I’ve been sitting here for the last few hours trying to decide what exactly I want to say. I love tumblr. It has changed my life and I couldn’t be more thankful to those who created it and those who maintain it.
But today I am disappointed. Hypocrisy was afoot and I didn’t like it. Tumblr has been very adamant in their objection to SOPA legislation. The entire reason that this censorship act has a chance of passing is because lobbyists and congressman used fear mongering and scare tactics. They warned those with little knowledge and a great deal of power that terrible things could happen if the internet is allowed to continue as it is. They put forth worst case scenarios and hypothetical situations that have little to no basis in reality in order to achieve their agenda.
YOU COULD LOSE DATA. I have not once lost data due to Missing e. Is there any evidence of this that can be provided? What kind of data was lost? A post or two? I’ve lost a queue full of 40 items before Missing e was even created.
YOU COULD LOSE PRIVACY. Every bit of the Missing e source code is published. You are free to analyze every single line of it. It does not request any of your private information.
PERFORMANCE DEGRADATION. I’m willing to bet that any data showing a loss in performance would be measured in seconds and maybe even milliseconds. However, the time I save using the productivity features included with Missing e would more than make up for any performance loss it may or may not cause.
SUPPORT. I agree this issue is a legitimate concern for tumblr. Inexperienced users who cannot tell when their issue is tumblr related or Missing e related, probably write into tumblr support asking for help. I do not think tumblr should have to take on the burden of sorting through these types of support questions. However, I do think that there is a better solution than scaring tumblr users into not using Missing e. I’m also willing to bet that their support team got many, many angry emails about this popup that appeared on our screens. If their objective was to get less Missing e related messages, I have a feeling it seriously backfired.
I have no desire to be at odds with the tumblr staff. But I also want to be supportive of my friend Jeremy. His only intention was to make our tumblr experience better and I think he has done an admirable job.
I’m willing to bet that a few hundred thousand people agreed to give up their support privileges. I am one of those people. I don’t think it was fair to ask that of me. I feel if tumblr had spent their time finding a way to work with the existence of Missing e instead of trying to destroy it, they would have solved any legitimate issues it has caused them.
I’ll end with this. If you go to the blogging section of the Chrome Webstore, Missing e is prominently featured above the fold.
It is not just one of the most popular tumblr extensions. It is one of the most popular extensions out of ALL extensions.
Currently showing 258,408 users, it is reviewed with 5 solid stars.