This started out with a letter from Tumblr's legal department saying this website infringed on their trademark and to cease immediately. I'll let you read my initial reaction below. Long story short, they've sent me a genuine letter of retraction.
So I'll be bringing it online in a few weeks again. People are curious about this and so I'll keep it up to let everyone see what's gone on. Cheers for everyone's support by the way.
Before I start, I would like to write this is in no way affiliated with Tumblr nor is this an "authentic Tumblr website."
Yesterday (26th August 2013) I recieved a Cease & Desist on this website. A simple tongue-in-cheek tool to check whether Tumblr was down or not. If it wasn't, you'd see "It is not down, YET. Give it some time." and if it was you'd see a Sad Keanu and a message saying it was down. Tumblr was very well known for not talking to the community when they were having outages and I wanted a way of letting people know.
I started istumblrdown? 3 years ago when I was heavily into the platform. Tumblr's ease of use brought me, and it's community made me stay. Unfortunately, Tumblr has been hell bent on alienating it's users ever since. Every decision they have made has seemed to go against the grain of the community, but since it was the only blogging network of it's kind with any merit, people stayed.
Missing E came along, and made everyone's lives better. Rather than adding the features everyone obviously wanted, the company spent it's time focusing instead of finding ways to ban, or make any user of the addon suffer annoying warnings until they removed it.
This website is trivial and I can't imagine shutting it down is worth the money spent on lawyers. I've never received a single dime for it. I personally can't understand what Tumblr is doing — it's about community, so shutting down the community doesn't seeem a way to benefit themselves?
You can see the letter here. To those suggesting I fight it – I have to pick and choose my battles and this one is not one I am willing to fight. I make no money from the site and it would be a pointless battle in the scheme of things. I am not sure how having tumblr in my domain hurts anyone, considering all blogs running on the service do, but I am going to comply with the demands.
I hope if I ever get into product development, I treat my customers like they're more valued. There are kidner ways to handle this, as @neilkelty on Hacker News points out.
See you around, interwebs. – Zach Inglis