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Cody Williams

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Cody Williams is the author of BUNNY BOY and THE FIFTH LINE. He lives near Bristol, TN.
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Changes to Reddit Rules and Attempted Price Hike Spark Backlash; Many Subreddits, including NASCAR's, Will Go Dark June 12-14 in Protest

What’s Happening?

We at the Daily Downforce love Reddit. It’s a great platform to have discussions on a variety of issues affecting our favorite topics/sports. This includes NASCAR. But as we wrap things up in Sonoma and head into this strange, bizarre dimension of an off week in NASCAR, your favorite posters on Reddit will not be there to provide the comfort you desperately crave. This is due to a site-wide protest, which NASCAR’s Subreddit will be participating in.

You Need To Know:

  • The issues that sparked this tremendous backlash was a change in Reddit’s user agreement. This change would make it to where third-party apps would be charged for access to Reddit’s (the company’s) API. The acronym, API, stands for Application Programming Interface. It allows third-party apps to communicate with Reddit (the company, not the users) and display important information from the site.
  • An r/NASCAR moderator posted on Sunday that NASCAR’s Reddit forum planned to participate in this strike. They broke it down by explaining that the new policy Reddit is trying to rollout in time for July would prohibit Reddit moderators from using third-party apps on the site, forcing them to use Reddit exclusive tools.
  • While this may go over the heads of a lot of NASCAR fans, the effects could trickle down. A social media platform is only as successful as its users viewing and networking experience. With many third-party apps breaking down over the new rules, it could mean that a lot of forums on the site could be shut down for good.

Reddit has since responded to the strike, effectively doubling down on their decision to practically eradicate all third-party apps from the site. This resulted in the shutdown of apps like Apollo, Reddit is Fun, and Sync. The former stated that even if they kept strictly subscribed Reddit users who used 344 requests per day, the price hike would mean that the company would owe Reddit $2.50 a month for just that one user. When factoring in all of their subscribers, it would mean that they would be paying Reddit $1.7 million a month for access, or $20 million a year.

The Main Characters

NASCAR is just one of the Subreddits joining in on this protest. Their channel will be going dark from June 12th through the 14th as they stand in solidarity with their fellow Subreddits.

Reddit clapped back in response via spez, the current CEO and one of the founding members of Reddit. In his post, he addressed the issue and tried to break it down into layman’s terms the best he could. He explains that 90% of Subreddits will be unaffected by the policy change and will be able to continue using Reddit’s tools for free. However, some apps decided that the policy change did not fit in line with what was best for their business, so they chose to shut down.

It’s a typical cooling-down job that ultimately did nothing but spark even more backlash. With everything going down between Elon Musk and Twitter, this hardly comes as a surprise.

In the Stands

Batedcow pokes fun at the situation, stating that the NASCAR Subreddit has been fined for actions detrimental to Reddit.

YRB007 claps back, stating that the penalty is being appealed so the blackout is moving forward, shifting the official fines to a later date.

theamac95 hardly looks at NASCAR on Reddit Monday-Wednesday…not unless there’s a huge penalty or something…which there have been a few this year. ChaseTheFalcon responds, predicting that the biggest penalty in NASCAR history will be handed out during the blackout with DistanceRight1039 stating that a driver will get a lifetime ban. Reddit users are so fun!

Toss_Me_Elf only uses Reddit on his desktop. He doesn’t see the issue here. Meanwhile, Chrispix61 uses the official Reddit mobile app. They bring into question…what “third-party” apps are others using to access the site?

ATL4Life95 and SpenceSmithback predicts that this protest will accomplish absolutely nothing.

WON95sr reports that Reddit has been shown the black flag and will be escorted to the hauler to receive their L-3 penalty.

The ban on third-party apps will not affect desktop users as many of them don’t even know about the other apps that are not official to the site.

Following the blackout, things on the r/NASCAR forum should go on as scheduled. It’s a strange situation, NASCAR fans, but an interesting one. What do you all think? Is the blackout a fool’s errand? Let us know your take and more on all of our socials!

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Cody Williams

Cody Williams

Cody Williams is the author of BUNNY BOY and THE FIFTH LINE. He lives near Bristol, TN.
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