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Well, I suppose this is a reason to start a new blog. I don’t expect my Tumblr to survive The Great Purge, but I made it private a long time ago, and too be honest you aren’t missing much.
I’ll introduce myself before I start bashing Tumblr, since you’ve likely never met me. I’m Braxton, I’m another internet deviant pervert that the local news warned you about. If you’d like to know more about me, you can go ahead and ask, I am, at the same time, a fairly open book and a fiercely private person, but I’m also easygoing so don’t be afraid of offending me. While I am a mod on the Discord, just don’t play dumb, don’t lie to me and you’re a fine person by me. I’m a supporter of artists and performers, as I hope all other people on this forum are. Aside from this community, I’m a big cinephile, I watch a lot of anime and play a variety of games, and am involved in those communities in some capacity as well. But what happens when a community gathering space dies?
I’ve been on Tumblr for a very long time. For a brief history lesson, in 2013 Tumblr was bought by Yahoo, leading to a major outcry from the community over the fear that content would begin to be filtered. Even back in those days, sites had begun to try to clean up their image in an effort to appear more marketable to investors, such as LiveJournal’s crackdown around 2007 (which is the event that caused the first major exodus to Tumblr). But Yahoo promised they would keep the spirit of Tumblr alive, the site continually infamous for a very “If its not a serious crime, we don’t care” attitude. This very attitude was a hit with a slew of alternative and adult bloggers, especially artists, since Tumblr allowed for large images to be uploaded, shared, and spread around. Even more specific kink/fetish artists were able to gather a decent following through the tagging and reblogging features, circles feeling tighter and tighter, dozens of names springing to mind for Muscle Growth alone (I have very fond memories of checking the bara tag daily for new people to follow).
This attitude was perhaps the only quality of Tumblr that was appreciated by the userbase at large, nearly every change resulting in massive amounts of (often deserved) backlash. I’ve lost track of how many issues marketed as “updates” I had to fix with Missing e, and later XKit. But what alternative did we have? Aside from FurAffinity (a site obviously not geared to non-antro art), there was no site that accepted uncensored pornographic art that gave artists even slight control over their work with an even somewhat comparable userbase. But even the attitude, the one aspect keeping the vast userbase seeking adult content on the site, was removed in an update.
But why? The short of the answer is, and I hate fully typing this phrase out, child pornography. Images that I hope will only stay in FBI files to investigate the sick people that produced them were discovered during a routine combing through the database. But the long answer is, a refusal for someone along in the chain of command to keep any adult content on the site. I can absolutely understand and 100% support the refusal to enable a site that contains child pornography, and as such Apple removed the Tumblr app from the iOS App Store, and as of this writing it has not made a return. This obviously scared someone in the chain of command within Tumblr, possibly the entire reason for this crackdown.
But who? The water gets muddy, as Tumblr is owned by Yahoo, but Yahoo was bought by Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon. Someone decided that it would be easier to completely nuke adult content, thousands and thousands and thousands of user-generated images, stories, videos, gifs will be lost (many of which will not even be adult or even NSFW, since the bot detecting this stuff can’t tell a dick from a flesh-colored book jacket), all to be marketable. Yahoo themselves have previously just decided to delete something of this magnitude before in the GeoCities shutdown. But at this point, does it even matter who? Or why? We can only accept that its happening, and archive everything we can before it gets deleted, and find new homes. A company can shut down a site, but they could never kill a community. While we are watching Tumblr burn down, we can only wait for the vibrant erotic community the site fostered to find a new home, when a brilliant Phoenix rises from the ashes. But for now, it’s time to Pack It Up and Move In.
Pack It Up (archiving and backing up the Tumblrs of yours and others)
TumblThree - Windows
-High customization of your backups
-Files are saved as the date they were posted
-Easy to set up
-Can download every type of content
-Can save protected/"sensitive" blogs/posts
-Setup for a backup can be confusing
-Backups can be strange to navigate
-Only runs on Windows, even emulation on Linux/OSX has difficulty
-No polish, just downloads files
tumblr-utils - Any platform that can run Python 2.7 (just about every computer)
-Option to download Likes
-Produces an offline copy of a blog that can be explored with tags and sorted by date
-Downloading Asks seems to be broken
-High difficulty level to download "sensitive" posts (blogs are fine, even on Adult blogs very few posts are "sensitive")
RipMe - All platforms that can run Java (just about every computer)
-Easiest option on the list, just essentially copy and paste
-Lack of features beyond just downloading images (accompanying text isn't saved well)
Move In (Finding a new site to call home)
Muscle Growth Forums (You're here right now, so you already must be interested! Guide for Tumblr refugees from Scriptboy)
Pillowfort.io (An excellent up-and-coming blogging platform, looks like it might be the Tumblr killer. Reasons to join it)
barabox.io (A small, up-and-coming community)
PornHub (Yes, really.)
Twitter (Where most artists have moved to. Guide for Tumblr refugees)
I hope this post found you well.
Model: Adam Gerber
Story: Night at the Bar by Dandicoot