What next for Reddit's time-traveling alien?
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Steve Huffman (more like Steve Huffspaint) should resign as CEO of Reddit.

That won’t change anything. The financial incentives from investors driving this will demand similar policies even if they get redressed in different marketing.

i like Steve Huffsglue better.

VinceUnderReview
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Ya there’s nothing wrong with Huffing men.

I may be missing something, but the article completely loses the thread when it starts grousing over "why won’t the 3Ps pay up? " Because even if they pay, NSFW content is still not available for users. Reddit is attempting to force third party devs to charge for an inferior product, which is obviously untenable for all parties.

@Kushi@lemmy.world
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There’s also been a lot of misinformation and misunderstandings going on regarding the blackout, which doesn’t help.

@DarkWasp@beehaw.org
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I agree, the Verge’s coverage has been much better on this subject. It isn’t about not paying for use, it’s about a reasonable price that isn’t so exorbitant to essentially bankrupt them and make them go away. Christian has addressed this point several times already.

Regardless of whether or not anything serious happens to Reddit, it’s just not the same for me anymore and I won’t be going back. I can see the vibe and audience further shifting ala Twitter. It’s too big to just fail, Digg, MySpace and other older sites still exist, they’re just shadows of themselves now.

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That wont happen I dont think. Louis Rossman explained it quite well. The API pricing is not meant to be fair market price. Its a fuck you price. Basically reddit wants to kill 3PA but doesnt want to outright state it does so it doesnt seem as such a bad guy. Case in point: people who think the blackout might make them rethink their pricing. Now I wont say it 100% wont because everything is possible and no one really knows what will happen in the future, but since the beginning it seems the move was not “lets get some cash for API calls” but “lets kill 3PA without looking like an ass”

Exactly. There is no winning here, but at a minimum, another corner of the internet grows that isn’t controlled by a singular entity. That should be real goal along with moving away from Reddit.

It’s just a small multi-time fee of 500 morbillion dollars, jeez, just pay the redditorino CEO a fair price, you 3rd party bullies.

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Support style subs will continue to operate, reopen, or stay open. Heart conditions, addictions, etc. Until those groups are created in Lemmy, there is no way those users will go. And if there are those that scrap their account on Reddit, they would likely create a lurker account there just to participate in those subs

@Lance_Zoldyck@lemmy.pt
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yep, those subs will see a slower fade as their users need to make sure that there is a platform to assist them alongside their mod team, be it here or in other platform, 100% understandable

I’m getting used it here and Kbin and that’s all it took for me to leave Digg back in the day.

@JunkMuffler@lemmy.one
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That’s the thing that kills me. There was a time when Digg was the king. Also for a while Slashdot. We left before and we can leave again.

I am liking Lemmy so far.

@Vorticity@beehaw.org
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I feel like this thread is a circlejerk. I agree that reddit screwed up bad, but there is a difference between now and the migration from Digg to Reddit. When that migration happened, Reddit was already reasonably sized with active communities. I’m trying to move to Lemmy but I don’t feel that it has the vibrance that Reddit did when Dogg died.

I’d love for this to bring Reddit to heel, but I don’t think Lemmy has the momentum needed just yet. Maybe some other parts of the fedivers does?

I’m going to keep trying to switch to Lemmy but I am skeptical that the momentum is there. Look at how many threads there are per day in the main news community… There isn’t enough buy-in…

Not only lemmy is not as big as reddit back in the migration days. But reddit is also not as small as digg in the migration days.

Were assuming that these migrations follow a set pattern but in reality each iteration has been slower and harder to materialize.

Take also into account that the UX is very different as well and not very casual friendly. Take also into account that in a span of a few hours a gigantic part of the community lost access to some of the biggest communities out of the blue because beehaw defederated world (it’s their right and choice but the UX impact still exists) . So some people might even be like “Yeah fuck this, I’ll just go back to my tried and true subreddit interface” others will be like "Why do I bother posting content in X community if I might lose access to it later on if someone decides to defederate? "

Lemmy is pretty awesome and I’m liking it here. But to think we’re the “silent minority” of reddit is just not true. Vast majority a of casual users are like " why do you use a 3rd party app of there’s a reddit app and it’s OK…? "

I think the real test will be when these API rules go into effect at the end of the month. Will all these people who showed solidarity the last two days leave the site then, or will they just quietly download the official app and continue on?

@oreo@lemmy.world
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If people have to download a new app to replace apollo, sync, RIF, etc then they should download Jerboa and sign up to Lemmy. If you’re gonna have to get used to a different app interface nows the time!

I agree, but the whole “instances” and federation stuff can be overwhelming for the average user. As long as enough power users and content creators make the move, then Lemmy has a good shot long-term.

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I’m curious about the mod tools. Is it possible to moderate a small to medium sized subreddit without those tools? To me, the mods are the glue behind it all. If a subreddit goes off the rails because of bot spam and toxic/hate posts, people will just go elsewhere.

So if mods stop moderating because they don’t have access to their tools, this will likely happen at one point or another.

My guess is, the downhill has already started. The remaining users just aren’t annoyed enough to migrate yet, but when the spam wave hits every sub, they are going to find Lemmy a lot more appealing.

CleoTheWizard
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I think a good portion will do both frankly. Half will go elsewhere or reduce usage. Half will stay like nothing happened.

Curtain
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A 25% loss in overall user traffic would be a low number I think to an extent. This would be enough for the valuation of Reddit to drop. If anything, it would hurt spezs pockets.

🇺🇦 seirim
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It would hurt Spez’s job - that guy is on pace to get shitcanned.

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At the start of all this when Christian first posted I figured I would just use some sort of workaround like old.reddit in mobile browser; the official app and new reddit are non-starters for me, it’s just not how I browse.

However, in the days since I have been increasingly dismayed by Spez and the rest of the leadership response, a lack of interest in even engaging on the subject and outright hostility towards a community that has been dedicated to reddit for years. I can’t see myself going back there, it’s been poisoned for me.

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Joe B
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@wecalledhimmavis @TipRing Once they get rid of old reddit then I’m gone completely. Old reddit makes reddit bareable. I prefer mastodon and lemmy now. Only been on since the 12th and can say both are hands down better then Reddit

@KillaBeez@lemmy.world
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People are ADDICTED to Reddit. So much so that they are using Reddit as their primary resource to talk about how much they hate it.

Once the craziness around the API stuff dies down and it’s time to stop using Reddit for good, I’m willing to bet nearly all of these people cave in some way.

@teawrecks@sopuli.xyz
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Just look at all the people who claim to hate Musk and everything he stands for, but continue using Twitter like nothing changed.

@Kushi@lemmy.world
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I never realized how much some people rely on Reddit for social interaction. It’s truly fascinating. Also, their unwillingness to even consider using other platforms.

I’m sort of one of them? I mean I’m married, got my own place, now got a stable job etc, but I barely ever see my friends (all moved away), and my work friends from an old job I have just lost touch with.

Trying to replace the online social life with Lemmy, maybe something like IRC? Who knows.