I just noticed this when I saw a strange “Achievement Unlocked” notification pop up on Reddit. What do you think of this? It seems like a retention tactic to me, like what Amino had with its streak leaderboards, and GameFAQs currently has with streak achievements for logging on ten days in a row and also for all days of a month.

    • @Eheran
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      No, Reddit is going fine. But they want to do better. So they make up stuff like this and it will work.

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        True, but they are still desperate for money, that’s all it’s about now.

      • @beebarfbadger
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        They have all their bots creating first-class content. They don’t even need mods anymore. They don’t need humans anymore. They are basically a self-sufficient bot word factory and AI breeding ground. Like, if I ever felt the urge to rate babes with my masterful babe-rating skills or use my excellent human-judging skills to discern whether the repost-bot is the asshole in that regurgitated story, I’d go there in a heartbeat.

    • @Dkarma
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      Yeah I was gonna say wtf do bots need streaks for?

  • Lvxferre
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    Yup, I also think that it’s a retention tactic. Not the first one: karma, user profiles, that new year crap etc., they all boil down to “we’re giving you reasons to consistently come back, and produce content for us for free.”

    The timing hints me that the Reddit userbase is getting a lower rebound ratio nowadays. i.e. user goes there to see some junk, then forgets about the site.

    • @LaLuzDelSol
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      It’s also just part of a wider internet trend I think. More and more games and social media have them. Developers are getting better and better at hacking people’s attention and reward pathways. For Duolingo I think it’s fun, because learning a language is a fun and productive thing to do anyways (and despite the hate it has really worked well for me) but for games and things like social media or whatever I just find it annoying.

      • @beebarfbadger
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        Games, social media sites, online shops, they are all working on building the psychologically optimised perfect maze for their prey.

      • @[email protected]
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        For duolingo it’s the same mechanics, but from a whole different movement.

        Reddit’s action belongs in the “enshitification” movement. I don’t know if it’s the accepted term yet, but it should be. It’s a general movement away from user experience and approval and towards agressive retention and sales (ads) tactics.

        Duilingo’s actions belongs woth the “gameification” movement. Where the intention is to make learning more fun by adding gaming mechanics like points and rewards.

        Both make use of the body’s dopamine mechanics, but one is evil and the other is good. Just like how nuclear power can be use for evil and for good.

  • @ViscloReader
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    It’s to keep you feeding their site with data/posts/comments

  • Optional
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    201 month ago

    There really was a time when reddit was mostly ok. But it hasn’t been ok for a good while now.

    • @Dkarma
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      Reddit was so fun back in the day. Stupid fuuuu / boss memes and completely dumb inside jokes. It always brightened my day and made me laugh to read funny original comments.

      Now it’s just bot comment after bot comment. You either get bad faith bots or confirmation bias bots.

      Either way I’m not interested.

  • @Tronn4
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    181 month ago

    All the bots must be loving it

  • @ATDA
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    Gameification is the “react content” equivalent for lazy social media devs imo.

  • @ikidd
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    171 month ago

    I was going on 15 years before they shit in the bed.

  • @gnomesaiyan
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    151 month ago

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  • @Got_Bent
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    151 month ago

    Makes it tempting to start logging in again and making daily comments consisting of nothing but random punctuation marks.

    • @[email protected]
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      commonting daily about lemmy, and posting the streak, only to people see the lemmy comments in every post

    • @[email protected]
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      51 month ago

      If you really need, you could farm like how bot accounts build up karma. Just use a private subreddit so your system gaming is out of the public eye.

  • @pacology
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    111 month ago

    OP has a longer active streak on Reddit than Lemny as of now. SMH.