is not actually private as such, because if I for example came across one of these error pages following at a web URL, I could follow the name in the URL and then see the content on my dash, at least unless/until I got blocked.

Only I probably couldn't find any specific content because I'd have to scroll back through my dashboard to see it, since the URLs don't work anymore for anyone, logged in or not, including the owner even, based on the reblog comments?! So if you hide your Tumblr, how could you find or see your old posts if neither archive nor tag links work any longer?

And how does this behave with reblogging? The post says the social functions all work as before, including reblog, does that mean if your followers, who may not even realize you disabled URLs as there is no symbol on the posts like on LJ/DW, can still reblog and it would show on theirs with a proper URL (and be visible to all including search engines if they set their Tumblr for maximal exposure?) or only reblog through the dashboard feeds to their followers but not the public Tumblr?

This implementation of (faux-)privacy doesn't sound like a recipe for wanky misunderstandings and disaster at all... /sarcasm

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Aug. 6th, 2015

a Tumblr question

Is there a way to get rid of that annoying "answertime" thing that shows at the top of your dashboard now? I usually don't even know these people (presumably famous ones?) that are asked questions. I couldn't find an option or extension in xkit.

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May. 24th, 2014

how do you currently tag filter on Tumblr?

I used to do this with that Tumblr Savior script thing, but it must have gone glitchy at some point without me noticing, because right now when I add stuff to its filter list it doesn't hide the posts.

I'm trying to not be spoiled for the new X-Men movie until I watch it, and I have been just staying away from Tumblr the last few days, but apparently Tumblr has by now become a thing that I have a routine impulse to check. So having a working tag filter again would be helpful.

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Jun. 15th, 2013


Looking at the Worst Room Tumblr just now (a blog that posts photos of horrible rooms and small "apartments" for rent in NYC at outrageous prices) makes me feel so much better about my place.

Also, of course I knew that fictional depictions of supposedly crappy NYC apartments in tv series and such always make them vastly larger than they would be in reality (perhaps because you couldn't actually fit a professional camera larger than an iPhone, the person operating it, and a person being filmed into an actual crappy NYC apartment from the looks of these photos so you'd probably have to stage them and leave one wall out that you don't see or something), but these are just astoundingly awful. Like, many seem to be either windowless closets rented as bedroom for several hundred dollars or some sort of crawlspaces repurposed for sleeping in, that are too low to stand or even sit.

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Apr. 10th, 2013

baffling things on Tumblr

Like how you see a pretty but uncredited artwork on Tumblr (which if you're interested is by Tsuneo Sanda), with the poster saying that they don't know who did the artwork, and among the many comments some who say they tried reverse image search but didn't find any proper source just Tumblr and Pinterest reposts (which is true), when in fact with a bit of effort you can mostly make out the name in the text part of the signature in the corner. It was a little blurry, even in the largest version of the image that I could find uncredited on Pinterest (only credited there with an image URL, I suspect probably from Facebook image hosting originally, based on URL shape, but at least that Pinterest source picture was larger than all Tumblr repost files, so it must have spread from there), but a simple google *text* search for what I could recognize of the sig together with "art", gave me the artist as first result, even though I guessed one letter wrong due to the blurriness at first, but the symbol part of the sig was clearly matching.

Admittedly it took me a few minutes, what with first looking for the largest file version to make out the signature better and then googling what I could read, but it wasn't that much effort, so I don't get why the original poster and other rebloggers who seemed to have been interested in who the artist was as well, didn't manage to look closely at the name on the picture. It's not like I'm particularly eagle eyed. I messaged the poster on Tumblr with the artist name, so maybe they'll add proper credit.

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Jan. 26th, 2013

Tumblr, why do you change your interface all the time?

Is it just me, or did the posting interface get even more baffling? Admittedly on the list of their idiosyncratic interface choices this change doesn't rank very high, but why do they have to rearrange things all the time? I'm not one of those people who like to move their furniture around weekly.

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Jan. 16th, 2013

Tumblr, endlessly frustrating...

So very often I want to find out the context of what led to an amusing image, and on Tumblr there is no way to ask, and often no proper source, just the image being posted, and then when you google image search the picture you only get a bunch of tumblrs as results.

Like just now, on my dashboard comes this post in which someone posted a vintage or pseudo-vintage safe sex poster, which people seem to find amusing for its gay subtext or something, that was of course created by manipulating the original J.C. Leyendecker advertising artwork (which of course wasn't for safe sex) which has a woman between the two soldiers, flirting with them, and by removing that woman they seem to flirt with each other. (Though some think the guys look more at each other in the original too, and it's often speculated that Leyendecker may have been homosexual etc. etc. but it remains that the original is not *that* obviously gay.)

However looking at the pic on Tumblr I have no idea whether someone actually created a (physical) poster at some point, or just manipped it to look like a poster or anything. On second thought, since the watermark URL leads to a photomanip contest site, a real poster seems unlikely. So I guess at some point this image was on that contest site, but I still have no idea who the creator was, because google image search gives no results from the contest site in the watermark.

And I'm actually not sure whether everybody who finds this amusing on Tumblr even realizes the underlying vintage artwork has been manipulated from its original state. It's incredibly frustrating, and you can't even comment there to ask or have a conversation.

ETA: But a search for "safe sex" on the contest site gave the manip in question, so after a bit over half an hour of websearching I now know that the credit for that manip goes to someone called Snowcrash and won the third place in a "vintage ad" contest on that site. Obviously this lack of proper sourcing on Tumblr does not help its timesink aspect at all.

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Dec. 19th, 2012

Tumblr's queue?

Is anyone else having problems with Tumblr's queue? Mine for [ profile] jamesmcavoywithsloths failed to post yesterday, and today it failed again. I'd ask on Tumblr, but it's not like people can reply there easily...

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Nov. 9th, 2012

*stab* *stab* *stab*

Sometimes I hate it a lot that Tumblr has no comment options (in most cases). So often I want to react briefly to some fun post or another, but I just don't do the reblog thing with my own Tumblr -- not that you can really follow and enjoy reactions easily then either. Occasionally the propensity of fandom to use things in ways they weren't meant to be used (and have no features for) has annoying downsides.

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Sep. 7th, 2012

there has to be an official announcement blog I'm missing somehow

I just reloaded my Tumblr dashboard and they moved all the things around without warning. It's quite disorienting.

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May. 22nd, 2012

WTF is up with Tumblr's queue?

I haven't been online as much as usual (hence the total lack of public fannish posts and the like around here recently), but I had set up my [ profile] jamesmcavoywithsloths Tumblr with a queue to post a picture once a day automatically even when I'm not around, only the last few days that feature seems to be broken? I've seen some official post mentioning problems over the weekend, but my queue didn't post today either. Is this still non-functional for other people too? *kicks Tumblr*

Unrelated, I find it a little worrisome that I didn't smell that one of my rats had peed on my bed right next to me just now, but only noticed it due to the wetness. Granted, the spot was small, but now I worry that I might not notice either if I myself smelled of rat pee, because I've become habituated to small amounts of it. (Though I definitely smell if I forget to change their wet bedding in the cage every other day, so I'm not completely desensitized but still.) Like the people in the hoarding reality tv shows who don't smell their house is filled with cat poop or such. Though any potential problem is probably mitigated by my habit to change from regular clothes to rattier (pun intended) indoor clothes most of the time before I interact with them, to not have holes chewed into everything I wear. I mean, their social grooming efforts are probably well meant, but this just doesn't work on fabric as it does on fur.

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Jan. 18th, 2012


So I've read about the English Wikipedia being blacked out today to protest that internet legislation, and wanted to see how it looks, but I can see it like always? So do they only black it out in the US? I'm confused.

Unrelated, I was totally right about the formula "McAvoy + sloths = insta-popularity".

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Jan. 16th, 2012

I could not resist...

...once this winning combination had occurred to me. There really was a void, thus:

(obviously inspired by the hilarious Michael Fassbender with Pugs)

ETA: Also just now while looking for more photos of McAvoy to combine with sloths, I actually came across one with him hanging in a tree like a sloth. Clearly this is a sign.

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Jan. 15th, 2012

two of the many things I'm still not used to with Tumblr...

First, how hard it is to follow a simple discussion with more than two participants. (I know, not what Tumblr is built for, but people still use it for that.) I mean, even if you ignore the unfortunate formatting, that makes it so hard to attribute what is quote and who said what, as soon as a conversation branches, you are never going to see all threads in a single of the reblogs, and if you go to the notes of the original post you can see all the responses and reblogs (i.e. the "A reblogged from B and added" bits) but there they are cut off and shortened, so you have to click and end up with a gazillion tabs to read one post with three comment threads. It's maddening. Unless there is some other reading method I missed to find and display responses? *nurses futile hope*

Second, a more subjective dissonance for me, is how Tumblr is one of the places where publicly celebrating popularity numbers is done by some (on dA it also happens, there with page view milestones mostly). I mean, from what I can tell you can't see the follower numbers like you can on LJ-clone platforms as default with friend-of/subscriber lists, so maybe that's why some people make posts going "yay over 4000 followers!" or the like instead. But of course only the ridiculously popular people do this as far as I can tell, and I can't help feeling kind of crushed in comparison. Though perhaps I wouldn't take notice so much if on Tumblr you weren't seeing "reblog/like" numbers all the time, that draw attention to the audience size constantly, even without extra action.

Which on the one hand I know is silly, because it's not like without these kinds of follower-numbers squee posts I would be unaware that someone else is very popular and has cool content, but still. I mean, with the LJ/DW model that moment of comparison is there whenever you subscribe, but you become aware of a range of numbers, and also then it fades somewhat from awareness for me. However on Tumblr you (or at least I) mostly notice the really popular numbers. For example I'm hardly going to celebrate my next Tumblr milestone which would be if ever the number of followers inched up to a round ten instead of currently eight. And I assume most other people with non-popular Tumblrs feel the same, so the impression gets distorted.

It's of course a completely irrational response to feel bad to have less audience than cool Tumblr X, but at the same time not even do anything to attract more people. If I wanted non-embarrassing follower milestone posts to happen, I would probably need to switch my topics from "mostly crappy doodles" to something with popularity potential, like say "James McAvoy with baby sloths" or something (as a side note, does that already exist? it should, I'd probably follow that), and post consistently and do all the other things that make a Tumblr attractive.

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Jan. 7th, 2012

a Tumblr question

When a Tumblr post contains more than one picture, with certain numbers some of the images tend to be resized rather small with maybe only one image largish. And then when I click the images I just get an annoying slideshow that barely makes the images larger and actually makes large images *smaller*. Is there a way to click somewhere (or change a setting somewhere) that enables me to see the images at their proper size as they were uploaded? Or at least at the 500px width resize Tumblr does for single picture posts?

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Nov. 30th, 2011

a Tumblr question

Is there some kind of customization for Tumblr (greasemonkey script, custom css or such) that would allow you to collapse certain image posts so you would not have to see them on your dashboard?

Sep. 9th, 2011

WTF, Tumblr?

How do I make the super annoying confetti background on my Tumblr dashboard stop? Can I turn this off? I could live with their 10 billionth post announcement on top, but not the moving color spots all over the screen. Otherwise I need to figure out how to stop this moving background (actually not just a simple background, it moves all over their buttons too) from displaying through my Firefox somehow. Why are they doing this to their users?!?

ETA: I figured out that this stops if you don't just reload the dashboard, but leave (like going to your Tumblr) and then come back. Then the announcement and the horrible confetti goes away.

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