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OH NO WHAT DID THEY DO???
They’re enstating a chilling policy on NSFW and Adult content which is outlined HERE http://www.tumblr.com/docs/en/nsfw
Basically what this is doing is drastically limiting connectivity and exposure amongst tumblr users whose blogs are classified as NSFW or Adult. If your blog is Adult, essentially you are invisible except to your direct followers, even if the content you’re posting at the moment is worksafe. For instance, say you’re an adult blogger who’s doing some safe fanart for Pacific Rim, and you tag it as such so people who don’t follow you but are into Pacific Rim can find it. Under the new policy, it won’t be seen, because your blog’s adult status has chilled all posts from the tag search indexes. You have to rely on your followers reblogging it to their OWN followers. The tag search system’s basically been crippled.
Furthermore, if you’re a blogger who uses NSFW content for sex education purposes, you might as well just give up, or pray you have a wide enough reblog base, because even though your stuff is educational, it’s still going to be blocked from people who don’t already follow you.
Also, if you pre-emptively tagged your blog NSFW when you got started before the Yahoo buyout, you can’t just clean your blog and untag the NSFW category, you’re locked out from making the change. Yahoo is also issuing Content Classifications randomly based on their own discretion. You could have a blog full of anatomical references and old artistic nudes, and they could slap you with the Adult label and you’d be invisble to everyone except your followers.