I often wonder what can be done to regulate the tags on Tumblr. While all promoted tags can have problems, many (like the “cars” tag) are trainwrecks. It isn’t just constant promotion of unsourced/uncredited work, it is also OFTEN promotion of self-sourcing 100% fake spam blogs.
With the above promoted post you have to keep in mind that it wasn’t tagged at all. So, an editor has to either follow the blog directly or they promoted it from a chain of blogs which STILL carries the source link. It is an easy thing to check but they couldn’t be bothered or just didn’t care. Aside from that, the photographer watermarked the image and unless they think “Mike Boldt” is a 15 year old girl named Ella who runs follow me i follow back, they clearly don’t care about content being sourced or credited.
While it can be tough for people to understand, the above blog of a “15 year old girl” is not an actual blog by a real person. follow-me-i-follow-back.tumblr.com simply IS NOT FROM A REAL PERSON as it makes automated posts. Blogs like this farm out automated posting to build an audience and then they are sold and renamed all while keeping the current followers. They are similar to all of those fake FB scams giving away iPhones, Ipads and Macs. Build an audience and history and sell it off to the top bidder.
Things like the above promotion are making things worse as they further the idea to users that things like the above blog are legit because the content was promoted.