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 congressmen 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.
As many users have observed, Tumblr has recently given users a choice to uninstall Missing e or revoke support for your account.
The reasons they give for suggesting that you uninstall Missing e are the worst-case scenario for installing browser extensions or browser modifications of any kind. However, Missing e is not a source of these kinds of problems.
At worst, Missing e may cause problems when Tumblr makes changes to their interface and Missing e has not yet been updated to deal with the changes. I usually work very quickly to restore compatibility in these cases.
It is very unlikely that Missing e will cause any data loss. This is especially true of existing posts. Without your interaction, Missing ewill not delete anything!
As for privacy, Missing e does not obtain, use or store your email address, password, IP address, search queries or contents of any of your existing posts.
Missing e implements only a small amount of what Tumblr calls page scraping. It is not done regularly, nor is it excessive. The removed features Follow Checker and Unfollower used page scraping a lot more and were taken out of Missing e quite some time ago for this very reason.
If you choose to continue using Missing e and want to continue receiving support, you should follow these guidelines:
• If you experience problems with Tumblr, deactivate Missing e in your browser’s extensions list (you can get to this list using the first part of the Missing euninstall instructions and turning off “Enable” or clicking on the “Disable” button, depending on your browser). If the problem remains, it is most likely not a Tumblr issue.
• Before contacting Tumblr support, deactivateMissing e. Regardless of whether or not you acknowledged that using Missing e means Tumblr will not provide you with support, if you have it deactivated or uninstalled, it is not running! You will be accurately presenting your issue to Tumblr support in informing them that you are not currently using Missing e.