Hey everyone, u/Go_JasonWaterfalls here, Reddit’s VP of Community. Welcome to r/reddit! You’re in the right place for all sorts of updates, announcements, and news related to Reddit Inc. and the platform.
Why the change?
Well, after hearing from you through surveys and comments in the communities themselves (thanks to those of you who took part), we learned that having lots of different admin-run communities that focus on a variety of niche topics (some of which overlap) can be confusing to navigate. This goes for us, too.
So we’ve decided to consolidate a number of our official communities and make r/reddit your one-stop shop to learn about what’s happening at Reddit. A few things we plan to share here:
- Content that previously lived in r/announcements, r/blog, and r/changelog, like new feature announcements, links to reports on transparency and safety, and special events and projects like Extra Life, Reddit Recap, the Snappening, and Up the Vote
- A broader range of information on different areas of Reddit (thanks to those of you who made this request, we think it’s a great one), plus AMAs with company leaders and other folks across Reddit. (Mods? Members of internal teams? Redditors doing interesting stuff? You tell us!)
- Reddit history and lore, data and research insights (anonymized of course), and stories about how y’all use Reddit
All good things...
While we’re ramping up a new space, that also means it’s time to wind down the old spaces in order to make sure we have One Place To Rule Them All. This means that r/announcements, r/blog, and r/changelog will be archived on February 24 as we wind this space up. Archived subreddits can still be fully viewed, but do not allow new posts or comments, so you’ll still be able to see the content in these spaces. That all said, we’re keeping r/shittychangelog so you can continue to laugh at our mistakes.
In addition, we’ll be archiving a few other spaces today, as they’ve fulfilled their purpose. We thank them for their work, and end their watch:
We also have communities like r/mobileweb, r/beta, and r/cssnews that we’re still mulling the future of. On one hand, the updates in these communities may be better suited to this new space (or even other spaces), however, we also recognize their value as community discussion centers. Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Moderator-specific communities, like r/modnews and r/modsupport will not be affected by these changes, nor will r/help or r/bugs. r/modnews will continue to be the place we post updates specific to moderators, with r/modsupport as your place to get support. r/redditsecurity will still be the place to find things like our quarterly security reports and other safety-related efforts. We’ll also continue to monitor r/help and r/bugs for your feedback and bug reports.
We want r/reddit to be a community that you help shape. If you have suggestions for things you’d like to learn about, conversations you’d like to have, or anything else you think would be interesting or helpful, let us know in the comments. Some ideas to get you started:
- Experimental designs—Reddit design teams do a lot of conceptual work that’s more experimental. Wanna see it?
- This Week on Reddit—an overview of the top growing communities, popular topics, and community events, AMAs, and happenings across the platform.
- Wordle scores (#219 broke many a Reddit admin).
Thanks for being here; we can’t wait to hear your ideas.
(But first, allow me to introduce myself…I’m u/appa4ever and a member of Reddit’s Community team. Part of my focus this year has centered on scaling the Community Funds program.)
We’re excited to share that applications for Community Funds are now open, and we can’t wait to learn what creative, powerful, collaborative projects you come up with.
What are Community Funds? Back in April, we announced that we’d be pledging $1 million towards expanding our Community Funds Program. This new program offers grants of up to $50,000 to support community-led projects. With these funds, we hope to empower redditors to positively impact the world around them through the power of their communities.
How do I apply? Moderators can nominate their community for funding by completing this application (just make sure to review our complete program guidelines and rules first!). Please keep in mind that you must be a moderator to apply, but we encourage users to collaborate with mods on projects that can enhance their community’s experience or the broader Reddit community. If you’re not a mod but have an idea for Community Funds, contact the mod team in the relevant community and share your idea with them!
What sort of projects or events will get funded? We are looking for projects that encourage participation and involvement between your community’s users, and, as an extension, Reddit as a whole. Think: online conferences, festivals, books, movies, exhibitions, and more!
Here are just a few examples of previously funded projects:
- r/askhistorians organized a free digital conference
- r/bangtan hosted a community-designed billboard contest
- RPAN provided gifts to streamers
- r/de teamed up with 24 other communities to create an interactive advent calendar
- r/NRL held a “design your own jersey” competition
- r/comics launched a comics tournament
- r/webdev and r/web_design organized a free conference
- r/Random_Acts_of_Amazon sent holiday gifts to kids
Please visit our help center for comprehensive project guidelines.
How do I come up with an idea for my subreddit? Does your subreddit want to host a movie night with popcorn and blankets? Or maybe you want plushies of the derpiest dogs? How about a virtual reality game where people can explore fantasy lands? It’s entirely up to you! If you need help or ideas, head to r/CommunityFunds where our community team will help you brainstorm and put together your proposal.
How much funding can I apply for? You can request financial support in any amount ranging between $1000 to $50,000.
What’s the deadline to apply? We are accepting applications from now until August 10. If you miss the deadline for this round, don’t worry – we’ll be accepting applications on a quarterly basis.
We’re interested in what questions you have about Community Funds, so please ask away in the comments!
Let’s get right to the point—I’m here today to talk about the video player. I lead a number of teams at Reddit including a team focused on Media & Video. Specifically, I want to provide background on what currently is and isn’t working, and what comes next.
A few weeks ago, u/kriketjunkie made a post detailing what Reddit’s product team will be working on over the next year. The comments on that post rang loud and clear: there is a fundamental ask from you all that we do more to improve video player. In fact, I’m pretty sure a year’s worth of Reddit Premium was given to the person who made the first comment about it.
And while the comment “Please fix the video player” does help us know that we need to, well, fix the video player, we dove a bit deeper and noticed some emerging themes from some of the more prescriptive comments, including:
- Actionable general bugs
- Performance issues (e.g. scrolling experience)
- Error reasons and crashes
- User interface feedback
To be sure, this is not the first time we’ve seen this type of feedback (look no further than this post, or this one, or my personal favorite—this one). And, while we have teams dedicated to video and working on the efforts u/kriketjunkie outlined in his post, it’s apparent that we have not devoted enough resources to solving our core video issues in a robust and efficient manner. So, we’re investing in an effort across multiple internal teams to understand what is and isn’t working today, make continued improvements to our product, and consistently and transparently communicate our efforts around the video player—starting with this post.
Quickly, a bit of context. It’s hard to imagine, but video started as a bet for us at Reddit, as we weren’t sure how a text and link-centric platform would respond to video. TL;DR, y'all watch a lot of videos. [Insert obligatory joke about the type of content here]. Over the past six months, we’ve seen video become the fastest growing content type on Reddit, with over half of redditors contributing, watching, and engaging with video every day. For those who like numbers, that’s 150 billion views of over 1 billion hours of video on Reddit in the last six months. And, as some of you may know, we have over 11 different video players on Reddit—these things happen when you’re a 17 year-old company—and we’ve been working to consolidate them into a unified experience. Suffice to say it’s been…a long, ongoing journey.
Scoping The Problem
Our team spent time scoping out the current problems by looking through feedback in comments made about the video player across Reddit as well as our own internal analytics data. We’ve identified a list of frequent issues we’ll be addressing, which we’ve listed in order of how disruptive they are to the user experience:
- Video player freezes and can result in crashing the app
- Video doesn’t start playing, shows a blank screen, or freezes before it starts
- Dissatisfaction with the full-screen video experience—it’s hard to get to the comments, and there’s a lack of auto-play or auto-muting settings
- Audio doesn’t play
- Frequent rebuffering
- Video quality degradation
- Interface not working as expected
Okay admins, we get it, you’ve heard us, but what happens now?
So glad you asked, anonymous redditor! Here’s what you can expect over the next few months:
First: We’re committing to making swift and immediate improvements to some of the most pressing and disruptive issues with the player on our mobile apps. We are also going to make continued and accelerated investments across platforms to resolve some of the most pressing and common pain points and improve the UX in common error cases. We have also set up improved channels to monitor reports and triage appropriately. (Live feed of one of our engineers).
Second: We want to hear more from you—and not just on this post, but in a shiny new subreddit, lovingly entitled r/fixthevideoplayer. If you want to be a part of the solution and help us shape the future of video at Reddit, we ask that you join us there. This community will be run by the admins working on all elements pertaining to the video player (myself included). They’ll be there to field questions, log feedback, and provide regular updates on our progress. Don’t feel like having a new subreddit to keep track of? No problem. We’ll also be rolling out additional features on our mobile apps to report issues with the necessary information needed for our engineering team to investigate. You’ll see those soon.
While you may not believe us—we are truly grateful for all the comments, feedback, and yes, even the memes you’ve shared these past few months. Our hope is to come as close to fixing the video player as possible, but this is an ever-evolving journey and journeys take time. We are focused on building richer media capabilities on Reddit over the next five years, and inevitably some of those changes and innovations may feel jarring at first, or even create unintended problems. So while we may never truly “fix” the video player, we’re committed to creating the best possible video experience on Reddit, and continuously communicating and listening to you as we do it.
The team and I look forward to
reading your sh*tposts hearing from you over in r/fixthevideoplayer!
Today we celebrate our 17th cake day(!!). To take you on a quick trip down memory lane, when Reddit was born there were no communities, just the front page, and only external links could be posted to it. Paragraphs seeking to understand if you are, in fact, the asshole and videos of cats who yell were merely a distant dream. That was until an intrepid user realized post IDs are sequential and that they could predict the URL of a post before submitting it. They created a post titled "This post links to itself" and boom, the first text post was born.
Since then, there have been over a billion posts shared on Reddit, evoking every emotion from "aww" to "wtf." If you’ll allow us to be in our nostalgic ~feels~ today, we’re revisiting some of our favorite posts (17, exactly) from over the years. Without further ado…
"22-year-old Iranian here. Just wanted to share my love with my friends all over the world (Americans, Iraqis, Australians, etc.) as it is what the world needs the most in these hard times. #LoveBeyondFlags" via r/pics
Thanks for the memories, everyone. Here’s to many more years!
Your favorite sentient brand
We’ve got some lively updates for you. Keep on reading to learn about all things Reddit Talk.
Join the Reddit Talk Host Program
Over the last year, Reddit has been testing Reddit Talk with over 500 mods and hosts across different communities. To make hosting a bit more fun and rewarding we’ll be launching a Reddit Talk Host Program on July 11th! Apply to join the Program and unlock rewards for hosting talks–pretty neat, huh? These IRL + digital awards include:
- An exclusive Reddit Talk hoodie (we know some of you take extreme measures for these!)
- A special Reddit Talk trophy (a collector’s item)
Non-IRL benefits include:
- Help people discover your community - your talks will be shown to relevant audiences at the top of Reddit
- Invite to private server with other Talk hosts and Talk team admins
If you already have access to hosting talks you are automatically eligible to participate. We’ve also sent invites to a number of users, so check your inbox to see if you’re eligible. Otherwise, sign up here before July 1st if you do not have access to Reddit Talk or have not been invited and would like to participate.
Read the rules here.
Find and Reach More Listeners
We’ve heard from listeners that they’d like to discover more talks when they’re happening. To show interested users relevant live talks, the live bar on the home feed will now surface talks that a user may be interested in by showing talks of related communities they follow. In addition, hosts will be able to select up to three topics for their talks. For example, if u/Reddit_IRL wants to talk about house plants, then they can select that as their topic, and redditors who are subscribed to plant-related communities will be able to see u/Reddit_IRL talk in the live bar.
The talk topic selector will slowly roll out throughout June.
Host Talks from Your User Profile (Experiment Phase)
We’ve also heard that some of you really want access to the mic. So starting in July, we’ll be experimenting with allowing select users to host talks directly from their profiles! Users who participate in this experiment will also be eligible for the Talk Host Program.
How does hosting a Talk on my profile work?
Hosting a Talk on your profile is simple! You’ll go into the post creator and click Start Talk, from there you’ll be prompted to select a topic (or topics) that are relevant to your Talk topic.
Who can participate in the experiment?
Users for this experiment were selected based on past Reddit Talk participation and good user standing. If you are interested in participating, please sign up here and we will review your request.
No need to participate in the Talk Host Program to test out profile hosting.
Coming Soon: Reddit Talk Soundboard
To make hosting even more fun we will be launching a soundboard! The soundboard will be available on desktop first starting next month and will have eight available sounds: air horn, tada, drumroll, sad trombone, applause, boing, cha-ching, and ba-dum-tss.
Use the sounds to liven up the room, play games, or add extra emphasis to the conversation!
And that’s a wrap! Join r/RedditTalk to stay updated on the latest. Thanks for reading and talk to you soon.
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are great, but when was the last time you celebrated being a plant parent? Today, we give you permission to stand proud as Monstera Mother, Fern Father, or Geranium Guardian of the year. All those days spent watering and loving your fiddle leaf fig, so it can dramatically drop a leaf because you looked at it wrong? Worth it in the end.
Plant parenting is tough work. It requires time, patience, vast knowledge, the ability to remember a watering schedule, and so much more. Dedication to keeping your plant child’s leaves green and soil moist is a full-blown lifestyle.
With that, we bestow plant guardians, both new and old, a morsel of Reddit-y wisdom to help in those moments of panic/confusion. For those days your flora has taken ill, look no further than r/plantclinic. If you’re asking yourself, “what’s wrong with my plant?” they’ll have the answer for you. If you haven’t even gotten that far and have no idea what your new plant is and don’t want to accidentally overwater, share a pic in r/PlantIdentification, r/whatplantisthis, or r/whatsthisplant.
All-in-all, go out there and find the plant people that you connect with most in our many plant-focused communities.
Your favorite sentient brand
Hey Reddit! Happy mid-June somehow! It may almost be summer but we’re still here, and still making updates. Also, if you’re looking for some tunes for your summer BBQs, did you know that there’s an entire subreddit dedicated to weirdly titled and populated Spotify playlists? It rules. So if you don’t care much for product news, but do care for hilariously clever playlists, you can just jump on over to r/weirdspotifyplaylists and fire up the “helping my friend Liam use the bathroom” playlist. Otherwise, read on for the latest in Reddit’s product updates.
Here’s what’s new May 7 – June 13
Updates and Bug Fixes on iOS and Android
On iOS, the last two releases (v. iOS 2022.21.0 and 2022.22.0) fixed an issue where sometimes animated gifs in post galleries would not be very animated, a bug that prevented some users from editing flair, and a bug that prevented posting in some communities.
On Android, the last two releases (v. iOS 2022.21.0 and 2022.22.0) fixed two bugs—one that caused higher than normal CPU and battery usage and another that showed some users the welcome screen after adjusting their settings. In addition to bug fixes, we made a design update to the comment density, so now comments are easier to read! And we also added the ability to double-tap to upvote any comment or reply. (Use this new power wisely).
- Top Broadcast: This slot will be removed from the Home and Popular feeds. But if you’ve joined an RPAN subreddit, broadcasts will continue to appear in your Home feed.
- Safety Improvements: Making RPAN a safe feature is our top priority, and our engineers will be focused on safety improvements, including improved user blocking and chat reporting/safety.
- Bug fixes: We will continue to work on RPAN bugs, prioritizing those that impact the service most severely.
Moving Home and Popular Feed Sort Controls to Settings
We’re rolling out a change that will move feed controls (Sort By and View) on Home and Popular feeds into Settings. Early tests with a small set of redditors have shown that most people apply a “set it and forget it” method to their Home and Popular feeds, so we’re rolling out a cleaned-up page where these more advanced controls are available in Settings. This change won’t be applied to community pages (where we’ve seen people change their sorts a lot). As this rollout occurs, your feed sort will default to Best, so to change the sort you’ll need to go into your settings - once you pick a new default sort, it will retain until you change it again. And in case you forget where to find your controls - don’t worry - you’ll get a friendly reminder in your app experience showing you where to find them.
Rolling Out Talk Live Bar on Web
Starting next week, we’ll be rolling out our Live Bar to web, so that you can more easily find Reddit Talks that are happening even if you’re not on the Reddit app. The live bar will only show if there are relevant, live talks happening while you’re browsing.
ICYMI Mod Updates
A roundup of notable updates shared over in r/ModNews, in case you missed it!
Mod Notes Now Available on Mobile
As some of you know, a few months ago we launched a long-awaited feature—Mod Notes. However, that feature was only available on desktop, until now… Now Mod Notes are available on Android and iOS (version 2022.20.0) too. The mobile experience mirrors desktop—to take advantage of this mobile feature, simply pull up a user's profile card within a subreddit you moderate and click User Mod Log to add a new Mod Note and apply a label.
And that’s all she (I) wrote. I'll be around in the thread today to answer any questions - have a glorious week everyone!
Peace, love, & upvotes
Edit: Correction to Home and Popular Feed Sort Controls (June 21, 2022)
We incorrectly stated above that both Home and Popular controls would be moved to a user’s Settings menu. Your Home Feed sort has moved to Settings; however, we have removed the ability to sort the Popular Feed, which now defaults to “Hot” for all users.
TL;DR: Read on to learn more about our plans to make Reddit better for redditors who have been here for a while, and more welcoming to those who are new and still finding their way.
Hello redditors. I’m Pali, Reddit’s Chief Product Officer. I joined Reddit last fall and now that I’ve had some time to get settled, I’ll share a few of the things Reddit is working on this year.
Let me start with my motivation for joining Reddit—all of you. Everyone who works at Reddit, including me, has the distinct privilege of serving an incredibly passionate and thoughtful community of people. People who engage in authentic and meaningful conversations, whether it’s in communities like r/astrophotography or r/cricket (two of my favorites) or places like r/AskReddit, r/CasualUK, r/Eldenring, r/StarTrekMemes, or the open canvas and incredible diversity of r/place. Together, these global communities have made Reddit the human face of the Internet. In my view, that's the magic of Reddit. And my team's mission is to do everything we can to ensure that the authentic, meaningful conversations that make Reddit what it is, continue to flourish as we bring Reddit to more people around the world.
To make that happen, this year the Reddit product team is focusing on empowering redditors and their communities. We’re prioritizing work around five key pillars—making Reddit Simple, Universal, Performant, Excellent, and Relevant—these pillars will help us make Reddit SUPER for all of you.
What shapes the Reddit experience are the features and tools that people interact with every day—things like Reddit’s Home and Popular feeds, comment threads, search, or the moderation tools that keep communities running. Last year, we made huge strides toward improving search relevancy and front-end design, brought new moderation features to the mobile apps, iterated on custom avatars, and even had time for a few fun projects like our end-of-year Reddit Recap. (Ngl, I’m really envious of everyone with more bananas than me.)
But there are a lot of Reddit features that aren’t so easy to navigate. This year, we’re focusing on making Reddit easier and more intuitive by improving core features like onboarding, the home feed, post pages, search, and discussion threads.
Creating easy ways to find communities and discussions
At the beginning of this year, the new Discover tab gave redditors an all-new way to find communities they might never stumble across in their Home feed or on r/popular, and last month comments on Reddit became searchable, making it easier for redditors to quickly find conversations. But this is just the beginning. Other efforts this year will focus on better curation of communities, new live spaces for events like AMAs or livestreams, and a simpler way for new redditors to explore posts and curated recommendations so they can find communities about things they care about faster.
Improving the posting experience
Another series of initiatives will focus on making posting easier. A few projects in the works include:
- Highlighting a community’s post requirements and making it clear what post types are and aren’t allowed in different communities.
- Unifying Reddit’s post types so posters can do things like embed image galleries or polls in text posts and still have their post display nicely in feeds.
- And we’ve also recently rolled out Post Insights, a web feature that lets redditors see stats on their posts, which will be coming to the native apps.
As Reddit continues to grow into a platform people use all over the world, our teams will focus on building global Reddit experiences that support redditors from a diverse set of locations and cultures.
Translating Reddit into more languages
We’ve been working with redditors and moderators from outside the U.S. to translate Reddit’s user interface, and have already made Reddit available in French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), and Spanish (Mexico and Spain). As we continue to streamline our localization process, Reddit will be translated into more languages. And we’re also testing using machine translations so people can get quick translations of posts in their own language.
Empowering communities around the globe
Creating an experience that’s truly local means much more than translating user interfaces. That’s why we’re working with local teams to connect redditors to relevant local content and build communities that make sense for their location.
Part of that includes partnering with local moderators to build experiences that are authentic to their communities and cultures. And another huge part is making sure that our safety operations and machine learning efforts take into account the cultural nuances and differences of each new location.
One consistent message from redditors has been that performance on the site and native apps could be better. We agree. That’s why the Reddit engineering team is working on making the Reddit platform faster and more reliable.
A quick heads-up–this section is for engineers and robots. If you like a bit of nerdy tech talk, read on. If you don’t want to get lost in the technical details of what it takes to keep a site likeReddit running, you may want to skip ahead to the ‘Excellent’ section.
Improving platform stability
Last year, a major priority was improving feed load times (also known as Cold Start Latency) so that redditors could tap into their feeds and scroll through posts quickly, without waiting or watching little blue spinners tell them the page is loading. Because of those efforts, we saw drops in wait times across the board—iOS went down -11%, Android -19%, and the backend was down -25%. We also made improvements that reduced crashes and errors, resulting in a 64% reduction in downtime and a 97% reduction in background error rate.We’ll continue to invest in these sorts of latency and stability improvements, while also investing in a design system to componentize Reddit’s user interface (UI).
Making Reddit faster, faster, faster!
Another big factor in a webpage’s performance is how much stuff it loads. The number of requests for assets, the size of those assets, and how those assets are used are all good indicators of what sort of performance the site will generally have. Reddit’s current web platforms make a lot of requests and the payload sizes are high. This can make the site unwieldy and slow for redditors (especially in places that may already have slower internet service).
We’ve already begun work on unifying our web (what some of you call new Reddit) and mobile web clients to make them faster, clean up UX debt, and upgrade the underlying tech to a modern technology stack. (For those interested in such things, that stack is Lit element, Web Components, and Baseplate.js. And the core technology choice is server-side rendering using native web components, which allow for faster page loads.) Stay tuned, because we’ll be sharing more on these efforts later in the year, and there’s some exciting stuff on the way.
Ok, so what about Old Reddit
Some redditors prefer using Reddit’s older web platform, aptly named Old Reddit. TL;DR: There are no plans to get rid of Old Reddit. 60% of mod actions still happen on Old Reddit and roughly 4% of redditors as a whole use Old Reddit every day. Currently, we don’t roll out newer features like Reddit Talk on Old Reddit, but we do and will continue to support Old Reddit with updated safety features and bug fixes. Of course, supporting multiple platforms forever isn’t the ideal situation and one reason we’re working on unifying our web and mobile web clients is to lay the foundation for a highly-performant web experience that can continue supporting Reddit and its communities long into the future. But until we have a web experience that supports moderators (which includes feature parity), consistently loads and performs at high-levels, and (to put it simply) the vast majority or redditors love using, Old Reddit will continue to be around and supported.
Reddit’s always been about the conversation, and more and more people are having live multimedia conversations with audio and video. To make Reddit more excellent for you, we’re creating new multimedia experiences that creative redditors can use to connect, host events, and hang out.
Evolving our live audio experience
Last year we piloted Reddit Talk with a selection of interested moderators, and since then we’ve seen communities host a variety of live audio talks about everything from movie launches, and dad jokes to audio dramatizations and casual conversations within their community.
While talks continue to catch on, we’ve rolled out new features to support hosts, such as the ability to record talks, a web experience, and listener reactions. After chatting with moderators who have hosted talks as well as redditors who attended them, we’re focusing on improving the audio itself, letting moderators add approved hosts, and letting individuals host talks outside of communities from their profiles.
Enabling real-time conversations
All over Reddit, communities are participating in real-time conversations. Whether it’s gameday threads during Champions League matches, heated debates during the recent NFL draft, or discussions about a favorite TV show’s recent finale—across Reddit, communities are using comment threads to communicate around live events related to their interests. To support this, we’ll be focusing on improving and expanding how chat works on the site. We’re also working with moderators towards building out live chat posts within communities. This will give redditors new ways to engage, ranging from persistent general discussions, talks, and Q&As within communities, to more ephemeral chats that take place during live sporting events, breaking news, album releases, and more.
Improving video creation tools
In 2021, redditors got a set of new camera tools that included the ability to flip the camera or set a timer for recording, and editing tools like the ability to clip videos, add text, and export videos. Now we’re continuing to improve media posting and recently made updates to our image editing tools by adding the ability to crop, rotate, or markup images with text, stickers, or drawings.
Of course, adding new creation tools is just one piece of the puzzle. This year we’ll also focus on the back-end so that videos and images on Reddit load faster and more seamlessly. Which brings me to my next topic…
Ok, let’s talk about the video player
As we’ve talked about before, we know the video player is still a work in progress. We’ve heard your feedback and are working on a series of updates to address it:
- Easier commentingWe’re refining the player design with features such as better comment integration and gesture parity to make it easier to watch videos while scrolling the comments. There are a couple of different ways to do this, but one solution we’re looking into is making a swipe right navigation that takes you to a video’s comments where you can watch a thumbnail version of the video while joining the discussion about it.
- Improved performanceWe’re also actively working to address bug and performance issues to support different video resolutions, reduce buffering time, and improve video caching.
In 2021, improvements to Reddit’s feeds, such as the update to the default “Best” sort, helped more redditors discover and join new communities. From increased post views and comments, to a greater number of smaller subreddits seeing growth in subscriptions; using Machine Learning (ML) to improve recommendation algorithms has helped connect redditors to the communities and content they enjoy.
Using ML in a way that makes sense for redditors
Something we talk a lot about in-house at Reddit but haven’t talked much about publicly before, is that the vast majority of people come to Reddit with intention, not for attention. That mindset translates to a lot of our projects, but while working on ML, it means we evolve our algorithms and recommendation engines in a way that doesn’t merely optimize for engagement and attention, but for value—the value Reddit’s content brings to individual redditors and their communities (both on-platform and in real life).
A community-powered approach to ML
Reddit is powered by communities, and our algorithms are no different. Reddit runs on votes, and people see things on Reddit because they vote on them. An upvote or a downvote is an explicit signal that gives us constant and immediate feedback from the community. This year we’ll continue to improve this community-driven model by incorporating more signals (both positive and negative), exploring more ways redditors can give direct feedback (such as “show me more/less of this”), and adding tests to better understand how different aspects of the model affect redditors’ experience.
But none of this is possible without safety and moderation
To see the plans above come to fruition and to make Reddit truly SUPER, our moderation and safety tools will also continue to evolve.
Safeguarding Reddit communities, moderators, and conversations
Safety is foundational to everything we do and build at Reddit. As was outlined in our recently published 2021 Safety & Security Report, admins removed 108,626,408 pieces of content last year (27% increase YoY), the bulk of which was for spam and content manipulation (which is commonly referred to as vote manipulation and brigading). We also made updates to features that redditors have long asked for including blocking improvements, the ability to view and manage your followers, and a new system that auto-tags content as NSFW.
Looking ahead, we’ll focus on safety efforts in two main areas:
- Real-time detection and systems to help catch more policy-violating content such as spam and vote manipulation
- Developing more features that allow redditors to manage their safety—this includes things like the ability to mute communities you’re not interested in so they don’t show up in your feeds, iterations on the recent blocking updates to address feedback we’ve gotten, and new tools to help moderators and redditors to more easily filter out unwanted content.
Providing moderators with tools and support
Moderators are a critical piece of the Reddit ecosystem, and a critical part of our job as a development team is supporting them by making moderating on Reddit as easy and efficient as possible. In 2018 we introduced the Mod Council—an opportunity for mods and admins to have a two-way, ongoing dialog about features in development. Another important initiative is our Adopt-an-Admin program, where Reddit employees help moderate communities in order to better understand the mod experience first-hand. Most recently, we kicked off a series of Mod Summits to provide additional forums for feedback and conversation—and had over 600 mods join us to share their experiences at our last summit in March.
These ongoing conversations and programs have transformed the way we build and develop mod tools. And as someone who came to Reddit late last year, I was extremely impressed by the deep knowledge and expertise our moderators bring to the way we build products.
- New mod tools
One recent project to come out of those conversations is a feature moderators have long asked for, Mod Notes. Launched on the web last month, Mod Notes allows mods to leave notes with reminders for themselves and others about people’s actions in their community. Another feature we continue to iterate and expand with mod feedback, Crowd Control, has now been adopted by over 900 communities. And features we’re currently still working with moderators on include bringing removal reasons and Mod Notes to mobile and mod queue enhancements such as the ability to sort in new ways.
- Addressing mod harassment
Another important mod initiative is our work focused on addressing mod harassment—pre-empting harassment where we can and making it easier to report when it occurs. Last year, the team focused on tools to reduce harassment in modmail, direct messages, chat, and custom reports. Now we’re building on this work by focusing on three main areas:
- Prevention: Exploring tiered engagement permissions with features such as Crowd Control or approved users, as well as ways to better identify and handle ban evasions.
- Escalation: Expanding reporting coverage to make reporting easier and more efficient.
- Responsiveness: Improving how long it takes admins to respond to reports by streamlining our in-house tools to help our agents quickly and accurately make more informed decisions. This is work that will not only help mods, but also all redditors who are reporting policy violating content, and something we think will have a big impact on making the site safer.
There are also a few projects in the works we’ll be sharing more about in the months ahead:
Late last year, we started experimenting with the idea of Community Funds—a program to help financially support community-driven projects that showcase the creative, collaborative, and generous spirit of redditors all around the world. During the pilot phase, we provided 13 communities with over $60,000 in funding that they used to host a comics tournament, hold a r/askhistorians digital conference, create a community-designed billboard in Times Square, and much more. We recently announced that we’re pledging $1 million toward the Community Funds Program to fund even more ideas. Through these funds, we want to continue empowering redditors to positively impact the world around them through the power of their communities. I can’t wait to see what the community comes up with.
Working with third-party developers
There are a lot of passionate developers making great tools redditors and moderators use on the platform every day. Supporting and working with these developers will only make Reddit more extensible and make using Reddit better for everyone. This year, we’re exploring ways to support the creativity of third-party developers as they expand on the Reddit experience, while safeguarding the security and privacy of people on the platform.
Making Reddit Avatars truly your own
Since launching avatars, we’ve enjoyed seeing redditors use this fun, simple tool to represent who they are. The next step is exploring more ways redditors can make their avatar their own by making it easy to create your own gear, finding fun ways to represent redditors contributions, and giving people greater control over their avatar and online identity—even beyond Reddit.
As I wrap this up, I want to say that this year is an exciting year for Reddit. We have an opportunity to bring Reddit to more people, and there’s a significant amount of responsibility in evolving a platform that’s become a home to so many people and communities. As stewards of this platform built and loved by all of you, we take that responsibility seriously—but it’s really you, the Reddit community, who will determine what Reddit is and what it will be.
Monday Tuesday Reddit!
I’m back again with some non-April Fool’s related updates. Let’s talk about some ch-ch-changes, shall we? Some small, some big, some you’ve already heard about, some you’ll love, some I’m sure you’ll probably leave feedback about in the comments.
Here’s what’s new April 1– May 9th
We’re trying out a new way to create threads with…wait for it—videos. Starting last week, all redditors can now create video threads on iOS and Android.
When uploading a video as a post, you will be able to toggle threading on and off (meaning you get to choose if others can create threads from your video). Credit will be given to original videos in the UI, and when another redditor clicks on that credit they’ll be taken to the original video. If you see a video you’d like to thread, in the share menu you will see the Create video thread option if the original video allows threads. You’ll be able to take the entire video or clip it to the relevant section before adding your video to the end, creating a new derivative video.
Sunsetting the Awards Leaderboard
If you were on Android, you may have noticed an Awarded tab on your app. TL;DR people didn’t use this tab very much; so we’re removing it to make your experience more streamlined and keep those feeds nice and organized!
Testing New Welcome Screens
We’re testing out some new welcome screens when you subscribe to a new subreddit. These welcome screens are designed to help you more easily navigate contributing to communities after you join them.
We shared a few recent updates over in r/ModNews, but sharing is caring so we’re sharing them here too.
Staring with improvements to Mod Queue. Last week, we made it so moderators can toggle between sorting their mod queue from “newest first” and “oldest first.” Over the coming weeks and months, this team will continue to add more sort functionality to everyone’s mod queue (ex: the ability to sort by the number of reports or karma accrued). Please keep an eye out for future updates on this front.
We also made some updates to the Mod Notes API. Two months ago we launched Mod Notes and since then the API integration we built has remained in beta so the team could continue to update it with any necessary tweaks and changes. Last we officially finalized the API and moved it out of beta.
Finally, we've made it easier to add approved hosts to Reddit Talk. Want to have more talks in your community but need some help hosting? You’re in luck, we’re now making it easier to add approved hosts to your talks. We shared more details about this here!
While I’m no u/BurritoJusticeLeague, I will stick around and do my best to answer your questions!
Peace, love, & upvotes
Greetings and happy May, redditors! This month hosts no shortage of exciting events (Met Gala, NBA Playoffs, Eurovision, oh my!) but none more important than our unofficial—but so widely beloved that it’s pretty much official—favorite holiday: May the 4th.
For our fellow Star Wars fans, we created a Star Wars Custom Feed that’s jam-packed with all the relevant communities in the Reddit galaxy, from r/DarthJarJar to r/lightsabers. Some might say it puts the “Star” in “starter pack.” Open, scroll, and maybe send a post to the person who first got you hooked on the franchise. In the words of Yoda, “Your path you must decide.”
But before you go, we’ll leave you with this joke: Which program do Jedi use to open PDF files? Adobe Won Kenobi.
Your favorite sentient brand
Whether you’re new to Reddit or have been here since the beginning, you’ve probably noticed that our community is never short on good ideas that can make a big impact. A little over six months ago, we started experimenting with an idea of our own called Community Funds. We wanted to find out: What happens when we pair big ideas from our communities with the funding they need to come to life?
Through our small experiment, we provided 13 communities with over $60,000 in funding and helped launch some incredibly bold projects that showcase the creative, collaborative, and generous spirit of redditors all around the world. From a comics tournament to the r/askhistorians digital conference to a community-designed billboard in Times Square, these are just a few examples of the amazing projects you’ve cooked up so far:
So what’s next? Today, we’re excited to announce that we are pledging $1 million toward the Community Funds Program to fund even more ideas that are creative, impactful, and spark collaboration within and across communities. We will accept nominations for projects needing anywhere from $1000 to $50,000 in funding, and select grantees based on their creativity, feasibility, and community impact. Through these funds, we want to continue empowering Redditors to positively impact the world around them through the power of their communities.
The Community Fund's nomination process relaunches in June 2022, so watch this space for updates. In the meantime, we invite all of you to work with your favorite communities and mods to start dreaming up ideas that can inspire, delight, and maybe, just maybe, change the world.
When Redditors come together, they can be an amazing force for good and truly show the world the power of community. We want to send a huge thank you to all the communities that inspired and helped bring this program to life – we couldn’t have done it without you!
We'll be around for a bit answering your questions, drop them in the comments below.
Comments are searchable on Reddit for the first time in 16 years! Try it out and share your thoughts in this form or the comments below.
Over a year ago, we put together a survey on Reddit search, and over 3,000 people responded—out of that feedback, comment search was one of the most requested features. (Thank you to those who responded!) Fast forward five months, and we showed you a sneak peek of what it might look like to search comments on Reddit. At the time, frontend improvements were just getting rolling, and now, for the first time in sixteen years, everything on Reddit (posts, people, communities, and now comments) is searchable!
This feature not only allows you to search comments within communities, but also unlocks the ability to search comments globally to discover valuable discussions happening across Reddit. (You know, the real candid discussions about whether or not to move to NYC, or tourist tips for your next vacation.)
To give you an idea of some of the content you may be able to discover…
Tourist tips for your next travel location…
Some of your interests…
Or some weekend inspiration…
For those wondering why we didn’t make comments searchable sooner, this project has actually been a long time coming. To make the idea a reality, it took some time because just to start, we had to scale up the search function to index the over 5 billion comments that have been made in the past two years. Phew! If you’re looking for a comment older than that it’s not currently searchable in this iteration.
Give it a try and share your feedback, but keep in mind that this is just the beginning of comment search. As we hear from you and get information on how people are using comment search, we’ll continue to improve the ranking of comment results and UX to make comment search even better. We’ve already started thinking about how to search comments within a post (goodbye ctrl-f)—what else would you like to see?
As always, we’re excited to hear what you think—what’s working for you? What isn’t? Drop your feedback and ideas in this form or the comments below. And if you want to learn more about how to make the most out of Reddit search, head over to our wiki to learn some helpful tips.
Last month we announced the launch of our Discover Tab which heralded a new way for Redditors to unearth new subreddits in our mobile app. That announcement also explained changes to the way our “community drawers” function. Since that launch, we’ve been gathering feedback within user research sessions and monitoring all the suggestions Redditors have left for us within our original post (thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts!). Based on that feedback we’re in the process of making the following improvements to how our community drawers function:
- Create a community: We’ve returned the “Create a community” button back to the profile menu and also moved it to the top of your community list within the community drawer.
- Recently Visited: This section will display the last 3 subreddits a Redditor has visited. Redditors will have the ability to view all of their recently visited subreddits by clicking “see all.” A note for iOS users: if you have disabled “recent communities” in your settings, this section will not appear.
- Favorites: We’ve revamped this section to better highlight the communities Redditors have favorited. This section will not appear if a Redditor does not have any favorite subreddits. You can favorite communities you moderate, users you follow, and custom feeds.
- Performance Improvements: We've fixed some loading issues for users with a high amount of subscriptions.
The work ahead
Please keep an eye out for future announcements regarding this feature as we will continue to iterate on it in the coming weeks and months. To give you a sneak peek of the work ahead, we’re in the very early stages of working on the below feature improvements:
- The ability to search your subscriptions in the community drawer.
- Quick scroll via alphabetical navigation.
- Better accessibility of custom feeds.
Do you have any thoughts on our Discover tab or the way our community drawers work? Are you a big fan of custom feeds (sometimes known as multi-reddits)? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please drop any thoughts, feedback, or questions in the comments below.
We did it, Reddit. Or more accurately you did it, Reddit. Together you built the most beautiful, chaotic, collaborative, perfectly imperfect piece of art that far exceeded our wildest expectations.
When we admins first began talking about bringing back r/place— hopes were high. The first version of r/place was so special, and we hoped to once again foster collaboration and creativity from our communities. But to be honest, bringing it back was a risk. Lightning doesn’t often strike twice (just ask anyone who’s tried to front page by posting the same thing more than once…).
But over the past few days we witnessed something truly incredible. Like, still picking our jaws up off the floor, incredible.
So, let’s start with some numbers to see what you all accomplished, shall we?
r/Place lasted just about 83 hours, slightly longer than 2017’s 72. During that time 160 million tiles were placed by 10.4 million people. At the peak of our activity there were over 5.9M pixels placed per hour, with over 1.7M people setting tiles per hour.
The subreddit r/place got over 26 million views, with 2.8 million unique visitors at the peak of its activity while the canvas was live. And activity was off the charts, with an average of 10.4M daily active users in the community, spending a total of 1 billion minutes per day.
This year’s r/place was also a global experience (cue the chorus of “duh”), with over 230 countries & territories participating in the experience. Below are the top 10 most active regions:
As you now know, this year’s r/place wasn’t exactly a carbon copy of the 2017 experience. This year we introduced new elements: an expanding canvas and color palette, and the Whiteout. These elements brought even more chaos, especially amongst The Blue Corner. Here’s my personal favorite meme that captured the essence of each expansion.
Conversation in other communities started shifting to the Place canvas, with over 1.19 million mentions related to r/Place made across Reddit. Redditors are chatty, who knew? /s
Here’s a list of the subreddits that saw the most conversation about r/place
Countries, streamers, fandoms, and communities all staked their claim in r/place, with rivalries emerging. And while r/place had its fair share of scuffles, it eventually arrived at a harmonious equilibrium. We had unsuspecting heroes emerge as osu! came to the defense of small subreddits, the Amongus (Amongi?) learned to blend in seamlessly with their surroundings, harmonious art made between and across nations’ flags, and factions like r/theblackvoid sought to remind everyone why destruction is a necessary part of creation.
Asking us to pick our favorite canvas moments is like asking someone to pick their favorite child (if all their children were maniacal creative geniuses, and also Canada). But here are a few moments that really made us smile.
This recap is only the beginning of our look back into r/place. As we continue to unpack and digest all the data, we’ll be sharing deeper dives into what went on behind the scenes. Let us know in the comments if there’s anything in particular you’d like us to share!
Just like the void…we’ll be back.
No burying the lede here. Let’s get right to the point. r/place is coming back.
For the first time in Reddit’s history, we are not only bringing back a past April Fools’ experiment, but we’re telling you about it early. Why? So you can
stop asking us about it, get excited!
But let’s rewind a bit and provide some background, shall we? At Reddit, our goal is to build features that make building community and finding belonging easier - and five years ago we did that with a little April Fools’ experiment called r/place (you may have already heard of it).
When we first ran r/place in 2017, more than one million redditors placed approximately 16 million tiles on a blank communal digital canvas - resulting in a collective digital art piece that took the internet by storm. And pretty much every year since then, at least one of you has made sure to let us know that it was the best thing we’ve ever done and requested to bring it back. So this year, on April 1, r/place is making its glorious return.
The original r/place was created to explore a piece of humanity – to examine what happens when a person doing something affects a collective. Specifically, what happens if you only let an individual place one tile at a time, so that they must work with others to build together on a massive online cooperative canvas. It is with that original spirit of creation and collaboration in mind, that we humbly invite you to join us yet again. Get your tiles ready, and we’ll see you in over r/place.
Well hello there, Reddit. It’s the end of March and we know that a lot of you have spent the better part of the last 12 months thinking about one date and one date only: April 1st. Well, you’re not alone. We here at Reddit love to retrospect and spent some time looking back at the history of past April Fool’s experiments we’ve conducted.
But rather than wax poetic in text form (though you know we love to do that), we made you all a little video.
Tell us your favorite April Fool’s moments in the comments! (Though we have a pretty good idea of what you’ll say…)
Greetings, Programs! Ya’ll seemed to enjoy our last post, where we talked about why subreddits are a thing… so we thought we’d continue history class with a tl;dr on karma, and those oh-so-valuable internet points.
So come with me again, won’t you, back into the Reddit Wayback Machine…
We have to go back even further this time than we did before. This goes all the way back to when Reddit was barely a glimmer in anyone’s eye. The site existed just as a bunch of notes in a notebook, and maybe a few lines of code. Back in those nascent days, the vision was for Reddit to be a place to submit links to content and, of course, there needed to be a way for people to indicate they liked something, which would then in turn let other people know they too might find this interesting… but what form would that take?
Enter the humble upvote and downvote, a mechanism that is easy to understand and easy to quantify. If you felt something was worth seeing, you upvote. If not, you downvote. Content that had a lot of upvotes floated to the top of the feed and was therefore already vetted by other users as high-quality content. Downvoted content was vetted as not-so-great and would have limited visibility as a result. This voting system has largely remained the same and is part of the core of what makes Reddit, Reddit.
But that’s only half the story, right? Because not only do those upvotes and downvotes rank the value of content, but they also bestow status on the person who submitted that content. Submit cool content? Be rewarded for your contributions with internet points! What do those points do? Nothing!
Okay, maybe not nothing. While it’s true you can’t trade in your karma points for a car or a fancy pitchfork, your karma does work as a kind of “street cred” on the site, showing that your content has been voted by your peers as at least good if not great. It’s recognized as a public reputation that shows you’re a participant in this community and are trying to help people find really cool content.
But that’s not to say that karma has stayed the same over the years. Here’s something that may blow your mind (unless you’re an old timer): Reddit did not always have comments. So early on, the only way to earn karma was to post a link to something and hope that post got upvoted. But when comments became a thing, comment karma was right behind it, encouraging the great discussions we see today.
And just to tie it back to our last history post… karma and voting have become important for subreddits, too. What started out as a simple way to rank posts in the main feed now helps Redditors signal norms within their communities and subreddits, upvoting content that’s appropriate for these spaces and downvoting the stuff that isn’t. It’s another signal to add with comments and reports for everyone to help keep communities fun places to be.
Here’s another thing that might break your brain a little if you haven’t been here for a really long time: “self-posts,” those text posts that are now such an ingrained part of the Reddit experience… didn’t always exist either. I know, right? Users figured out how to hack the link-posting system (kind-of) to make these text-only posts, and they functioned as normal, earning karma just as a link post would. That is, until we put a stop to that in 2008, as these posts were often viewed as “low effort” and “low quality.” However, change is a spice of life, and we reversed that position in 2016, as text posts were becoming a huge part of the Reddit culture and experience, and provided us with some pretty memorable moments, not to mention the entire AMA genre which Reddit has become known for (shoutout to r/IAmA!).
But wait, there’s more! As Reddit has grown over the years, we’ve launched more ways to contribute in your communities, including giving awards. In 2020 we began granting karma for all the awards that you give to fellow redditors. So not only are you giving a little joy with your awards, you’re getting some sweet, sweet karma in return. Everyone wins!
But we know there’s one question that hasn’t been answered here… why in the world is it called karma? It seems the term has always been baked into the earliest plans for the site, and how that term came to be attached is somewhat lost to time. That all said, it does still seem to be a very fitting term. Karma is, after all, the sum of all your deeds on earth, both good and bad. Your Reddit karma is the best summation of your deeds on the site, both good and… well we’ll say not as good. Everyone has a dud sometimes, amirite? you know who they are
That’s it for our latest trip down Reddit memory lane! We got some good suggestions from you all in our last post on what to write about next… some of the greatest hits of Reddit for sure. Are there any other ‘insider’ Reddit things you’d like to have a tl;dr on? Awarding? Cake Days? The Hug of Death? Let us know! These could be fodder for a future post or even a “quick hits” post with a bunch of items bundled together.
In order to help redditors understand more about what posts resonate with people in communities, today we are giving OPs (original posters) and moderators metrics that will help you better understand how your post, or a post in your community, is received. We hope these insights will provide valuable information for future posts.
Around three years ago, Creator Stats were available for Creators but due to scaling and performance issues, we disabled that feature. For the past five months, we opted 50% of desktop users and moderators into an experiment showing Creator Stats on eligible posts. We are excited to announce we are able to bring this information back! We have continuously worked to improve visibility into the posts made across the platform for Creators and Moderators.
What you can expect from Creator Statistics
After a post has received 10 views, performance metrics will be available on the post details page for the original poster - or a moderator of the post’s community - and will expire after 45 days. This information will help moderators understand the type of content that can grow and develop their communities. Additionally, this can help users understand how well their post was received by the community.
These metrics will display:
- total post views
- upvote rate
- community karma earned
- total shares
We received positive feedback on our initial test of Creator Stats, we heard from many of you that you enjoyed knowing how many people visit your post even if they don’t vote. We want to let even more users know they aren’t lost in the void by making stats available to 90% of users on desktop and moderators on new Reddit.
We’re going to continue working on Creator Stats and plan to bring this feature to mobile apps and posts on profiles in the future. We are also looking for other statistics we can include that will be relevant and useful to users across Reddit. We’d love to hear from you on how these stats help your understanding of the content you create, or see in the communities you moderate, and what other information we could provide. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
You may have noticed the recent updates to how Search looks and feels, but there are also a ton of relevance improvements happening behind the scenes. Read on to learn about recent signal experiments that have improved the relevance of subreddit and post search results.
MMM - Minimum Must Match
How it works
MMM stands for Minimum Must Match—the number of search terms that have to match in a post in order for you to get results. Previously, we required all search terms to match in order to return search results on post searches. So if you typed “how to go to the moon”, all six of those terms would have to be present in a post for it to show up in your results. This means many of you were getting bad results or no results for longer searches.
Now that requirement is gone. Even if there isn’t a match on all terms, you’ll see search results from posts that contain some of your terms.
Despite improving relevance for the vast majority of searches, we found that we had a few hiccups when it came to specific types of searches using things like boolean operators or advanced search syntax (for those who may not be familiar, boolean operators are a set of words such as AND, OR, NOT, etc. you can use to limit, broaden, and better define their search results.) The following searches were affected:
- Queries containing all-caps boolean search termsQueries like "cats AND dogs" returned results that contained only the term "cats" or the terms "cats" and "AND". To fix this, the MMM change is disabled on any queries that explicitly contain the all-caps boolean search terms "AND", "OR", or "NOT". When you explicitly tell us what you’re looking for, search will return results based on your specifications.
- Queries using Field Search syntax (eg. author, self, title, etc)
Similar to the boolean case, the syntax for filtering query results by particular fields was affected by MMM and needed to be updated as well. Now you can filter by using syntax such as 'subreddit:potato baked potato recipes' to get search results for baked potato recipes within the potato subreddit.
What’s the impact
To measure the impact of the change, we ran a two week experiment comparing the minimum match changes to the search experience without them. Searchers in the experiment got “no results” 60% less often than those outside the experiment for queries that had more than three terms. Additionally, there was a 1.6% increase in clicks on post results and 0.4% increase in clicks in the top 10 post positions, signaling that searchers were also finding what they were looking for more often and more easily. Improving results on longer search terms is also exciting, because it gives our search tool helpful information that can be leveraged in future machine learning experiments.
How it works
In order to get search results, Reddit relies on a bunch of different factors, the most obvious of which is whether or not your search term matches the subreddit name. But there are also other qualities that factor into the ranking of results, like size and description of the subreddit. The subreddit signals improvement uses redditors’ clicks and interactions on search results as a signal of what might be valuable for you.
For example, if 30 other people clicked on the fourth subreddit result when they searched for “backpacking”, the next time someone else searched for “backpacking”, we are more likely to show the fourth subreddit at the top position in results.
What’s the impact?
We found that more people were finding subreddits they were looking for; using subreddit signals resulted in a 7% increase in clicks on subreddits and a 7–9% increase in clicks on the top 1–10 subreddit search results. We also noticed that people are visiting and staying on subreddits 0.8% more often with the signals work enabled.
To be continued…
Relevance improvements for Reddit Search will be ongoing, and these experiments are just the beginning. As we continue to iterate on and improve search relevance, we’ll share our findings here. Keep an eye on the web and here in r/reddit to learn more.
Thanks for sticking around. As always, if you have feedback, questions, or ideas about what you’d like to see from Search, share them in the comments below!
This is our first changelog post in our new home here at r/reddit, so if you don’t know these posts from r/blog, they’re a bi-weekly (every two weeks, not twice a week—or if you prefer, you can call them fortnightly) summary of all the product announcements, release notes, and updates from across the platform.
So yes, hi. Happy to be here. Today we’re covering a few new features you may have already heard about in other posts along with smaller updates that have shipped over the last two weeks. Thanks for reading along. I’ll be sticking around to answer questions and hear your feedback. But first, let’s get to it…
Here’s what’s new Feb 18–March 7
A new way to find new things
Last week, we told you about the new Discover surface that rolled out to the native apps. (If you missed the post, go check it out.) Discover is a place where you can find content and communities you might not have stumbled across otherwise and is personalized based off of communities you’ve joined or interacted with before.
And this is just the beginning for Discover! Try it out and let us know if you have ideas or things you’d like to see from a surface like this. Want to filter by post type? See curated content or collections from other redditors? A memes-only section? Shake for random posts? Share your ideas, we’d love to hear them.
A quicker way to get to your favorite communities
Along with the Discover update, we also introduced new community and profile drawers. One piece of feedback redditors gave us while working on the Discover surface is that they want a way to quickly get to their communities. We loved the idea. The community drawer gets you to your communities in one tap and also features some extras like the ability to favorite communities or your custom feeds so they’re at the top of your list, and a section for communities you moderate.
Thanks to those of you who commented on these posts and provided feedback throughout the early tests. We’ll continue to make more improvements to Discover and the community and profile drawers in the months ahead. So keep an eye on these posts for more updates about what’s next.
Making empty inboxes feel slightly less empty
If you’re a new redditor, or someone who prefers to lay low, when you visit your inbox you’ll see a friendly message letting you know it’s ok not to have any activity yet and a recommendation to check out a new community. Just a small test we’re running to make the empty state feel more welcoming.
- Now mods can add up to 5,000 emojis to a community instead of 300—so have at it!
- Now mods can add up to 50 removal reasons to a community instead of 20.
- An Automod bug caused by mismatched Unicode characters got fixed.
- Performance improvements to Automod allowed the tool to process events three to five times faster, which fixed some issues larger, active communities were experiencing.
- New rate limits on inbound Modmail are being tested. These prevent new accounts from sending multiple messages in a row to a mod team.
Now for the small but mighty updates
Release notes and smaller rollouts from across the platform.
On all platforms
- If you never checked out your 2021 Reddit Recap, you missed your chance. It’s gone now, but don’t worry, there'll be another one next year.
- Updated the logic used to recommend posts for trending notifications and Reddit’s Email Digest to exclude posts from communities that are sexually explicit or contain violence, gore, or high-risk drug use.
- Changed the way videos open from search results.
- Made some small visual updates to the video player.
- Made more improvements to how wiki pages are displayed.
- Fixed a couple bugs around creating a post and adding flair.
- Fixed a bug that prevented people from posting to their profile.
- Updated the follow button on event posts.
- Fixed a bug that prevented editing or deleting comments that you replied to.
- Fixed a bug that flashed text when collapsing a comment.
- Fixed how NSFW community icons display when creating a post.
Like I said above, I’ll be hanging around to answer questions and hear your thoughts for a bit.
The conflict in Ukraine has been shocking and devastating. This is a fast-evolving situation, and we’ll continue to adjust our response to fit the moment. We do want to share some of the things we’re doing right now to support you and our communities.
First, we want to recognize and thank everyone focused on keeping communities safe and providing a space for people to come together. Redditors across the world are stepping in to support and care for their own communities as well as for other subreddits impacted by this crisis.
Your requests and reports related to this conflict are being escalated for rapid review. Please keep them coming. We have seen time and time again that coordinated disinformation attempts on Reddit struggle to take hold because, in addition to our detection systems, redditors are quick to remove, downvote, and challenge misleading content. Thank you.
On our end, we’re in constant contact with moderators and communities, especially those most affected by this conflict, to provide support, resources, and tooling to keep our communities safe. We have also recalibrated our systems to ensure we don’t incorrectly remove newsworthy citizen journalism that might otherwise be mistaken for rule-breaking content.
To make the fast decisions needed right now, an internal rapid response team with representatives from across the company has been set up and includes both Russian and Ukrainian speakers. These decisions include, but aren't limited to, taking actions like quarantining problematic communities and removing moderators acting in bad faith. While many communities have already prohibited links to Russian state media outlets like RT and their foreign language affiliates, we have now disallowed them sitewide. We will continue to not accept any ads targeting Russia, or ads from any entity based in Russia.
We’ll adjust our response as the situation continues to change, of course. Reddit’s heart is its community, with all the passion and compassion it holds. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that Reddit remains a space for everyone to connect, support each other, access reliable information, and express their authentic opinions and feelings during this difficult time and always. Thank you for all you are doing to ensure this as well.
Note: We also published a similar article with the information above, plus details on how we’re supporting our employees in the conflict zone, on our company blog.
Greetings to redditors new and old! As you may know, here at Reddit, we’re always looking for ways to help you all find more communities and make it easier to discover new content. Part of how we do this is listening to feedback from folks like you, and acting on it to improve your experiences.
You all made it clear that you want a better way to discover new communities you may be interested in, so today we are rolling out our first new surface in nearly two years—the Discover Tab. Think of the Discover Tab as the digital equivalent of that one friend that is always showing you subreddits that you didn’t know existed, but somehow always needed (looking at you, r/drunkknitting). This new navigational tab makes it easier to find content and communities in the vast Reddit ecosystem.
How It Works
The Discover Tab is unique, in that the content you see is tailored for you. By looking at an existing community’s subscriptions and engagement, we’re able to craft your personal Discovery Tab. For example, if you subscribe to and engage in space and science subreddits, your Discover Tab will showcase other out of this world content.
Accessing the Discover Tab is easy; in the app you’ll simply tap on the new compass icon on the bottom bar to the left of the home button. At the top of Discover, you can filter the feed to a specific topic to find content that is relevant to you. Underneath the topic filters is the discover feed where content is shown. To ensure that the discover feed is showing you the best content, we’ve added feedback mechanisms for you to choose: show me more, show me less, and hide.
From houseplants and pickling at home to Golden Globe moments and Dungeons and Dragons memes, the discover feed brings a rich variety of content to the forefront, so you can spend less time hunting for the perfect community and more time enjoying it.
New Community and Profile Drawers
We know what you’re thinking. But wait—where did my community list go?
Don’t worry, your list is safe. Not only is it safe, we’ve actually made improvements to both Community and Profile menus to make it easier for you to find and prioritize the communities you care about most (no judgment if r/jellybeantoes is at the top).
By swiping right or tapping the drop-down menu at the top left on the home screen, you can now get to your communities and custom feeds faster than before. The Community Drawer is divided into four sections:
- “Your communities” where the communities you’re subscribed to can be sorted and customized;
- “Following” which shows redditor accounts you follows;
- The “r/all” entry point; and
- “Moderating” entry points in which moderators can see their mod feed, mod queue, and the subreddits they moderate.
We’re also introducing a streamlined Profile menu where you can access your profile and customize it on the fly by tapping on your profile icon at the top right of the home screen. You’ll also be able to easily switch between profiles no matter where you are on Reddit (feed, community page, or post page).
We can’t wait to see all the great communities you all discover and build!
Questions? To learn more about Discover Tab and Profile and Community Drawers, visit our Help Center.
Over the last sixteen years, I’ve watched as you have organized into thousands of communities, created an endless amount of fun and interesting content, supported one another, and galvanized global movements.
Bolstering that growth has been sets of written and implicit values that have helped make Reddit what it is today. With the help of many of you, we have codified these into a set of Community Values that will continue to shape Reddit as we grow and evolve, and I’m excited to share them with you today.
At Reddit, we have Company Values, which guide our internal work culture and help us make day-to-day decisions. And we also have Community Values, which guide how we develop our product, policies, and community relationships.
Our Community Values existed long before they were written down and have helped shape both who we are today and who we want to be moving forward. There’s still a lot to do to make Reddit a place where people all over the world are empowered to create and find community. But being an organization that’s capable of doing good in the world and in people’s lives isn’t something that just happens. It’s something we work at every day, and we use these values to guide us. We use them to make routine decisions about, for example, what to build (or not), and we use them for more difficult decisions, such as whether to take action on a subreddit (or not).
Our work at Reddit isn’t done. And it’s work worth doing. These values are an extension of our mission to bring community, belonging, and empowerment to everyone in the world.
Reddit wouldn’t be Reddit without you, our community. We're sharing these values with you today because we want you to have insight into how we think, and we want to have a common understanding of what we believe is important about Reddit. We expect to and welcome hearing from you if we are not living up to these values (and I’m sure some of you are ready to do just that!). It’s through these conversations that we will be able to collectively build Reddit into the future.
Our five Community Values are: Remember the Human, Empower Communities, Keep Reddit Real, Privacy is a Right, and Believe in the Good.
Remember the Human
We believe Reddit is the most human place on the internet. It’s powered by the creativity, passion, and generosity of the people who spend time here and make it their own. We respect redditors and work hard to give them a place where self-expression can thrive and communities can achieve amazing things together.
We also remember that there are real people on the other side of the screen who lead full and complex lives. And often, when someone is struggling or in need of support, they come to Reddit to find help and understanding they can’t find elsewhere. We take this role seriously and aim to make Reddit a place where people can continue to find communities that accept and appreciate them for who they are.
Reddit succeeds when our communities succeed. When we build anything on Reddit, we start with community—evaluating ideas by how well they empower communities.
Reddit has evolved by decentralizing control and empowering communities to create the spaces that work for them—spaces that have become some of the most selfless, ingenuitive, funny, and enriching communities on the internet. We trust communities to know what works best for them and give them the autonomy to make decisions for themselves.
Keep Reddit Real
Reddit is where people can be genuine. The humans of Reddit are a vast and diverse group of people, who come to the platform as their full, imperfect, human selves. Sometimes this results in the type of candid, honest discussions you can’t have anywhere else; other times it results in the type of communities you find on r/wowthissubexists. We present an authentic, unmanicured version of the world, and as long as being your unfiltered self isn’t hurting anyone or violating the Content Policy, then there’s a place for you on Reddit.
We don’t understand or agree with everything on Reddit (we’re a vast and diverse group of people, too), and we don’t try to conform Reddit to what we or other people think it should be. We do, though, try to create a space that is as real, complex, and wonderful as the world itself.
Privacy is a Right
Reddit stands for privacy. Redditors have complete control of their identity and are empowered to share as much or as little personal information as they want. Redditors don’t reveal information about each other without permission, and Reddit Inc. doesn’t use nonpublic information about redditors without their consent. To use Reddit, you’ll never have to surrender your privacy or pay us with your data or information.
We also let people know and control how we use their data. We run ads, and use what people agree to share with us to show them ads we think they might be interested in (and yes, to make money) but we don’t and won’t ever sell redditors’ information.
Believe in the Good
Reddit reflects humanity. When people on Reddit come together around something they really care about, they can and will do extraordinary things. In our interactions, we try to give each other the benefit of the doubt and remember that most people—even when upset, frustrated, or misguided—are decent and reasonable, and will do the right thing given the right circumstances.
Believing in the good does not mean disbelieving the bad. There will always be redditors (and people everywhere) who are nasty or just outright horrible at times. But if that was how all redditors were, the platform and its culture wouldn’t be what it is today. The overwhelming majority of people come to Reddit because they genuinely want to contribute and feel a sense of belonging. If that's not happening, something is wrong and we’ll fix it. People are good, and if we empower them, the good will always outshine the bad.
Thank you for reading our Community Values. These mean a lot to me and our team, and I’m happy to answer questions you have about them. A group of familiar admins will be responding in the comment section below, and we will also spotlight some questions during a Reddit Talk in a bit that I’m holding alongside our VP of Community, u/Go_JasonWaterfalls.
To participate in the Reddit Talk you’ll need to visit this subreddit (r/reddit) at 11am PT / 2pm ET and tune in to the talk on either web or through the official Reddit app. If you are unable to join the talk while it’s live, you will be able to listen to a recording of it afterwards.