A year after banning "female-presenting nipples", Tumblr is much-diminished but still alive

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/12/03/a-year-after-banning-female.html

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Tumblr is much-diminished but still alive

Alive in name only, it’s a mish mash of depressing corporate gobbledygook, and that’s on a good day.

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Weird, I was just thinking about Tumblr this morning and looked up the usage stats out of curiosity. It seems the great purge killed about half of the daily users and the site has remained steady ever since.

I guess it’s easier to keep advertisers happy and they got to shut down half of their hosting expenses so maybe it’s working out for them. Being a more niche service is totally fine as long as your investors aren’t breathing down your neck about constantly expanding/growing. Not everybody has to be Facebook.

NOPE.

Tumblr stupid bot flagged several of my drawings as obscene, several drawings not only without titties or dangling parts, but even with very little skin showing and bulky clothing.

I cannot spend all day wondering if what I’m drawing will make the algorithm angry FFS.

Here is the drawing of a building… but wait, those windows may look like nipples? Will the algorithm distinguish between a female and a XVIII century Swiss château?!

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Who profited by taking over all the disappointed Tumblr users?

Reddit mostly I think.

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Meanwhile, I got this suggestion a few days ago…

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The sex spambots are still there.

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Please add more NESTLÉ product placement to your content to pass content moderation!

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That is a good point. How many of the accounts were unaffected because they are bots and don’t really care what the content is on the site? The number of actual human users could be down considerably more than the statistics suggest.

As long as the bots bring in ad revenue just like real people there’s not much incentive to ban them on Tumblr’s side, and in fact a disincentive to ban them because it would show a site in a much worse situation than their current numbers suggest.

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Indeed, I thought there were a couple of different people who exclaimed, “We’re going to make a new Tumblr!”

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This made me particularly sad when I was reading Lynda Barry’s Syllabus (the library doesn’t have What It Is yet…) and she alwasy includes in her syllabi a note to the students that each semesters’ class had a tumblr. The spirit of Tumblr seemed to fit so well with the ethos of her classes, of simply encouraging participation, no matter what.

Shes still on there, (https://thenearsightedmonkey.tumblr.com/ - pro tip: search her blog for “exercises”) but any distant tolling of the death knell for Tumblr makes me bummed.

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Female-presenting nipples strike again.

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And worse, the way the spam / porn bots operate makes it difficult to get rid of them without intervention from what passes for back-end admin support.

I’ve stopped posting any original content there for pretty much that reason. (and because somehow, my account’s tagging setup has been broken for years and years, and their support staff’s answer was “learn to code and fix it yourself, n00b- you must have broken your stylesheets”. I’ve been using the default template.)

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That algorithm was never design to be accurate (it flagged a lot of my art too, nothing relevant), it was design to scare adult content creators, and it worked.

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Twitter I think, small platforms like Pillowfort and Newgrounds saw a lot new users too.
Personally I was glad to have made an Instagram account few month before and I spend way more time on twitter being mean to rich people and posting art.

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worst…super-villain…ever…

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So many people.

Which means, there are a bunch of buggy, unsecured Tumblr clones without the community but with the porn, going fallow as we speak.

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It wiped out most of the furry community stuff I was looking at there.

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