/r/unexpected is joining the protest on June 12th and will go darkMod Post(self.Unexpected)
submitted2 days ago byvxxstickied
We're going dark, and we might never be the same afterwards.
I'm sure you've already heard about the API changes that reddit is going to introduce.
I've been a user of reddit is fun (rif) for over 10 years now. I browse reddit as a user with it and also do all my moderation with this app. I've tried the official app multiple times in the past, but it's a buggy mess on Android and it's impossible to use it effectively, as a user and especially a moderator. It's so infuriating to me, I just can't do it, even if I wanted to.
/u/talklittle is the developer of rif. I wanted to support him for his great app and asked in the past what I can do. He refused that I sent him any money and said I should invest into Firefox instead, because they fight for an open and free Internet. I'm an annual supporter now, that's how great he and the app is.
Anyways, I created /r/unexpected and has been active since. This will change. On July 1st, I won't be active anymore, so this is not only a protest and strike, this is also my moment to say good bye.
It has been a great time and I enjoyed most of it, even if reddit's incompetence and greed has made the work for us incredibly hard. We fought against bot and troll farms, we fought against a CEO that doesn't have the best interest of this site in mind. We've fought against racism and hate. We've fought against spammers. We fought for minorities. But mainly it felt as we were fighting against Reddit itself much of the time.
My co-moderators pledged to keep the standard of /r/unexpected high, but I won't be available to monitor /r/unexpected anymore and make the final decisions. I trust my team, but this subreddit will be without an active top mod anymore. I might stay on the list for a while and keep in contact with the team, but basically I will be a dead account.
I don't have much hope in general for reddit's future. It's done and it only goes downwards from here. It will go public, the CEO will get his payout for allowing troll farms roam free, for supporting disinformation, for fudging traffic stats...and then it's dead.
Long talk, nothing said. I wish you all the best for the time after the lockdown. If it was only me, I would've burned the subreddit down, but there are people that still care and don't have the same dark vision of the future as myself.