Lesley Kinzel (via curvesahead)
I will always reblog this because it is so so important.
I just want to nail this to every stable surface I can find. I cannot count the amount of times that I’ve seen fat folks being encouraged, cajoled, and even forced into behaviors that would be recognized as disordered eating/exercising patterns in thin folks.
Pretty much everything that’s done on shows like The Biggest Loser would be called out as pro-ana/pro-orthorexia in a thin person. Exercising past the point that it hurts, to the point where you’re throwing up, even injuring yourself? Berating yourself because you didn’t lose ENOUGH weight this week? Constantly talking about how fat is weakness and thinness will make everything better, about how you can’t stand to be your current weight anymore? Emphasis on weight as a sign of how much control, strength, and worth you have? Viewing food as bad, as a temptation to sin? Constant sharing and talking about tips on how to minimize food intake, how to lose weight?
That sounds exactly like every pro-ana/pro-mia blog I’ve ever seen. It’s also what fat people are told we need to be doing to ourselves until we’re thin.
Tumblr’s autotruncate makes no sense to me. Why would it think a post that consists of three short bullet points needs to be turned into a link? I’m guessing because it registers each one as being a separate paragraph, but still, it’s ridiculous.
The fact that Tumblr only autotruncates text posts really shows how little its designers understood about how the service would be used. It doesn’t truncate the discussion under picture posts or a quote, no matter how long those things get, because to convert the posts to links would destroy the content.
So obviously it’s a good thing that it doesn’t, because there’s often compelling or entertaining or informative discussion going on beneath a picture or a quote. But given their willingness to hide/impede such conversations in text posts, I have to believe that they didn’t come up with a way to truncate the commentary on other posts because they didn’t expect it to happen on the level that it does.
They thought “Text posts are full of text, if people start talking back and forth on them they will get too long and that will be inconvenient because we are a microblogging site. No one wants to open their dashboard and see a bunch of long, drawn-out discussion.”
They didn’t think the same things would happen on a picture post, because a picture post is a picture post.
You can’t fault someone for not fully understanding the scope of what a networking tool they create and put out on the web will be used for, because when you’ve got millions of people connecting with each other it’s inevitable that some of them will do so in unexpected ways.
But what is unfortunate is when someone manages to create a communication tool as powerful as Tumblr and seems… embarrassed by it. The way the updates focus on creating a slickly polished user experience and not on supporting the communities built on Tumblr or fostering the discussions that happen here (if anything, they do the opposite), it often seems like the people directing the development are looking at what’s been done with their creation and saying, “No, I wanted the opposite of this.”
I’d be happier if they solved the tl;dr problem—because that’s what it is really—by having a “more” link that lets the reader expand a given discussion as needed, instead of requiring them to follow a link off the dashboard.
That would be handy. And it would work as a client-side solution that could be implemented with scripting that could easily be turned on or off (or have a custom threshold) by the user. And it would do more to actually address the supposed reason for the interface upgrades, i.e., to give a unified user experience centered around the dashboard.