Here are the weekly redesign release notes, which are a round up of the major items we are currently working on or have recently shipped on new Reddit. You can view last week’s release notes here.
What was shipped:
What’s coming up next:
These following features are bigger projects that are in development and that will take a some time to build and get right. Expect these items to be recurring on the weekly notes:
And, as always, our weekly reminder that the community’s feedback is invaluable as we build the future of Reddit together. It’s difficult for us to respond directly to everything, but know that we’re listening, prioritizing, and working to solve the issues, no matter how hard they are.
If you have additional questions or feedback on these or other topics, please don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments below.
We’re testing out a new feature today on the desktop redesign that allows users on Reddit who want to self-verify (for AMAs and other purposes) to more easily do so on Reddit. Frequently, a Reddit user will create a tweet from their Twitter account on Reddit when hosting an AMA or to signal to moderators they are indeed who they say they are. This process currently involves the user creating a tweet from their official Twitter account and adding that tweet as proof then messaging the mods. We want to make this process easier for users and moderators.
Today, a small percentage of users on the desktop redesign can connect their Twitter accounts to Reddit using OAuth. Once connected, users can optionally enable their Twitter handle as a “Connected Account” on their profile. This will allow users who want to present their Twitter handle on Reddit to do so more easily and allow users who view the Reddit profile to know what the account is. This is not meant as a way to replace the existing workflow some of the moderators use for requiring AMA hosts to take a photo of themselves. We understand the need for needing visual/photographic proof in specific situations. Rather, this is an additional functionality that moderators can ask from poster to simplify the process of user self-verification.
Users in the test will find the option to connect to Twitter in their Account Settings on the desktop redesign:
Once connected, you’ll be able to display a link to your Twitter profile on your profile page:
If you choose to enable the “Show link on profile” option, we’ll display a “Connect Accounts” widget on your user profile:
Additionally, those users who choose to connect their Reddit account to Twitter can auto-tweet a Reddit post they just created. The the tweet will say “I just posted ‘POST TITLE’ on Reddit.” This text is non-editable to prevent begging for votes and other malicious use cases. This is optional on post creation after connecting your account to Twitter. Users in the test group will be able to select this option from the post creation page on the desktop redesign. Reddit will not automatically tweet on your behalf without your explicit consent. Creating tweets to your Twitter account will only happen if you choose to use it.
To connect an account from the post creation page, click the “Connect accounts to share your post”
Once connected to Twitter, you can check the “Share this post on Twitter” option to automatically tweet the post once it’s been submitted (by default, this option is disabled).
After the initial test period with a limited set of users, we’ll evaluate the impact to communities and usage before rolling this feature out more broadly.
If you have any questions, I’ll be around for awhile to answer them.
Edit: The purpose of this feature isn’t to replace the proof-photos for AMAs that acknowledges the person answering your questions is indeed the actual person. We’re not asking mods to change their existing proof-process if they have a system that works
I know personalized ads aren't going away anytime soon, so I might as well get used to it. I've actually grown to like what I see sometimes. What I don't like I ads that have absolutely nothing to do with me.
I'm a Windows user and an android user. Almost all of the ads I see are about one iOS product. I'm no expert but what OS I use seems to be an easy information to find. I'm an atheist, yet last month, about half of the ads I saw were about finding Jesus.
The worst is, once the algorithm decided to show me an ad, it shows me the same ad over and over for weeks.
Let me tell the algorithm I don't want an ad. Google allows this. Facebook allows this. Twitter allows this. You'll have better engagement, and I won't have a bald smug face telling me to find Jesus every 12 posts.
Hell, there's a downvote button, you can use that !
Looking at posts like this from /r/dota2, you can see that things are being parsed differently: http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/DotA2/comments/98233k/the_international_8_group_stage_day_3_match/
Whether this change is intentional or not, this should probably be something that is made consistent between the different versions of the site.
I'm generally liking the redesign and getting accustomed to it. However there's one UI choice that I'm constantly running up against: accidentally clicking on a post since the entire box is now clickable. If you misclick even a few pixels off any of the buttons in a post (upvote, downvote, share, etc) it links you to the post. Is there a way to just disable this feature? If I want to see the post itself I'll click the title or the comments link. That's why they're there. Thanks!
I’ve subscribed to subreddits that interest me. They’re great. I appreciate them.
Their daily post content is fairly low, so I spend most of my time on this site browsing /r/all. There’s an option to blacklist posts from designated subreddits from showing up on /r/all. I appreciate that so much.
However, there is a (100ish?) subreddit limit on that blacklist. Please uncap this.
1) All other views occupy the entire space. It's only the card view that stretches only 30% (or 40%?) of the monitor width. The number doesn't matter. What I'm trying to say is that on the left and right side of the card there is a lot of wasted space. I can read the cards but it feels pretty "vertical". We can easily expand the card width so that more text fits into my monitor.
2) This one is definitely a bug. There used to be a lot of contents in the sidebar. For example, go to this sub: https://old.reddit.com/r/CBTpractice/ and check out the sidebar. There's so much info there. And now go to the new "redesign" (ugh): http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/CBTpractice/
All that extra info from the sidebar is gone. Please bring back the contents.
Message was "your ad blocker is interfering with our ability to serve you this page", or something like that. I immediately switched to old.reddit.com and won't return to the redesign until this is addressed.
I have the
Use the redesign as my default experience setting unchecked in my preferences, but many subreddits I go to now (/r/Android, /r/legaladvice, /r/relationships to name a few) are forcing me to the redesign regardless of the setting.
Even going through https://old.reddit.com still forces the redesigned experience.
This still keeps occuring for me. Clearing cache did not resolve the issue. As a result I cannot currently view messages. I've actually waited about a week for this problem to go away thinking its something on the backend but it still has not. I honestly don't think there is anything I can do on my side that will make it work short of using another browser for reddit. I want to say its a chrome issue, but I've noted that a few other users that have complained are using firefox. It seems to happen in both Chrome Canary as well as the current stable release for me. I don't know if its something with my user data on reddit that is triggering it or what. The old interface worked fine, but I will admit that I do like the new redesign personally so good work there!
Do you ever reddit at work? Do you want you coworkers to learn a magic handle that reveals your dumb hobbies and years of your idle Internet thoughts? If so, the new top bar on desktop should be great for you.
(I think of all my redditing as potentially-public anyway, and try to keep it wholesome; but that doesn't mean I want to broadcast my handle to anyone. I think of this as the not-social-media sharing site, and I like it that way.)
PS. coworker who sparked this post: just in case you saw and are reading now, it's all good buddy :) let's play some videogames soon...
In old reddit, urls like
would link to the post correctly, but in new reddit, only the subreddit part of that url is linked. Was this change intentional? Any chance of getting it to work the same way in new reddit?
Some time ago, the tab order for submitting a comment reply was changed such that in order to submit, you need to click tab twice before being able to hit enter. I believe there was a thread about it, but I haven't heard any updates. This behavior breaks an overwhelming consistency convention in almost every website, which is that submitting typed comments can be done with a "tab, enter" combination of keystrokes. All major forum software supports this.
However, because the redesign doesn't even break conventions consistently, submitting a top level comment is still done with one tab before enter.
Is there a plan to address this as a UX problem? I know it may sound trivial to some, but this is core web app usage muscle memory that I've built up over the course of a decade and a half, and it's getting close to the point that I'd rather finally give up on the redesign rather than try to fight it.
If this is not planned to be addressed, is there a reason that outweighs the change from expected behavior?
Please be respectful of others and check your insults at the door. Remember the human.