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[–] Poopagandist 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Bye bye easy discovery of indie content on reddit. Hello insatiable monetization schemes.

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[–] justanhonestfellow 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I see reddit joining the likes of facebook and google - both networks that had potential to do good but instead shifted focus on advertising and financial growth. Its a shame because they are still dominant networks on the internet - which seems will be the case for reddit too

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[–] AssuredlyAThrowAway 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

And thus reddit decided they wanted to become digg.

This, plus the move to require all remote staff move to SF, is pushing reddit in a really dangerous direction.

Here's to hoping whoaverse catches picks up the slack.

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[–] Atko 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Me and Zook are very serious about offering equity and jobs to people that may loose their jobs at reddit because they refuse to relocate. We can't afford to take many but hiring back these people would be something no company should pass on. If you do happen to hear that someone got fired because of this (I hope nobody gets fired), please let me know, I'd love to talk to them about job opportunities at WhoaVerse.

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[–] AssuredlyAThrowAway 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I think that is really kind of you; I would caution though, some of these admins have been complacent in the very behavior which drove reddit into a corporate cess pool of PR and native advertising masquerading as content.

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[–] permatruth 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

There's a difference between paying for self-promotion and paying for false ranking.

I actually don't think that this is a bad idea. The site is supposed to be for peer-ranked social bookmarking and discussion. Submitting links to your own site has long been considered spam, so any free promotion and marketing purposes that has held have been in poor taste. Promoting your own site on a community you're giving the middle finger at the same time doesn't really make sense.

However, it's not actually in poor taste to use Reddit for marketing so long as conversations and community are not disrupted and the voting system isn't cheated. It's a proven platform for exposure, so why shouldn't they make a buck off it? And hey, if your stuff is really awesome or high exposure anyway, other people will do it for you for free.

If people don't like what you're promoting, it might still be downvoted. But at least there's a way to expose yourself... I mean, a way to promote yourself without being banned. Reddit has always had ways to expose yourself.

This is by no means whatsoever in any way the fix that Reddit needs. That community is poisoned right now. But this is smart, and might fund the development of features or tools that do help the community over there. If not, then it can't make things any worse. It would be difficult to make things any worse.

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[–] Slug 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

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

what's stopping someone from using a different account to submit the links ?

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

If they use a different IP and don't get caught, nothing. But risking having your entire domain/blog/whatever banned for trying to game the system just isn't worth the small gain in traffic, imo.

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

I wonder if someone would get caught if they submitted a bunch of links that were outside of their own website's market along with a bunch of links for their own website. Probably would be ambiguous enough.

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[–] InvdrZim13 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The whole thing just seems silly to me. Then again, I'm just a user and they're the admins, so they clearly know what they're doing. [/s]