If you are planning on participating, make sure your last tumblr post the night beforehand is “BRB Blackout”, so people know why you are gone. Also, please reblog this post so that as many people as possible know when the blackout starts.
Whatever your respective time zones are is when to start. there is no specification.
What is the blackout?:
A day. A single day where you don’t use tumblr. No logging in. No checking it. I know it’s hard being cut off from your community for a day, but a single day, but by refusing to use or look at Tumblr, you are making a powerful collective dent that will (ideally) inspire Tumblr mods to consider that these changes are hurting and upsetting us. You are telling them that that we were very happy with many of the old features that we once had. This is a respectful silent protest.
Why a blackout:
Because social media websites, whether for profit or not, use numbers to determine whether or not their website is successful. Tumblr is a popular, ever growing website with a loyal userbase, so no matter how much the tumblr staff ruins the website, the hit numbers will continue to grow. Making a dramatic dent in that is the only way to really get our point across and demand to be heard. We are essentially making a statement that says “we are not happy with the changes that you have made, it is your users that makes your site successful, please listen to us”
BUT YOU ARE OVERREACTING1111 ITS JUST A WEBSITE WE DON’T HAVE TO PAY FOR IT OMFGZ GRPW UP.
I’m not proposing that we seek out and gun down everybody who works for and maintains tumblr. I don’t think asking people to go outside or hang out with their friends for a day is being terribly reactionary or overly aggressive. For many of us, Tumblr is a home away from home where we talk to people who share our weird interests. I think we have a right to ask that it runs in the most user friendly way possible. I also refuse to congratulate Karp for “not making us pay” for Tumblr. Most social media websites do not require payment, and many still listen to their users. A good example is Reddit, which is among the most popular websites on the internet and still works tirelessly to make sure that users are happy with the developments they make.
Some of the negative changes make to Tumblr:
The banning of all follower tracker services. The changes and attacks on Missing E that have resulted in many features being taken away and may result in it’s permanent banning. Askboxes having character limits. Askboxes regularly eating messages that they see as spam. Askboxes not allowing us to post links or use the enter key. David Karp responding to these problems by basically saying “let them eat cake”. The Tumblr sidebar being taken away.
If you have any more questions, please contact me via submitbox. Please do not ask anon so I can properly respond.
One, I have never once in my 12+ years on the internet seen a website protest have any actual effect.
Two, let’s just go through this a little.
Because social media websites, whether for profit or not, use numbers to determine whether or not their website is successful.
But what does the success of tumblr mean for the people who run it? Think about it critically for a second here. What does tumblr, from a corporate perspective, have to gain by being popular? Or, to turn it around, by NOT being popular? To take it even further (although I know it’s not the point of the protest) think about who gets hurt if tumblr gets shut down.
Most social media websites do not require payment, and many still listen to their users.
But many have sponsorship, advertising and premium pay services. Tumblr has… layouts, I suppose. And some financial backing. But certainly not the same level.
A good example is Reddit, which is among the most popular websites on the internet and still works tirelessly to make sure that users are happy with the developments they make.
Reddit is a terrible example, apples to oranges almost. Reddit does not host the vast majority of content represented on its site. Futhermore, they offer premium services with features not available to basic members and have coporate sponsorship.
Tumblr, on the otherhand, either hosts all their content or pays for hosting services. Have you ever noticed that images linked off tumblr are not directly from tumblr.com, but have urls that start out something like s3.amazonaws.com? That’s Amazon’s Simple Storage Serice, which is part of their Web Services. Tumblr pays Amazon to host all the full-size images you post to tumblr with extremely high reliability. Furthermore, there are no formal limitations on what you can upload, outside of what fits within the confines of local law I would imagine. I also surmise that tumblr also uses this service for music hosting; but don’t quote me on that.
If both their UIs are direct representations of the underlying code as well, tumblr is a far more complex site to run. The more complex, the greater the cost on average.
The banning of all follower tracker services.
There’s a good reason for this. I know, I know, you really want to know who unfollowed you so you can go unfollow them back and never ever ever be their friend again. But outside of Tumblr implemented a tracker feature within the code itself, any tracker service that someone can come up with through the API is going to be server-intensive, and the page scraping technqiues that Missing E was using to do so were really not optimized at all.
Askboxes having character limits. … Askboxes not allowing us to post links or use the enter key.
Remember when you used to get three or four messages from spam bots a day? There are reasons to limit what the askbox can and can’t have in it. The way it’s designed makes it an easy portal for spammers so these restrictions have been a good part of why lolsummer69 isn’t offering to show you their naughty bits anymore. And maybe you didn’t have this problem, but a lot of users do. Remember that tumblr is more than just you and, really, is more than just Homestuck fandom— it’s a far larger site than you’ll probably ever see.
The askbox limitations are not that much more than the limits formspring — a site MADE of askboxes— does.
Askboxes regularly eating messages that they see as spam.
If this is a problem for you, please, please, PLEASE document it and send it to Tumblr’s development team! They can’t fix a problem they are unaware of and the more you can arm them with to try and diagnose the issue, the more they can refine things and make sure that these messages aren’t getting lost in filtering.
I can’t stress enough that if you have a problem with the website or a feature on the website, a civilly-worded letter detailing what your problem is, what you would like to see done, and what the benefit of doing this is going to be, is going to get you a lot more than throwing a hissy-fit and protesting the website. You are not helping anyone this way, not Tumblr, not your fellow users. (Maybe yourself, if it gets you to go outside but that’s another matter.)