Tumblr for the win: Terms of Service worth reading

Why can't everyone write their TOS like this?

In case you haven't logged in to Tumblr recently, the site has updated its Terms of Service and asking its users to read them and agree to them, much like every other site that changes its policies.

However, instead of just clicking on the "I agree" button, take a few minutes to be entertained by the way that Tumblr wrote its TOS for users - as they basically summarize a lot of the legalese for you and throw in some attitude. For example, here's the first summary:

"You have to be at least 13 years old to use Tumblr. We're serious: It's a hard rule, based on U.S. federal and state legislation." "But I'm, like, 12.9 years old!" you plead. Nope, sorry. If you're younger than 13, don't use Tumblr. Ask your parents for a Playstation 4, or try books."  

In its "Community Guidelines" section, there's another gem when it's talking about spam:

"Don't spam people. Don't make spammy posts, don't post spammy replies, don't send people spammy messages. Be a regular human. Don't put tags on your posts that will mislead or deceive searchers. For example, don't tag a photo of your cat with "doctor who" unless the name of your cat is actually Doctor Who, and don't overload your posts with #barely #relevant #tags."

Of course, this means that my "Doctor Who" thread on Tumblr will feature a lot more photos of cats. Yay!

To see more, just log in to your Tumblr account, or search Tumblr. I'm sure someone has posted a whole bunch of GIFs related to this by now.

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