• /home/pineapplelover
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    Imo Reddit has been the winner of the 3rd party apps and fuck spez protests. The users came crawling back. A few of us went to lemmy and formed quality communities, but for the most part, a large majority are on there.

    • @criticon@lemmy.ca
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      Did they? Other than /nfl most of the communities I followed went to shit very quickly and haven’t recovered. They are mostly bots talking to bots or the same questions and post over and over with minimal new content

      • FenrirIII
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        For me, it was politics that sank Reddit. I was banned from a half dozen news forums for criticism of the IDF in Gaza at the beginning of what most people now acknowledge to be an ethnic cleansing. I reported every account calling for murder and genocide of Palestinians, which is against the Reddit TOS. They permanently banned me for “report abuse” for doing their jobs for them. They have obviously shown that there’s no freedom of speech, even when you follow the rules, if it goes against the feelings of the administration and the unelected moderators. Fiefdoms ruled by angry internet trolls shouldn’t get an IPO.

        • @Corkyskog@sh.itjust.works
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          Shadowbanned from r/news and God knows what other subredits, because I refused to add an email. Banned from r/politics because I said that not wearing a mask during Peak COVID was a death wish. (Apparently that’s promoting violence or whatever?). Banned from r/Pyongyang because I dared question next months chocolate rations.

          Site is a complete shithole.

    • @maegul@lemmy.ml
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      Similarly with twitter and mastodon. Generally, that’s fine … smaller niche online spaces are a good thing (as many who’ve remained have discovered I suspect).

      But in the end, for those who see this fediverse project as a mission to “take back the web” … so far only pretty minor movement has been made on that front. To the point that IMO I wouldn’t be surprised if Twitter etc just “win” and the whole “alternative” social media thing stays “alternative” and relatively small. If there’s a chance of this, I’d say to fediverse advocates that they should maybe rethink what the fediverse is and what it’s good and not good for, because there’s a real chance here that the fediverse kinda dropped the ball, especially mastodon which has been going strong for a while now.

      • @OpenStars@startrek.website
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        I’ve never used Mastodon, but from what I’ve heard it’s an entirely different ballgame where you basically need to go where the people are. e.g. artists seeking commission work need more rather than less people, and if you want to follow a particular someone, you go to where they are not the other way around.

        And if their servers have anywhere close to the level of technical glitches that we do here on Lemmy… well it is quite off-putting, especially to non technically minded people.

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          I’m not sure they have technical glitches in the same way lemmy does. Interestingly, the difficulties people have, I think, are because federated social media is actually a bad non-idea technology to use for a twitter clone.

          So much either doesn’t work how you’d expect or involves new problems that all together they start to defeat the point for many. For example, replies to a post. The author of the post sees all of the replies. But replies aren’t actually federated unless certain conditions are met based on whether someone on your instance follows the person writing the reply. As a result the author of a post that receives many replies has to manage/tolerate a bunch of replies that have no awareness of the fact that they’re just repeating what has already been said, sometimes many times over. For people replying to a post from a small/niche instance, they basically don’t see any of the other replies, which just makes for bad content for them, but also means they constantly risking being really annoying people which in turn effectively punishes small instances. This is generally referred to as “context collapse”, and yea, it’s something kinda extraordinary when the core feature of a social media platform actively destroys the context of conversations.

          Lemmy doesn’t have this problem because its based on groups where the whole premise is that the whole conversation gets federated, and for that reason I think a reddit clone or a forum or a youtube-clone (or anything based on groups, sub-reddits or channels) is a better fit on the fediverse.

          The other friction mastodon has is that, as a twitter-clone or microblogging platform, its core mechanic is following people and allowing people to form their own network of connections and friendships. But once you’ve got federation and instances in the mix, where defederation happens, then you have this often completely separate dynamic (ie the relations between instances) capable of completely slicing your personal social network in many destructive ways. Often this happens without people hearing about it (as there aren’t mechanics for notifying people of defederations AFAIU), so that they have to find out after some time to realise that they hadn’t heard anything from a whole bunch of friends and were wondering what had happened. Moreover, what such people can then do to re-connect with those friends is rather non-trivial. It’s probably the major draw back of fedi-drama, that the majority of people affected by it don’t benefit from it and would prefer to just be on the big instance (mastodon.social) that no one really defederates from or just go back to twitter.

          EDIT (more ranting):

          The way someone I like (as a person on social media) put it, after giving mastodon a good shot, was that mastodon misunderstands what people want from social media, that mastodon puts independence over socialising when people prioritise it the other way around … the whole point is to connect and converse, not to run your own instance and make sure you’ve defederated from everyone who has it coming.

          Now there’s the whole issue of making sure someone vulnerable to abuse is able to ensure their own safety and happiness from would-be assholes and abusers and even those eager to voice unwelcome, abrasive and triggering points of view which are generally tolerable because they’re the mainstream. Federation across instances can help with this … but can also make it worse because anyone can talk to you from any instance over which you have no control or information until it’s too late. In many ways, decentralisation isn’t great for these problems and creates new problems that a centralised form of social media simply doesn’t have (not least of which being that the whole thing is about copying you and your posts out to everything on the network). It’s for this reason that BIPOC left mastodon and went back to twitter, because to them, mastodon was the racist/facist place, not twitter. In light of that phenomenon, it’s worth considering the perspective that decentralised social media might be a bit of a weird idea and rightly seen as a bit of a fanatical and even a bit of a right-wing or libertarian movement.

          In the case of group-based platforms like lemmy and forums however, I think it makes much more sense. Many independent forums are out there, and have been and hopefully will be for a long time. Why not contribute Open Source software for such things (such as lemmy) and enable them to connect to each other however they wish.

          • @OpenStars@startrek.website
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            Yikes. It does not sound pretty. For them at least, but indeed, Lemmy is a whole other deal. It seems to mainly just need some polish? Especially easing in new people, if increasing the numbers is really the goal.

            Old-Reddit’s days are numbered… so we’d best prepare for the next incoming migration.

            • @maegul@lemmy.ml
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              The weird thing is that people on mastodon mostly go along happy with their feed. Those that have found the problems too much bounced or just learnt to tolerate it. One thing that may fade away is the idea of running your own personal instance. I get the feeling that some don’t find it to be entirely worth it. There are “relays” though, which are commonly used, and basically feed in content from major instances as though you’re following a bunch of people there. I don’t really know how that goes though.

              With lemmy (and kbin too), yea, it certainly feels like it’s not far from being kinda “done”, at least as a version “1.0”. Scaling up to many more users is likely to surface more issues though. But we’ve got many apps and alternative front ends, a somewhat stabilising API and months now of mostly working as intended.

              • @OpenStars@startrek.website
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                Yeah Lemmy got much better with v0.19, while Kbin has barely improved visibly at all it seems so I just gave up on it for now.

                I still suffer the issue, on both mobile and desktop browser, that literally every time I come back, to pretty much anywhere I have to login again - I cleared cookies a few times but that didn’t seem to help. Most instances seem to have that, though I may have an odd selection of them (Kbin, Discus.Online, and StarTrek.website), and there are the occasional days where I have to attempt to make every comment at least twice for it to stick (but at least now if it doesn’t go through, you notice, unlike previously where it disappeared into the void invisibly, though I only had Kbin experience back then).

                I haven’t bothered to research the apps yet - security, stability, ads vs. no, etc. - so all that I’m saying is for the vanilla browsing experience.

                Also people report that the creation of new accounts from the mobile browser is barely if at all functional. I haven’t tried that myself, but it does seem like the experience varies enormously depending on which method of interface someone is using - and that’s going to be off-putting to a migration event, like if something doesn’t work it would be better to put up a sign saying “this (often?) doesn’t work on a mobile, just go to a desktop computer for this task”. Caveat: assuming the desire is to bring in more people who are less technically minded, for the sake of e.g. content creation.

                And this doesn’t even begin to cover the modding concerns:-).

                • @maegul@lemmy.ml
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                  Re kbin, you might be interested in mbin … it’s a fork and has active development happening. They have at least one instance up that I’ve seen. Generally seems to be a positive move.

                  And yea plenty of rough edges. Your experiences definitely sounds worse than mine though (and I’m on web apps too).

          • @pwalker@discuss.tchncs.de
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            just bookmarked this post to remember it when some nerd tries to tell me again that federation solves all our problems in the wordl 😅

            • @maegul@lemmy.ml
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              Yea, I do think there’s a bit of cult-hype around federation and decentralisation and has been for a while here in the Fedi. Which is really just tech hype … the idea that some technology magically solves problems.

              In reality, better social media requires more than just a technology.

        • @infinitepcg@lemmy.world
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          I’ve been on Mastodon for over a year and I never experienced anything that could be classified as a technical glitch. From a tech / UI perspective it feels very polished to me.

          I guess the only exception would be that old posts are sometimes missing on profiles from different servers.

          • @OpenStars@startrek.website
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            Thank you, that’s helpful to know:-). Kbin had MANY issues and that was the closest I’d seen.

            It seems to confirm that what is holding Mastodon back isn’t technical at all but just the design - i.e. like if people are on X then that’s where most other people want to be, similar to Windows where it is not technologically superior, just the default for some reason.

    • HubertManne
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      meh.im happier as a member of the federation and honestly if we got all the reddit users it would lower the quality fast.

      • z3rOR0ne
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        Probably an unpopular opinion here, but honestly I’d rather just everyone migrate to lemmy and mastodon and leave reddit and twitter broke and empty husks. A low quality federated platform is still better than a mediocre centralized one.

        • For “us” e.g. the users of the federated platforms i’d prefer the smaller, nicer and more qualitative community we have currently.

          For the users of reddit there is the ones that also want this experience (again) and i am confident they’ll find their way eventually.

          For the users of reddit that just want the quick meme/outrage video and farm karma on the ever same joke-chains, i think they are in the better spot for themselves than it would become if they’d clash here with the different culture.

          For society as a whole i think enshittification is necessary to drive people off of platforms eventually. I wholeheartedly agree, that the enshittified web needs to go down, but it can only come from people realizing it for themselves.

    • deweydecibel
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      242 months ago

      I mean, that was never seriously in doubt. The days of massive site migrations happening overnight are long over.

      What matters is the momentum.

    • @eek2121@lemmy.world
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      No we didn’t. I happily left reddit the day Apollo stopped. They also lost my premium subscription.

      I also stopped Twitter when musk took over. I use Bluesky or Mastodon and find both platforms to be superior.

      Sure, some folks may have, but many of us have not. Does that matter to Reddit? probably not. Do I care? not really.

      Modern Reddit is unusable, and old reddit isn’t mobile friendly.

      • @Tak@lemmy.ml
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        People having to get used to people is common. If they can get used to their uncle talking about how the earth is flat I’m sure they they can get used to people on Lemmy.

        I don’t recommend lemmy because I don’t have conversations about social media sites with people.

        • @teichflamme@lemm.ee
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          You can get used to everything, most people would probably quit though.

          I spend maybe a tenth of the time here that I spent on reddit

        • @lukini@beehaw.org
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          People are forced to deal with their crazy uncles. If they didn’t have to, they wouldn’t.

          • @JillyB@beehaw.org
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            Agreed. During the pandemic, I adopted a policy of unsubbing to any subreddit that made me angry. Usually this came in the form of people bringing up trump/capitalism/whatever out of completely nowhere. luckily the Beehaw people seem to be pretty good about actually having conversations and not just devolving into mocking trump every second. But whenever I venture into some of the other instances, I see some of Lemmy’s true colors. Chronically online people completely out of touch with reality kinda run shit around here.

      • 90% of the kind of content you’re talking about can be removed by blocking a couple of domains and a handful of users. I believe that they’ve been defederated from most of the larger instances. You will run into a lot of hot takes on lemmy but that’s not too different from reddit.

        I think there’s a few reasons why they may be more prominent on lemmy, though. Communities like r/politics took a while to stabilize and had a large and active moderation team that helped remove the most extreme material, and the community itself was large enough that it was representative of a large swath of the US population. Hot takes would often get downvoted into invisibility, which frustrates people who use forums for trolling, and karma could be used to restrict posting. AFAIK those are not qualities or capabilities currently found on lemmy. I haven’t really read the docs - I prefer to just be a user here - but I have seen discussions that indicate that downvotes don’t get tracked as well as suggestions they be removed altogether.

        Also, a new technology - especially one associated with sectors of the FOSS community and anti-centralization - are by their nature going to attract an initial user base that skews in certain directions. I think it was Eric Raymond who observed that hackers, politically, tend to be either socialists or libertarians with very little in between. ESR was being a bit tongue in cheek and the hacker culture back then was different than it is now - or rather computer culture as a whole has expanded so much that the old school hacker types form a much smaller percentage.

        I think the most problematic part about lemmy which will ultimately limit its adoption is the chaos that comes in from having dozens of communities across dozens of instances that all cover the same topics. It makes discovery much more challenging than it is on Reddit, and it doesn’t help that many of the clients can make it challenging to identify which topics are actually the most used. One of my favorite clients keeps defaulting to ordering by a most recently created timestamp or something - I’m not really sure. It doesn’t have the support to sort or filter by number of users (although it displays the metric).

        The other issue is that I end up having to remain on All rather than just my subscriptions because there’s so few users, so I end up with a ton of random anime, for instance, which I can’t effectively block because they’re all posted in new subs that crop up all the time, and I can’t block using wildcards (which would help a lot).

        I do hope that between the lemmy devs and the app devs, they can address those issues.

    • @iyaerP@lemmy.world
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      Lemmy’s very nature killed it for me.

      It’s way too much work to try and cultivate the setup I built with ease on reddit.

      I’m still here, but the site iddn’t make it easy.

      • @OpenStars@startrek.website
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        No it does not indeed.:-|

        It’s worth noting that Reddit changed too, permanently, both in terms of ease of use (not only 3rd-party apps, but also the mobile and desktop browser routes too) and in how many content creators simply left - who knows what they are even doing now (reading books, touching grass, some came here ofc). Even many niche subs over there are empty, dead, or one may consider them dying from lack of interesting content (though those people still there I expect would be resistant to admit that).

        And it will be interesting to see how that changes further, the moment they get their IPO and thus can finally kill off old-Reddit, which still allows you to block ads iirc? That will drive additional content creators away. Perhaps they will come here - despite how we are not ready for that.

        Anyway, the old Reddit is just flat gone, for many people, and there is no going “back”, ever, even if you wanted to, it’s not there to return to, especially after the IPO changes it still further.

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          I still visit Reddit and that’s definitely been my experience - my front page diversity has gone way down, many of the subreddits I am subscribed to have basically gone silent. There’s still a few specialized ones left, and the big news ones I still read, but only in old reddit. When old Reddit is gone then so am I.

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            Why wait? Jump now! Hehe, okay so only you know your schedule, it’s mostly just a funny phrase (but also: don’t sleep on it forever - you don’t want to be surprised one day when it disappears overnight with no notice).

            For me, it’s not just emptiness - it’s the site being devoid of content anymore. Like look at r/firefox after the mods left (I forgot which communities got ousted vs. who left voluntarily, but either way that community packed up and followed them iirc). It is all just the most basic of questions “how do I…?”, often with later edits “I should not have bothered asking, these people will just yell at you”. Just about every post has 1 or 0 upvotes (though more uncommon spikes above 10 do exist, and even rare ones with hundreds), but the titles of the popular posts are all things that are extremely common knowledge - “Mozilla says Apple’s new browser rules are “as painful as possible” for Firefox”, “YouTube is loading slower for users with ad blockers yet again”, “Will Firefox survive in the browser market?”, “Chrome wants to track me? Bye. I use Firefox …”, “Google settles $5 billion privacy lawsuit over tracking people using ‘incognito mode’ (Re: Switch to Firefox ASAP).” These are things that I constantly hear about on Lemmy.

            And even more than that, I dread speaking there after Rexit - the trolls omg the trolls… it’s just not fun. Then again, I tended to make posts advertising useful alternatives to Reddit, so you could argue that I brought that upon myself? :-P (edit: although in a community that calls itself by the name r/RedditAlternatives, THAT was the POINT of the discussion that we were TRYING to have there!!)

      • Neato
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        Really? It was more work to find and occasionally add communities than it was to spend months-years to accumulate subs for your frontpage and block subs for all? I browse all on lemmy and find new communities that way. Or by links and referrals for newer ones.

    • @ardi60OP
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      yeah similar case between X and mastodon like many migrate to Mastodon after Elon takeover. But, at the end they are going back

    • Sure, it’s been the “winner” if you were expecting reddit to topple from top spot as best aggregator - but it was never really reasonable to expect that.

      Even now, the perspective that Lemmy should strive to be some kind of new reddit is really daft.

      What we actually want, is for Lemmy to grow in a sustainable and manageable way with real actual content enjoyed by real contributing users.

      The quality of Lemmy has improved dramatically in the last 6 months. Way more users, servers, content, and third party apps. The quality of reddit has decreased dramatically in the last 6 months. User counts may not have suffered, but the content and the experience most certainly has.

    • @PlainSimpleGarak@lemm.ee
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      There’s very little quality on Lemmy. It lacks diversity. It’s quite authoritarian left. Tankies under every rock. Even in non-politics communities. I still use a forked version of Boost to lurk reddit. But as someone else said, if never recommend Lemmy to anyone I actually know.

        • @PlainSimpleGarak@lemm.ee
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          If that’s what I meant then I would have simply said that. If that’s what you choose to believe, so be it. Most observant people can see this is a rather large echo chamber. It’s really obvious.

    • @canihasaccount@lemmy.world
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      To a degree. The large subreddits, like AskReddit, get far fewer upvotes on the top posts of the week than they used to get. I think there’s a good chunk of folks who left for a replacement, then left their replacement without going back to Reddit.

    • @Quadhammer@lemmy.world
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      Nah I’ve had a reddit account since the dawn of time and I’ve now switched completely over to lemmy. Can’t remember the last time I logged onto reddit

      Now we can watch this place grow into the thick veiny caterpillar reddit always should have been

    • kingthrillgore
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      Which is why I knew the only way it would work for me would be to

      • DNS Block it
      • Leechblock it
      • Block it from Search Results

      And it works!

  • nicetriangle
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    Sure feels like they timed this IPO pretty badly. I think the ideal time to strike on this would have been a few years ago… Based on market conditions anyway. Reddit itself may just not have had their ducks lined up enough, but that’s their problem, not the stock market’s.

    • Tech stocks trading sideways for the last year or two
    • The interest rate money printer got shut off and cash is not cheap anymore
    • Seemingly all the major new tech stock investment interest is circling around stuff like AI
    • Federated alternatives are slowly building steam and people seem to have gotten pretty salty about corporate social media
    • The pandemic is more or less over and people have pulled back from being chronically online somewhat (this is my guess, I don’t have data to back it up)

    Also what exactly is the monetization strategy? Ads I guess? More catering towards creating corporate “synergy” with the Reddit community? Selling user data/content? So basically making the place suck considerably worse for users is what it looks like to me.

    • @Ross_audio@lemmy.world
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      Monetisation?

      Licensing the site to AI when there’s finally a ruling they can’t just scrape the internet for training data while ignoring copyright.

        • @Ross_audio@lemmy.world
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          Except AI models may end up having to start again with licences or public domain data.

          They are currently breaking the law and delaying legal action as long as possible in the hopes they can repeat the trick with a new data set.

          • @besbin@lemmy.ml
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            Whatever already existed won’t be thrown away regardless of the ruling. It’s like throwing all the gold already dug up just because it was done by slave labor. The law and legal actions are mostly just a moat around the pile of gold already dug up. Sure AI companies will have to pay more for the new data from other sources. However that would be peanut compared to how much they will have to pay starting from zero.

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              If every time what already exists gets used there’s a risk of a massive fine or court case they’ll throw it away.

              The game now is to delay the legal process long enough until they’ve built the replacement.

              Then they can afford to throw the, essentially faulty, model away.

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                  It’s clear from the output that it breaks copyright.

                  We don’t have to look inside the black box to demand to see the input which caused that output.

                  To be clear a machine is not responsible for itself. This machine was trained to break copyright.

          • @diffuselight@lemmy.world
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            No they’ll train on laundered model output. Like every llama.

            The investment thesis they the data is valuable is bonkers. It’s not. Not only has it been exfiltrated and can be laundered in a dozen ways, Reddit also won’t be able to effectively assert copyright.

            Look at Facebook. It’s full of reposted quora content now with AI images and AI laundered text.

            Reddit is dead

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            Corporations break the law all the time and typically it’s just an operational expense.

              • @Tak@lemmy.ml
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                I don’t understand what you’re saying because I never said they were.

                • @Ross_audio@lemmy.world
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                  My point is that corporations often see a fine as a cost of business because the fines are issued by a regulatory system that has no teeth.

                  If you’re in a lawsuit against another corporation they are going after damages in civil court and it’s likely to be a high enough fine to stop the behaviour.

        • nicetriangle
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          Yeah that was kinda my understanding too. And regardless of my feelings on it, I think rulings are mostly gonna go in AI’s favor.

    • @JillyB@beehaw.org
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      Federated alternatives are slowly building steam and people seem to have gotten pretty salty about corporate social media

      I think you’re overselling the importance of this one. When I’ve talked to friends about federated alternatives, they really aren’t interested. Even if they hated Twitter/reddit and think they’ve gotten worse, they just don’t really care about a federated alternative. I’ve heard some interest in threads, so maybe we count that?

      • Dame
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        Yeah, people don’t really care about decentralisation nor federation. People want an easy experience where everyone is

        • @Moira_Mayhem@beehaw.org
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          If they really understood the phrase ‘too many cooks spoil the soup’, then they’d realize the advantage of smaller online communities.

          Reddit was at its best when it had a low count but engaged userbase, and became actively worse as it grew.

          I think this is because trolling and response isn’t a 1 to 1 ratio. All it takes is 1 toxic person to make an entire subforum rancid and takes the effort of several mods to mitigate it.

          The more people you have, the more chance you will have these trolls organize, the more likely they will either overwhelm or infiltrate the mods.

          • nicetriangle
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            Yeah I tend to agree. I think all communities have a critical mass and past that point they go downhill.

            I was just googling for the rat overpopulation experiment because I think it works as a great example of this and it turns out this whole concept has a term.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_sink

            • @Moira_Mayhem@beehaw.org
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              I think a better metaphor is fermentation.

              It happens naturally whenever the ingredients are brought together but in order to get a quality product you need ridiculous amounts of knowledge, process, and technology.

              And even a tiny bit of the wrong bacteria can ruin an entire batch, but people will still drink it and go blind.

      • nicetriangle
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        Regular people didn’t know or care wtf reddit was for quite a while also and there absolutely is a building friction between people and corporate social media. We’re in the early stages for now, but stuff like Activitypub is not going away.

      • Even my most alternative, vegan, communist friends agree with me when I pitch the fediverse and then flock to capitalist social media like moths anyway. It’s disheartening.

    • They already make money with ads. Killing third party apps was part of this, now they can control exactly how you see ads. It’s the same as any other social media now, they recommend you content, which is exactly not the point of reddit.

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        Reddit’s been running ads for a while and has never turned a profit

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    I’ve already left, but seeing them marching towards an IPO makes me even happier with my decision. I just fear that the mountains of helpful troubleshooting and advice on Reddit will be locked away forever soon, while the rest of the web falls to SEO and AI-generated nonsense text…

      • AnonStoleMyPants
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        Man, and it works great. It is waaaaay more common to find good answers to a question from a bunch of randoms on the Internet than trying to get an actual answer from a random website. Sometimes you find bs but you can usually quite quickly filter it out, and it gives a good basis from which to then continue to search on the topic.

      • Empathy [he/him]
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        I’m trying out Kagi a little bit, and it has a federation search mode of some kind. I tried it for a search and it gave me results from Lemmy.

        I don’t know yet how Kagi compares to Google in terms of results quality, I barely used it so far. It’s pretty expensive though.

        • AnonStoleMyPants
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          Oh yeah that’s true, I should try it as I use it as my main search engine nowadays.

    • Ghostalmedia
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      Pardon me, but I believe you mean that bot AND AD invested shitposting dump.

    • @OpenStars@startrek.website
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      62 months ago

      Hey, it’s not just bots! It also serves as a home for trolls and whiny children too.:-)

      I hope you know what I mean when I say that Reddit is dead, but Long Live Reddit! :-P

  • Neuromancer
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    The markets are insane. There is no way Reddit is worth 5 billion.

    • ares35
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      watch the reddit ipo be a catalyst for a stock market crash.

      • Neuromancer
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        To me it’s a sign of how out of whack the stock market is right now. Lemmy created the Reddit experience at a fraction of the cost. Yet Reddit spends millions a year doing it.

          • Neuromancer
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            Considering a large majority are bots, I don’t think that is their issue. Until their numbers are public, we won’t be able to see the acquisition cost.

            • @infinitepcg@lemmy.world
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              I don’t think the number of bots matters much, there are much more real people on Twitter than on Mastodon. It’s not an issue for Twitter because they already are the platform where everyone else is. I’m optimistic about Mastodon, it already has the better UX and the better business model and I think it will slowly attract more users over time and eventually reach the relevance that Twitter had at its peak.

              • Neuromancer
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                and twitter wasn’t worth 44 billion dollars. They also were not profitable.

                Reddit is not worth 5 billion dollars. A few years ago they claimed 10 billion.

                People need to stop assigning such high valuations as this is what creates billionaires when the value isn’t there.

                • @infinitepcg@lemmy.world
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                  It’s hard to tell how much a platform is worth, arguably the value of Twitter was 44B, since someone was willing to pay that.

                  The good news is, if you’re really certain that Reddit is overvalued, you’ll soon be able to short it and get rich if you end up being right!

      • Neuromancer
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        Some huge validation. It’s not profitability. It’s does it make sense. Many companies forgo profit for growth. That’s common. Wework never made sense at its valuation to me.

        Same with Resdit. What is reddits path to profitability ? What value does it create? With their admins and mods being dipshits. It’s a liability to a company and not an asset. I would never buy from a company advertising on Reddit.

      • Neuromancer
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        It has no profit, no path to profit and most the users are bots. If advertisers paid attention, they’d realize it’s with next to nothing

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    I 100% can see it easily selling for that much.

    You want to know why it’s worth that much?

    Petabytes of raw training Data for LLMs. Arguably atm reddit us one of the better gold mines of LLM training data on the internet, bazillion of posts already formatted as post-response chains, which is the exact type if format an LLM wants to train on.

    Can you imagine how valuable those servers loaded with posts are to a company like OpenAI, Google, or Microsoft?

    5 billion is quite reasonable to harvest every reddit post that has ever been made ever and cut it off from your competitors.

    • @MajorMajormajormajor@lemmy.ca
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      The worst part is that ai chatbots will start responding like redditers. I can’t wait for chatgpt to regale me with a story about his dad beating him with jumper cables, or jolly ranchers, or hell in a cell.

    • @duncesplayed@lemmy.one
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      Has reddit not already been scraped? With all of that information exposed bare on the public Internet for decades, and apparently so valuable, I find it hard to believe that everybody’s just been sitting there twiddling their thumbs, saying “boy I sure hope they decide to sell us that data one day so that we don’t have to force an intern to scrape it for us”.

      • @sheogorath@lemmy.world
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        I asked Bard whether they could make a bastardization of rogersimon10 post and it made this:

        Ah, the 2012 Fiesta EcoBoost. A pocket rocket some called it, a ticking time bomb I preferred. Owned one myself, sunshine yellow with a dent shaped like a screaming Muppet (courtesy of a rogue shopping cart). Let me tell you, that car was less a vehicle and more a high-octane game of Russian roulette with pistons.
        
        Every morning was a gamble. Would she purr to life like a hungover kitten, or unleash a symphony of coughs, bangs, and the ominous "Check Engine" light disco? One day, the radio spontaneously switched to polka, which, let's be honest, is only two steps away from a thermonuclear detonation in a Fiesta's internal combustion fiesta.
        
        Speaking of fiestas, the fuel gauge was as reliable as a politician's promise. One minute it was brimming, the next it was flashing "Bone Dry, Mate," even if I'd just filled it. Learned to carry a jerrycan like a Prohibition-era bootlegger, never knowing when the engine's thirst would strike.
        
        But oh, the things that little lemon could do! On a good day, that turbocharged engine was like a caffeinated hummingbird on steroids. Weaving through traffic, leaving Audis in the dust (until their turbos spooled up, of course). Handling? Razor sharp, unless you hit a pebble, then it was suddenly a drunken ballerina on roller skates.
        
        Comfort? Ha! The seats were about as plush as a park bench, and the suspension was tuned for "Feel Every Pebble in the County." But hey, it kept you awake, which was essential considering the constant fear of spontaneous combustion.
        
        In the end, I sold the Fiesta to a circus clown for a fistful of juggling pins and a lifetime supply of those tiny, uncomfortable hats. He seemed thrilled, probably because the polka radio was a bonus feature for him.
        
        So, would I recommend a 2012 Fiesta EcoBoost? Only if you enjoy existential dread, questionable fuel efficiency, and the thrill of living life on the edge (of a breakdown). Otherwise, stick to something safer, like a heavily sedated hamster. You'll thank me later.
        
        Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a date with a tow truck and a very suspicious mechanic who keeps asking about "jumper cables." Wish me luck.
        
        P.S. Don't forget the jumper cables. Seriously. You'll thank me later.
        
      • @pixxelkick@lemmy.world
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        Scraped data isn’t legal to resell, scraping isn’t even legal in the first place.

        Just because you can scrape the data doesn’t mean it’s worth anything.

        Companies like MS, Google, OpenAI, FB they make money by selling the usage of their LLM services to other companies who then they use that service to make their own products.

        If it came to light that MS/Google/OAI/FB were using illegal training data for their LLMs, it would get all those other companies hit in the crossfire.

        So these companies have to do a shit tonne of diligence to assure their investors and clients that their LLMs are purely trained on legally obtained data and are safe to use.

        And you know what is a super easy way to assure them of that?

        If they literally own the original data themselves

        • @duncesplayed@lemmy.one
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          Scraping is legal

          Have you been following any of the court battles involving LLMs lately?

          The New York Times suing OpenAI. Getty Images suing Stability AI. Sarah Silverman and George R.R. Martin suing OpenAI.

          All of those cases involve data that has been scraped. (In the latter two cases, the memoir/novels were scraped from excerpts and archives found online).

          It’s too late to say with complete certainty that it’s all legal (the appeal processes haven’t all been finished yet), but at this point it looks like using scraped and copyrighted data in training LLMs is legal. Even if it’s going to turn out not to be legal, it’s very clear that nobody’s shying away from doing it, because we have the courts showing as a statement of fact that it’s been happening for years.

          Everything you’ve written is just fantasy. We have a lot of reality which contradicts it. Every LLM company has been primarily relying upon scraping data (which we know to completely legal) and has been incorporated copyrighted and scraped data in its data sets (which is still legally a grey area, but is happening anyway).

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            NYT hasn’t actually won that case yet, so it’s pointless to bring up. OpenAI has publicly stated that NYT heavily has misrepresented their findings.

            OpenAI’s value would plummet and crash if they gained a reputation for using illegal material to train their AI on, investors would drop them so fast.

            This is just a simple fact. LLM providers reputation is heavily staked on the legality of their data.

            So far the courts have ruled in these companies favor.

            But it’s extremely likely illegaly scraped Dara from reddit would not pass the sniff test and debestate an offending companies reputation.

            If you don’t understand why, you have to do some brushing up on why these LLM services are worth so much and who is using them and for what. Once you understand that, it becomes extremely apparent why legally owning the entire history of every reddit post ever would be extremely valuable, and why a 5bil price tag is actually not that crazy.

        • @Corkyskog@sh.itjust.works
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          And then everyone started deleting accounts, comments and even rewriting and poisoning their comments. The data was way better before the API change.

          • @pixxelkick@lemmy.world
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            Do you actually think this has any impact? That’s silly.

            Reddit’s servers have the original copy of every single post made, undoubtedly, and everytime you edit your post, they store that copy too.

            So not only has everyone “poisoned” their data ineffectively, they literally have created training data of “before” vs “after” poisoning to compare the two for training the LLM against poisoned data.

            Whoever buys the right to that is going to have a pretty huge goldmine, and perhaps they will rent it out, or perhaps they’ll use it themselves.

      • @pixxelkick@lemmy.world
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        Not legally / free.

        And yes, that very very much matters if you intend to actually sell the service to companies that they themselves dont want to get hit in the crossfire of potential lawsuits for building their products on top of stolen info.

        So if you can own the data itself (via buying reddit), you now have an ENORMOUS quantity of prime training data that you’re investors and potential customers know is legally clean, because you literally own it.

    • AJ Sadauskas
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      @pixxelkick @ardi60 Well, if anyone wants to buy it for that purpose, then I just hope they remember to screen out the more NSFW parts of Reddit.

      Otherwise, their bots are going to start giving some rather unfortunate responses to customer questions…

      • I am looking forward to the hilarity of it for a while though.

        “Cooking bot, i have found this cucumber i need to use before it gets bad. What can i do with it?”

        “Shove it up your rectum”

        Could lead to a lot of interesting lawsuits and let a lot of MBA bros look rather stupid.

      • @pixxelkick@lemmy.world
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        Most LLMs have tonnes of NSFW data in their training.

        Typically, if this wants to be blocked, a secondary RAG or LORA is run overtop to act as a filtering mechanism to catch, block, and regenerate explicit responses.

        Furthermore, output allowed lexicon is a whole thing.

        Unfiltered LLMs without these layers added on are actually quite explicit and very much capable of generating extremely NSFW output by default.

  • Zuberi 👀
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    Lol at the 50% haircut since the API shit.

    Can’t wait to release this ransomware data this year 😍