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Tumblr Eschews the Missing E So Much That It Banned the Browser Extension

missing e Tumblr Eschews the Missing E So Much That It Banned the Browser ExtensionTumblr has put the kibosh on popular browser extension “Missing e,” which started as a set of user-written scripts to modify parts of the dashboard, and evolved into an elaborate set of tweaks from a resizable rich text editor to a “mass delete” option for messages, replacing icons and quick re-blogging, and other user-friendly features. “Each and every one of these (from the added sidebar in Sidebar Tweaks down to the icon replacement for editnotes and reblog buttons on posts in the dashboard that are part of the Dashboard Fixes feature) is a no-no from Tumblr’s perspective. I imagine that the purpose of this requirement is so that Tumblr and Tumblr alone will decide how you view your Tumblr dashboard, the desires of power users and Tumblrs who want a smoother experience be damned,” writes Jeremey Cutler, the Canadian developer behind the extension.

He’s been in discussions with Tumblr since three days ago, when he pulled the extension after Tumblr contacted him. Now he’s opted to give up.

“Just this morning, my wife and I flew into New York from Toronto for the purpose of meeting a bunch of fellow Tumblrs (and Tweeters) I have gotten to know and learned to care about over on my personal Tumblr account (cutlerish.tumblr.com). The kind of community, social atmosphere and, most of all, friends I have found here on Tumblr are not things I take for granted.

“Unless concessions are made or assurances given, I have chosen a large group of my Tumblr friends over fighting the good fight. I will toast Missing e this Saturday night at the SnarkNYC meetup, and lament the fact that I had to make such a choice as this.”

What the heck, Tumblr? This guy built the most elaborate set of UI modifications because he has a passion for the service … no job interview?

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Comments

  1. Yolah says:

    I don’t understand, exactly, why he *had* to pull it? I’d imagine they would very well delete his Tumblr account, sure, but, so what? Developers continue to offer extensions and unauthorized add-ons for software/websites in spite of objections from the the third-party service all the time.

    1. “I have chosen a large group of my Tumblr friends over fighting the good fight.” (from the second paragraph of the quote)

      Based on that, he’d rather keep his tumblr account if it’s going to come down to “withdraw the extension or be deleted”.

    2. Anonymous says:

      Sounds like Tumblr feels pretty strongly about it.

  2. Michelle says:

    you can’t!! I NEED missing E :’( what is the problem with this wonderful program? NOTHING. there is no good reason for pulling this! 

  3. John says:

    You know, there’s a petition to tumblr to stop pushing the guy off the API. http://www.change.org/petitions/save-missing-e

  4. Jonah Price says:

    “No Job Interview?” Agreed! HIRE THE GUY!

  5. sA says:

    NOOOO! DONT DO IT!!

  6. toveruus.tumblr.com says:

    I can’t even handle tumblr without missing e….