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Tumblr CrossPost: Tumblr vs fandom - random thoughts

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1QbRKHS at November 04, 2015 at 05:01AM


My real problems with tumblr as a fandom platform:

1. No centralization, just a massive firehose of complete random stuff organized loosely via an ever evolving anarchy of tags.

2. Whenever a fandom appreciation week or meme month is announced, I only find out about it via happenstance because there is no single tag/blog to go to.

3. Stuff happens so fast that I cannot keep up even if I log in for 30-60 minutes most evenings of the week.

4. No way to easily find old posts that would interest me.

5. Ppl change their blog name at the drop of a hat, can no longer find old content from them. :C

6. What tag should I look under for something? No one can agree, especially for many ships.

7. Email notifications aren’t very good. Communication facilities are bad. Discussion facilities might as well not exist.

8. No way to filter my dash to only see content X vs content Y. (For instance, my short listed friends or only the announcement blogs).

9. Discussions are a nightmare- It’s like a giant game of telephone and absolute randomness occurs by the third reblog.

10. Everything about tumblr is designed for fast immediate consumption. Consume, enjoy, forget, move on. Revisiting or archiving or creating a sense of place for a subfandom community is really, really difficult unless that place becomes a blog that gets lots and lots and lots of submissions. Any blog that only posts once or twice a day (ha, or less) gets lost firehose of the endless streaming dash.


I love tumblr’s ease of including video and images. I’ve gotten the hang of reblogging. But yeah, I agree with most of this.

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kassidy62 From: kassidy62 Date: November 4th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also basically agree - and I know the tag system over there is so much more fluid and is for general communication as much or more than it is for tagging, but ugh. Of course, I'm an older fan and I believe tumblr skews much younger.
I'm a bit adrift in fandom since LJ has quietened so much. Despite its really horrendous issues in regards to posting fiction, it (and dreamwidth) has a home base feel to it for me that can't be duplicated at tumblr.
dkwilliams From: dkwilliams Date: November 4th, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I completely agree. I have installed the XKit (I think it is called) to try to get my arms around tumblr, and have some tags blacklisted (which doesn't do any good if people don't tag the same), and not to show pictures, and to only show originals - and even so it is overwhelming. I open tumblr in the morning and have over 100 new posts. I can't read through all of those! And a lot have nothing to do with what I'm interested in. I never hear about the new art or the new meme or whatever until it's mentioned elsewhere, and I have no hope of ever catching up. And discussions! I tried following but I lose track of the thread every time.

I much prefer LJ, where it is still active, and have to follow people on Ao3 to get any of the new fics.
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