Recent changes in Tumblr's layout have made it unusable for me. What do I do?
I don't have a Tumblr of my own, nor do I want one - I do regular searches for certain items because certain fandoms that I follow are more active on Tumblr than elsewhere.
It used to be that Tumblr searches appeared in a long single column ordered by date. Gifs and pictures appeared in thumbnail versions that you clicked on to see the larger version, or a set of photos would appear in front of a dimmed page for you to cycle through. Then about a month ago, it started to permanently look like this
. Text and pictures alike are cropped badly and show up either too big or too small, gifs and videos don't load correctly, and everything requires you to click on it to actually see it in its real size, and it regularly freezes or doesn't load correctly when one does. What's more, I don't know how searches happen anymore, but they are not in any kind of order that I understand, and posts that should show up in them (because they used to) no longer do, though ostensibly everything is still tagged as it was a month ago. Searches also don't show nearly what they used to in terms of history - you just get a "sorry! No more posts!" notice. It all seems rather arbitrary. I hate it.
Originally I had been communicating with Tumblr customer service about this, though they claim that add-ons and extensions are to blame, and I must show proof of the behavior in a clean version of Firefox, but the prospect of having to uninstall everything
had made me not pursue it any further. I have many extensions and add-ons in my usual Firefox (kept up to date and abreast of all plug-in issues). I have tried using Tumblr in Chrome (with far fewer but still some extensions) and in IE (with no extensions or add-ons at all) and I see the same thing.
I would readily embrace being able to do searches in some other way, but I can only get RSS feeds of single Tumblrs, not of searches. if there was an application that would allow me to do this without looking at Tumblr, I would embrace it.
I've talked a little to Tumblr users online who claim that this is now the default view for people not logged into Tumblr. Are my only options here to either get a Tumblr of my own or live with it?
Thank you in advance.