cross-posted from: https://beehaw.org/post/411763

…to keep running as is.

creator of Apollo, a popular Reddit client for iOS, relays his talks with Reddit about upcoming ridiculous API pricing.

  • @dngrayM
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    I have to admit, I don’t really think I would use Reddit if old.reddit.com went away, the “new reddit website” is slow, and ugly, and fits very little content on the page. It seems it’s largely optimized for posts which contain shallow content like “cat pictures” memes and other rubbish not meaningful discussions. I appreciate RedReddit, due to the fact I can fit many posts on my screen. Reddit also requires quite a bit of moderation as there is a lot very low quality content posted there. It’s quite a tiring process.

    • @nigelinux@lemmy.ml
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      31 year ago

      Same, old reddit was fine on desktop, though still suck on mobile so I rely on Boost on my Android. There are some great communities on Reddit (patientgamers, bodyweightfitness, to name a few) that would be sad to lose.

      • @dngrayM
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        51 year ago

        I think fundamentally Reddit doesn’t give a shit.

        For them it’s likely about value of accounts, how much data they can sell, and they will hope that non-tech communities will carry people’s “addiction”. A bit like an abusive ex “you can’t leave me because you’ll lose XYZ” so now they’ve resorted to reining in anything that dare reduces or inhibits maximum revenue stream.

        • @ninchukaM
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          41 year ago

          I think they are trying to go public and getting all users on their official apps makes their evaluation higher I guess

          • @dngrayM
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            That is exactly the reason. The idea is to let someone else hold the bag, and “oh well” if they figure out they paid more for it than it was actually worth.

            I have to wonder how much Reddit will actually be worth when it’s just the site of cat pictures and crappy memes. The quality of Reddit dropped significantly when they changed all the default subreddits, this is going back to the days when “old reddit” was “normal reddit” (around that era).

        • @ef9357
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          21 year ago

          The mobile app and web UI native to Reddit is terrible and I hope they lose more money by doing this than they gain by their advertising scheme.

    • @Alexa
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      21 year ago

      I think a lot of people are in the same boat, whether it be old.reddit or a third party app. I am one of those myself and I have a really hard time using the new version of reddit on either their phone app or new website. Hence why I’m here along with a lot of other people.

  • @Darn7715
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    121 year ago

    Apollo is one of the best clients out there(for IOS). They’ll probably lose lots of mobile traffic if they decide to do this.

    • @jonahOPMA
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      101 year ago

      I would kill for Apollo to support a federated platform like this instead, and I hope he considers it. I use Apollo exclusively when accessing Reddit on mobile, and given the choice between it and literally anything else, I’d rather just stop using Reddit on my phone entirely lol

  • @redditrefugee
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    41 year ago

    I’ve been looking for a reddit alternative for years now. This just accelerated my forced migration.

  • @Mohamad20ZX
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    41 year ago

    I thinks that’s really sad to see reddit go down hill like this

    • @Paddltread
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      411 months ago

      I signed out of Reddit on the 12th and that was it for me. Unless people actually leave a boycott was/is an empty stunt and Spez knows a lot of people will stay regardless.

      I used 3rd party apps exclusively for an ad free nicely curated experience. Without that, it’s a turkey of a site and gets worse each year.

  • @paddirn
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    31 year ago

    I use Narwhal daily to access Reddit content and it took a lot of searching through various apps before I settled on that one. If they drop support for 3rd party apps, I’m out, the official app sucks. Can we just get Google Reader back? Everything started going wrong in the world after they discontinued that.

  • @Anon
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    31 year ago

    Infinity is (was?) so much better than the reddit official Android client. But if this keeps going all the 3rd-party clients will go defunct in one month’s time. Reddit be killin’ itself

  • goo
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    21 year ago

    I am planning on leaving once the changes kick in. No 3rd party apps to use, screw that the official app sucks.

    • @susgeek
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      11 year ago

      And even those who aren’t using the 3rd party apps are going to see much reduced participation in their favorite subreddits. It will definitely change the Reddit experience.