So I was wondering why this really minor boring post was getting so many reblogs:
And apparently it’s because after a while some jokers started reblogging it while changing the original message? So the appearance to the casual tumblr user scrolling through their feed is that I made a dumb…
I have always felt this way about the Tumblr interface. Simple things like comments and making posts private aren’t implemented and that’s just simply ridiculous and unacceptable.
I guess this is mostly addressed to the people who run tumblr, assuming they actually give a shit. Why even allow this nonsense through the design of your system? How hard would it be to code a stipulation that if the original content was changed by a reblogger, huge red text appeared over their post saying something like “THE CONTENT OF THE ORIGINAL POST HAS BEEN EDITED. YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK THE AUTHOR’S SITE TO VERIFY.” Hey I know the answer: not hard at all.
Or maybe they don’t care about whether their social media site has the potential to be taken seriously as a means of distributing information by people or groups who give half a fuck about the authenticity of their widely proliferated messages. Maybe they’re fine with the whole thing deteriorating into incoherent memetic entropy that people can only tolerate if they’re really jonesing to banter about Doctor Who. Or is that what tumblr already is? Hey, maybe this is one reason why!!!
Seriously, if I designed this site and didn’t take this issue into consideration after all this time, I would feel like such a fucking moron. There are certain standards for internet community software, many of which were established 15 fucking years ago. Like on a forum, if you edit a post, it says “this post was edited by…”