I am going to continue using Missing-E. I understand that I should anticipate potential data loss, a lack of privacy, and performance issues, and that Tumblr will not provide support for my account.
Reblog if you understand.
I understand. I understand that the features provided by Missing E make Tumblr infinitely more useful to me. I understand that Tumblr would rather provide me with an ultimatum than address the reasons that Missing E has become such a popular extension. I understand that Tumblr is not interested in developing features that their users desire. I understand that Tumblr will no longer provide support for my account. I will continue to use Missing E.
I understand this because as we ponder over what we hackers have gotten ourselves into, tumblr is utilizing funds to hire a ”full-time editorial staff to create original content and curate existing user blogs.” I understand that if you’re going to profit handsomely from our original content, you’re entitled to rescind your support if we want to ameliorate problems with your blogging platform so as to enhance our original content creating experience and thus make you more profit so that you can hire ”full-time editorial staff to create original content and curate existing user blogs” and so on and so on…
Tumblr’s Support Problem with ‘Missing e’
As many users have observed, Tumblr has recently given users a choice to uninstall Missing e or revoke support for your account.
The reasons they give for suggesting that you uninstall Missing e are the worst-case scenario for installing browser extensions or browser modifications of any kind. However, Missing e is not a source of these kinds of problems.
At worst, Missing e may cause problems when Tumblr makes changes to their interface and Missing e has not yet been updated to deal with the changes. I usually work very quickly to restore compatibility in these cases.
It is very unlikely that Missing e will cause any data loss. This is especially true of existing posts. Without your interaction, Missing e will not delete anything!
As for privacy, Missing e does not obtain, use or store your email address, password, IP address, search queries or contents of any of your existing posts.
Missing e implements only a small amount of what Tumblr calls page scraping. It is not done regularly, nor is it excessive. The removed features Follow Checker and Unfollower used page scraping a lot more and were taken out of Missing e quite some time ago for this very reason.
All users are encouraged to examine Missing e’s source code to confirm all of the claims I have made!
If you choose to continue using Missing e and want to continue receiving support, you should follow these guidelines:
• If you experience problems with Tumblr, deactivate Missing e in your browser’s extensions list (you can get to this list using the first part of the Missing e uninstall instructions and turning off “Enable” or clicking on the “Disable” button, depending on your browser). If the problem remains, it is most likely not a Tumblr issue.
• Before contacting Tumblr support, deactivate Missing e. Regardless of whether or not you acknowledged that using Missing e means Tumblr will not provide you with support, if you have it deactivated or uninstalled, it is not running! You will be accurately presenting your issue to Tumblr support in informing them that you are not currently using Missing e.
And may I add
Tumblr go fuck yourselves
LOL I CAAAAAAAAN’T. Yes, I understand that I am going to continue using a plug-in that makes your site bearable to use and constantly provides us with the things you decided to take away.
I wanted to take this opportunity to issue a completely unsolicited, not-so-subtle reminder that Missing e is 100% genuine Canadian software.
The Return of Missing e
After an arduous effort to modify the Missing e extension it is finally ready.
In order to operate amid the obligations set forth by Tumblr’s various agreements and terms, Missing e will no longer interact with the Tumblr API in any way, favouring alternate techniques in order to continue to provide you with almost all of the great features you have come to love.
Please note that it is possible that I may need to continue negotiating with Tumblr if they do not agree with my interpretation of their policies and agreements. If anything should change, I will keep you posted on the Missing e Tumblr blog.
Almost all features unaffected!
The only noticeable difference in how the features work is in Timestamps. Unfortunately, timestamps will no longer be added to posts on the Tumblr dashboard. However, timestamps will continue to be displayed on unanswered ask messages and privately answered asks.
All other features will continue to work as normal, with a couple of exceptions noted below. Please note that features that have been adapted to function without the Tumblr API are not as well-tested. There may be some rough patches, but I will strive to provide timely updates to fix any problems that come up.
Other features fixed!
- The wrap tags feature has been fixed to work with Tumblr’s new tag implementation.
- The Better Reblogs feature will now allow you to control whether or not your tags get reblogged.
Find these and more in the Missing e settings page. Find out how to get there!
Follow Checker and Unfollower no longer available!
The Follow Checker and Unfollower features, though much-loved by many users, will no longer be a part of Missing e. These features were the most significant perpetrators of a technique called “page scraping”, an arguably bad web practice that can strain a website’s server infrastructure.
Neither of these features is likely to return in any form. Please understand that, though useful, these features represent only a small fraction of all the great options available as part of Missing e.
Some of Missing e’s features tweak the way the Tumblr interface is presented to you. However, none of them hide, block or otherwise remove any promotional or informational content intended to be viewed by users.
By downloading, installing, using or continuing to use Missing e, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth in the Missing e End User License Agreement. I cannot be held responsible for any action taken by any other party with respect to your use of Missing e.
Update or Install Missing e
If you currently have Missing e installed and want the new version immediately, DO NOT uninstall and reinstall Missing e, instead read the instructions on how to update:
Firefox users: There seems to be some trouble getting the Add-On site re-enabled. In the meantime, try this direct link: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/downloads/file/128930/missing_e-2.0.0-fx.xpi
New users or users who previously uninstalled Missing e can go to missinge.infraware.ca to install it. Simply click on the logo for the browser you use.
Thanks to thefrogman for the celebratory image!
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