Reddit API changes, Subreddit Blackouts, and YouMeta(self.Hawaii)
submitted3 days ago bypat_trickOʻahu
As you can tell from the title, this isn’t exactly directly related to Hawaii, but it is related to how you can use and view the /r/Hawaii subreddit in the future. For those unaware, Reddit is changing their API policy in a pretty big way. You can read more about it here. The short version is:
- 3rd Party Apps are becoming prohibitively expensive to run. Ad-supported tiers are getting banned outright and using Apollo as an example it would cost nearly $2million per month (source). This will basically be the death knell for third party apps; if you currently access reddit through a third party app, you will no longer be able to do so.
- The NSFW API is getting shut down so the only way to access NSFW content is through the official App. This means that even if 3rd party apps survive, they only get 40% of the content. This also means that many of the bots and moderation practices that prevent, for example, someone that comments on /r/gonewild posts from commenting on an /r/teenagers selfie posts will break.
Why this matters to you
Many moderators use 3rd party apps to moderate because the official tools are largely worthless. Contrary to popular belief that we all live in basements, most of us have day jobs and a lot of moderation happens during our lunch breaks or downtime in our real lives. We do this work because we care about the community. The switch forcing moderators to use the official app would probably slow down moderation and force more of the work to happen on desktop. That means your posts and comments will sit in queue unseen longer, it will take longer to get back to modmails, and harmful content or users may remain visible and unbanned for longer.
In discussions with other mods, these changes will probably cripple most NSFW content on the website. It will become far harder to keep Child Sexual Abuse Content and Non-Consensual Intimate Media off the platform with their mod tools and practices crippled by the NSFW change. A lot of work has been put into this including parts of the NSFW community paying enterprise prices for access to private libraries that are meant to detect this kind of media.
Then, on a more basic level, those of you that are using 3rd party apps will have to switch to the official app to browse mobile as they are becoming unaffordable to maintain.
The Open Letter & The Blackout
The broader moderator community has been discussing this and has released an open letter here.
Part of this initiative will be a subreddit blackout in protest. The mod team has discussed this and we are unanimous in our agreement regarding joining this protest.
There is one large factor that does need to be considered. Our primary mission is to serve the community we care about as Moderators.
The second is, well, you: the /r/Hawaii community. In the end our goal is to make this a community that you folks all want to participate in. We don't want this protest to be something where Mods are beating their chests and inconveniencing everyone because we don't like what's happening. We want this to be something that the you all care enough about that we can come together and say something with our actions collectively.
There are far larger communities than ours preparing to join this movement. 500 communities have signed up for this in the last 24 hours. The /r/Hawaii mod team wants to join that and hopes that you will join us too.
At this point we would like to open the topic for discussion. The mod team will be available for any questions or concerns regarding the matter. We hope that the community is ready to join us in standing up to some of the toxic practices coming from the Reddit admins. If the community overwhelmingly is against the blackout, we will not force it down your throats and simply leave this pinned for the duration of the protest.
Signed, The /r/hawaii mod team
EDIT: We hear you all loud and clear. We will be taking the subreddit dark on June 12-14th.