The social site Reddit, which is home to some of the largest gaming communities on the Internet, is now giving out a little money for good posts. As announced in a blog from September 25thReddit has a new contributor programand changes were made to “Gold” upvotes that it has been temporarily removed earlier this month.
The program rewards Reddit users for popular posts and shares, if any they are entitled (18+, living in the US, have received at least 100 of these Reddit’s reputation points and 10 gold last year, among other restrictions), similar to Twitter Distribution of advertising revenue Mission. Reddit’s program requires you to complete a verification process where you submit tax and other identifying information.
Those who successfully become Contributors are bound to the above annual Karma and Gold minimums which determine their “Contributor Level”. You will not be paid if you do not meet these minimum amounts.
How will Reddit pay you for posting? And how much?
If you check all of Reddit’s tiny boxes, you’ll receive a payout 30 days after the end of the month in which you reached your minimum contribution level. So “if you reach the minimum contribution level on October 18th,” Reddit writes in its announcement post: “Reddit will pay you within 30 days of October 31st.”
Now: You might be thinking that everything I’ve already explained sounds way too complicated and absolutely not worth enduring when posting to r/Starfield is so exciting in itself. Well, buckle up. Things get even more complicated when determining your Reddit check, or what the site calls your “pay rate.”
Your rate is determined by your monthly karma balance (reputation points), but doesn’t have much impact if you exceed Reddit’s minimum threshold. If you have reached the baseline “100 karma since September 25th,” writes Reddit an explanatory article, “Your October payout is $9 (10 gold at $0.90).” Accumulating over 5,000 karma since September 25th will only give your October payout a small boost; it will be “$10 (10 gold at $1)”. Yes, $10. Thanks for the easy Uber fare, friendly stranger.
How will Reddit gold change?
On that note – Reddit is gold a great, purchasable upvote You give gifts to other people. It’s like giving something to a TikTok livestreamer a rose sticker or Buying Twitch Bits. As part of the Reddit Creator Program, Gold will reappear and take on this role, albeit with a different user interface.
“We’re simplifying the experience of honoring content Redditors like with a new gold system,” Reddit wrote in its program announcement post. Either press and hold the upvote icon on mobile or hover over it on desktop – “A range of six gold award options will appear,” says Reddit, “starting at $1.99 for one gold and going up to 49.00 $ for 25 gold.” It will not be available “in NSFW, trauma support, or quarantined subreddits.” a Reddit administrator posted.
These subreddit restrictions add another interesting structure to Reddit’s program. Although “safe-for-work” posts reach a notable number of users (several tame r/BaldursGate3 posts created in the last 12 hours, for example, have over 1,000 upvotes), Reddit tends to be governed by the same laws as other social media: creating controversy to success.
Then Reddit’s new gold restrictions could be a good thing. They stop people from exploiting a support group for money or joining restricted groups to exploit their reactivity. But the restrictions could also end Preventing legitimate contributors from making meaningful comments in certain subreddits for which they would not receive reward. It also shows NSFW users the short side of the stick, as usual.
This gold system is currently being slowly rolled out to “Reddit native mobile apps.” But it might, like the Contributor program, some say generate “Karma farming” Spam posts.
It could undermine Reddit’s usefulness for many users who share their thoughts with strangers because they want to, rather than to generate engagement and a few dollars.
Reddit’s program seems like it could lead to a worse product and more desperation, right? But in our internet, littered with perverted weight loss ads and intimidating headlines, I think that’s just how we live.