So things about greyboxing
1) Tumblr have set it so that any image uploaded to a txt post immediately becomes an inline embed, and automatically goes to greybox preview.
2) Even images sourced on tumblr URLs themselves (Eg: DATA THAT IS ALREADY ON TUMBLR) are being greyboxed.
I’d love to know their reasoning for this. Really. While you can try claim it saves bandwidth, tumblr is a goddamn interface built on imagery. And it saves you jack fucking shit on bandwidth when everyone clicks to see the image anyway - in fact it would increase bandwidth as first it loads that stupid little greybox image, then loads the image full when clicked on. It also increases processing load (and you can bet your arse that everyone is clicking those grey boxes, because nothing drives human curiosity faster than a big fat unknown in front of them)
It also makes things bloody annoying for the end users because they have to stop, then click, then wait for a greybox interface to actually deliver a viewable image - which, to be honest only works slightly better than their piece of shit video player, as half the time those grey boxes won’t load anything but a processing image. It completely destroys the seamless, smooth flow of a dashboard experience.
To be honest if you want to save bandwidth, you can stop sending us those goddamn idiot unsolicited emails telling us what’s been happening in our dashes the past week. We know what’s been happening on our dashes. We are looking at our fucking dashes
I swear to god, between this and the idiot mailouts it’s becoming rapidly apparent that TPTB have zero fucking clue about how end users actually utilise this website. It’s an idiot move from a design perspective, an idiot move from a programming and administrative perspective, and an idiot move from a user-service perspective.
one of the things about Moffat is he’s not a particularly brave writer, is he?
actions have no consequences, nobody dies in a way that’s not gently in their beds unless they come back two minutes later, the Doctor himself can’t get his hands dirty and commit genocide because think of the children.
Moffat wants big, emotional moments and plots, but he’s afraid to commit the Doctor or the companion to real reactions or emotional fallout. Everyone just bounces back in an episode or two. The constant overuse of timeloops removes half the risk from the situation and ensures the Doctor never has to make difficult choices because he’s reading off a script.
There’s barely even write a proper goodbye for a recurring character called River because she dies in her first episode then is a ghost or something(?). And the preference for romance with one-offs doesn’t help - no need for emotional vulnerability when the Doctor only spends 10 minutes screen time with whoever’s into him this week (and he will have forgotten her by next week). The writing skips from scene to scene (particularly between seasons) because the alternative would mean actually putting some work into his job and writing them out of a corner.
and the non-destruction of Gallifrey just seems like more of the same. Heaven forbid the Doctor make the choice to kill his own people because they’re trying to explode the universes. No, that’s upsetting and ard to deal with and doesn’t have a simple one-episode resolution. easier to just wish it away with magic.
I feel like if Moffat would grow a spine and commit the Doctor in particular to some actual emotions or consequences there might actually be something worth watching. maybe.