Text posts on Reddit now grant karma.
As most of you already know, fictional internet points are probably the most precious resource in the world. On Reddit we call these points Karma. You get Karma when content you post to Reddit receives upvotes. Your Karma is displayed on your userpage.
You may also know that you can submit different types of posts to Reddit. One of these post types is a text-post (e.g. this thing you’re reading right now is a text-post). Due to various shenanigans and low effort content we stopped giving Karma for text-posts over 8 years ago.
However, over time the usage of text-posts has matured and they are now used to create some of the most iconic and interesting original content on Reddit. Who could forget such classics as:
- Jar Jar Binks was a trained Force user, knowing Sith collaborator, and will play a central role in The Force Awakens - from r/starwars
- What tasty food would be disgusting if eaten over rice? - from r/askreddit
- You people make me sick [a grilled cheese meltdown] - from r/grilledcheese
Text-posts make up over 65% of submissions to Reddit and some of our best subreddits only accept text-posts. Because of this Reddit has become known for thought-provoking, witty, and in-depth text-posts, and their success has played a large role in the popularity Reddit currently enjoys.
To acknowledge this, from this day forward we will now be giving users karma for text-posts. This will be combined with link karma and presented as ‘post karma’ on userpages.
TL:DR; We used to not give you karma for your text-posts. We do now. Sweet.
Archived: Here you go.
Basically, this change will make Reddit's already booming shit-post levels sky rocket. The subreddit circlejerk has already begun to abuse the new karma system. I'm serious, the level of shit-posting has already reached meta critical mass.
Well, it seems Reddit's slippery slope just got a bit steeper. As always, welcome to Voat!
EDIT: Formatting, spelling