Read: Tumblr’s revised Community Guidelines (what!?)

I realise this is not for everyone, but I actually think Tumblr‘s revised Community Guidelines well written, especially considering its wide and diverse audience. Getting people to read, understand and care about this kind of document is normally not that easy but Tumblr not only makes the guidelines easy to read; they also show that they understand who their core users are. Witness –

“Be a regular human. Don’t put tags on your posts that will mislead or deceive searchers. For example, don’t tag a photo of your cat with “doctor who” unless the name of your cat is actually Doctor Who, and don’t overload your posts with #barely #relevant #tags.”

This also goes for their Terms of Service, which includes the sage advice –

“One thing you should consider before posting: When you make something publicly available on the Internet, it becomes practically impossible to take down all copies of it.”

So – well done, Tumblr!

There are many out there who would do well to follow their example. But hey – many of those service providers probably aims at obfuscation, to get away with outrageous terms, so why should they?

This is not to say I in any way condone everything published under the Tumblr guidelines. But that is a whole another story :)

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