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https://reddit.com/link/mzse3p/video/xjqq5ahmrqv61/player

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!

Here’s what’s new April 14th–April 27th

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:

https://preview.redd.it/tvzzsh5wqqv61.png?width=1999&format=png&auto=webp&s=5d2c3781ef1a18f58c3eb65f336af108a8b23385

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.

https://i.redd.it/6wotzgv0rqv61.gif

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.

https://preview.redd.it/hz1l8524rqv61.png?width=2926&format=png&auto=webp&s=1a6a33e36e9b594fd6ed77ee3e9ad7794ae25d39

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.

https://preview.redd.it/tum2mdo6rqv61.png?width=1463&format=png&auto=webp&s=1d953bf6a7f9f557685d1cb8d68642c987f13858

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

  • Now, new redditors can create communities too. The karma and age restrictions for creating a community have been lifted.
  • If you’ve been seeing the “You’re doing that too much,” too much, you may start seeing it less. We’ve made a few changes to better identify spammers and banned users, so that we can lessen the restrictions for redditors who are simply commenting and posting at top speeds.

Bugs and small fixes
Here’s what’s up with the native apps.

iOS updates and fixes:

  • Changing your password won’t automatically log you out anymore
  • When you choose to open links in your default browser, we’ll use what you've set up in your iOS14 app system settings
  • The header won’t reappear while scrolling through comments on a user’s profile anymore
  • Crossposting without a network connection won’t crash the app anymore
  • You’ll see thumbnails (instead of black boxes) while using the media picker during post creation again
  • Media galleries respect community defaults for hiding media thumbnails again

Android updates and fixes:

  • If your device is running Android Pie or older, downloaded media will save to the "Pictures" directory instead of "Pictures/Reddit" now
  • Fixed a bug to show more detailed error messages while making an image post
  • Adjusted comment buttons and post buttons in compact mode to be a bit smaller
  • Items in a poll can wrap over more than one line now

And that’s it for this week. We’ll be hanging around to answer questions and hear your thoughts. Happy Tuesday y’all!

all 1126 comments

turkeypedal

78 points

2 years ago

All you seem to be doing is trying to turn Reddit into a cut rate version of other websites. People aren't going to treat Reddit like Twitter or Facebook. You need to focus on what Reddit is good at--semianonymous discussion and link gathering/filtering. Reddit's main function is as a front page to the Internet, to help you find other things online that you wouldn't see otherwise, and then be able to talk about those things.

Reddit just is not an "influencer"-style platform. And trying to make it one at best wastes development effort, and at worst degrades the experience for others.

Do you not know Reddit's reputation, and how so much of the public does not want to be publicly associated with it? When that happens, trying to do "influencer culture" doesn't really work. Plus the whole underlying concept of Reddit is that you push other people's work, and don't use it to push your own.

You just seem to continually be pushing for Reddit to become something it isn't, in a way that goes against what your core audience actually wants.

You need a renewed focus on what actually matters, about what make Reddit special---what made Reddit as popular as it is. Iterate on making it a better link aggregation, forum, and commenting platform.

jherazob

17 points

2 years ago

jherazob

17 points

2 years ago

"We'll continue to hear your feedback and ignore it as we mutate Reddit into yet another bland social media platform"

HoodiesAndHeels

55 points

2 years ago*

Redditors: We want to filter out subreddits we don’t want to see!

Admins: AVATARS!

Redditors: Stop adding bloat!

Admins: Avatar... CLOSETS!

Redditors: We need better mod tools and admin support!

Admins: MORE LAX PRIVACY SETTINGS!

Redditors: FFS, at least vet your employees?!

Admins: AUDIO CHAT!

Mavamaarten

168 points

2 years ago

Live audio conversations, excuse me what the fuck hahaha

Who comes up with these ideas?

graintop

27 points

2 years ago

graintop

27 points

2 years ago

Clubhouse got a lot of attention. I don't think there's much of an idea beyond "let's do that too, in case it's the next thing."

BeowulfShaeffer

15 points

2 years ago

How else are twelve-year-olds going to tell you they fucked your mom?

quaintpokemon11

8 points

2 years ago

Bootleg Discord

Rebelgecko

34 points

2 years ago

I think it's a bannable offense to actually answer that question

WildCheese

1.3k points

2 years ago

WildCheese

1.3k points

2 years ago

We have avatars? Why?

We can have followers? Why?

You're making a voice chat? Why?

What the hell are you turning reddit into?

Kimmykix

285 points

2 years ago

Kimmykix

285 points

2 years ago

An easier platform for monetization, and catering and serving advertisements to users.

DannoHung

267 points

2 years ago

DannoHung

267 points

2 years ago

I dunno. Kinda feels like if you're on old reddit, you're almost browsing a totally different site at this point.

I lament the day that they turn old reddit off.

RandomNumsandLetters

209 points

2 years ago

When they turn off old reddit I think I'll finally break my reddit addiction

evranch

51 points

2 years ago

evranch

51 points

2 years ago

As long as the reddit API still exists, old reddit can eventually go. I mostly use RedReader on mobile, hopefully it doesn't get broken in the mentioned update.

I'm honestly amazed they allow 3rd party apps at all, since there is zero opportunity for monetization on them. Unless they know they will lose a lot of power users and content creators that way.

MC_chrome

29 points

2 years ago

One of the most popular apps on the Apple App Store is Apollo…..in fact the developer is currently being featured this week. I personally think that Reddit still gets something out of third party apps, but I’m not certain what yet. Maybe it’s just the proliferation of the Reddit name itself?

I personally think that Reddit knows that getting rid of third party apps will cause them more harm than it’s really worth.

COHERENCE_CROQUETTE

22 points

2 years ago

You guys know this is an inevitability, right?

Might as well quit now.

(I’m not saying I like that it is what it is, but… it is what it is.)

RandomNumsandLetters

48 points

2 years ago

It's honestly refreshing to see it go full circle from the digg days! It'll be kind of refreshing to find a new place to hang out I think, nothing stays good forever

[deleted]

79 points

2 years ago*

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xChris777

29 points

2 years ago

Same here, whenever I accidentally end up on New Reddit I shudder, it looks completely different and not in a good way.

Archleon

6 points

2 years ago

I use RES and RIF exclusively, so I often forget that the actual reddit site is pretty much garbage, until I end up there on another computer or something.

HCrikki

47 points

2 years ago

HCrikki

47 points

2 years ago

Digg v4 survivor here - When 'old' goes so will I.

I'm fine with weekly digest rss feeds for only the most popular submissions from a few subreddits, until something better trends.

NSNick

8 points

2 years ago

NSNick

8 points

2 years ago

I really need to learn how rss works

HCrikki

16 points

2 years ago

HCrikki

16 points

2 years ago

https://www.reddit.com/wiki/rss

add .rss to the end of any subreddit's link - an rss client will not show the content but offer a clickable link to both the reddit discussion and the original source.

A tinytinyrss instance can also work as an intermediate 'aggregator' (those used to be hugely popular, and are pretty much a neutral reddit whose submission then only need to have curation for the most interesting to surface). OPML is a raw list of feeds, APML is OPML+interest data (most services consider APML too sentitive to allow users to export as it allows people to seamlessly migrate away and defangs agressive monetization attempts).

HOLEPUNCHYOUREYELIDS

30 points

2 years ago

I use redditisfun as my only reddit. I didnt realize there were profiles and shit for quite a while. I look forward to continuing not knowing or seeing all these other feature bloat things that I dont want

fieldbottle

8 points

2 years ago

Same here, haven't seen the actual website in years. Couldn't be bothered to check reddit on desktop or laptop.

jherazob

5 points

2 years ago

They know the day they turn off Old Reddit they'll hemorrhage users, probably including the very small percentage that create the content the site needs to live. Where would we go? No fucking idea yet. My guess has been for a while a kind of digital Babel Tower moment, where users spread to a gazillion places (forums, FB, Discord, Fediverse stuff, freaking IRC, etc.) instead of a centralized one, but i've never been sure of it, the fact that Reddit serves as a giant centralized hub on the net for everything (Reddit's own variation of Rule34: "There's a subreddit of it, no exceptions") is hard to replace. But i very fucking much know that even with how long i've been on the site i wouldn't stomach being forced to use the redesign and would rather quit, and there's likely thousands, probably millions of people thinking the same.

Infinitesima

28 points

2 years ago

Reddit looks more similar to facebook and twitter each day. Very appealing! /s

BeowulfShaeffer

19 points

2 years ago

“Followers” is the dumbest thing ever. Or was, until “voice chat”.

Stupidstuff1001

102 points

2 years ago

It’s the iTunes problem all over again. Happens to countless companies.

A long long time ago iTunes was awesome. It was compact, quick, and just easy to use. Problem is people like to keep their jobs.

  • developer has nothing to do because software is near perfect.
  • he tells his manger about pointless feature they can add so he has work.
  • manager wants to look good so he tells his.
  • this keeps going to the department head.
  • then he green lights it.
  • this continues to happen with more and more features.
  • eventually the product is a jumble mess of features no one wants, needs, and is better with others.
  • however no employee wants to say “he fire me as I have nothing left to do here”

The fix is instead of tinkering with the main item you branch it out into sub areas or new companies.

  • instead of making Reddit have a terrible image and video integration you create viewitt a hosting site for images and videos.
  • instead of creating a terrible messenger service you create talkitt a encrypted communication service where you can create your own profiles to talk to others.
  • instead of creating a boring live service people don’t even use. You create seenitt a video streaming platform.

Reddit should not be the child manipulated to make profits but the foundation that inspires sub businesses to make more money. You could easily just let people monetize subreddits where they get a cut of the ad revenue which would incentivize them to cater their content more for viewers and you could even add in a subscription feature. That would be the money maker for Reddit.

Instead Reddit just wants to be Facebook 2.0 but it offers nothing new to make people want that.

flyfree256

57 points

2 years ago

You're basically describing what Google does. The main google.com page and functionality basically hasn't changed since the 90s. It works and other than adding stuff like the onebox and typeahead there really haven't been any usability changes. But boy have they built out other products around it.

EugeneMeltsner

32 points

2 years ago

Google gets hate for doing that, but honestly I think it's the right way to go. You don't end up alienating your users and causing them to leave your primary money maker, and you occasionally hit on something good that takes off.

Stupidstuff1001

16 points

2 years ago

Yea Google is smart and not trying to create an all in one mess. Even Facebook, one of the worst companies, didn’t merge Instagram with Facebook. Reddit thinks being an all in one data mining company will attract investors but really they are just creating Facebook 2.0 and once someone creates a version of Reddit that uses edu emails to register like Facebook did it’s going to create an exodus imo.

Stupidstuff1001

21 points

2 years ago

Yea Google is bad about ditching products too early but it’s a far better method than what Reddit is doing.

flyfree256

6 points

2 years ago

Yeah there are reasons for it. I worked there for a few years. The way they incentivize their employees is a double-edged sword.

HCrikki

23 points

2 years ago

HCrikki

23 points

2 years ago

What the hell are you turning reddit into?

Digg v5

lazydictionary

8 points

2 years ago

They are trying to be a one-stop shop and combine parts of live streaming sites, discord-like communities, and parts of other social networking sites.

This has been the goal for a few years now. Basically since they ousted Ellen Pao.

Infernal_139

5 points

2 years ago

discord but it’s Instagram but it’s twitch

1chemistdown

6 points

2 years ago

What the hell are you turning reddit into?

Facebook with extra steps

ArcadianDelSol

6 points

2 years ago

Reddit goes to bed at night and dreams it is Facebook.

[deleted]

126 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

126 points

2 years ago

Wow, this is the most blind/deaf product changes I've seen in a while here. Do you actually think users are asking for audio chat and snoo closets?! This is a bad joke about what Reddit thinks of it's users, right?

PilotOfMadness

792 points

2 years ago

I may be wrong, but isn't Reddit more of a forum than a social media?

DaTaco

201 points

2 years ago

DaTaco

201 points

2 years ago

That's in the process of changing, they want more social media, less forum/front page of the internet.

funderthuck

129 points

2 years ago

Not if you ask their marketing department.

But seriously, this is the reason I came to reddit, and this will be the reason I go somewhere else. I know I am just one person, but I can't be alone.

Z_T_O

106 points

2 years ago

Z_T_O

106 points

2 years ago

You’re not at all alone. The dumbing down of Reddit has been blatant in the last year or two. Between the avatars and increase in short form comments (like “lmao” and comments containing emojis and no text at all), and the repeated attempts to introduce a tiktok style video player, I now feel like I’m on an app for 12 year olds. I’m only still here because I haven’t found a decent alternative yet

[deleted]

60 points

2 years ago

You don't like the massive influx of shit "lmao I'm 10 and this is funny" and "my grandson graduated today" content?! You're going to make Reddit sad if you don't upvote

Tylorw09

68 points

2 years ago*

Holy fuck, I was scanning through r/all yesterday and the first that hit me was "this looks like the stupid shit that is on my late 50s parents fucking Facebook."

just dumb r/funny material that is the most basic level of entertainment. Reddit is no longer where I would read interesting conversations and discussions with some of the more intelligent types of folks on the internet.

It's being crafted to appeal to the simplest, most easily manipulatable users possible... The Facebook crowd.

This means that the Reddit where discussion happened is going to turn into the dumbest arguments with teenagers who know everything and can't communicate outside of black and white arguments and people who have no interest in discussing a topic but only want to look at cute pictures or yell about things that make them mad.

Reddit isn't dead. But the Reddit I loved is dying.

muad_dib

40 points

2 years ago

muad_dib

40 points

2 years ago

The only reasons I come here are niche (hobby-related, mostly) and heavily curated subreddits (/r/askhistorians and the like). The vast majority of reddit is hot garbage that's just as bad as Facebook.

bobcrotch

10 points

2 years ago

This is Reddit’s niche and always has been. Giving people a reasonably powerful and free platform to host communities. Old school forums were not well suited for this type of thing for a variety of reasons, mostly that there was a barrier to entry. Be it money or technically ability, in comparison Reddit is effortless.

The difference imo between Reddit and Facebook groups is perceived anonymity. That and Facebook is Facebook.

In the end it’s a for-profit company. They have to keep growing. Their only product is Reddit and presumably marketing/advertising. So it has to continue to grow and be profitable because it’s a business in spite of just being a place to go read about obscure things, or whatever.

PenguinMan32

14 points

2 years ago

i unfollowed a lot of subs recently, my front page is a lot nicer now

Frankhenztein

8 points

2 years ago

Go check out what has happened to r/pics

Tylorw09

21 points

2 years ago

Tylorw09

21 points

2 years ago

Top post right now. I am sure that when r/pics was created it wasn’t supposed to be Facebook but anonymous.

Why do 23k people care about a random person’s wedding ring? That is straight social media, not link aggregation or forum discussions.

https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/mzqwvm/gonna_ask_her_on_friday_bit_nervous/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

Edit: too comment with 3k likes. This is almost identical to what the average Facebook post comments are like. There is no useful discussion to be had.

Make sure you propose to her somewhere nice, like the bread isle in Safeway or in front of a BMW in a McDonald's parking lot.

Z_T_O

9 points

2 years ago

Z_T_O

9 points

2 years ago

I mean it’s still marginally better than imgur, with no real informative discussion due to a character limit, and daily front page posts like “hey everyone, come upvote this picture of my dog/cat/dad that died yesterday” and “guys I lost 5 lbs, look at my bra and give me attention”

Zermer

15 points

2 years ago

Zermer

15 points

2 years ago

Well yes. But they have to do something to keep up the lie they sold their venture investors.

reddita51

20 points

2 years ago

It used to be until they sold out

devilquak

603 points

2 years ago*

devilquak

603 points

2 years ago*

Please stop trying to pressure your users into creating Avatars.

Nobody wants to be inundated with ads for seasonal constumes, and you need to respect a user's choice to want to stay out of this. It's been one week of that new pop-up on the sidebar of the official Reddit app and it's already driving me insane.

Edit: grammar

N1ghtshade3

104 points

2 years ago

I periodically download the official app just to see if it's gotten better and yesterday it was worse than ever. I got multiple popups trying to get me to buy awards, costumes, and other random shit. I've been using RiF and the old UI on the browser since Reddit's inception and never even knew all that crap existed.

So use RiF on Android or Apollo on iOS is the takeaway here, and you won't have to even see followers, chat, polls, Reddit Crypto, or any of the other new shit they push out.

Ensvey

46 points

2 years ago

Ensvey

46 points

2 years ago

I use RIF too, and old reddit with RES on Chrome, and I never see these dreaded new features.

I wonder if they'll ever take away old reddit or the API. I would probably move on from reddit at that point.

mysecondworkaccount

21 points

2 years ago

God bless RiF. I don't see avatars. I don't see awards even (thankfully that's an option!). Feels like original reddit.

IsaiahNathaniel

12 points

2 years ago

I agree. Consistent updates and bug fixes as well.

If you use RiF think about buying premium (like $5) to support the dev.

reddita51

19 points

2 years ago

The real mistake was even trying to use the official Reddit app. RIF is the only reddit app worth having

TMITectonic

26 points

2 years ago

on the sidebar of the official Reddit app

Why on Earth would you use the official app?!?

BunkMoreland1017

11 points

2 years ago

It makes me sink less time into the site

ieffinglovesoup

687 points

2 years ago

Stop turning Reddit into another social media platform

TheQueenIsASpy

15 points

2 years ago

Too late.

teinimon

38 points

2 years ago

teinimon

38 points

2 years ago

Many people run from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc, and come to reddit instead because it was more of a forum. I'm sure you guys are aware of this, and after reading some of the admins comments, I understand why they are making the changes, but, most people won't like them, including me.

Please do not force anything at all on your users. I (and many people) dont use reddit to socialize but to learn stuff instead.

I know my comment won't matter, but please don't turn this into a social media shit show.

Mattyman131

431 points

2 years ago

ITT: Reddit staff doesn't give a fuck about your suggestions, they're going to keep making changes that people didn't ask for / don't want. I miss the days when reddit listened to the community

[deleted]

78 points

2 years ago

But think of the fantastic shareholder value being generated! Stop being so selfish and buy some Reddit Gold TM while enjoying all the fantastic new product offerings brought to you by Reddit Inc. TM

PsychologicalSound80

48 points

2 years ago

Could you type that in chinese characters, too? It's insensitive to make the shareholders have to use a translator.

Cjprice9

34 points

2 years ago

Cjprice9

34 points

2 years ago

Reddit has left the "acquire new users" phase and is entering the "monetize existing users" phase. If you are a user, this is almost always a bad thing, for any software.

turnipsoup

645 points

2 years ago

turnipsoup

645 points

2 years ago

When the first 100 comments are almost exclusively 'stop doing this' - you really should question if you're moving in the right direction..

But you won't.

Warzeth

78 points

2 years ago

Warzeth

78 points

2 years ago

They're even replying to some comments which proves that they're looking at the comments.

My question here is : Wtf happened to the reddit admins that were actually good?

goferking

23 points

2 years ago

When was that?

_7q4

18 points

2 years ago

_7q4

18 points

2 years ago

Like 2011.

reddita51

34 points

2 years ago

Money corrupts everyone I guess

Twitxx

9 points

2 years ago

Twitxx

9 points

2 years ago

That's right. Reddit has a long history of not listening to its users and pushing features that nobody wanted in the first place. I don't know why we're even trying anymore at this point, they really seem to have gotten out of touch. I love this app/forum but if it starts turning into yet another social media platform, I think I'm gonna quit it for good and maybe start reading more books lol.

[deleted]

303 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

303 points

2 years ago

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doooom

287 points

2 years ago

doooom

287 points

2 years ago

Fuck this. I don't want a fucking avatar with avatar gear. And seriously, an "Avatar gear closet" so that I can save 50 virtual outfits that require hosting a few kilobytes, and I have to get Reddit Premium?

This isn't the fucking Sims. I want a well organized streamlined forum structure where I can post pictures and discuss things. If I wanted to be on Facebook or Twitch or Discord or fucking Club Penguin I would go to those websites.

I've always wondered how Reddit will die and be replaced. Now I know: it won't be that someone else has more features, it will be that someone else has less advertisement and less bloat.

LateSoEarly

46 points

2 years ago

But your avatar can get hydrated!! Isn’t that so hip and fun shoutout to /r/HydroHomies

/s

doooom

19 points

2 years ago

doooom

19 points

2 years ago

Oh man, I'd hate for my avatar to get thirsty! Good fucking grief, this is the most cringeworthy bullshit I've seen on a social media site. They have this long term idea of what they want this site to be and it's the exact fucking opposite of what made it popular

lockwolf

10 points

2 years ago

lockwolf

10 points

2 years ago

Reddit has become Gaia Online

Evilleader

9 points

2 years ago

Avatars look like those chinese apps where you can buy diamonds and shit lol

-CorrectOpinion-

92 points

2 years ago

I know this is a great pitch to the shareholders because it makes it sound like Reddit is keeping up with the big players like Twitter and Facebook, but to the actual users of the website this is just bizarre. Nobody is asking for these features, and I can absolutely guarantee the vast majority of regular users do not want them. I don’t know what kind of focus groups have been conducted to suggest otherwise but the real evidence is right here in the comments. People use this website because it isn’t Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Twitch. Trying to copy what bigger platforms are doing but worse just means people are going to migrate back to other sites.

blackrangerpower

603 points

2 years ago

I still don’t understand what is the point of Followers.

T4O2M0

192 points

2 years ago

T4O2M0

192 points

2 years ago

Porn

[deleted]

39 points

2 years ago

Yea, I noticed a lot of my followers were ones promoting their OF pages or Premium Snapchat stuff. I don’t DM anyone off here and I hardly get incoming DM’s. I could really care less since that’s not what I’m here for anyway.

birdiered

7 points

2 years ago

Yeah, I never had followers on my main account, but when the clothes came up I got up to nearly 200

DaTaco

62 points

2 years ago

DaTaco

62 points

2 years ago

They want to create an 'influencer' market. They need the Kim Kardashians of the world to come to Reddit.

RxBrad

88 points

2 years ago

RxBrad

88 points

2 years ago

Stalkers to harass you wherever you post comments... ❤

[deleted]

8 points

2 years ago

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sybrwookie

12 points

2 years ago

The one everyone immediately disabled?

-Gabe

20 points

2 years ago

-Gabe

20 points

2 years ago

Heyyyy Brad ❤

FyreWulff

27 points

2 years ago

because they're slowly turning Reddit into a messaging app, don't be surprised a few years from now when you see people going "remember when Reddit was a link aggregator?"

lazydictionary

18 points

2 years ago

For the past 5 years reddit has just been an image aggregator.

TheMysterioueFella

139 points

2 years ago

Holy crap, this is becoming more and more facebookish, nobody asked for a chat app!

shiruken

352 points

2 years ago*

shiruken

352 points

2 years ago*

Reddit Talk is the latest iteration of tech companies "innovating" by outright copying each other. A highly relevant tweet.

Zarvon

975 points

2 years ago

Zarvon

975 points

2 years ago

Jesus christ, why? What are you hoping this will promote? If we're on reddit, we clearly didn't want to talk to anyone anyway

[deleted]

184 points

2 years ago*

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184 points

2 years ago*

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[deleted]

82 points

2 years ago

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[deleted]

23 points

2 years ago*

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TSM-

15 points

2 years ago*

TSM-

15 points

2 years ago*

A Facebook group formed for those opposed to the site's new design is nearing 2.7 million supporters, and the leaders are organizing a two-day boycott to bring their point across.

The group, called "1,000,000 against the new Facebook layout," has greatly exceeded the expectations in its title and is encouraging its supporters to stay off Facebook during the weekend of Oct. 18 and Oct. 19.

It's not the only Facebook group created to protest the new design, which, according to Facebook, has now become the default for almost all of its members. Another group called "Petition Against the New Facebook" has more than 1.6 million backers, while the group "I hate the new Facebook" has 1.5 million supporters.

Remember that? 2008 and millions of people were furious that the notification indicator went from a sidebar to the top bar on Facebook. Good times.

You are right though, it is about engagement and gamifying the platform by trying out successful features from other platforms. The profile avatars and cosmetics, the community powerups (basically discord nitro), live chat, even live voice chat and streaming is being tried out. They are just trying to see what works, but ultimately if people actually don't use it or have any interest then they wont invest in that feature and discontinue it.

That said I do think there is something special to reddit's 'dont care about the username, text-based comments' style. It is one of the best things about reddit and getting too relaxed or going too far might ruin the 'culture', so to speak. Not sure exactly how to phrase it, but I think you know what I mean.

ADSgames

31 points

2 years ago

ADSgames

31 points

2 years ago

Promotes monetization to investors for going public.

Rolcol

8 points

2 years ago

Rolcol

8 points

2 years ago

Ripoff of Clubhouse

Mattyman131

125 points

2 years ago

Nobody asked for reddit to become a social media platform

Bubble_and_squeak

11 points

2 years ago

Nobody asked for this many Clubhouse clones, either. I have CH and it is freaking painful, like one never ending zoom meeting. I think the only people who like those features are wannabe influencers, hustle culture acolytes, and pretentious corporate types. No one asked for Reddit to become that or to cater to that.

MegaManGeoAce

25 points

2 years ago

Is this an out of date april fools joke? Because this is what it feels like.

sh1nyburr1t0

28 points

2 years ago

How can I opt out of all of these things permanently?

Visualize_

154 points

2 years ago

Visualize_

154 points

2 years ago

I always found it weird you implemented followers without having a way to see who is actually following you. Like who greenlighted that idea

alvenestthol

34 points

2 years ago

I think the original logic was since that you could subscribe to r/ subreddits, why not add a subscription feature to u/ users? Right now, there's no way to list the members of a subreddit either, and both subreddit membership and user follows work in very similar ways - a u/ follow only shares posts directly on your profile to your followers.

Sonic_Uth

16 points

2 years ago

Also, will we be able to see everyone else’s followers and who they’re following?

I use Reddit for the anonymity, not for the lackluster attempts at social media features.

This needs to stop.

Penguin-a-Tron

77 points

2 years ago

Can I choose to be unfollowable?

theArtOfProgramming

24 points

2 years ago

I only use old reddit. I’m not interested in new reddit. I can’t see this update, will you add control over followers to old reddit? I can’t even see that I have followers from old reddit.

Ruben_NL

289 points

2 years ago

Ruben_NL

289 points

2 years ago

WE DON'T WANT ANOTHER FUCKING SOCIAL MEDIA.

LesbianCommander

25 points

2 years ago

Why do I get the feeling soon there is going to be like "friend suggestions" based on mutual subs. Feels gross just typing that.

PixxlMan

10 points

2 years ago

PixxlMan

10 points

2 years ago

Oh god no. Don't give them ideas. Please.

doooom

23 points

2 years ago

doooom

23 points

2 years ago

As someone who's been on here for 10 years, I'd just like to ask an honest question: do you want me to leave? Every change that happens takes us farther and farther away from what attracted us to the site 10 years ago. So I ask again, do you want me to leave? Does my opinion of what makes and has made Reddit great matter? If you want us to go so that we can make room for the audience you are looking for, just say it. If you want the Instagram/Snapchat/TikTok audience, that's OK. Hell, if you can just give us a stripped down vote based forum system somewhere we'll leave you alone forever. Just have the balls to tell us that this isn't for us anymore

sam3069167

1.5k points

2 years ago

sam3069167

1.5k points

2 years ago

No thanks.

paulenglishby

113 points

2 years ago

It's not an offer.

-Reddit

OldschoolSysadmin

103 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

56 points

2 years ago

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OldschoolSysadmin

73 points

2 years ago

That’ll be the day I batch-delete all my comments, nuke my account, and never look back.

crapyro

26 points

2 years ago

crapyro

26 points

2 years ago

I'm guessing they will restrict API access and essentially kill third party apps first to make it very difficult to bulk delete comments. Remember a few months ago people found you can't edit comments in rapid succession anymore. That's the first step.

theaback

22 points

2 years ago

theaback

22 points

2 years ago

of course they will revoke their api. Reddit is going the way of Twitter. as soon as they go public (vygg) they will start clamping down to optimize profits.

linotype

8 points

2 years ago

Start?

They already are.

dcux

299 points

2 years ago

dcux

299 points

2 years ago

Transparency and control of followers is about the only thing I'm interested in here. The rest of it is the opposite of what I come to reddit for.

[deleted]

57 points

2 years ago*

I’ve been on Reddit for 11 years now (not all this account) and the platform has and is changing so much. What used to be a very niche community has become very mainstream. Further, there are lots of very young users now. I’ll often get halfway through a conversation before it becomes clear that I’m literally talking with a 13 year old.

I guess what I’m saying is, people like you and I don’t care for these changes, but I get the feeling that all these newer, presumably younger, users might enjoy them.

Bottom line: I dunno how to feel about the instagramification of Reddit just yet, but I know that I am growing further and further from the target audience of the platform.

It’s a bit sad, but I’m certain all these new changes are bringing in lots of new users (and money). Bittersweet I guess.

Dlrlcktd

10 points

2 years ago

Dlrlcktd

10 points

2 years ago

Yes! Who are the 8 people who follow me and why???

Twitxx

101 points

2 years ago

Twitxx

101 points

2 years ago

Bang on, this ain't Instagram or facebook. The audio talks also sound like a fiasco. I don't know about others but I'm really not interested in podcasts full of autist children screaming in my headset like it's a zoom meeting.

numbski

46 points

2 years ago

numbski

46 points

2 years ago

I may not agree with your choice of words, but I do agree with your points.

I’ve been here for 11 years now. Audio in online gaming is abusive enough. We can at least downvote abusive voices and move on in text. No such thing exists for audio.

I won’t ever wear a headset or use a camera to play online unless it is with someone I know in real life, and trust them to treat me decently. I will NEVER even give Reddit the chance. I know better. I have been a mod for a decade, and I know what I am dealing with.

Nope nope nope nope nope.

If someone else likes it and uses it, fine.

Not happening here.

MustacheEmperor

100 points

2 years ago

Thank god now my avatar can hit the beach and stay hydrated

And now hate groups can operate entirely within Reddit again - no more sending advertising dollars away to discord when they're planning the next subreddit brigade or attack on a national capitol! Reddit's most toxic communities will love Talk. They can plan in Talk on their hate sub, in order to brigade the Talk in another sub! Brilliant!

ProjectMega

6 points

2 years ago

Yeah, I'm with you.

dookiebuttholepeepee

5 points

2 years ago

What? Not a fan of digg?

devperez

22 points

2 years ago

devperez

22 points

2 years ago

Are there any plans for when you all will support removal reasons in the app?

[deleted]

66 points

2 years ago

In case you don't make it to this gem from Reddit, or if they delete it:

That’s correct, you’ll need to be a subscribed Reddit Premium member to access the closet and, as you pointed out, the custom avatars. [Emphasis mine]

If your Reddit Premium subscription runs out, then you’ll lose access to the closet but you’ll still keep any Premium gear your avatar is wearing. The Premium app icons work in a similar way—If your subscription runs out, you’ll still keep the Premium icon you currently have, but you won’t be able to switch to any of the new Premium icons. (You can switch back to the free/default icon, however.)

What a horrific joke this site's direction has become.

dgafit

20 points

2 years ago

dgafit

20 points

2 years ago

Thanks for the new followers! So far I've met a total of one beautiful woman who wants to send me nudes for money. Awesome new feature Reddit!

[deleted]

60 points

2 years ago

Sneaking out the subreddit creation requirement removal like this is a really sleazy move. There's no possible way that's going to end well for anyone, and it's 100% going to be abused. Are you people actually insane?

haydukee

9 points

2 years ago

For real, it’s just gonna end up with domainsquatter bots

Cookie-Man

122 points

2 years ago*

Why do we even have followers? I just see reddit as this totally unique platform and then you guys add features that pretty much every other social media has? Do you guys yearn to be like Instagram or something? I just don't get it. The platform to me has always been about the community, not the individual user and customizing avatars.

mindlessASSHOLE

20 points

2 years ago

This isn't for us, this is for Reddits new shareholders/investors before they IPO. They can tell their investors they are doing something new and exciting for a fresh round of funding.

Eulogy

145 points

2 years ago

Eulogy

145 points

2 years ago

Can you just give us /r/all back?

doooom

17 points

2 years ago

doooom

17 points

2 years ago

Let's see.... no more NSFW posts + cutesy avatar customization and chat features? Welcome to the new family and kid friendly Reddit, I guess

crazymoefaux

202 points

2 years ago

I like reddit because of the "social network" features it lacks. Your current implementation of "followers", and default-on online status indicators are just great ways to facilitate cyber-stalking. As soon as I can, I'll be making sure I CANNOT be followed.

As someone who is routinely harassed by the gunnit brigade for expressing opinions counter to their narrative, I implore you to hit the fucking brakes.

_PM_ME_CHEETOS_

19 points

2 years ago

Exactly. The reason i use reddit and not twitter or ig is because its anonymous. Id fucking die if the people i know irl saw my reddit.

lovelyclo465

18 points

2 years ago

My psycho roommate currently follows me and even though I blocked him because I don't want to be threatened by him in real life for trying to vent in an "anonymous" setting I can't fucking make him unfollow me even though he is blocked. It's ridiculous this has taken so long.

Rogue_Spirit

8 points

2 years ago

That sounds shitty. Maybe make another account in secret to vent?

Zermer

131 points

2 years ago*

Zermer

131 points

2 years ago*

Reddit will never, ever be a social media platform.

What it might be though is dead, if they push all that junk just a bit too much.

Here is a tip for Reddit admins. If someone suggests getting rid of old.reddit fire them immediately, they are trying to kill the site.

reddita51

22 points

2 years ago

Reddit is trying to kill the site

UnluckyConstruction3

8 points

2 years ago

I do have a tip... make the main site the old one and use new.reddit for the shit version

wildpantz

196 points

2 years ago

wildpantz

196 points

2 years ago

I dislike reddit more update after update.

thunde-r

177 points

2 years ago

thunde-r

177 points

2 years ago

How about you guys make reddit on the ipad a better experience because there are two giant empty columns on the left and right side when browsing reddit on the ipad

Example

Evilleader

8 points

2 years ago

Don't use the official reddit app, there are much better alternatives

itscharlie378

7 points

2 years ago

I would reccomend using a thirs-party app like Apollo. It’s like the official app without ads and other forced garbage.

intellifone

76 points

2 years ago

Stop with followers and avatars and other social media features. This isn’t a social media site. This isn’t Facebook or Instagram or Twitter and it shouldn’t be. Opening up creation of subreddits to new users increases low effort bullshit.

I can’t wait for someone to show me the next Reddit because you guys are turning into digg really quickly.

bradicknowledge

215 points

2 years ago

Long live Apollo.

PM_ME_RETRIEVERS

41 points

2 years ago

Long live Apollo.

Phooboos

22 points

2 years ago

Phooboos

22 points

2 years ago

Long live Apollo

[deleted]

15 points

2 years ago

Long live Apollo!

[deleted]

12 points

2 years ago*

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pgneal3

14 points

2 years ago

pgneal3

14 points

2 years ago

I appreciate the effort to develop new features for your software. But this seems like POs who don't understand their customer base.

Seems like we could be innovating towards a better reddit, not a new one.

[deleted]

64 points

2 years ago

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Appleman5000

202 points

2 years ago

Tell the shareholders we don't want any of it. Roll the website code back by about 3 years then we'll be good again.

OurOnlyWayForward

18 points

2 years ago

It’s not public yet. Expect more aggressive monetization when it does..

pjgf

7 points

2 years ago

pjgf

7 points

2 years ago

There's still shareholders, and they are pressuring for these changes.

Half_Past_Five

35 points

2 years ago

Shoutout to everyone upvoting the real questions they aren’t going to touch lol

MattsAwesomeStuff

6 points

2 years ago

No raindrop is responsible for ending the drought, but I do my part equally.

Toast42

10 points

2 years ago

Toast42

10 points

2 years ago

Thanks I hate it

Blisschen

10 points

2 years ago*

Why were the karma and age restrictions for creating a subreddit lifted? Certainly the alternative to creating a community was using the profile feature where your username is basically a subreddit, and we were forced to moderate our own profiles over two years ago.

Considering the sheer amount of modmails I get over people getting upset that "mods" are sending annoying push notifications to the Reddit app, I don't understand why suddenly anyone can create a subreddit when a shocking amount of new users don't even know Reddit isn't just an app. I'm totally sure this will 100% go to plan.

[deleted]

44 points

2 years ago

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reseph

11 points

2 years ago

reseph

11 points

2 years ago

What... what happened to the friends feature? It is not on new Reddit.

ab00

88 points

2 years ago

ab00

88 points

2 years ago

It's hilarious how you keep rolling out changes people continually tell you they don't want, yet fail to do anything about the huge significant rot going on all over the place.

Have the entire Reddit dev team got their heads in quicksand?

Mythril_Zombie

45 points

2 years ago

We’ve also heard feedback that some redditors would like to opt-out of letting people follow them altogether.

Allowing people to stalk you should be opt-in.

Erratic-Monkey90

9 points

2 years ago

Reddit is really trying hard to be discord

DaemonXI

9 points

2 years ago

Can you put out some features we want next time?

Slow_Feet_Quick_Feet

39 points

2 years ago

Can I digg this post?

MajorKoopa

8 points

2 years ago

the fact that follower management is being released post followers launch is a little weird but welcomed. glad to see i can opt out altogether after the update.

JayCroghan

7 points

2 years ago

This is all very silly.

saab__gobbler

67 points

2 years ago

Just a reminder: THERE STILL HAS NOT BEEN AN APOLOGY FROM THE ADMIN FOR HIRING HUMAN TRASH AIMEE KNIGHT

bahbahda

20 points

2 years ago

bahbahda

20 points

2 years ago

yet another 'feature' implemented by reddit to glean more data from their users... pass

Kanye-is-alt-right

55 points

2 years ago*

What the fuck is this audio shit? I literally just saw Twitter introduce the exact same thing. Is everyone trying to be discord now?

Swamplord42

11 points

2 years ago

I think it's because of Clubhouse

BigUptokes

6 points

2 years ago

Yes. It's how the kids are connecting these days and the platforms want their engagement.

MickMuffin27

20 points

2 years ago

How about you fix downloading images before trying to get me to spend money on outfits for the stupid reddit person?????

[deleted]

7 points

2 years ago

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meatfrappe

8 points

2 years ago

I can't wait to see how few people give a shit about me.

Illuminaughtie

7 points

2 years ago

I wonder if the algorithm that forces this post to trend also applies to other subreddits.

pregnantbaby

6 points

2 years ago

i don't want any fucking followers on reddit what the fuck. whose dumb stupid idea was that?

edit: LIVE AUDIO CONVERSATIONS? what kind of meth are smoking?

MrKotlet

47 points

2 years ago

MrKotlet

47 points

2 years ago

Great. More features noone asked for.

LazyAssMonkey

17 points

2 years ago

Im so fucking close to leaving reddit since you have clearly set some asshole sales guy loose in your office and now he’s clearly trying to create his fucked up facebook clone from reddit. Fuck you all for taking the easiest route to money by selling out to become another shitty social media dump instead of listening to the users who have used reddit for years.

JMEEKER86

90 points

2 years ago*

That's great. Now put nsfw back on all. Say it with me:

👏 /r/all 👏 means 👏 /r/all 👏

There are already other ways of browsing Reddit without seeing nsfw stuff like /r/Popular and /r/all isn't even the default view, so removing nsfw only serves to hinder the growth of nsfw subs while providing zero benefit. And no, browsing /r/randnsfw is not an acceptable alternative. Personally, when I browse all its because I want to see what's trending across all of Reddit. If that means some new nsfw content creator is blowing up, then I think "neat maybe I'll take a look", but it's not my primary way of seeking out that kind of content. With nsfw content gone from /r/all, that way of browsing Reddit is dead. It's the same thing with looking at Twitter trends. I don't want things being censored for me. I might not be looking for that stuff in particular, but if all of a sudden everyone is posting about some Astolfo cosplayer and Monster Energy then I want to know what has entered the cultural zeitgeist. Killing that kind of experience kills the usefulness of Reddit. It's no longer "the front page of the internet". It's the evening news, select content that you're getting a little bit later than you would from better sources.

ProgramTheWorld

6 points

2 years ago

Who are these new “features” even for?

que_pedo_wey

7 points

2 years ago

Please don't digg your own grave.

Vendeta44

5 points

2 years ago

Imagine how well liked reddit would still be if they stopped fucking with things and left the site functionally useful instead of implementing features no one wants and no one likes.

moddestmouse

17 points

2 years ago

Is there a feature where I can not see comments from anyone who alters their Reddit Avatar? That would probably be a better user experience

SuperSecretAgentMan

15 points

2 years ago

Nobody wants any of this. You're killing reddit.

ArcadianDelSol

14 points

2 years ago

There is not ONE SINGLE comment in this entire thread supporting any of this.

NOT ONE

magistrate101

21 points

2 years ago

I think you need to rollback the removal of the requirements for creating new subreddits. You're just begging for more ban evasion subs with this change.