June 17, 2024

Amid Crackdown, Reddit Lowers Requirements for Users to Build a Subreddit

While pressuring volunteer moderators for protesting the company, Reddit is lowering the requirements for users to take over inactive or abandoned subreddits.

The body Announced(Opens in a new window) the change to r/RedditRequest, where users can request to become a moderator on inactive forum pages, known as subreddits. “Previously, your account needed to be at least 90 days old and have 500 combined karma to request a subreddit. The requirement going forward will be a 28 day old account and 100 karma comments,” said a Reddit administrator.

Being a moderator allows you to control the content on a subreddit, including imposing rules, removing posts and banning users. Thus, lowering the requirements to take over inactive subreddits resource(Opens in a new window) they could be controlled by less qualified users or even bad actors.

“People with 28 day accounts probably don’t have as much module experience,” write(Opens in a new window) one user in response to the change.

“Let’s also not forget the bad actors who may be running good subreddits,” write(Opens in a new window) another user. “What if, for example, an LGBT subsidiary is abandoned or less active and a homophobic or transphobic person who created their account takes it and uses it to harass the LGBT community?”

In the past, users(Opens in a new window), trolls(Opens in a new window)and even hackers(Opens in a new window) have accepted existing subreddits using r/RedditRequest. “Everyone knows that Reddit is a goldmine for niche traffic. Spamming subreddits will get you banned, but what if you could be a moderator on a subreddit?” write one hacker guide from 2019.

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Reddit did not immediately respond to a request for comment, so it’s unclear why the change was made. The company’s announcement about taking over the subreddit says “you will now need to have a verified email in order for us to process your request.” But it is quite easy to verify(Opens in a new window) Your email address; All you have to do is click on a link that Reddit sends to your email inbox.

Meanwhile, users were protesting the company suspicious(Opens in a new window) Reddit dropped the “find a cut” requirement to join subreddits that had been purged of their leadership.

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