upsidedownspirit asks: On the topic of Shorty Nominations, I think it'd be a brilliant idea to encourage people to vote for Missing e in the Apps category. Not only because it's an extremely useful browser plugin, but also because of the aggressive scare tactics Tumblr has taken against Missing e users. If Missing e ends up as a finalist, or better yet wins the category, I think it'd be a really crushing blow to Tumblr's staff.
» SFB says: While not necessarily looking to get “a really crushing blow to Tumblr’s staff” (we disagree on this issue but still greatly love the product), we fully support this idea, and Jeremy has a real shot of winning — he’s currently in first place in the Apps category, ahead of such biggies as Instagram and Twitter. Give him a vote and make sure he wins it all! (And hey, we’re looking for votes, too!) — Ernie @ SFB
I am really sorry to announce that time of FGS project has finished. After 1.5 year of providing users with a service that was meant to improve their gaming experience, I am shocked that this project ends in such an unpleasant situation as I am forced to stop it for good.Friendly Gaming Simplifier developer Arkadiusz Rzadkowolski • Discussing how Facebook forced him to shut down his popular Firefox and Chrome plugin — to the point that they got their law firm involved and banned him from the Facebook platform for life, possibly hurting his chances at future employment. Does this sound similar to the Missing e situation on Tumblr? You betcha.
thecallus asks: Sorry - have to interject. Tumblr knows your browser easily, as do all websites, without accessing anything confidential. This is how, for example, sites detect if you're using a mobile browser. Tumblr is simply performing a simple browser - user pairing to identify accounts that have used the service.
Because Missing-e is connected to your browser - not your account. I only have M-e installed on Chrome. So as a test I logged on using IE, Safari and Firefox. And I still had the message telling me to ‘uninstall’ M-e. Yet my second account, which I’ve only ever used on FF, and is not connected to my email address, does not have the message at all.
Never mind the fact that I didn’t even have Missing-E INSTALLED on three browsers, and yet the message still popped up on all of them - even after closing it again - is proof of this.
Sort your shit out tumblr
Thanks to Maurice Cherry for bringing this to our attention.
waskommenmag asks: Can you explain what's wrong with the missing e email you received? I'm someone who knows very very little about computers, and very little about the ramifications of whatever make you "uncomfortable" about the email you got from tumblr. I understand that missing e is an extension that allows certain editing of tumblr pages, etc., but I don't really get why you'd take offense at what tumblr sent you. It seems fairly benign and reasonable to me.
» SFB says: Because Missing e makes my life (and the lives of a lot of other people) a lot easier by offering significant improvements to the Tumblr interface, and instead of figuring out a way to take advantage of the great idea that Jeremy Cutler had, they’ve instead chosen to go this route. At one point, they completely booted him off the API and looked like they were going to sue him. There’s a long backstory here — essentially, the extension became super-popular, then Tumblr decided that it was taking up too many resources. But the problem is, ultimately, there is a significant benefit to using Missing e, which is something Tumblr has not addressed directly. Until they do so, Missing e will still have a reason to exist. As a big fan of both Tumblr and Missing e, we’re greatly disappointed by this. — Ernie @ SFB
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When I asked Karp about this and told him that I find ‘missing-e’ to be a useful product that enhances my experience with Tumblr, he told me that people using the extension assume that the issues that creep up are not from the extension but are caused by Tumblr, adding unnecessary burden to their support staff. According to Karp, the ‘missing-e’ is one of many extensions, and not even the most popular one, that Tumblr is forced to support.From Anthony De Rosa’s piece on/interview with David Karp and Tumblr. Question to Karp and Tumblr: If it’s a support issue first, why not just have Jeremy Cutler emphasize that the burden’s on him to support Missing e? Why chop off the entire arm when it appears a scratch is the problem? A disappointing take. (The piece covers other things as well, BTW.)