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I've been hanging out on Tumblr a lot lately (here is my feed) and it is, indeed, like delicious candy.

However, there are some things about it that suck balls.

1. It is full of people who are new to fandom and are flailing around

This is not so bad as a thing in-and-of itself (we were all new to fandom once; I certain flailed about) but because there is no adequate comment system available, there is no way to offer helpful ways to exit "flail" and enter "being fluent at internet". They don't know how to torrent! They don't know how to google how to torrent! They are just finding out now that Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be in The Hobbit and want to tell everyone! They are going to reblog something that is a)a hoax b)plagiarized c)misattributed and no one will be able to point it out to them!

ARGH.

2. It is full of fan artists who want to tell me how many hours it took for them to make their shitty piece of fan art (or possibly this is just in the tags I'm following).

I won't like your Troy & Abed portrait that is unintentionally reminiscent of Dali's melting clocks better because I know you spent 5 hours on it. Sorry. Amount of time something takes is not an indication of quality.

3. It is full of people who want to tell me that they had the craziest sex dream about Tom Hiddleston last night.

This is information I only want if a)I know you (and even then probably not) b)your crazy dream turns out to indicate a psychic link and you have verifiable proof that such is so or c)it involves a wizard turning into a whale.

Also I'm pretty sure 9/10 of the time it is in fact not a dream, but some lady relating a Mary Sue fantasy and couching it as "a dream" because that makes her feel bold and naughty.

4. It is full of people who insist on posting their fanfic there and only there.

Which, seriously. Stoppit. Stoppit now.

And yet, there is no denying that it is super fun. Yay for gifs! Just, man, it is not as functional as a new emerging fandom super portal should be.

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Date: 2012-10-24 10:39 am (UTC)
christycorr: Tenth Doctor (Doctor Who) (*:)*)
From: [personal profile] christycorr
The lack of a decent comment really does get in the way of fandom-as-we-know-it, even if it makes perfect sense for tumblr as its creators intend for it to be used.

No, but seriously, stop posting fics on tumblr, people. SERIOUSLY. I beg you.

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Date: 2012-10-24 05:14 pm (UTC)
meigui: animation: Yuffie, Zack; FFVII Crisis Core; Square Enix (SINGLE WHITE ROSE OF WUTAI)
From: [personal profile] meigui
Helped not at all by the fact that Tumblr's powers that be seem to view fandom as some kind of strange fungus or otherwise undesirable growth, which is contrary to the purpose for which they designed the site, and are reluctant to do anything in terms of improving the interface that would encourage the spread of this bizarre plague.

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Date: 2012-10-24 11:47 pm (UTC)
meigui: fan... something: Sir Leon; Merlin; BBC (this is my "what" face)
From: [personal profile] meigui
the way a lot of people do it, I've found, which took me literally a year and a half of being on tumblr to figure out, is that they'll reblog your stuff... and then instead of actually commenting on it, they'll put their feedback in the tags--which frequently, you won't be able to read unless you are actively looking for them, especially if their blog is in a style that doesn't automatically display tags (I usually just look at tag feedback through the mobile browser, which unfortunately has its own issues).

also annoying: if you're an artist, a lot of people like to delete artist comments on reblog, and also people will repost art without crediting/linking back to the original creator.

Tumblr is so frustrating sometimes, but apparently it's where all the kids are doing fandom these days, so what can one do?

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Date: 2012-10-25 01:20 am (UTC)
majoline: picture of Majoline, mother of Bon Mucho in Loco Roco 2 (Default)
From: [personal profile] majoline
I'm laughing ugly ugly laughter at the people who are green to the internet. I remember when I was so irritated back in the day at the "12 yr old AOL'ers" and all the "Septemberists" *sigh*

You kids get off my lawn :P

I'm old enough to find them hilarious and sad. *snickers*

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