I know its easier than ever to dunk on how terrible reddit has gotten, but honestly? What is this? How is is safer to deliver this content to kids viewing reddit on a tablet or PC or in the app? Why even create the bs excuse?

They could just have easily told the truth an displayed a message like “Content is limited. Open in the app to view.” It’s still a jerk move, but at a minimum its honest.

  • @pivot_root
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    You think that’s bad? They have four of these “promo” dialogs to push users to the Reddit spyware app.

    1. Unreviewed community (the one you’re seeing).
    2. NSFW content.
    3. Trending content (yes, you read that right).
    4. Special events (like r/place).

    Fuck Spez.

    • Neato
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      Also just getting a bottom banner asking if you want to use the app. I only ever get there from searches so, no I don’t want the app. One of the only websites deliberately making their mobile site unusable to push an app.

      • @Breadhax0r
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        171 month ago

        Ublock gets rid of the banner asking you to switch…it doesn’t fix all the other bullshit though.

        • Neato
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          51 month ago

          Weird. I have unlock origin on Firefox Android and I will get the pop-up for See this post in…

          • @Breadhax0r
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            61 month ago

            If I recall, I had to go into uBlocks settings and enable Easylist- annoyances > chat widgets an Adguard -annoyances >mobile app banners, widgets

            I haven’t had any issues myself, but I’ve seen some stuff online saying reddit has been rather aggressive with trying to fight blockers

            • Neato
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              31 month ago

              Aha, that worked perfectly! Thank you very much!

    • Ms. ArmoredThirteen
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      I’m trans and have surgery coming up so I’m often trying to research a lot of stuff related to that. Seems half the useful info out there is on Reddit and I have to get around the fucking NSFW wall all the time. I’m so frustrated that so much of that information got tied up there and in discord channels

        • @jacksilver
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          11 month ago

          You can also set your browser to desktop mode. For some reason viewing things from a “desktop” is okay, but God forbid you view it from your phone.

  • @[email protected]
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    691 month ago

    It’s not reviewed and may have harmful content, so please read the harmful content on an app instead?

    • @[email protected]
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      401 month ago

      Old reddit has started to prevent people from accessing the site without being logged in if you use a VPN. Reddit is officially dead for me since last month.

      • @[email protected]
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        61 month ago

        Big yike 😬 Anyone find a decent way around THAT yet? How do they even know that you’re on a VPN? Is it like… they maintain a list of known VPN exit node IPs?

        • @[email protected]
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          81 month ago

          I guess the IPs of most VPNs are known to everyone. I thought killing Old Reddit would be the end for me, but it came sooner. Thanks Spez I guess.

          • @[email protected]
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            31 month ago

            I’m starting to wonder if they kill it not by axing it but by replacing it with a newer ui but not the newest ui.

            Yes they have a new new ui now

        • @Squizzy
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          41 month ago

          I use a scraper called geddit, think it was on fdroid.

    • @TheMinions
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      I have been using old.reddit to get around these since the API stuff started

  • @[email protected]
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    The best tablet for a kid is no tablet. Screen time is a serious issue, dont mess with your kid’s brain.

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      Do you also support “just say no to drugs” and abstinence only sex ed? Screens, as a concept, are not literally the devil. It’s unmonitored and unlimited screen time that’s the issue.

      E: Damn y’all are dense. “Just say no” was a failed messaging campaign from the war on drugs. The alternative isn’t “say yes to drugs”; it’s actual education about drugs so you know what they are and the actual dangers they can pose. The “just say no” campaign taught that weed was a “gateway drug” and that everyone that tries the devil’s lettuce will start using cocaine, amphetamines, and there’s a 100% chance you’ll become a homeless junkie and die of an overdose. It was about as ignorant as you can get.

      • @[email protected]
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        No need to be an asshole and no need to presume I’m stupid. My kids dont have any tablet, we monitor screen/tv time and they play with my phone from time to time. That’s enough for at least until they’re 12. Every recent study shows that kids spend way too much time staring at screen… It should be less then one hour a day, we keep it under two. I teach to young adult and this generation is litteraly addicted to their phone. Most have a 6 minutes attention spam and get anxious if they can’t look at their phone for more then 10 minutes. Lot’s of my friends kids have their own device and the parents keeps fighting with them over screen time. You do what you want, I’ll keep my way.

      • @RGB3x3
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        Um yeah, just say no to drugs. Marijuana is fine but it’s never made anyone more productive when used recreationally. Cigarettes are horrible for you, alcohol is dangerous, and any more hardcore drugs can be life-ruining.

        And when talking about kids, yeah, they should avoid having sex until they’re like 17 or 18. When they’re basically adults. Nobody is telling 14 year olds that it’s okay to have sex, because at that age, it’s likely coerced. And especially not those who are the subject of “best tablets for kids.”

        • Possibly linux
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          I hope you aren’t letting your kids smoke Marijuana. That is really, really bad if you are.

          As far as tablets go you just need to be careful of how and when they are used. It also depends on the age of the child. They best answer is almost always education.

      • @[email protected]
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        I can’t believe this even has to be stated, but you should not be giving drugs to your children, you concaveman.

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      That’s exactly why you look for a tablets specifically for kids. The features you want are parental control, time locking, and app screening.

      The entire future of learning is built around screens. Kids take standardized tests on touchscreens. They will do their taxes in an app, research topics with the internet, communicate with their peers in messaging apps, apply for jobs in apps, and build new tools through programming.

      They must learn to use screens effectively without getting addicted to them.

      Kids who learn those skills early, who practice using a tablet and then putting it down, those kids will be better equipped to go put into the world.

      I agree with you that too many parents use screens as babysitters. And while tablets are more addictive and predatory, that’s been a problem since screens existed. There’s a cool documentary on it calles The Cable Guy.

      • Possibly linux
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        Careful as many child protection apps tend to owned and run by data brokers.

        • @[email protected]
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          Can’t believe this is controversial, it should be public knowledge that most children’s items with wifi capability are a privacy nightmare. Nobody should be downvoting what you just said.

    • @Malfeasant
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      That’s how you get your kids to spend all their time at their friends’ houses…

      • @RGB3x3
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        As if it’s a bad thing for your kids to be out socializing?

    • @herrvogel
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      Yes that’s why kids’ tablets exist. They’re less powerful devices loaded with a special version of android that’s been MDM’d up the ass to give parents strict control over how their children use the thing. It helps you regulate screen time to a safe level instead of depriving your child of it entirely.

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        What concerns me the most (I’m not a parent) is the advertising and deliberately addictive games. I think forcibly shutting it off is not a good idea as you are basically becoming a drug dealer to the kid.

        Maybe make them willing shut it off instead of forcing it off. If they aren’t mature enough to do that they either the software is terrifyingly addictive or they are to young.

    • @[email protected]
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      Honestly I love my tablet for reading manga. I know that as a kid I would have found a way to use it for other things but I think I would consider it for my kid for reading manga and comics. Maybe some type of e ink device…

    • @Sam_Bass
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      Or just wait til they abandon you

    • @andros_rex
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      For as long as it lasts. It’s clear they’re neglecting it - features like chat don’t work well. Not that the app isn’t a broken glitchy mess either.

  • @Shady_Shiroe
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    Idk about other browsers but firefox has an option to load in desktop view, that is what I do to bypass that when I need an answer to something quick and every other source sucks

    • Neato
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      71 month ago

      Can you set that on a per site basis?

      • Lemminary
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        There’s probably an extension for that.

      • @Squizzy
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        There are loads of old reddit specific ones yes. Worth adding a few and always having them redirect links

  • indeededa
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    That’s why i don’t use reddit anymore

    • @NoFun4You
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      Such a sad state of affairs over there.

  • @LEDZeppelin
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    161 month ago

    Get desktop site on your phone. Problem solved

    • @Breadhax0r
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      I don’t know about that, even when I’m in desktop mode the site is Nigh unusable. It’ll refresh the page when I use the back button after viewing a thread and after a short while the whole page will freeze and become unresponsive. Reddit has purposefully made the site as frustrating as possible to use to the point where I don’t even use it to browse my niche subreddits anymore.

  • @EnderMB
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    131 month ago

    Has anyone tried to scrape Reddit, so that the valuable content from some subs isn’t lost for good?

  • @tyrant
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    The mildly infuriating thing is we still go there on occasion

  • Hellfire103
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    Check out redlib. It’s a fork of Libreddit that doesn’t get ratelimited.

    The instance I use: https://lr.vern.cc/

    If anything happens to that, not only will it probably be forked, but there’s also kddit and Eddrit, as well as a couple of old Libreddit instances that Reddit forgot about.

  • @[email protected]
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    11 month ago

    Tons of comments and not one answering OP’s question. I would be interesting in knowing the official reasoning too, but nobody here is answering the question.

    • @[email protected]
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      Maybe nobody actually knows the answer, except probably Reddit devs and the managers that made them push those changes out, neither of which will be at liberty to say.

      We can all speculate - they’re doing something for the sake of being seen to be doing something instead of actually blocking the content; they don’t want to block the content selectively because that means KYC and lots of people get upset about that sort of thing, etc etc.