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6th-Jul-2013 10:15 am
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Hey guys! The awesome team at spn_littlebro have put together a Tumblr for Dummies - a detailed "how to" for Tumblr. Why? Because we created a tumblr for spn_littlebro \o/ So if you like to see whumped Sam check out our tumblr!


Tumblr for Dummies (and not such dummies because that place takes a bit of working out!)

spnlittlebro tumblr (for all the hurty goodness)

Huge thanks for cherry619 putting it all together and to harrigan all her help with it. Also thanks to el1ie for the banner. So lucky to have such an amazing group of gals working on the comm. <33
6th-Jul-2013 02:38 am (UTC)
I got to the part where she ordered people not to add comments to reblogs, got annoyed and closed it. :(
6th-Jul-2013 07:10 am (UTC)
Oh I'm sorry hun. I think that was more about not deleting the original posters comment. Probably wasn't meant to be an order - more a suggestion. But I think people can do (and usually do do) what they like any way. I usually add comments to my reboots. I like to add my opinion or reason for reblogging. :)
6th-Jul-2013 07:29 am (UTC)
You don't have to apologize! It just struck me as someone trying to enforce their own standards and pet peeves on everybody. And I don't think anyone should be telling people how to "do" fandomm yanno? It kind of crosses the line for me. Maybe I am being overly sensitive?
6th-Jul-2013 10:12 am (UTC)
Ok. I better get that changed.../o\

Thanks for the heads up. It really wasn't intended like that...
6th-Jul-2013 10:15 am (UTC)
Actually.. is this the bit?

Please remember that most graphic makers do not appreciate comments on their gif sets/graphics. So as part of tumblr etiquette, if you have something to say. Say it in the tags.

To me I'd say that that might well be part of the tumblr etiquette but I personally don't agree with it. I love comments on my graphics and I HATE comments in the tags. That's not to say the etiquette isn't true. I will never comment in the tags and I will always love comments on my gifs. Maybe if enough of us do it the "etiquette" can be changed?

If that's not it can you let me know which bit is a problem?

6th-Jul-2013 10:22 am (UTC)
From my experience it is very much about regurgitating content (though I'd call it sharing) and the commenting in the tags seems to be something that's done for a very strange reason. Personally it drives me nuts so I just don't do it. I often comment when I'm reblogging because I like to say why I reblogged it (like a rec) and I'll use the tags as, well... tags.

I've been on there for a little while now and I have not seen the hate mail and I don't get drawn into arguments. So far the experience has been ok - good in fact. Personally I love being able to make gifs so maybe it's that. I also enjoy the gorgeous artworks and seeing the fan talent. I think a fan site is only what you make of it.

7th-Jul-2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
I've been on Tumblr a year, and I don't get hate mail because I don't have my ask box open. I don't actually want to talk to people there. Ever. I've never seen any arguments. (It's all in who you follow.) I comment on other people's posts in tags constantly, and it's freeing because once in a while I say what I really think, as opposed to LJ where I more or less stopped having public opinions in 2009. And I reblog some amazing stuff on Tumblr that people on LJ would love, but I'm not going to bother posting it here. That's what I have a tumblr for. *g* So I think it's very much a YMMV thing, but tumblr brings me a lot of joy. I was opposed to it until I tried it, and now I wouldn't give it up.
7th-Jul-2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
First off, I would actually like to get on here and defend myself.

Coming from my standpoint, this is the knowledge I have of tumblr and how fandom operates on tumblr.

Commenting on graphics isn't about getting hate, it's about the person who MAKES the gif set. Most prefer the notes to comments. Why? Because comments snowballs. Comments can get changed and then the maker has to deal with a full blown discussion on their graphic they'll have to see.

What the commenter DOESN'T see is the maker often times mocking the comment/saying how annoyed they're with the comments. I see it plenty enough from my friends who make things and get comments.

That's why on tumblr, putting your comments on the tags is often a better option to the latter.

I don't say any of this to be rude or pushy, if anything I offended that that was assumed. This is coming from tumblr as a culture. People on tumblr can often be assholes and be mean. It's not like it is on livejournal at all. They're two completely different websites with a completely different atmosphere. I speak from experience and observation, not from person set rules. This is the bare basics of what tumblr is. If that is unappealing, that is not my fault, that's just tumblr and sugar coating it what help anyone.
7th-Jul-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
On livejournal artists, writers, etc. like comments. That's how you express yourself. However, on tumblr bloggers like notes, followers, and likes. They don't like comments, especially well known famous fandom bloggers.

Maybe if it is a lesser known blog starting out with making things I can understand the comments and see that they would like that. However, higher ups the ones that make the MAJORITY of fandom edits you see often times don't appreciate the comments as much as they do you reblogging it.

That may sound shallow, but that is simply tumblr.
8th-Jul-2013 02:39 am (UTC)
I'm agreeing with you here. I don't know how many times I've seen "keep it in the tags!" referring to comments made on posts, and how many times people have been upset to have their post overrun and turned into something else entirely.

Tumblr is its own distinct platform for interacting, and it's not set up in a way that facilitates conversation. But that's okay! That's why we have LJ, DW, AO3, dA, etc. I like tumblr exactly because of that. If I want to, I can post a drawing and not say anything, and see if it gets likes and reblogs and stuff. If I want to see if people are leaving comments on it, I check out the reblogs and look at their tags. It's kind of like hide & seek, haha, and I don't feel the compulsion to respond.

I've had my art reblogged with comments added, and sometimes that's totally fine. Sometimes it's men's masturbation blogs, haha. Sometimes it's people roleplaying, and they'll keeep going back and forth, adding more stuff, and it keeps popping up in my inbox. It's worse when it's for a pairing that wasn't originally indicated in the picture.

That stuff doesn't really bug me all that much, BUT--I'm reeeeeally laid back. I have seen it bother friends, and I've seen it bother people who are many magnitudes more popular than me. Not because they're just grumpy, but because it makes their tumblr experience a lot less convenient. Alsooo, some of those comments? May contain things the OP didn't mean (i.e comments implying underage, non-con) or may contain things that the OP is very sensitive to.

I know that comes down to 'the internet is not a safe space,' but the post being discussed here was about tumblr etiquette, not tumblr survival, you know? I love tumblr. It can be a sprawling, ever-moving visual landscape of things that you make grabby hands at. You can open it one morning and get shot in the gut with so many feels you're reeling all day. You can make friends, even without commenting. Reblogging, sharing interests, sending each other asks, tagging people you like in your posts--that's how a lot of friendships get started.

I think I'm rambling, but I just wanted to say that while I don't have a horse in this race, I think cherry916's advice was spot-on, and tumblr isn't as scary as a lot of people think.

*slinks back into my hermit cave*
8th-Jul-2013 02:57 am (UTC)
Where's the like/reblog button, I ask?
8th-Jul-2013 03:13 am (UTC)
Hey honey,

Thanks so much for your thoughts on this. I don't nearly have enough experience to know how these rules work, so it's great that you (and Cherry) do. I imagine your stuff gets reblogged a heap so it's great to hear your side of it. I think Cherry has seen some of the nastier side of tumblr so I think there are some good warnings in there.

Someone starting out - like me - may not come across this stuff in the beginning, but it's good to know some things to avoid when trying not to piss people off. ;)

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