Wouldn’t it be great if constantly shoving the lie-filled Missing-e warning in our faces is what keeps causing Tumblr to go down?
I am sending this as an open letter because you have chosen to “bounce” any emails received from people using missing e.
As a user of what could be a GREAT product, I am using an incomplete product made more complete by the missing e features.
In response to your “hack” notice I would like to inform you that most of the issues I have had with tumblr :
• tumblrbeasts running amok
• tumblr crashes
• not being able to search adequately (due to dashes/hyphens)
• someone tripping over a cord and unplugging a server
• Comments and hearts missing from prior posts, on my page (1)
• Missing messages in my ‘ask box’
ALL of these happened with your product PRIOR to (ie before, ahead of, antecedent, preceding to, preexisiting) my use of the missing e.
(1) You’ll see that I noted the missing hearts/comments bullet? That is because, due to the use of missing e, I can find the original post in my dashboard, thereby letting me click on the ‘notes’ icon and letting me actually see any likes and comments attached to that post. So, as you can see, the missing e allows me to overcome a problem that your product actually has.
The only other issue that I have had with the tumblr product (note I said most) is when sending a message using the phone app the recipient sometimes sees it coming from “anonymous” as opposed to me. This problem has nothing to due with the E, since the E isn’t designed for the mobile app. It is a problem with the tumblr mobile app feature itself.
Despite the issues that occur with tumblr I like and respect the people I have befriended in the community (strange that none of them are tumblr staff) and will continue to use tumblr. I should like to think it a good business practice to work ‘with’ the people that can only help in making the tumblr product as great as it can be.
Although a response from “tumblr” would be nice, I don’t believe one will be forthcoming. Maybe someone can prove me wrong.
Kindest regards and a Happy New Year to the Tumblr staff,
Retrogasm: I think everyone should reblog this! The Missing e is harmless and a necessary evil for making the tumblr experience that much better.
I would say it’s simply “necessary.” There’s nothing evil about it. Jeremy Cutler has been extremely nice to Tumblr and complied with every request they made about how Missing e works.
Anyway, the best way to deal with the pack-of-lies pop-up is to click “Uninstall” then “Done.” It doesn’t uninstall Missing e, so you can keep using it, and the best part is that you didn’t agree to their ridiculous terms.
Mama la pinga, cabrónes.
Just as I was beginning to feel better after a day of turbulent worries….
Moments ago, I participated in surprise conference call with Tumblr staff members. They have indicated to me that they continue to take issue with Missing e even with the removal of usage of the Tumblr API.
They interpret the Tumblr API License Agreement in such a way as it continues to apply to Missing e. I disagree with their interpretation of this agreement as the preface clearly states:
By building applications that interact with Tumblr’s products and services (the “Tumblr Services”) or using the Tumblr API, including but not limited to requesting authentication credentials or making calls to the Tumblr API, Licensee unconditionally consents and agrees to be bound by and a party to this Agreement.
Missing e only affects how your browser displays Tumblr content once it has already been loaded. It does not, itself, interact with Tumblr Services or the API, only providing a way for you to do so yourself. They informed me that they consulted their legal counsel, who feels comfortable interpreting the license agreement in the way that they have stated. I have requested information on those grounds, but do not believe much will come of it. I believe that Tumblr has no desire to clarify their position. That’s their prerogative, I’m sure.
Whether or not I have grounds to justly disagree with them on this, the fact remains that under the Tumblr Terms of Service, they are well within their rights to delete my Tumblr blogs as a punitive action should I continue to distribute the extension. They have informed me that this is the course of action they will take should I not acquiesce to their demands.
I attempted to discuss options through which we could work together on making Missing e something they would accept, but after initial positive statements, they seemed fairly averse to the idea. Their intent is for me to stop distribution of Missing e in any form.
Their concerns range from a perception of an increased support load due to “issues” with Missing efeatures to a desire to dictate how the Tumblr interface is presented to all users. Even after my commitment to them that I would not permit any feature that removes their content or modifies it in any way that would prevent promotional content from being visible from users, they still would not change their position in any way.
I have requested that the request be given in writing so as to (hopefully) clarify the position and their reasons for choosing the option of deleting my blogs as a solution to their “Missing e problem”. Whether or not any satisfaction or understanding for any Missing e user will be gained from this remains to be seen.
In the meantime, within a respectable amount of time after the official request from Tumblr arrives,Missing e will be shuttered once more. Either that, or I am forced out of this community.
(No offense, Shat.)