Today we rolled out a feature that will allow users with reddit gold to set subreddits as 'gold only' when they are being created. These subreddits are only accessible to users with reddit gold.
What this is:
redditors constantly impress us with the enthusiasm and wit with which they create niche communities. We are also blown away by the ongoing support redditors show for reddit itself and for one another by buying and gifting reddit gold. We want to enable redditors to combine these two things by allowing the gilded of reddit to create their own secret societies that may or may not exist.
What this is not:
An attempt to make money by creating paywalls or by making reddit 'pay-to-win'. We think reddit is awesome and would hate for it to be unavailable to someone just because they couldn't afford it (you can always send us a postcard for gold). We hope this feature will allow users to be more creative with reddit gold. As ever, we want the features available with reddit gold to be 'nice to have' not 'must have'.1
This feature is experimental in nature and so we are entering it into a beta period for 3 months in which we will be taking feedback from the community. This feedback will be factored into any changes we make to the feature.
- a user must have gold to create a gold only subreddit .
- subreddits can only be set as a gold only when being created.
- regular subreddits can only be converted to gold only via making a request to the admins2.
- a collection of all gold only subreddits is available in the reddit gold tab on the subreddits page
- gold only subreddits come with their own shiny stylesheet.
- users do not require gold to moderate gold only subreddits.
- mods can disable ads in gold only subreddits - we'd prefer it if you didn't but if you do we hope this will allow your community to be more creative with its stylesheets, e.g.:
We are allowing gold users to create their own version of /r/lounge and are excited to see the splendiferous subreddits they create. See all of them at /subreddits/gold.
1 We recently started offering early access to episodes /r/upvoted ad free for gold members. Swing by the /r/lounge on Wednesdays at midnight EST.
2 Requests will be granted on a case-by-case basis. The chief factor we will be considering is whether the subreddit theme is appropriate for gold.