How to Ask a Question on Tumblr Anonymously

By James Wright

Asks are a method of both private and public communication on Tumblr. They can be sent to whomever has Asks enabled, and your message can be sent anonymously if your recipient has additionally opted to enable that feature. Anonymous asks must be answered publicly, and cannot be traced back to the sender even if the sender was logged in to his Tumblr account.

Step 1

Open the Ask window for the blogger to whom you want to send a message. You can open the window in two ways. Hover over his user icon on your dash, click the white user icon next to the "Unfollow" button and select "Ask a question." Alternatively, visit his blog's Ask page directly. Access all Ask pages using the same URL if Asks are enabled:

Step 2

Type the message you want to send into the text box. If you aren't logged in, the message is sent as anonymous by default. If anonymous Asks are disabled for this user, you won't be able to send him a message. If you are logged in, check the "Ask anonymously" box. Note that if a user has disabled Asks, you cannot send him one whether you are logged in or not.

Step 3

Click the blue "Ask" button to send the Ask to the user.

Tips & Warnings

  • When sending an anonymous Ask while logged in, you can confirm that it will be sent anonymously by looking at your username and icon. When the "Ask anonymously" box is selected, your name becomes "Anonymous" and your icon turns into the standard anonymous icon.
  • While you can send anonymous messages without identifying yourself, this also means that you get no notifications or tags when the recipient has answered it. You will need to manually check his blog to see if and when he publishes an answer.
  • If you enable anonymous Asks on your own account, you cannot block anyone who abuses the feature because there is no account associated with anonymous messages. Enable anonymous Asks at your own risk.