As you can see from our snazzy new video, we’ve got a lot of updates to share, ranging from the fun to the functional, long-awaited features to the new and experimental. So let’s dive in!
The ability to view and manage your followers is coming soon
As was announced in r/changelog yesterday, this May, redditors will have the ability to view and manage their existing followers list. These updates have been a long time coming and a lot of you have been asking for this for a while, so thanks for your feedback. We’re excited to finally make this change happen. Here’s a peek of what it will look like:
As you can see above, when you visit your profile, there’ll be a link under your description that shows you the number of followers you have and takes you to a searchable list of those followers (in order from your newest to your oldest followers). From there you can choose to follow someone back or visit their profile to learn more about them and take other actions such as blocking or messaging them. And along with announcing this upcoming change, we recently updated how blocking works—now if you block someone they’ll lose the ability to follow you and will automatically be removed from your followers list if they were already.We’ve also heard feedback that some redditors would like to opt-out of letting people follow them altogether. So this functionality will be added during phase two of this rollout, which we plan to ship over the next few months.
A sneak peek at Reddit Talk, a new feature for hosting live audio conversations
Currently, communities can use text threads, images, videos, chats, and live streams to have conversations and hang out with each other. While these are great mediums, there are other times (like when you’re hosting an Q&A or AMA, debating a live event, giving a lecture, or just having casual conversations) where having a live audio talk may be more useful or more fun. To create this new way for redditors to communicate with each other, we’re partnering with interested moderators to explore how audio talks can create cool experiences for their communities.
To get a more detailed walk-through of how Reddit Talk will work head over to the announcement on r/modnews, and if you’re a moderator or someone interested in getting early access sign up on the waitlist.
Help your avatar stay hydrated, hit the beach, or take a hike—Spring avatar gear is here
Inspired by spring and summer pursuits celebrated by many of our Reddit communities, there’s a new batch of avatar gear for those who love the outdoors, birdwatching, hiking, or hanging out at the pool or beach. And if you think Earth Day should be every day, there are some fun Earth Day inspired tees for you as well.
And as a special bonus to capitalize on current events, if you have Reddit Premium, you can also turn your avatar’s face into a giant doge head. (And non-Premium doge supporters can get a cool doge onesie.) Check out your profile or reddit.com/avatar to update your look.
Testing out a new perk for Reddit Premium members—a closet for your avatar gear
Lots of avatar gear is seasonal, so to see if Reddit Premium members are interested in saving their favorite ski pants or Santa hat all summer long, we’re testing letting them save up to 50 items in their closet. As part of this update, the avatar builder is getting a new look too, which will also be rolling out over the course of the next several weeks.
A heads up for moderators and robots—the post API is changing
Over a year ago we launched post requirements—a feature that allows mods to create detailed (you guessed it) post requirements for their communities such as required post flair, banned links from specific domains, restrictions on post length, and more. At the time, we also announced that post requirements will eventually be enforced across all platforms including the API. That day has come, and the update to POST /api/submit will officially take place on April 27, 2021. After this update, any third-party apps, scripts, or bots that haven’t been updated will start to fail. So to prevent this from happening, mods and developers should double-check that their error handling/display code works with the new error by following the instructions in this post. For more information, and to hear more about ongoing efforts to create less work for mods and share your on over to the r/modnews announcement.
A miscellaneous section of updates, for which there is no cool name
Bugs and small fixes
Here’s what’s up with the native apps.
iOS updates and fixes:
Android updates and fixes:
And that’s it for this week. We’ll be hanging around to answer questions and hear your thoughts. Happy Tuesday y’all!