On June 30 came the fateful day for many Reddit users and app developers. On that day, all apps or extensions that made use of the Reddit API and did not pay the platform for it stopped working. With that, users lost many apps that allowed them to browse Reddit with many more features or with different designs, and moderators were left without many utilities that made their job much easier.
After several weeks and a lot of pressure from Reddit’s administration, many of the platform’s communities that went private in protest (with no access for normal users) have been reopening. Many, but not all. Some of the protesting subreddits remain private to this day, including one of the platform’s largest, which doesn’t exactly intend to back down.
r/malefashionadvice, a Reddit community that discussed men’s fashion and has more than 5 million followers, is not only inaccessible to the public, but also now recommends people who visit to join the community’s Discord server and Substack.
While Discord serves as the primary means of communication between the subreddit’s followers and its own moderators (who decided to shut down the community with user approval), allowing them to chat as if they were doing so on the subreddit, its Substack account is used to post fashion guides.
According to one of the subreddit’s moderators, who contacted The Verge, the community’s Substack is not intended “to be a subscription-based thing” (paid), but rather serves to keep the subreddit’s guides accessible to the community and maintain the format.
At the moment, both platforms do not have many users (2000 on Discord and 560 on Substack), but seeing the attitude of the Reddit administration, neither the moderators nor the community may miss coming back, at least as long as the platform does not change its attitude. Will other subreddits do the same?
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