On May 31, 2023, Reddit announced a policy change that will kill essentially every third-party Reddit app now operating, from Apollo to Reddit is Fun to Narwhal to BaconReader, leaving Reddit’s official mobile app as the only usable option; an app widely regarded as poor quality, not handicap-accessible, and very difficult to use for moderation.

In response, nearly nine thousand subreddits with a combined reach of hundreds of millions of users have made their outrage clear: we blacked out huge portions of Reddit, making national news many, many times over. in the process. What we want is crystal clear.

Reddit has budged microscopically. The announcement that moderator access to the ‘Pushshift’ data-archiving tool would be restored was welcome. But our core concerns still aren’t satisfied, and these concessions came prior to the blackout start date; Reddit has been silent since it began.

300+ subs have already announced that they are in it for the long haul, prepared to remain private or otherwise inaccessible indefinitely until Reddit provides an adequate solution. These include powerhouses like:

Such subreddits are the heart and soul of this effort, and we’re deeply grateful for their support. Please stand with them if you can. If you need to take time to poll your users to see if they’re on-board, do so – consensus is important. Others originally planned only 48 hours of shutdown, hoping that a brief demonstration of solidarity would be all that was necessary.

But more is needed for Reddit to act:

Huffman says the blackout hasn’t had “significant revenue impact” and that the company anticipates that many of the subreddits will come back online by Wednesday. “There’s a lot of noise with this one. Among the noisiest we’ve seen. Please know that our teams are on it, and like all blowups on Reddit, this one will pass as well,” the memo reads.

We recognize that not everyone is prepared to go down with the ship: for example, /r/StopDrinking represents a valuable resource for a communities in need, and the urgency of getting the news of the ongoing war out to /r/Ukraine obviously outweighs any of these concerns. For such communities, we are strongly encouraging a new kind of participation: a weekly gesture of support on “Touch-Grass-Tuesdays”. The exact nature of that participation- a weekly one-day blackout, an Automod-posted sticky announcement, a changed subreddit rule to encourage participation themed around the protest- we leave to your discretion.

To verify your community’s participation indefinitely, until a satisfactory compromise is offered by Reddit, respond to this post with the name of your subreddit, followed by ‘Indefinite’. To verify your community’s Tuesdays, respond to this post with the name of your subreddit, followed by ‘Solidarity’.

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