middlemanagementlivingthedream replied to your post: On Sourcing | A Rant - Update
I can’t wait to save this post and repost it myself under my own name. ;-) I think public shaming is required.
You totally should.
A few months ago, I wrote this post about how to properly source material that you found on the internet, here on Tumblr, or even add your own info if you in fact were the one who created said content, and want others to know how cool you are because you’re proud of what you’ve done.
On Sunday morning, the following image came across my dash via a reblog from one of my followers:
If you look at the image, it is very clear who created it: the blogger apolloablaze. And here’s the link to the original post, which now has over 66,000 notes as of this writing. It’s very clever, and apolloablaze deserves credit for creating this.
Now, a short while ago, I saw this from Buzzfeed:
Notice who they put as the “source” of the image? Themselves. You’ll also notice that the image has been slightly altered, with the “Tumblr” logo looking more like the Yahoo! font.
Not more than 15 minutes later, what comes across my dash?
Notice it’s the altered image from Buzzfeed. And also notice that this person has not only stripped it of its source, but reuploaded the image to their own blog and replaced it with THEIR NAME as the source. If you take a look at the particular blogger in question, they are notorious for doing this, not only on their own personal blog, but on two other blogs they manage.
So my question is this: what should we do? Start publicly shaming these people? Create a new blog called “stopstealingotherpeoplesstuff.tumblr.com” and let people submit obvious attempts to snag other people’s original content? Flood their inboxes with messages telling them to stop? Start stealing anything original they post, strip their names from the “source” and replace it with our own? I’m not sure.
Personally, I’d just like to make sure that original content creators are always credited for what they make, and that their work is properly attributed. I know the reblogging system here on Tumblr isn’t the greatest, and that’s part of the problem. I’d love to see the actual “source” of an image be retained no matter how many times it’s reblogged. that would be a good start.
Regardless, if you didn’t create it, it’s not yours. Don’t attribute yourself as the source. You’re breaking the #1 rule of the Internet as given to us by Wil Wheaton: Don’t be a dick.
Rant over. For now.
yahoo wants to buy tumblr so i’m making an early prediction as to what would happen if this were to take place
Oh dear lord…I hope not.
Today is my friend Matt’s birthday. Although he’s in Colorado and we’re here in Washington, we decided his birthday was a good enough reason as any to honor him by making Chocolate Guinness Cake.
Let us know if you’re having a birthday coming up as well, and we’ll make a cake in your honor and eat it while fondly thinking of you.
Although, I’d say I did pretty good for myself, since I ended up marrying Starbuck’s sister. =)
Hello my pretties.
Greer is helping me make blueberry pancakes.
Oh, hello dream bike.
Yahoo reportedly moving forward with Tumblr acquisition as its board mulls $1.1B all-cash offer -
According to Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka of AllThingsD, Yahoo’s board will meet in two days time on Sunday to vote to approve a $1.1 billion cash offer for Tumblr…
Wow, an all-cash offer. According to the article, this represents “about one-third of Yahoo’s available cash and short-term investments.”
The announcement on Monday should be an interesting one.
…I like the Yahoo purchase of Tumblr (if it happens).
Tumblr needs something to happen. This is clear. The team in place has taken the company as far as it can go. They are creators - builders of stuff - they are not managers. This lack of experience has caused issues at Tumblr that have hurt the company in the short term and are potentially devastating in the long term. They have lost a ton of good people over the last 18 months due to internal and organizational strife. This needs to end. David needs to be free to do what he does best: concept and build amazing things.
Yahoo has the potential to be a great home for Tumblr. Marissa Mayer knows what she is getting with Tumblr: an extraordinary and special entity. She is not going to allow Yahoo to make the same mistakes that they made with Flickr. She understands product and the importance of good design, two key elements of Tumblr’s success.
Will there be more ads? Yes. But frankly the Radar ad product is awful and there needs to be iteration here. You can’t be as big as Tumblr is and hope there will not be ads. What we can hope for - no, what we can demand - is better ads that enhance the overall Tumblr experience vs. detracting from that experience.
Tumblr really can’t raise any more money. At least not the kind of round that would put them on a path to satisfy the business goals of the board and investors. And there is so much they need to do (FIX SEARCH). An acquisition by Yahoo will allow these things to happen and remove pressure from David and his key people.
A sale will also result in Yahoo gaining some really terrific, brilliant and visionary employees. These people can impact other Yahoo products and help Yahoo become great again. There is value in this…for all of us. I don’t want to see Yahoo fail. Yes, a lot of what Yahoo has done and is doing sucks. But there are smart exciting people trying to change that. And we should support them. Yahoo can be great again. And Tumblr can be a driving force for that change.
Evan nailed it here. Nothing to add.
runeybadger replied to your photo: The USS Enterprise with its not-often-mentioned…
but it could decimate a race of lactose intolerant aliens
Not as long as they’re careful to follow and uphold the Prime Directive.