The gist of the gist is this: Reddit is “going public” soon, or they hope to. In the past year they’ve been cleaning out their closets. One way was hiding the NSFW stuff to where you had to know where to look for it (it used to flap on the Popular sub winds. Now, while there’s ways to easily find it, you gotta “know” how to filter for it).
The biggest way though has been slapping around developers who use APIs. These devs use APIs to basically make Reddit “better” on a mobile level. Most folks seemingly use their phones for Reddit and I’ve been told the official app is just pure garbage. I use old.reddit.com, which is a bare bones version of Reddit, and it’s super fine to me.
This is where things get funky. Reddit claims devs like Apollo is basically hogging API resources. There’s disputes about this, but Reddit is basically going “hey, if you continue to go down this road, you gotta pay…$20 million a year.”
The Apollo dev did the math and realistically it should be a fraction of that, but more importantly, could never even sniff that type of money. Their “cut” is drastically less than what it would take to pay Reddit, who seemingly asked for a number SO HIGH that nobody could reach it unless they were aggressive in making it happen, or was a big of a site as Reddit. He also released a bunch of notes/conversations with the Reddit folks, as I guess you don’t need to dislose privacy in Canada.
Why do all these mods care? Modding a site like Reddit is unpaid. They have Admins who are paid, to note, who the mod report to. Since the stuff is unpaid they’d rather use API functions that make their lives easier. Reddit shaking down the heavy API users means that the mods gotta do more work in an unpaid position. That’s the crux of the outrage. They also claim its for accessibility reasons, but truly, it’s Reddit not paying these mods, and now making these unpaid mods work (harder) to do their jobs.
I side with the mods who are shutting down shop, but think it’s silly to claim to the world that you’re protesting from X to Y, as it’s going to be super easy for folks to find stuff to do for two days. The wrestling sub mods seemingly went the more smarter route of doing it “indefinitely”, which I support much more…but will now have to lean on this forum for my news as I don’t use other social media sites.
Hope that is a good recap for you. All in all, it makes sense to me, and I understand why everyone is rallying behind this Apollo app guy, but I feel if you’re going to boycott…you boycott quietly (and not in a fashion where your “bosses” know when you’re not showing up for an unpaid job)