Avoiding the automatic redirect on Tumblr posts
Recently I’ve noticed Tumblr being much more aggressive about redirecting me to the dashboard.
I often save permalinks to read later, but when I try to follow them I get a 303 redirect, and I’m bounced back to my dashboard. (I think it’s trying to redirect me to the Tumblr app, but I’m often in a desktop browser, and there isn’t a desktop Tumblr app.)
It doesn’t happen consistently, which makes it even more infuriating.
The best workaround I’ve found is to change my User-Agent. If I pretend to be Googlebot when I’m browsing Tumblr [Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)], I skip being shown any privacy policies or being sent to my dashboard.