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you know what...
we like to say tumblr is toxic, but you know what is? mindsets. people's mindsets are toxic. and reblog system allows us to spread toxic mindsets at the speed of light, without checking the source and thinking for ourselves, wherever we are.
also, from my pov, on sites like tumblr we're constantly open to all the bad news in the world, and it makes us woke, but also sad, and angry, and guilty, and scared. we also vent. but because all posts are rebloggable, our anger and guilt and sadness gets spread too, even if it's a vent we didn't mean to spread, and now it's everywhere.
and it's starting to seem that we're screaming at each other, even if in the beginning, our pain was caused by something way outside of tumblr.
people feel alienated, confused, distrustful, toxic people play on that and toxic mindsets grow further, until everything becomes black and white as we lose the ability to see in color.
people on waterfall are people, too. but now, it's a blank canvas and we create content ourselves. so if we want waterfall to be less toxic, instead of just hoping this site will be better, we should at least try to create non-toxic environment, starting with ourselves and our posts. we can start being a little self-aware, since writing a post is a little more thoughtful and personal way to formulate a thought than simply clicking reblog. maybe we should proof-read whatever we type, and think of how it affect ines who read it, or at least note stuff in the tags.
or maybe just do what you think good people do, being the change you want to see might work!
toxic people will come, but i think we can protect ouselves from them - by getting away from their toxic mindsets, not engaging in pointless discourse, and a good blocking system.
we can do it!
ohh interesting thats probably why i never knew it was a thing haha!
oh pbfahaha silly me i did not notice!! this is good to know, thank you :D
you can make posts non-rebbloggable right now! all you have to do is tag said post "dnr" and the reblogging button will be removed for other people. there's also"dni" (do not intereact) which removes reblogging, commenting, and i think liking? it's not readily apparent though, so maybe instead they could make an infromative post new users see after they first log in that tells them about features like that?
The option to make posts non-rebloggable exists, and its great if you don't want to engage in discourse or don't want your personal info to spread!
"...until everything becomes black and white as we lose the ability to see in color" is a very eloquent way to put it, and I agree!