Reddit pulled an unbelievable marketing campaign with the awards. IIRC at the beginning there was only gold and platinum (maybe one more), and they all granted “premium” tier on reddit to the person receiving them. Seeing an award somewhere was massive. Then, reddit silver was coined (eheh) as a joke for when someone had posted something mildly interesting but not worth enough of paying him anything.
It was literally just this image. Then, reddit noticed that they could monetize this and they introduced more awards that granted nothing, silver among them. And people absolutely despised them, because the uniqueness and value of receiving an award was kinda lost. They started giving them away for free, and that’s why most people started calling them the “free awards”… until when that stopped being true, and now everything costs money. Thanks reddit.
Speaking of internet monetization schemes. I remember when you could search something in google for purchase advice and get results from knowledgeable people. Not anymore. Now it’s just pages with hellish SEO and a trillion of amazon affiliate links with absolutely no useful content whatsoever. And with AI it’s only going to get worse. Keep in mind that with affiliate links, they get money if you buy anything after clicking the link, it doesn’t even have to be the same product. The problem with this system is that, sometimes, the things that are sold in amazon are good, but sometimes they aren’t, and now it’s incredibly hard to find a place that tells you “no, what’s on amazon is all crap, go to this other website or to this physical store”.
And that is why I feel like reddit is (was?) the last bastion of good internet advice. Since people in communities are not usually interested in monetizing their hobbies, the advice given in reddit is usually way better than the one given by content farms. However, I’m not sure why, reddit’s advice just keeps getting worse and worse, and the questions just keep getting more and more retarded. “Capped pencil that is not the dive?” “I want a pencil for architecture, and I like the Kuru Toga, is it a good choice?” “I death grip my pencil to a degree that my doctors are worried about me, will a Zebra Delguard let my tendons survive past age 25?”.
Nice, comprehensive forum thread made by an uninterested expert, updated by the community over time. Pinned to the top, appears 1st on Google results. No affiliate links. I really want internet to go back to that, but it won’t.
So, I’m not sure what’s my point. I think that reddit is nowadays one of the only decent social networks left, together with discord. But it keeps degrading, and I feel like at some point I’ll just quit.