submitted 11 months ago by Cinner to c/mildlyinfuriating

I'm not sure if this is new, but when I clicked on the /r/pics protest post link from the frontpage here, I was redirected to this: https://old.reddit.com/premium

I'm not sure if this is well-known or not that they're pushing it now, but it's the first time I've seen it, especially on old.reddit.

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[-] dhork 91 points 11 months ago

The irony is that I was mentally prepared to have to pay for Premium to keep BaconReader. All they had to do was add an "API access" badge to that screen and none of this would have happened, plus they would have gotten a bunch more new sign-ups. I am at a loss to explain what Steve is thinking, nor why his decisions are better for profitability.

[-] [email protected] 51 points 11 months ago* (last edited 11 months ago)

Yeah, I'd gladly pay the sub for Apollo if reddit had decided to charge a modest price for the API and Christian could make a buck off it and reddit could also make a few bucks off me.

Reddit could've probably 5x'd or 10x'd the money they make off me that way, but now they 0x'd it.

[-] [email protected] 40 points 11 months ago

Same here. If they'd have just framed it differently and put the onus of paying for api access on the users (at a modest fee), almost none of the backlash would have happened.

Then I'd still be oblivious.

I prefer the world the way it was before all the consolidation. I like the ideals of the fediverse and want it to succeed.

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[-] _number8_ 87 points 11 months ago

just reminded me to cancel premium, thank you!!

[-] [email protected] 76 points 11 months ago

I mean, if they say "you have to pay 3 bucks a month to use 3rd party client" I would be annoyed but I would understand, and I would still be on reddit.

[-] [email protected] 42 points 11 months ago

I would have paid $3 a month to use a third party client. I don't want to pay $50 for bulk shit.

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[-] michikade 71 points 11 months ago

Premium’s been a thing for a long time, it used to be Reddit Gold several years ago. It also used to be cheaper, $3.99/mo but it went up multiple years ago.

They might be pushing it hard right now, though. Not sure. Maybe they’re trying to entice the people who were paying for 3PA features to pay Reddit instead or something.

I currently have premium, ad free is the only way Reddit is palatable even before all this went down and I bought it ages ago when I wanted to support a thing I used every day and also have had a couple awards that extended it, it expires in August. I won’t be renewing.

[-] justalyintometa 51 points 11 months ago

It’s funny because if they did something like require Reddit premium to use 3rd party apps I would understand and honestly just pay it. Now I’m here.

[-] TheGreyt 27 points 11 months ago

This would have been such a good idea, quite literally a win/win for both reddit and 3rd party apps however that would require Spez to actually be clever and willing to work with others instead of role playing a dollar store version of Logan Roy.

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[-] Fapper_McFapper 68 points 11 months ago

The Enshitification is in Ludicrous Speed.

[-] [email protected] 29 points 11 months ago

Reddit used enshitification. It was super effective!

[-] Alpacalypse 60 points 11 months ago

Man, I signed up reddit premium in like April because I wanted to support the site that I'd been using for 13 years. Just two months later, I've got so much regret lol

[-] MargotRobbie 49 points 11 months ago


You can always donate that money Lemmy devs instead.

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[-] ultimate_question 59 points 11 months ago

"The suckers we talked into giving us money for our crazy salaries over the past decade+ want a return on their investment so cough up"

[-] croobat 58 points 11 months ago

Leaving that garbage website was the best decision I've made for my mental health since pot

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[-] threeio 52 points 11 months ago

I actually -was- paying for premium for over 6 years… canceled now

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[-] [email protected] 50 points 11 months ago* (last edited 11 months ago)

"Pay us and we'll give you all this junk you never wanted in the first place"

I don't want more stuff - I want less of it. That's why I used RiF/old.reddit and that's why I'm now leaving.

[-] ComradePorkRoll 30 points 11 months ago

Honestly. Avatars? Coins? Awards? I just wanted to stay up to date with the world and have conversations with people about it every once in a while.

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[-] [email protected] 46 points 11 months ago

I tried to look at a reddit link via mobile web browser and it said something really stupid like.. we can't show you this on the web you need to use the app.

Dafuq? Hell no. I guess I'm not looking at it then. Jumped the shark, well and truly.

[-] daniskarma 41 points 11 months ago

Imagin paying for the privilege of generating free content for others to monetize.

[-] luminaree 39 points 11 months ago

Who the fuck cares about avatar gear and app icons?!

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[-] [email protected] 39 points 11 months ago

I've used reddit for a decade and never once did I feel that paying for it would benefit me.

[-] [email protected] 38 points 11 months ago

I canceled my premium a few days ago, I guess if they are charging apps millions for API access, why do I need to pay for premium to help Reddit.

[-] Art3sian 37 points 11 months ago

I would have happily paid $50 p/year for Apollo. I won’t pay $0.05c for Reddit.

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[-] [email protected] 37 points 11 months ago

Every time I think they can't go lower, they exceed expectations.

[-] chickenfish 37 points 11 months ago

I thought they were introducing something new among all this other bullshit but as soon as I saw it I realized that yeah, thats been around awhile.
As a fellow old.reddit user, none of this does me any good. My adblockers are sufficient, half the time I completely forget I have an avatar, and....i have no idea what the rest of that is. So thanks, but no.

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[-] BackOnMyBS 36 points 11 months ago

it's so evident that they're going to pump and dump the hell out of reddit, while some unknowledgeable investors are going to be left holding the bag. every move they make is a superficial show with no teeth. they're trashing reddit while dressing it up in designer clothes. it's blaring.

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[-] ghariksforge 35 points 11 months ago

I'm not paying for social media. Unless it's a donation to my server.

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[-] shandrakor 34 points 11 months ago

I opened jerboa and this was the top of my feed. I was extremely confused for much longer than I'd like to admit.

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[-] mightyfoolish 34 points 11 months ago

Paying an optional subscription fee is a great idea. It helps pay for servers and personal.

Paying to give special rewards is a horrible idea. The wealthiest can now decide which opinion is best. Everyone wants to reply to the rewarded comments to be more visible for upvotes. It's terrible.

[-] threeio 33 points 11 months ago

I actually -was- paying for premium for over 6 years… canceled now

[-] solidsnake2085 32 points 11 months ago

"exclusive avatar gear" I didn't even know there are avatars on Reddit. I've been using Sync for so long I never knew they added them.

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[-] Marduk73 32 points 11 months ago

$50/yr and you get... Nothing i care about.

Avatars, coins, app icon im not interested at all. No ads isn't necessary as none ever appear on my feed. Literally zero need for premium. But but you have access to r/lounge! < Wanking gesture>

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[-] [email protected] 32 points 11 months ago

I had add free browsing on RIF u mother fuckers.

[-] jetsetdorito 24 points 11 months ago

I kind of understand reddits problem with that part though, if they would have allowed third party apps with Premium, or added a "premium lite" API access tier for like $2 I think this would have gone over better

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[-] Annoyed_Crabby 30 points 11 months ago

That's not new, they add this a few years ago after changing "gilded" to multi-tier award, which cost spez-buck, which you can get from either buying it like pay2win game or get this premium, and they will give you some spez-buck each month.

What infuriate me more is they didn't have regional pricing, so reddit premium cost more than youtube premium in my country, which provide better content and all of what i subbed is OG content.

I can't find myself paying monthly for internet regurgitator.

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[-] [email protected] 28 points 11 months ago
[-] [email protected] 28 points 11 months ago

I'm just shocked at how bad that offer is, 6 dollars a month just for ad free browsing? Damn. All the other "benefits" seem completely worthless to me.

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[-] mercano 26 points 11 months ago

I canceled by Premium subscription when they canceled my third party apps.

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[-] MargotRobbie 26 points 11 months ago

Once upon a time, I thought Reddit had the best, least intrusive way of doing ads, since they are essentially just pinned post and you can upvote/downvote and comment on them like any other posts, so the advertiser had to actually try to make good content like anybody else.

But the advertisers don't want even a remotely level playing field, they just want to throw money at reddit to get eyeball on their product, and reddit obliged, thinking the most valuable about reddit to advertisers is the amount of info they can scrape from your profile to personalize your ads, not realizing the most valuable aspect of ads on reddit IS the human aspect of direct community engagement.

Which is one of the reason why TikTok started off so well, because they FORCED companies to make good content for their ads to be seen and engaged with. But now by having the companies close the comments on their ads they are slowing going down the same path as well.

[-] IrrationalNumber 25 points 11 months ago

I was listening to the interview with the dev of Apollo on John Gruber’s podcast and they brought up the idea that if Reddit wanted to monetize 3PA users, then force them to get a premium subscription. If all I needed to do was pay $50/year to surf reddit comfortably, I would probably do it in a heartbeat tbh

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[-] [email protected] 24 points 11 months ago

Wow, it was $29.95 a year. I canceled mine the other day and deleted my accounts today. Fuck Reddit.

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