Give what has been said about other sites in the latest thread about the problems here I want to offer some observations about newTumbl and some about BDSMLR
In respect of newTumbl - The site works perfectly well. Its search function works just fine and I can find what I need to find. I can't say anything about its chat rooms as I have no interest in them. There are many sites dedicated to chat if that is what you want. The newTumbl message system works find too and the features I use such as block work better as you can actually choose what element of a block you want to apply or block all interactions as you choose. You can hide blogs you dislike, filter content by rating and avoid the more "to me" disgusting content. The "queue" function on newTumbl is different to BDSMLR, you need to load each post individually and rate it. Yes, it is a slower process but on the other hand it works, is not subject to the daily issues of being unable to add to the queue or the posts in the queue disappearing or the queue just stopping as it does here. If you want to use BDSMLR you have to devote a lot of time just to see what is working. Time I don't have to spare.
Overall, whilst newTumbl is different to BDSMLR it functions pretty well and BDSMLR does not and has not for most of 2021. Many people, myself included, invested a lot of time and effort in BDSMLR only to have their blogs in tatters with huge gaps of missing posts, total lack of communication from the owners/admin and a different problem each day including but not limited too:
A message system that does not work unless you jump through a load of techie hoops which most don't know how too or have the time to do.
Posts that don't display on a number of CDNs and have not displayed for a long time.
The current main CDN (12) is up and down.
No explanation of the fundamental problems with the site has ever been provided, just vague allusions to staffing, old teams and DNS problems, no actual information or timelines.
Just logging on is often a feat in itself.
Intrusive clickbait advertising even when trying to access your own archive. In fairness, the advertising keeps working, but no surprises there.
Suggestions on the dashboard have been gone for ages
A queue system that starts, stops and fails to randomise posts making it no better than newTumbl in terms of functionality. That has to be checked on an hourly basis to see if it is working at all and frequently stops allowing new posts or loses the posts entirely.
Failure to respond to ticket requests.
And the final insult. "Hey guys, we can't fix the problems but we can run a quiz as we have finally worked out how to post on the dashboard." Really?
I won't list anymore though there are plenty but you get the picture. In my opinion BDSMLR is a totally dysfunctional site. I still get the feeling that some guy is running it out of a garden shed and has a poor grasp on reality.
So is newTumbl perfect? No it is not but for most functions it works just fine, my posts in queue once loaded get posted, nothing has disappeared, I can search the site, block as I need, follow or hide what content I want and the message system works as does the "ask" function. You just have to take a little time to figure it all out but it is not rocket science.
Like many of you I was fully invested in BDSMLR, I liked the site and the way it used to be, the trouble the "then" admins took to keep us informed. That is no longer how the site works and although it is made very hard as BDSMLR barely functions at all now, I am still salvaging all I can from the 33,000 post I have made. Many will not be recovered as they have been lost for good. It will take some months, I have not got endless time to spare but once I have recovered all I can from BDSMLR I will delete my blog here. I will never have confidence in this site now, much less in the people running it.
Some of you will stick with it. I wish you luck and hope the site eventually functions as you would like.
For those who have had enough, newTumbl is a viable option and I hope to see you there.
Whatever you do you have my kindest regards,
Ariella (blog: kinkyariella)
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