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October 19, 2011

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.

14:26 // 2 years ago
September 20, 2011
Tumblr Crushes:
producermatthew
pantslessprogressive
soupsoup
dcdecoder
brooklynmutt
inothernews
apsies
the-bryman
kateoplis
Thanks to favorites as always — and to the-bryman, who claimed a while back that he would be on this list, only to find himself here.

Tumblr Crushes:

Thanks to favorites as always — and to the-bryman, who claimed a while back that he would be on this list, only to find himself here.

18:48 // 3 years ago
September 7, 2011
1:03 // 3 years ago
August 31, 2011
Tumblr Crushes:
inothernews
dcdecoder
pantslessprogressive
brooklynmutt
soupsoup
evanfleischer
thepoliticalnotebook
kateoplis
joshsternberg
A list of people we like more than Gizmodo’s Alyssa Bereznak at this very moment. An honorary Tumblr crush on this list goes to Jon Finkel, the Magic: The Gathering legend who took getting slandered on the Internet by a Gawker Media entity in stride.

Tumblr Crushes:

A list of people we like more than Gizmodo’s Alyssa Bereznak at this very moment. An honorary Tumblr crush on this list goes to Jon Finkel, the Magic: The Gathering legend who took getting slandered on the Internet by a Gawker Media entity in stride.

0:29 // 3 years ago
August 2, 2011
14:24 // 3 years ago