As some subreddits continue blackouts to protest Reddit's plans to charge high prices for its API, Reddit has informed the moderators of those...

As some subreddits continue blackouts to protest Reddit’s plans to charge high prices for its API, Reddit has informed the moderators of those subreddits that it has plans to replace resistant moderation teams to keep spaces “open and accessible to users.”

Edit, there seems to be conflicting reporting on this issue:

While the company does “respect the community’s right to protest” and pledges that it won’t force communities to reopen, Reddit also suggests there’s no need for that.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2023/6/15/23762501/reddit-ceo-steve-huffman-interview-protests-blackout

Elysium
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Glad I left Reddit tbh, so far Lemmy/the Fediverse seems to be way better.

@bouncing@partizle.com
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I’m tempted to say it’s better, but, unfortunately, in many ways it’s not.

What Reddit had, most of the time, was semi-canonical communities. There was /r/python, /r/linux, /r/privacy, etc. The diaspora of Lemmy is a shadow of all of that. Surely, there are a dozen or so (at least) /c/python communities on Lemmy, but is there a single one that’s anywhere near as active as the Reddit one? No. Not so far, at least.

And unfortunately, I can say as an instance admin, the lemmy moderation tools are just flat bad. We had to turn off open registration and enable email verification, not because we would otherwise need it, but the Lemmy moderation tools are 100% reactive and only operate on a 1-by-1 basis. If a spambot signs up 100 fake accounts, I have to go and individually ban each and every one of them. There’s no shift+select, ban.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad to be here, and Lemmy’s great, and there’s far less toxicity (so far). All I’m saying is, (1) there’s work to do, (2) don’t gloat.

@drlecompte@discuss.tchncs.de
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We’re not there yet, imho, but Reddit definitely feels like damaged goods, and the atmosphere has gotten toxic and polarized. So I think we’re going to see a slow decline, unless they somehow get their community management back in order, but the recent comments by the CEO seem to suggest he sees the community as cattle, basically.

@rjh@lemm.ee
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Reddit was pretty unpolished when I joined 13? years ago. There is something awesome about being on a frontier where posts are getting 20 comments instead of 2,000. Everybody gets a chance to contribute and be heard.

I like the concept, and so far I like the implementation, but it’s still far too early to gain mass adoption based on what I’m seeing from bugs (account creation silently failed on multiple instances, and login can also silently fail) as well as how registering can feel like jumping through hoops. I wanted to register for beehaw but don’t much care to go through an interview process. Then I wanted to make sure I could access beehaw content, but saw they recently defederated from lemmy.world and sh.itjust.works, so I had to make sure not to register on either of those.

I don’t know this will catch on. Currently each instance is so small, and the communities are even smaller. I worry that content won’t update often enough to warrant checking more than once or twice a day. We’ll have to wait and see how much this all grows and matures. I’d like this to be my Reddit replacement, but we’ll see.

@AmScream@beehaw.org
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How many people think any such “election” Reddit holds will be a sham?

Chris Koss
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I have no faith that spez won’t add fake votes to his preferred candidate

Eddie Lucitt
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I feel like normie fed-based socials need to start going live like bluesky so people can finally get off these shitty platforms. We need a leader in the federation space.

Plume (She/Her)
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…and the subreddit rebellion has been foiled. The remaining locked subreddits will be hunted down and defeated!

The attempt on my credibility by the Apollo dev has left me scarred, and deformed. But I assure you: My resolve… has never been stronger!

In order to ensure the profitability and continuing advertising…

REDDIT, WILL BE REORGINIZED…

INTO THE FIRST…

GALACTIC ADVERTISING PLATFORM!

FOR A SAFE, AND PROFITABLE WEBSITE.

— u/spez to potential investors. Maybe. Probably. Might be slightly paraphrased.

@AndrewZabar@beehaw.org
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I mean… did you even ask his permission before just ripping his words verbatim for your own post?

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This is too emotionally intelligent to be u/spez

DylanMc6
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Steve Huffman should resign.

Copylefty
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CEO is beholden to shareholders. He would be replaced with someone tasked with doing the same thing.

Capitalism

Cylinsier
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Would still be poetic justice. Remember when they threw Ellen Pao under the bus? They forgot to hire a scapegoat for this round of unpopular decisions.

Reposting a comment that applies here:

Yeah, moderating a large sub isn’t as shake-and-bake as the admins seem to think. They might “hire” scabs, but the scabs are probably going to slack off pretty hard and might not even understand the tools and procedures that can make it effective but not stifling to content.

livejamie
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I don’t think they care? As long as they can pump the communities with ads so they can IPO.

@fiah@discuss.tchncs.de
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can’t pump the community with ads if the community gets overrun with content offensive to those advertising companies

BattleOften
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201Y

Alright! Time to Boaty McBoatface this thing.