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Oct 7

justonepurpose:

What really gets me about these sponsored posts is that ignoring the blog doesn’t take them off my dash. Even blacklisted via xhit, they still show up, just not as an open post. And the thing is, more than one of these sponsored posts has contained things that stoke my anxiety or squick me out. Like, the ones for that Annabelle movie, for example. I have a phobia of porcelain dolls. I have “porcelain doll”, “glass eyes” etc blacklisted to avoid them. But because of the sponsored post, bam, there it was all over my dashboard. It’s just really unfair.

Sponsored posts for horror movies violate the spirit (and in some cases the letter) of Tumblr’s own Community Guidelines. So now we know how much the values expressed on that page really mean to david: They’re important when they constrain the dicks who would post gore just to be shocking, or would showcase the mutilation or torture of human beings, animals, or their remains, as long as the dicks who want to do that are not willing to pay Tumblr for the privilege.

In the latter case, though, you’re good to go, dicks. Shock away. staff will even help, in effect forcing users to follow you and disabling their ability to unfollow or block you.

Oct 7

Dear Staff

darkvixen28:

Dear staff,

If sponsored posts are here to stay, can there be a way to opt out of certain ones? 

I don’t watch horror movies because they leave me unbelievably paranoid for days afterword. The tie-in between this statement and your sponsored posts stems from the facts that a majority of the sponsored posts I’m getting are from horror movie blogs whose posts are filled with the exact reason I do not watch their movies

I had to block Universal Horror Films, The Quiet Ones Movie (whose theater preview before the start of a different movie had me leaving the cinema paranoid), and As Above So Below Movie nearly a dozen times a piece before their posts stopped coming across my dash permanently.  They would disappear when I refreshed the page afterward, only to reappear the next day. It’s extremely off-putting to be scrolling through my dash only to be scared nearly to screaming by whatever monster was in the newest horror movie due to be released.

The posts from The Quiet Ones Movie had me blocking blogs of sponsored posts without ever looking at said post or even the name of the blog it was from in an attempt to clean horror flick blogs off my dashboard. I don’t know how these posts are set up behind the scenes, but may I safely assume that the indiscriminate blocking of these posts hurts the revenue they were designed to make for the site?  

I don’t mind that sponsored posts exist. I don’t mind if they hang around until the Apocalypse happens and wipes out everything. All I ask is that there be some sort of compromise regarding what sponsored posts appear on whose dashboard. 

If someone from the Staff sees this, I thank you for at least taking the time to read it.

Very truly yours,DarkVixen28 

So much this.

Oct 5

thatfinnickkid:

Is there a way to stop horror movie ads from showing up on my dash because I’m not about that life

Here are the three things I’ve tried, from most to least effective:

Very effective: You can install the Tumblr Savior or XKit (with Blacklist plugin) browser extension on your desktop browser. Most horror movie sponsored posts have recently been tagged with #horror, so you can use those extensions to try to block posts tagged with that.

Somewhat effective: You can avoid using Tumblr’s mobile app, since it doesn’t allow you to block problematic posts. My problem is that I like the mobile app, at least when it’s not forcing me to look at horrific images against my will, so it’s hard for me to give that up.

So far, not effective at all: You can try convincing Tumblr to stop running ads like that in the dashboards of users who object to seeing them. Horror movie ads are arguably a violation of Tumblr’s own Community Guidelines, which say:

Don’t post gore just to be shocking. Don’t showcase the mutilation or torture of human beings, animals, or their remains. Dick.

Apparently staff is okay with being, collectively, just that kind of dick as long as companies like universalhorrorfilms pay them to do it. That makes me sad, but it seems unlikely to change at this point. So I think your best bet is probably Tumblr Savior or XKit.

Oct 4

sink—florida—sink:

HOLY SHIT I HAVE HORROR BLACKLISTED FOR A REASON TUMBLR ADS WHAT THE FUCK IS YOUR ISSUE

Oct 3

theoriginalsocalcrunch:

I do NOT like these sponsored ads on Tumblr!

Seriously, I follow the blogs I follow for a reason and I DON’T follow everyone else because I don’t want their posts on my dash!

I do not like scary things and I DON’T want this freaking creepy ass doll showing up on my dash every time I get onto Tumblr

literally what the heck

NO

Oct 3
My dash this morning. Thanks, staff.

My dash this morning. Thanks, staff.

Oct 3

Tumblr should stop making users watch horror movie ads against their will

missstacielou:

lies:

I mostly didn’t mind when Tumblr started running “Sponsored Posts” in my dashboard. Tumblr has to make money. Most of the ads were boring, a few were interesting, but they weren’t a big deal.

Then the horror movie ads started.

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Seriously this 100%! I mean if you want to try to sell me miracle whip or like some sunglasses or something, fine go for it. I understand you need to make money, and I’m totally ok with seeing sponsored ads like that.

But, as someone who is severely afraid of dolls, it is not a fun experience to be scrolling down and suddenly be forced to see a gigantic gif of that Annabelle thing rocking back and forth in a rocking chair while staring directly into my eyes. I legitimately had to slam my hand over the screen and then try to scroll quickly past it. I would be happy even if there was just a spot I could click that says this is not the kind of content I want to see.

Like I said, sell me all the laptop cases and apple juice you want, but please stay away from the things that make me have to sleep with my light on for the rest of the night

The thing is, horror movie advertising isn’t aimed at people like you and me. We were never going to buy a ticket. It’s aimed at people who actually go to horror movies. Those people have been desensitized through long exposure, so to reach them the advertisers make the ads as creepy as possible.

People like us are just collateral damage. The advertisers don’t care if our Tumblr experience is interrupted by horrific images we don’t want to see. Neither, apparently, does Tumblr.

Which kind of sucks.

Oct 1

For the record, the draculauntold (I guess for the movie of the same name?) sponsored post that just ran in my dash did not creep me out as much as some of the previous horror movie sponsored posts Tumblr has made me look at. Thanks, staff!

A closeup of a vampire face with pointy teeth is not as fear-inducing for me as, say, the feet of a swaying corpse, or a woman with a creepy mask and blood-spattered nightgown skipping toward me with a sword. I think that’s because vampires seem vaguely silly to me, while the suicide victims and violent sword-wielders of previous sponsored posts seemed disturbingly real.

On the minus side, this ad was not tagged #horror, as some previous horror movie ads have been. So people trying to blacklist on that term are out of luck.

Tumblr: One set of community guidelines for ordinary users. A different, more-permissive set for horror movie advertisers, who get to post disturbing images intended to be shocking, glorifying gore, violence, and self-harm with no way for sensitive users to opt out.

sink—florida—sink:

WHY IS THERE AN ADVERT FOR A HORROR MOVIE ON MY DASH TUMBLR I FUCKING HATE HORROR MOVIES I DO NOT WATCH HORROR MOVIES I EITHER END UP TERRIFIED AND HAVING NIGHTMARES FOR WEEKS OR I GET TRIGGERED INTO SELF HARMING MYSELF OR BOTH!! WHY IS THIS BULLSHIT ON MY DASH STOPPIT

is there a way to block sponsored posts?

Check out XKit and Tumblr Savior. Both are browser extensions that will let you block posts that match certain criteria. Lately all the horror movie sponsored posts I’ve seen have been tagged with #horror, so you should be able to block based on that, assuming that:

  • It really is something Tumblr is requiring horror movie advertisers to do consistently, and 
  • you aren’t browsing from a phone or tablet.

But really, the decision by Tumblr to run ads for horror movies as part of the sponsored posts program is all kinds of fucked up. I’m sorry you had to experience the consequences of it.

robinvenetia:thankYeah. I’m glad they’re tagging the ads now, and glad they’ve stopped showing actually-dead people.Still sucks for mobile users without blocking options, because those who promote horror movies are fully capable of creeping non-horror-fans the fuck out without showing corpses.

robinvenetia:

thank

Yeah. I’m glad they’re tagging the ads now, and glad they’ve stopped showing actually-dead people.

Still sucks for mobile users without blocking options, because those who promote horror movies are fully capable of creeping non-horror-fans the fuck out without showing corpses.