Tumblr did something and lately tags and search button on our blog seem to not work consistently, especially on mobile. We’re sorry if tag links in our posts (including this one) don’t work or if you guys have trouble finding stuff on BABD, even when it’s properly tagged.
There’s a big chance that switching to PC would help, but we can’t guarantee that. Sorry there’s nothing we can do about it.
Tumblr also did a little, more high profile thing where they announced they would be getting rid of all “adult content” to make everyone happier and a better community – starting on December 17.
Summary of our thoughts below:
If Tumblr actually wanted to improve the community for people then they would could so in the following ways:
- Actually reacting appropriately when people file reports. Whether it be to end harassment, clean up tags or just get downright horrifying content such as doxes and revenge porn off the site.
- Actually target toxic groups such as Nazis, people who sexualise children, anti-feminists, Neo-Nazis, anti-SJW crusaders, creepshooters, Alt-Right, blackface defenders, people who spam up unrelated tags with porn/shock images, and “I’m not a Nazi but I kind of agree with a lot of…” types
- Actively work to combat the spambots that pollute tags with ads for shady porn sites, and make people cynical about every new follower
- Implement a system that is not all or nothing where your blog is either “flagged” and hidden from the world, or “not-flagged” and available to everyone.
Instead what they’re proposing to do is to essentially trust their algorithms to police their community in a manner which won’t address any of the above but, based off what we’ve seen from the flagging on this and other blogs:
- Punish people with real adult content they own who have been responsibly tagging and flagging to ensure it isn’t seen by anyone who doesn’t want to see it.
- Punish people who post safe-for-work artwork of lesbians being adorable
- Punish people who do fan art of scantily clad female characters (the professional artworks are often featuring anatomy that is too far warped to be recognized as images of people)
- Punish cosplayers who dress up as characters from many of the companies that Tumblr is no doubt hoping to attract advertising revenue from (again, the professional images seem less recognizeable)
- Punish people who post anything a machine things looks like a “female presenting nipple” (your guess is as good as anyone’s)
- Do absolutely nothing to fix the problem of Tumblr being removed from the Apple app store for being so negligent that significant amounts of child pornography were found.
Of course they promise this won’t affect “real art” and other content they decide is acceptable, but given Tumblr’s record for this – that means absolutely nothing.
Largely it is ridiculous project designed to make a high profile show of bringing Tumblr more into line with traditional ideas of “acceptable” media (which allow for bikini armor that arouses straight men but not for women to express their own sexuality for themselves) while ignoring the actual problems of the site and the appeal it has had to many people.
It’s terrible and we’re currently looking into options for hosting BABD elsewhere.
Apparently this newest submission from @theoldhack that we bingoed triggered a couple responses weirdly obsessed with the fact that those WoW armors are very old, therefore… we should not talk about them on BABD?
So let us unpack it:
- We’ve heard this baffling “logic” before and our FAQ directly addressed it for years now.
- Those screenshots were made and submitted in September. It’s not even like we should not comment since those armors are discontinued or something. They’re still available in the game.
- There’s no statute of limitations for bad designs.
Things we addressed before:
~Ozzie, – wincenworks & -Icy