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D2D Response To Anti-Comment Agenda From Tumblr Staff Blog

Why John Gruber doesn’t have comments on his site:

Bijan Sabet likes comments:

My experiences with comments haven’t been as positive. Blogs with good comments do exist, like Bijan’s and many of the small tech and VC blogs that I assume he reads, but they’re unusual.

I’m fiercely…

by Ben Lopez

Have you ever wondered why Tumblr hasn’t introduced a native comment system to make things a hell of a lot easier for everyone?  Well, Marco Arment, Lead Developer at Tumblr, gave us that answer loud and clear yesterday in the blog post above.

In a word, he despises comments.  In his own words, he tells us, “I’m not a very good ‘team player’…I also disagree with the widespread notion that comments are ‘discussion’, or that they form a ‘community’. “  It goes on and on with heaps of negativity and apprehension, likely stemming from a past incident (“my experiences with comments haven’t been as positive”), if you wish to read the full blog post.  The problem with this is that as Tumblr’s lead developer, I’m sure he has a pretty good say in what features are (or are not) introduced to the site.  This makes it likely that Mr. Arment is a major contributing factor holding Tumblr back from the next logical step, which is a native comment system.

So why do I have to go and make a big deal about it publicly?  Why didn’t I just share this with him directly and be done with it?  Well, I had intended to leave this response as a direct comment for him on his blog, but I think you can guess why that didn’t work out…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this because I want to bash Marco or Tumblr, and if he wants to refrain from allowing comments on his personal blog, that’s fine.  I love Tumblr.  I’m never going back to any other blogging platform, and trust me, I’ve tried them all.  I’m saying this out of love for Tumblr, and the totally awesome community we have have.  I just want to see that community aspect fleshed out with standardized comments before we start losing some of its great contributors out of frustration.

Tumblr is of course a private business, and they’re free to do as they please.  But if this was my company, I’d be looking past my own bias, and the bias of my employees to provide solutions that are best for my users, not me.

Comments?


Hey everyone, I just got the Facebook page up for FDTD.  Since there is no PM feature here, this should help us communicate better.  I’d appreciate any “likes” you’d be willing to offer.  It’s always great to receive feedback, cheers!

Facebook Fan Page HERE.


I simply must thank Phil immensely for tipping me off!:)  I was inadvertently blocking most of you from leaving comments, but he was kind enough to shoot me an e-mail and mention this. It has been fixed now, so please feel free to leave any feedback, questions, or suggestions on what you’d like to see discussed.

Enjoy your breakfast!


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