Reddit is discontinuing its Gold reward system

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Awards are little icons on posts that you may have come across while scrolling through Reddit, and are given by other users to show appreciation for a post. Perhaps the most well-known prize is Reddit Gold, which appears as a gold medal with a star, but there are also reaction prizes and prizes specific to certain communities.

See all those icons? Those are awards.
Screenshot of Jay Peters / The Verge

To buy a prize you must use Reddit Coinsbut if you don’t already have one, you won’t be able to get one starting Thursday, according to a post from Reddit admin (employee) venkman01. Awards and existing coins will still be available until September 12, and the change in the rewards and coin systems means that Reddit Premium subscribers will not receive a regular coin allocation.

“While we saw many of the awards being used as a fun way to recognize contributions from your fellow redditors, looking back over those centuries, we also saw consistent feedback on awards as a whole,” said venkman01. “First, many don’t appreciate the clutter of awards (over 50 awards at the moment, but who’s counting?) and all the steps involved in actually awarding content. Second, redditors want award-winning content to be more valuable to the recipient.”

“We want to create a system that is simple, easy to use and easy to understand.”

Reddit has plans for some kind of rewards system in the future, but the post only gives vague hints about what that might look like. “Rewarding content and contributions (as well as anything gold) remains a core part of Reddit,” said venkman01. “In the coming months, we will share more about a new attribution direction that will allow Redditors to empower each other and create more meaningful ways to reward high-quality contributions on Reddit.” answersaid venkman01 that “we want to create a system that is simple, easy to use and easy to understand.”

Many users are not happy with Reddit’s decision. “Killing features with no substitutions done, yeah sounds like Reddit to me,” one user wrote in a much appreciated answer. One more, reply to an announcement post in a moderator news subreddit, expressed his displeasure that Reddit offers no compensation or transition to the next system. And for users already frustrated at Reddit over new API pricing that forced some popular third-party apps to shut down, the loss of awards like Reddit Gold, arguably one of the platform’s most iconic elements, could sting that much more. .

While Reddit hasn’t specified what the new system might look like, android authority may have dug up some clues. Based on code in Reddit’s Android app, Reddit appears to be working on a “contributor program” that will allow users to pay out gold or karma (basically points you get for posts, comments or awarding prizes) that they receive in real money. Reddit did not respond to a request for comment sent Wednesday Android Authority article.