Tuesday, May 24, 2011

reddit, we need to talk...

...about the posting of users' personal information on this site.

There has been an unacceptable surge of this happening lately. We've had this discussion before, just three months ago. But alas, that is an eternity in internet time.

Also, we understand that our userbase is growing exponentially, so it's time to reiterate: DO NOT POST USERS' PERSONAL INFORMATION. EVER. NO phone numbers, NO email addresses, NO real names, NO blood types, NO SSN's, NO facebook pics or profiles, NO mothers' maiden names, NOTHING. This is a ban-on-sight offense, and lately we have banned multiple users for posting personal info.

We're not going to condone this kind of behavior. If you feel the urge to arm yourself with torches and pitchforks and personal information ... step away from the computer, take a deep breath, and remember:

This is the Internet. You don't know these people. If you heard that some guy down the street was trying to scam someone on YouTube or lied about the time they made mayonnaise in their bathtub or pretended to be a time traveler from the future, would you go over there and egg their house and throw bricks through their window and kidnap their puppy? Seriously?

Posting personal information is the Internet version of vandalism and abuse and will not be tolerated. If you see it, report it and message the admins, aka the moderators of /r/reddit.com.

tl;dr Nope, you'll have to read the post.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Socialite for Firefox 4

I'm happy to announce a new release of Socialite, an official reddit extension for Firefox. Socialite provides a souped-up version of the reddit toolbar, making it easy to vote on and save pages you find via reddit.

Socialite 1.4.0
The new version has been updated to work with Firefox 4 and takes advantage of the latest reddit API updates. Also new in this release comes optional new message notifications, which can be enabled in the preferences.

Open Sorcerer
This release wouldn't have been possible without the efforts of reddit user slyf's contributions to the open source code, providing several changes necessary to get Socialite working happily in Firefox 4. We're proud to present him with the Open Sorcerer award. If you'd like to get involved, come join us on GitHub.

Monday, May 09, 2011

June 25th = Global reddit Meetup Day & Arbitrary Day

Circle your calendars & start planning the ultimate gift. The galactic tumblers have aligned, and this year, Arbitrary Day and Global reddit Meetup Day, are both going down on June 25th.

• Find or plan a GRMD meetup in your area HERE and/or HERE
• Sign up for Arbitrary Day HERE

It's the second annual installment of both of these reddit holidays, and to make this year even more glorious, the folks at reddit gifts have launched a new section to help plan, organize, and attend meetups. If you don't see your city on the list, don't worry. The list will be constantly growing, and we expect to have meetups in all the major cities. You could even start planning it!

reddit Gifts says:
"What's Arbitrary Day, you ask? It's really simple. Arbitrary Day is a holiday that celebrates nothing in particular. It's about making a stranger happy. It works just like Secret Santa but with less meaning! Sign ups are open from now until May 27th."

Sign Ups close May 27th, but don't wait till then. Sign up now!

To help celebrate this reddit holiday, several fine merchants have crafted commemorative products (if you're a merchant and want to add to this list of special products or deals pm jenakalif). Acquire these special gifts today:

RadioReddit.com will also be providing a "best of" stream that plays only the top voted songs, in the hopes of providing a good soundtrack for the meetups, comprised of songs by reddit users.

But wait, there's more! June 25th is also National Catfish Day, so if you are looking for something to bring to your local meetup, catfish would be an excellent treat. Catfish would not however, be a good gift to send your matched recipient (unless you get a reddit admin).