Tumblr Yahoo was pretty quiet about this, but as part of the new “community guidelines,” posts from adult flagged blogs will begin to not show up in search engines, on mobile, or even in a damn tag search, unless you are following them beforehand.
That would certainly explain why I have been missing a lot of fanart…
Isolate the blogs, then get rid of them in a year or two? Sounds like it makes sense. Moving away from the perfectly acceptable and no-fuss DON’T USE THE SITE IF YOU AREN’T 18 YOU LITTLE SHITS to LET’S PROTECT AND ADVERTISE TO THE CHILDREN HEY KIDS!
Well, confirmed that neither of my blogs will ever show up in a tumblr tag search again. Can’t search myself. Can’t find slugbox or slugboxcreatureart via any tag. This is pretty upsetting, as it means any SFW or fun fanart will obviously never show up in a search, EVEN if you are already following me. For all intensive purposes, I have no reason to ever tag anything again, since it’s a flag that affects the entirety of my blog.
And this affects many of you all as well, since tumblr/yahoo is capable and already handing out these Adult-Blog tags FOR you. And it’s impossible to “change your ways.” They have not technically censored us. Rather, they have made it essentially impossible for us to find and engage with new connections and people, by completely cutting us off from all forms of discovery.
This means the only way to gain new followers is through offsite linking. Because if a blog likes, replies, or reblogs an adult blog, they are likely to ALSO be an adult blog, and thus unsearchable.
SOoooo basically there’s almost NO point to being on the site. I’m predicting a wipe of all adult content within two years. Either manually or because we’ll all have left. After all, what’s the point if I can’t even get searched or seen?
You all know that slugboxart is my art tag, right?
See anything in there…?
#Why even tag this?
well. I can just sit and wait…
This is irritating as I was just starting to get a good thing going here on tumblr, and it seems like there is a pretty large and nice artist community here with people who do both smut and other kinds of art.
If their intentions are to marginalise the risqué and smutty so that those of us who are in that camp can’t even reach out to new people (even if those people may indeed be interested in finding us), then that’s a really sordid way of handling it. It’s obvious that letting the artist communities decide on their own how to use their creativity and fill the site with content is not what they want. They want all the “bad” stuff shuffled into a corner where it can’t be found by the oh-so-sensitive mainstream masses instead.
As if there aren’t already tons of art/blog/stupid nonsense social sites that pander to them.
yo i already reblogged this but this is kind of a huge issue, and not in a “look at how tragic this disaster is” or “let’s be mad at this legistlation that this one far off country that we can’t influence has passed” sort of way but in a “if this isn’t seen by enough people it will ruin tumblr” sort of way so hey maybe reblog this
Yes: “Adult” blogs DO NOT APPEAR IN TAG SEARCHES, even for followers.
They are VERY quiet about this, imply otherwise in their help files and refused to answer a direct query about it by email, instead re-pasting the canned reply again.
Even though I’ve now spoken to their support and been reclassified to “NSFW” and show up in non-safe-mode and follower tag searches again, I’ve decided I’m going to reblog every post that crosses my dash about this issue, for a simple reason: BECAUSE of the tag and indexing problems effectively silencing a lot of bloggers, I believe it’s getting a lot less publicity than it would otherwise.
As such, please signal boost this post.
Reblog this folks, and every post you can find about it. Get this news out there. Tumblr has been censored and an entire section of its userbase forcibly silenced by simply making it next to impossible to communicate with them to see their problem.
Their help section explaining this change indicates that the change should only have affected people who have Safe Mode turned on, however this is not the case and anyone with an ‘Adult’ blog has been quarantined from the rest of the site. Furthermore that classification is no longer at our discretion but rather something assigned by Yahoo staff - I refuse to believe Tumblr staff had any willing part in this filthy trick.
Incredibly talented artists now find it impossible to attract attention on a website that has ALWAYS stood on the grounds of the user’s right to post what they want, when they want, and users were free to follow or not follow as they see fit. The change as proposed - that is, the effects only visible in safe mode - would have been a good change that would have helped people who needed a SFW dash. However, this change is quarantining a massive numbers of blogs from the rest of Tumblr, making it impossible for those blogs to continue to function as they have.
When asked, Tumblr support will not acknowledge or deny that this was a bug in implementation and by this point we should assume this was a willful, permanent change. And we should be mad as Hell! This site was always about the freedom of the user to see or not see as they saw fit, to find and follow and unfollow as their desires dictated.
Yahoo/Tumblr has removed that freedom from us and is now dictating what we are and aren’t allowed to see. They have taken away our freedom to post and see what we want, when we want.
The golden rule of Tumblr has always been ‘I post what I want on my blog.’ Not anymore. Post your adult artwork and they flag you as Adult, and put you in the corner where no one can easily see you, no one can easily find you can’t easily communicate with anyone to tell them about it.
This is terrifying, and the fact that they just made this change without telling us anything about it beforehand is even moreso. Since this is Yahoo we’re dealing with, I doubt complaints will do any good, but we should ALL be complaining about what they have done to us as of yesterday.
This is no longer our site. This is no longer a free place. They’ve taken away the golden rule of Tumblr, and done it so quietly no one noticed until it was too late,
((Real talk for a minute, guys. I don’t draw or post smut or porn or whatever at all on this blog and only rarely do I reblog it on other blogs of mine, but this could and probably does have an effect on even plain old nudity which has always been a part of the artistic world and frankly the idea of censoring something that can easily be blocked via IMPLEMENTING A FREAKING BLACKLIST OPTION ALREADY OR HELL EVEN PARENTAL CONTROLS IF YOU’RE SO DESPERATE TO MAKE THIS KID-FRIENDLY GOD DANG when that is SO OBVIOUSLY NOT THE POINT OF TUMBLR and also WHAT KID ON THE INTERNET HASN’T PROBABLY ALREADY SEEN OR ALREADY KNOWS ABOUT THESE THINGS)
it just angers me.
Sorry for the way off-topic post that is probably not now or ever actually relevant to this blog beyond the censorship of art but…