REASONS YOUR TUMBLR (and mine) COULD BE TERMINATED; also known as ‘rules we forget we agreed to when we signed up.’
Despite the current boom of terminations that seem to be the result of a glitch/misdefined parameter in blog-deleting scripts, I think it’s important to review the rules none of us read when we agreed to the terms of service, because there are still hundreds of terminations NOT caused by service errors every month, based solely on ignorance of the site’s policies.
Most blogs I follow (including my own) are guilty of multiple termination-justifying offenses: The following is a list of content (common in our community) that may get your blog deleted. If your blog IS deleted for any of these reasons, you can appeal to tumblr’s support services, and often can regain your account easily (despite time lost). I highly recommend reading if you post themes on your blog, post NSFW content, or host giveaways and contests. The following content is from the ToS and from the community guidelines, both openly avaiable on the site. Note first tumblr’s legal stance:
If we conclude you are violating these policies, you may receive a notice via email. If you don’t explain or correct your behavior, your account may be suspended and/or your IP address may be blocked. We do our best to ensure fair outcomes, but in all cases we reserve the right to suspend accounts or remove content, without notice, for any reason, but particularly to protect our services, infrastructure, users, or community. We reserve the right to enforce, or not enforce, these policies in our sole discretion, and these policies don’t create a duty or contractual obligation for us to act in any particular manner.
Specific offenses (and their relevance to our community) are listed below the cut.