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In light of the recent PostPlus nonsense tumblr is trying to pull, here's a reminder that monetization of fanfiction can lead you to legal trouble. On Ao3 it's against the TOS to even mention any money-sending site at all because of the conditonal protection they offer.
Putting your entire fanfiction blog behind a paywall is like pointing a neon sign saying "please sue me". I bring this up specifically because tumblr mentioned fanfiction in the post that they made and that is going to leave a lot of people misinformed.
Remember: Do NOT paywall your fanworks.
And rest assured, my blog will never be pay-to-read, even if this weren't a fanfiction blog. I think the whole thing is ridiculous.
Ok but on a more serious note: tumblr literally says we can monetize fanart and fanfiction and I don't know if they are flat out stupid or if they don't care about their users (it's probably both) but holy shit those are hundreds of serious lawsuits waiting to happen for the love of god don't do that
Sending death threats to users testing the post+ feature? Unfollow me. It’s not uncommon for people in the LGBTQ+ community to receive death threats. If any of my followers stoop so low as to send one out themselves, unfollow this blog. What the fuck are you doing? Voice your concerns about this new feature in a healthy and civilized way, so this feature can either be discontinued or improved upon.
i KNOW tumblr is on the downhill and isnt financially viable. everyone does, we lost Verizon a billion dollars. this is not a profitable place.
but its got the best structure of any existing platform. no public follower count, easy repost feature, SEVERAL post formats, html editing, easily have multiple pages, customizable blog homes, and it continues to update. idk bout yall but i use the Quick Reblog and Quick Queue features on mobile CONSTANTLY
not to mention the fun little things it does on occasion! april fools games, “pride? in my tumblr?” banners, Answer Time, even a a freaking alternate reality game for Guy Fieri’s birthday just cause some of the staff wanted to!
i know it costs money to do this, and im not surprised that it needs some supplemental income to continue. But this PostPlus idea seems, to me at least, like a TERRIBLE way of going about it.
@staff @support is there any other way that we as users can support yall for a change? even like direct donation, in the style of wikipedia? i cant be alone in the feeling of “if this website needs some money to run, i’d be willing to give”
I've been thinking and I realised I was wrong about one part of it. I would actually 100% pay for some of y'all's work. Not like.. all of the shitposting - which i do also LOVE - but the fic(let)s and the art and videos etc. That's not actually the problem. It's that this isn't how tumblr works.
The whole point of this website is that posts are spread through reblogs, it's rarely meant just for someone's followers. And how would that even work with post+? I reblog someone's art, but most of my followers can't see it because they don't subscribe to the original poster? Or is the option removed altogether? I want to show off this amazing art! If I can't share the things I love most, it's not tumblr anymore.
Please stop trying to be something you're not, I genuinely adore this place and this is going to hurt its core. @staff