I am continuing discussions with Tumblr regarding their concerns with the Missing e browser extension. I have asked for clarification on a number of points, especially with reference to the new Tumblr API License Agreement by which all applications that use the API must agree to be bound.
A small subset of Missing e will definitely be affected. Some must be updated to make better use of the Tumblr API and at least one will be removed entirely (future versions Missing e will no longer provide the capability to hide the Tumblr Radar or other promotional content).
It is understandable, and frankly expected, that they wish to maintain the integrity of their content offering. Users of the Tumblr API must respect this. The hiding of the Tumblr Radar is a feature I never felt comfortable adding to Missing e, and I will have no second thoughts about removing it. Not just to conform to the Tumblr API License Agreement, but also in respect of the bottom line of a company that offers a product that I enjoy immensely.
It is perhaps worth mentioning that Tumblr provides the API (on which features like Timestamps and Magnifier are based) in order to allow third-party applications to provide some useful features, in turn. By doing so, they knowingly open their server systems to additional load. Users of the API should recognize the line between overloading these systems and providing useful features to consumers of third-party applications, and tread that line carefully.
Other roadblocks to the continuing distribution of Missing e relate to modifications of the Tumblr interface. I believe that Missing e provides a significant number of enhancements to the Tumblr dashboard and posting interfaces. I continually strive in my development of this extension to only enhance the Tumblr experience, and not to detract from it or force significant changes on users of both Tumblr and Missing e. This is the reason that many of Missing e’s interface modifications are not activated when you first install them. Significant changes by a third party should always be done with the option for its users to customize or deactivate interface modifications that they do not want.
I hope for a productive discussion and negotiation with Tumblr that will result not in pleasing myself or Tumblr’s staff, but in making your experience on this site a smooth and rewarding one.
I really appreciate all of your support, and if I could ask for just one more thing it would be your continued patience.
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