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[–] Leering 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

The admins can give gold for free.

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[–] bannana 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

and they do this liberally in some subs.

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[–] gravybus 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

It's because the people who are the most pissed aren't necessarily the ones who contributed the most to the site, they're just the loudest. And I don't think the majority of people genuinely want change or care about what's going on. A lot of the protesting is just bandwagoning. If you post something you know everyone already agrees with, you'll get more upvotes and that just creates a big echo chamber

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[–] Faiz 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Some people bought gold in bulk, and were getting rid of it as the drama unfolded. Some people bought it to spite others and for a laugh. Others aren't bothered/involved in the drama so they went gifted gold as they normally would. Finally, Admin given gold is free (for them) so there are probably a few gildings that aren't "real."

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[–] StaleCoolaid 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Its just people with extra money believing that the "other site's" inevitable demise can be stopped

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[–] ninjai 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

What I noticed in the beginning of the dark times was that any comment that explicitly said to not buy gold... received gold. Like WTF is up with that?

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[–] Dark_Shroud 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Members of SRS and similar subs just trying to spite people.

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[–] californianative 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

admins can give gold away for free. I've heard some would gold those posts as a subtle & anonymous "fuck you"

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[–] iamnic 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'll admit, I gave gold the other day. I had already bought it months ago but I hadn't found somewhere to give it out. So then I read the funniest post I've ever seen [are we allowed to link to leddit?] taking the piss out of ellen pao and I had to give it

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[–] volando 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ehh... there's millions of users, even if 99% hated the site/Pao/censorship it would still leave hundreds of thousands of people who could give gold. There is no need for conspiracy (although admins do give gold, it is known) or incredulity...