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Posted bySuch Alumni3 months ago
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r/IdeasForTheAdmins is a user-run subreddit; while we hope some of the admins read our subreddit for ideas, we the mods and most participants here are just normal everyday users, like you. This means we can't actually change how reddit works (functionally). Telling us that you dislike the new profiles isn't very useful, because we can't do anything about it.

What you can do is tell the admins in one of their official forums to voice feedback. That means posting and voting in the next r/announcements thread (here's the previous one), and in the mean time, probably using r/beta (ed: if anyone knows of a better place for this, let me know). "I don't like this" is a useful thing for the admins to hear, but it's not a useful thing to have here; we'll be removing these posts to keep it clear for more concrete ideas on how to change the site.



It’s really annoying to see a bunch of posts that I’ve already seen, especially since it’s time consuming to hide posts on mobile.


Good Morning,

Please allow me a moment of your time to bring up an issue regarding the state of Reddit that I feel needs addressing. I have not actively engaged in this service until now but I have kept tabs on the growth and changes of Reddit over the years. In the past four-to-five years Reddit has seen tremendous growth, which is great! But, accompanying that growth there are some points of contention, specifically regarding the manner in which content is administered on Reddit.

If you were a fly on the wall here at Advance you'd learn that we believe in the free-flow of information to serve the interests of our user-base(s). Our portfolio is very diverse, something we’re very proud of. That ethos is, at times, at odds with the way Reddit is organized today. It's the opinion of more than just one person that Reddit is in need of some organizational tweaking. It's a growing stance that too heavy handed is the approach of Reddit's leadership - from moderators of the lowliest communities up to the executives.

Now one may ask; "If the wheel is not broke, why fix it?" Well, we want to preempt a future drop in usage. Every king has served a final day and we're very much concerned about going the way of other social platforms, and the dodo. The future is never too far away. This open letter is aimed at giving everyone some insight as to where our minds are at.

Among the active Reddit users here, there are some recurring themes that come up in conversation which I'll list in no particular order:

  • The executive team should not be in the business of providing analytic data (not talking about vote, "karma" info) to anyone outside of Reddit & Advance's executive teams.

  • Communities that cater to unpopular or unsavory viewpoints, they have a place on Reddit.

  • The Reddit user base is far too compartmentalized.

  • Within those compartments the Reddit communities are far too homogenous.

  • Community moderators do not own Reddit.

  • We want to continue to support third party extensions, platforms and tools. This may seem like it flies in the face of the first bullet point, but it does not.

In closing, I thank you for your time in reading and wish to remain semi-anonymous.



I upvote/save a lot of things so I can go back to them later. But sometimes it takes forever to scroll back to find the exact thing I’m looking for. If there was a way to sort by subreddit I think this would help tremendously.


Like a moderation log, for individual posts

  • why is it someone can click on my username and see every one of my reddit posts, and look through and find every one of comments.

  • I am not asking for the ability click certain users, or hide my activity from a Google search. But it would be helpful to not allow a person to easily scroll through my entire reddit activity. I don't want to have multiple accounts to switch between.

What is the benefit or the reason to be able to see everything that profile has ever written or posted ?


Like others, I use 'profile view' to archive my own comments. But it's silly to see that one's own text submissions are briefly linked-to and the text that you have written with the submission is NOT shown. In order to read (or archive) them you'd have to visit every one and save the whole page. Consider making this change to the classic /overview/ display and not the 'newer, not better' smartphone/win10 tile style thingie, I don't use it.


Most subreddits become borderline unreadable if I try to use reddit side-by-side with something else in a narrow window because the sidebar squishes all the posts. A minimize function would be really helpful!


Can we please reduce the time on this one? I know it's an anti-spam mechanic but it gets way too annoying when comment-chatting with someone


Along the years I have saved many different posts from different subreddits, but if I wanted to show a cool subreddit to my friends, it would definitely be represented by my saved posts from it in conjunction with "top".


I dont like using apps and so use your mobile site, and its a pain because the option to delete a comment is right under the option to edit it, and its easily hit by mistake and does the delete without making sure like is standard when deleting things on computers. If you put in an "are you sure" or even just moved its position in the list of options, thatd be great.


It was virtually impossible for me to figure out how to give someone gold for a comment I liked. I eventually had to go to my desktop computer to do it, and it was a huge pain in the butt trying to find the comment again. I feel if you could make it easier more people would do it impulsively. I know you can buy credits in advance, but it would be great to be able to do that in the app and mobile version on the web as well. Even requesting the desktop site in safari and Firefox didn’t help. It’s like candy at the checkout in a grocery store. Why sire, I’d love a candy bar! Do I have to leave my purchases here and go find a clerk to tell me where it is, then come back? Nah, I don’t want candy THAT much... :)


idk if there's a sub specific for UX feedback, but this is annoying for users who have multiple accounts for specific purposes. I'm switching back and forth between two accounts pretty frequently and it's frustrating having to close that or do my login one step at a time.

Alternatively, have the username and pass fields both on there in an obvious way.


Just sayin'. While I understand that allowing subs to allow for name changes would be near impossible and that tagging one is case insensitive, one of the subs I'm moderating is still all lowercase because whoever created it wasn't careful enough to name it correctly. It's super annoying


If users could upload their own preview images when posting I think it'd make preview images a lot more interesting and useful, especially for text posts.


Why should archived posts and comments on archived posts still have their real votes hidden?

Vote fuzzing is to prevent spammers from finding out if their votes are working, but there’s no point in that when you can’t vote.


I was a bit surprised to click on a link to a post from a front-page queue and be taken to a post with a totally different title. Only after was it explained to me that it was a separate post in another sub that had been cross-posted.

There's no reason to expect this to happen, and could lead to all sorts of confusion (if not malicious activity). Users expect that when they see a post item in a queue listed for a given sub, and the destination is Reddit, that clicking on that item will take them to the post's page on that sub - not direct them to an entirely different post on another sub.

Cross-posting is fine, but when accessing a cross-posted link from a queue, it should take you first to the post that's listed. Not skip it entirely and go directly to the other sub.


Pretty straightforward: Stop feeding different information to different users based on their location, with entire posts and comment threads missing between one place and another.

Deliver the same content to every user, pending their decisions about subscriptions, blocks, and queue filters. We're all tired of social media companies pulling this corrupt crap.


The official and /r/help FAQs seem to be old and lack some information:

  • Positive scores are the correct score with some vote fuzzing thrown in. So, they aren’t exact, but close enough.
  • Post scores don’t display scores below 0. Comment scores do.
  • You cannot see the total of upvote/downvote anymore, only the summation score.

Source: What does 0 votes mean?

Do you think we should implement these?

How is a submission's score determined?

A submission's score is simply the number of upvotes minus the number of downvotes. If five users like the submission and three users don't it will have a score of 2. Please note that the vote numbers are not "real" numbers, they have been "fuzzed" to prevent spam bots etc. So taking the above example, if five users upvoted the submission, and three users downvote it, the upvote/downvote numbers may say 23 upvotes and 21 downvotes, or 12 upvotes, and 10 downvotes. The points score is correct, but the vote totals are "fuzzed".

→ It says for sure that the displayed scores are correct and can be negative, which aren't.

How is a comment's score determined?

According to the same principles as a submission's score.

A comment's score is simply the number of upvotes minus the number of downvotes. If five users like the comment and three users don't it will have a score of 2. Please note that the vote numbers are not "real" numbers, they have been "fuzzed" to prevent spam bots etc. So taking the above example, if five users upvoted the comment, and three users downvote it, the upvote/downvote numbers may say 23 upvotes and 21 downvotes, or 12 upvotes, and 10 downvotes. The points score is correct, but the vote totals are "fuzzed".

→ It says for sure that the displayed scores are correct, which aren't.

Why do the number of votes change when you reload a page?

It's a not-so-clever ploy to thwart potential cheaters by obfuscating the exact number of votes a post has. If the number of votes changes on a cheater's submission, they won't know whether that's due to their methods working or reddit throwing phantom votes their way.

See further explanation by /u/ jedberg here and /u/ ketralnis here.

→ It doesn't add much supplement on the official FAQ. The further explanations are old too.


I want to sort by new, but since I'm subbed to mostly small subs (excluding a few), I only see posts from the most popular subreddit I'm subscribed to since so many people are posting there. I don't want to unsubscribe to these subs since I enjoy the popular content there, I just don't enjoy the fact that it takes up all of new for me.


Is there a reason why my mobile notifications never sync as open on the desktop site when I get back to my PC? It's pretty annoying to check it only to see the message I opened an hour ago. On mobile as well, I don't understand why when I click on a notification from my drop down list, after I'm done and I'm backing out of the application, it still shows as a new message even though I just opened it. Not sure if anyone else has found this to be annoying as well.


Highly trafficked subreddits are being censored by certain mods who are using permanent bans to censor opinions they disagree with & stifle the range of free opinions. In order to combat this mods should not be able to ban people permanently if they have not committed prior offenses but simply suspend them for a limited amount of time. Unless they have committed highly egregious posts (such as racism). If not the admins should be allowed to re-instate people who have been banned unfairly, then ask the offending biased mod to step down.


Example: I'm sort of interested in cryptocurrency. I want to know if there's huge breaking news, but I don't care about the highly upvoted stuff on the day-to-day.

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