Is it time to reopen the subreddit?
from to on 25 Nov 2023 12:04

Today I checked the pmos sub and was quite surprised it was closed. And for what reason? API change is ancient history.

Clearly, the protest amounted to nothing and frankly once I figured out that reddit api change wasn’t about preventing foss apps, but about squeezing paid apps out of the market, I didn’t care about it at all.

What’s important for any project is the community, and reddit is simply the only place where such community can grow. So why not open it back up?


threaded - newest on 25 Nov 2023 12:07 next collapse

are you saying FOSS apps can be created and freely use the reddit api, with no cost? Thats news to me on 25 Nov 2023 12:09 collapse

as far as I know, redreader which is a foss app, wasn’t affected by reddit’s fees/api change on 25 Nov 2023 12:12 next collapse

RedReader has strong accessibility features and was given an exemption for that. on 25 Nov 2023 12:24 collapse

Okay, I was not 100% accurate on that, maybe even completely wrong, but that’s beside the point. The point is, protest amounted to nothing, and I do not think that it is beneficial for potential community growth to have the subreddit dead. on 25 Nov 2023 12:32 collapse

I agree with you, though an argument can be made that might make (some) users look for alternative communities like the one here in Lemmy… but it might backfire also.

People want choice, yes, but after having chosen they do not like to change.

Personally I don’t mind change when it is for the better, but as much as it pains me I’ve been thinking about the communities I haven’t visited in Reddit. Don’t get me wrong, Reddit is still a shithole but there are strong communities there for specific subjects that should not be abandoned or destroyed, we need to lure them to move out of Reddit. on 25 Nov 2023 12:38 collapse

we need to lure them to move out of Reddit

I really don’t think it’s possible. Reddit’s strength is that basically everyone is already on reddit. If someone has an odd question about specific topic, they can pretty much instantly find a community and solve their issue. I guess you can lure the core of the community: regulars and contributors, but when people like me have some minor interest in something, it’s highly unlikely they’ll go out of their way to register somewhere else to ask a question. on 25 Nov 2023 15:22 next collapse

But the alternative of splitting the community and reopening the Reddit bad on 25 Nov 2023 15:43 collapse

I’m looking at the stats of this community and I gotta say 3 users / day, 38 users / 6 months is negligible even compared to small community on reddit. I don’t really think it would split anything. on 25 Nov 2023 15:48 next collapse

That’s just on your instance, those stats haven’t been made to federate. on 25 Nov 2023 16:37 collapse

I see the same numbers when I look at and

Only the number of subscribers, posts and comments differ. Anyway, it’s still order of magnitude away from what was possible on reddit. on 25 Nov 2023 16:45 collapse

Huh, you’re totally right. I didn’t realize that had gotten implemented. Thanks for the correction! on 06 May 22:42 collapse

I’d say that that makes it more probable. on 06 May 22:44 collapse

It worked for me. I came here instead of Reddit, which would have alternatively been my primary choice. on 25 Nov 2023 12:12 collapse

Redreader was given a specific exemption. So thats specific to a couple apps and not a general rule

In response to user outcry, Reddit introduced exemptions for developers of “non-commercial apps that address accessibility needs.” Rathschmidt confirmed that two apps, Dystopia and RedReader, have received exemptions, and the company is in talks with “a number of developers focused on accessibility.”…/reddit-disability-accessibility-bl… on 08 Feb 2024 08:37 next collapse

No. on 08 Feb 2024 09:46 collapse

You just replied to a two-month old post. What a booming community! Clearly, leaving reddit vitalized it so much. on 06 May 22:45 collapse

You shouldn’t criticise someone because they were late to a discussion. on 23 Mar 2024 00:04 next collapse

I for one ditched Reddit long ago and am never going back. Not for any project. If they want to have a sub reddit then fine but they better have FOSS options ike Lemmy as well. on 06 May 22:43 collapse

I’d like it opened for new users to be able to participate there without a Lemmy account, but there’s a cost-benefit ratio to everything, and the additional moderation burden and potential fragmentation of the small community appears to outweigh the benefits. Additionally, a lack of choice paralysis can be quite a significant advantage.