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More on Tumblr’s spam problem

kateoplis asks: so should I block every last one of them until/IF Tumblr gets it under control? do they in any way harm my traffic?

» SFB says: According to a support e-mail we just got about this, blocking doesn’t have an effect on that. “If you’d like, you can Block any blogs that are causing you concern,” the note says. “Blocking does not prevent someone from showing up as Follower or prevent them from viewing a public blog’s web pages or RSS feed.” So, blocking has no effect on your traffic … it just makes them invisible to you. The real issue is that they have a method to continue spamming a post forever. Disqus allows you to turn a comment thread off after two weeks. Tumblr should do that. Tumblr’s note says they’re working on the problem, however. Our suggestion to Tumblr on the spam issue: Prevent posts from getting liked or reblogged after a certain period — say, two weeks. The really old posts are the ones getting affected. — Ernie @ SFB

EDIT: We’re getting a lot of dissenting opinions on the blocking thing … but Tumblr could make it an option to shut off the hose. That would prove helpful. What I’m finding, personally, is that posts that haven’t had any reblogs in months are the ones getting targeted by likespam. It would be nice to simply be able to have a way to block it.

October 19, 2011 // 14:26 // 3 years ago
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  1. nhmortgagebroker reblogged this from shortformblog
  2. blogoklahoma reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    I’ve been fighting this same problem for weeks now. All of a sudden you’ll get a “like” for something you post months...
  3. thisisalisha said: I agree with your suggestion and think Tumblr needs to stop beating around the bush to these problems and just man up and get rid of them. Spam issue has been here for a while, just getting worse.
  4. mssnglnk said: Link spam is a huge problem, so I don’t really get why people are so negative about this. Ever since doing this, I’ve had link spam go away significantly.
  5. lookhigh said: Let’s not automatically cut off the “long tail.”
  6. aclutteredmind said: I still have a post legitimately reblogged more than a year later. I’m not in favor of turning off that feature. Maybe if it was an option, rather than automatic?
  7. imwithkanye said: I don’t think that 2 weeks is fair amount of time. One of Tumblrs greatest features is the ability to discover a post all over again. And there are those that float around for an extended period. “Really old” would be months back into the archive.
  8. shortformblog posted this