Reddit is pressuring subreddits to reopen by replacing moderators and it's working

Reddit has informed subreddits that the 'expectation here is communities reopen' and that new mods will be appointed if the blackout isn't ended.

1 minute & 30 seconds read time

Reddit is getting many subreddits back online after informing moderators that the company would appoint new moderators to reopen the subreddit if the blackout isn't ended.

Reddit is pressuring subreddits to reopen by replacing moderators and it's working 321

Thousands of subreddits went dark after Reddit announced new pricing for its API, which directly affects third-party developers that create tools and apps using Reddit's data. These new pricing changes made it impossible for popular third-party apps such as Apollo to operate, as it would cost the app $10 million a year for Reddit's API. Additionally, many volunteer moderators take advantage of third-party tools to make their job of moderating the subreddit much faster and more efficient. Some of these tools would now no longer exist.

Now reports indicate Reddit is pressuring moderators of subreddits that are still protesting the API changes. According to an employee of Reddit, who spoke to a moderator of a subreddit, Reddit's "expectation here is that communities reopen," per a moderator of r/DIY. According to the moderator, the fear is that Reddit will replace the moderators with new people that "don't care about the subreddit the way we do", running the risk of the entire subreddit being ruined.

Other subreddit moderators have expressed a similar sentiment that the communities cannot stay closed, with moderators from r/harrypotter writing, "keeping the community closed is not an option", despite the community voting to remain closed. The same goes for moderators of r/homeimprovement, with the admin writing to moderators, "to be very clear, you cannot remain closed, so we need to know if any mods here wish to participate in opening the community."

Currently, more than 2,600 subreddits are dark.

Buy at Amazon

Diablo IV - PlayStation 5

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
Buy at Newegg
* Prices last scanned on 9/29/2023 at 3:28 am CDT - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

Jak joined the TweakTown team in 2017 and has since reviewed 100s of new tech products and kept us informed daily on the latest science, space, and artificial intelligence news. Jak's love for science, space, and technology, and, more specifically, PC gaming, began at 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of typical FPS, Jak holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

Newsletter Subscription

Related Tags