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Reddit's moderation changes lead to a call for new mods

July 29, 2023
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Reddit is actively seeking to replace moderators who were removed following their involvement in protests against high API access pricing. The removal of these moderators led to a backlash and complicated protests, including the temporary shutdown of thousands of subreddits. However, Reddit's approach in searching for new moderators has been criticized for failing to consider the complexities of moderating different subreddits and not retaining the knowledge of previous moderators.

Protests Against API Pricing:
  • Reddit's moderators engaged in protests over a sudden increase in API access pricing.
  • The protests led to a two-day blackout of over 8,000 subreddits, shutting down Reddit for three hours in June.
  • Protestors took other actions, such as making subreddits NSFW or altering their topics (e.g., 18th-century stylings in r/malefashionadvice).

  • Reddit's Response:
  • Reddit's initial response included threats to remove protesting moderators, which was followed by actual removals.
  • A Reddit employee, ModCodeofConduct, has been posting to various subreddits, asking for new volunteers.
  • Subreddits affected include r/IRLEasterEggs, r/donthelpjustfilm, r/ActLikeYouBelong, r/malefashionadvice, and r/AccidentalRenaissance.

  • Criticism of Reddit's Approach:
  • The company has been criticized for failing to address the specific needs and intricacies involved in moderating distinct and sometimes well-known subreddits.
  • There is concern that the knowledge and experience of previous moderators are not being passed down to the new recruits.
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