So long and thanks for all the fish, reddit.

Using the PowerDeleteSuite (while it still works) to edit all my comments from a 12 year old account.

P.S. If you want to mass edit and/or delete your comments, do it now (before 01 July when this tool which uses the reddit API stops working).

P.P.S. Yes, I blacked out the embarrassing amount of gold I gave to that dumpster fire of a site.

  • manitcor
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    1911 months ago

    remember, edit, dont delete, deletes will be rolled back

    • @sirboozebumOP
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      Yeah, I’m editing them all to state why I left.

      Not sure anybody will care but why not.

      • manitcor
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        1511 months ago

        i generated a multi-paragraph story with keywords that will show up in searches for things like cloud services.

        • kratoz29
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          311 months ago

          Could you link some examples?

      • @[email protected]
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        311 months ago

        I did the exact same thing, also with a link that redirects you to a tutorial explaining how to get started with Lemmy. Took about 7 hours but the script actually succesfully edited every single comment I ever made.

        • @sirboozebumOP
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          111 months ago

          I had to run it a few times to get all my comments.

      • Regna
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        211 months ago

        I’ve done that with some of my accounts, and my friends did the same. The accounts that linked to Lemmy, Kbin or Mastodon were shadow banned. Manitcor’s solution (another reply to this comment) might be a better option that glides under autobot-radars.

      • Regna
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        311 months ago

        It’s unfortunately not illegal. The TOS state that you don’t own your posted content, Reddit does.

        • @[email protected]
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          311 months ago

          The TOS can say they get the right to your firstborn child, but just because they wrote it doesn’t mean it overrides the law.

      • manitcor
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        what do you mean illegal? Its my content, the rights i assign to reddit is so they can republish my content, they like to reach out and extend it further but its not enforceable. i can edit my content as i please, its not theirs to own, its theirs to remix and republish without royalty.

        people have very broken ideas of how copyright works, its no wonder we hand it all over so easily.

        EDIT: Also they can’t trigger on edits, its much harder for them to do and would result in a deluge of support issues compared to just undeleting stuff. Further I am the original rights issuer, reddit does not take rights from me I assign rights to them. Its questionable they can legally undo edits.

        Source, I do this for a living.

        • @[email protected]
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          I’m talking about them rolling back your deleted messages. That seems illegal for them to do and was wondering where you got the impression that they would do such a thing.

          If you do this for a living you probably know about the right to erasure. I don’t see any exception there that would be applicable to Reddit.

          • manitcor
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            back on topic, multiple users have reported having to delete thier posts multiple times, posts reappearing ~36-48 hours after deletion. [email protected]

            • @sirboozebumOP
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              111 months ago

              The script didn’t delete all the comments for me.

              I had to run it a few times.

              • manitcor
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                111 months ago

                for deletes people were having trouble with the regular script, some kind of rate limiting, there is one with a 5 sec delay floating around but i haven’t found it.

                I did not get rate limited with editing however they did manage to prevent edits of my best 400 or so posts.

          • manitcor
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            111 months ago

            ahh i get what you are saying and 100% agree, i think you may be right, just as i dont think they can roll back my edits, its not why they have a license to my content and that actually does matter.

  • SuiXi3D
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    911 months ago

    Be warned: I used the same script to automate changing all my comments to nonsense, but I found a couple of days later that Reddit had changed them all back.

    • @thatwill
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      It seems that there’s an issue where Reddit rate-limits the comment editing, so many comments don’t get edited. There are other versions of the script which add a 5 second delay to avoid getting limited.

  • @15liam20
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    211 months ago

    Bye Reddit, enjoy choking on your own dick.

  • AidsAcrossAmerica
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    111 months ago

    Just did the same today! Browsed the FP w/o my subs and whatever algo they had for me, and wow it’s so much worse than I thought.

  • @Reygle
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    111 months ago

    Wow, that sucker works well. Guess I’ll find out if they’re rolling back profiles soon enough. 10 year old account has karma and not much else now.

  • literallyacat
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    Did the same to almost all my accounts – only left alone one of them just in case spez makes a drastic turnaround someday. Doubtful, but if it does happen, I’ll still have all my subscriptions where I left em.

  • @[email protected]
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    I really wish people wouldn’t do this. This does nothing to Reddit and only hurts people trying to get answers when searching.

    • @[email protected]
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      1211 months ago

      That’s exactly the point, they’re making the content on reddit useless so it’s not appealing to investors or anyone at all.

    • @15liam20
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      211 months ago

      I was very careful to say nothing of value for eight years. Was tough, but I managed it.

  • AndreTelevise
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    It’s your decision, and I hate Reddit and Spez ever since they decided to do the whole API thing, but personally, if I were to close my account, I wouldn’t scramble all of my comments and posts. It makes it harder for people who still search for answers to questions on reddit to find what they’re looking for. You aren’t preserving valuable information with this, you’re destroying it.

    • @[email protected]
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      That’s a feature, not a bug.

      I scrambled years worth of comments into a statement about the fuckery Reddit has committed and left those edited comments intact while deleting my accounts.

      This serves a couple of purposes:

      1. Devalue the platform by destroying information, with the explicit hope that it fucks with Google results and that people will leave if enough people salted the earth on their way out
      2. Informing people of Reddit’s fuckery
    • datavoid
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      I deleted all mine, but I don’t feel bad as I don’t think I posted a single thing of value in about 100 pages worth of comments.

      I’d rather leave people pissed off at reddit when they go into a thread and see missing comments. Ideally they will look up the deleted post, then realize it was someone trolling

    • @sirboozebumOP
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      211 months ago

      Why should I let reddit profit from my contributions?

    • DpwnShift
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      That’s exactly the point. The value of Reddit is the community and the shared knowledge and discussions, not the admins or the rooms of servers.

      They won’t admit that, so I’m taking my 10 years of content with me…

    • MisterMoo
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      211 months ago

      You mean it makes it harder for Reddit to capture traffic from people seeking answers. I’m in favor of that.

    • gezijtzelf
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      211 months ago

      I debated that for myself, but in the end I still scrambled all my posts and comments. Some were really a loss, I honestly think, but it is a price I’m willing to pay. It is my content, after all, and Reddit has made it very clear that monetizing it by selling it for AI training is part of their business plan. So I went ahead and reluctantly pulled the switch.

      I did download everything earlier, so I have a local copy. And most of my OC is also posted elsewhere, so it’s not a huge loss, rather an annoying inconvenience. Which I’m fine with, all things considered.