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Alright so this is just a rant and it is not related to religion at all. I totally understand if anyone wants to skip over this post but I am pretty upset about the recent changes and just want to let some of it out here. The new changes that tumblr has made to asks and submissions are going to hurt my blog a lot as well as many others. The majority of posts I make are generated off of asks and discussion. With the fact that people are going to be limited to just 500 characters it is going to make it next to impossible to get the depth of stories and questions I’ve received in the past.
I’ve had my tumblr account for just about 1 year at this point. I’ve seen some changes to the page in that time and normally updates and changes don’t bother me, they’re usually at least intended to improve usability or quality. They may take some adjusting to get used to but that’s not that big of a deal. The ask/submit feature is one of the things that made this site special though. It is one of the things that makes tumblr appealing over other blog pages. It is something absolutely vital for many of the blogs that are already set up and established on this page.
What bothers me even more is their reason for putting in this limit. They don’t want people to use tumblr as a mail service, I can understand that but this is not the way to address it. Anyone who has used this site for any period of time with many asks will have the inevitable messages you just never receive. It happens a LOT. This site is just not reliable to be used as a mail site. Anyone that really uses this site quickly learns that and although it still happens that people will send message back and forth it is not going to be a primary means of communication for most people. People are just going to send more messages if they aren’t able to fit it all in a single message, that is going to add even more strain. I think most importantly of all is that there are many people that use the ask for what it was intended for and they are crippling many pages by taking it away.
People are able to use the submit option for now to send longer messages so if anyone wants to send me anything substantial please make use of that instead. I think in many cases though it isn’t a good alternative. You are able to edit any type of submissions sent to you so even if people are going to screen shot and post or publish them they are able to make changes before doing that if they feel the need to. In many cases it won’t be an issue but does hurt their credibility if it is ever called into question.
When I was looking to start a blog page one year ago I was looking at the various options available but I decided to go with tumblr and the ask option was one of the main reasons why. It gives people a chance to interact and to help this be a social site as well as a micro blogging site. It is one of the things that made tumblr a special place that we all love to use, it helps develop the community of tumblr. I know my rant isn’t going to do anything, it is not my site and people will do what they want with it. I just hope my page can continue to have quality posts in spite of it and I am going to start to look into alternatives. Thanks tumblr, way to fuck a lot of us over and not care.