submitted 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago) by BuckRowdy@lemmy.world to c/reddit@lemmy.world

I was just browsing a thread on c/nfl looking for new mods. There were multiple 12+ year Redditors there offering to help.

Got me wondering. There are 14,000 of us in this community. How many of us are ten year plus users who have just had enough?

Edit: I didn't expect this post to be as poignant as it became. There are so many of you... I can't reply to everyone. I'm an 11 year user and have modded something like 150 subs over the years. I'm really sad too, but I'm finding that lemmy has most of the content I'm looking for, just needs more comments.

The API was a big blow, but removing awards on past posts and deleting coin balances is really dumb.

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[-] flipthetube@lemmy.world 220 points 7 months ago

13 or 14 years here. I didn’t delete my account but I don’t even want to give them the traffic from going back to see my join date.

[-] guru_hippo@lemmy.world 23 points 7 months ago

Same here. Started on Reddit around 2010. Haven’t been back since Apollo shutdown.

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[-] BilboBargains@lemmy.world 140 points 7 months ago

I would imagine the 10+ demographic has the highest rates of attrition. Those people will have witnessed most of the transition from niche to lowest common denominator. Everyone knows the adage that 100k is the subreddit limit after which the community breaks down. It would happen here too. The discourse here is uncannily like the 2009 Reddit I remember. People are polite and well informed. I hope the localised and open nature of the service keeps it that way.

Prediction: Reddit will become a cesspit of advertising and data harvesting, a la Facebook. It's most of the way there already.

[-] Hamartiogonic@sopuli.xyz 20 points 7 months ago

Been on Reddit for about 8 years, but I’ve seen enough. Once a company starts treating you like trash, it’s time to go. These things have happened with other platforms too, and I’ve always found a better alternative somewhere.

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[-] Blamemeta@lemmy.world 112 points 7 months ago

Same here. Came over in the digg migration, left when 3rd party apps died.

[-] Ohthereyouare@lemm.ee 29 points 7 months ago

Does this feel like Reddit did then? Does to me.

[-] TheHighRoad@lemmy.world 51 points 7 months ago

I'll piggyback and say that it feels similar. The biggest difference is not having huge default subs shaping the experience. Lemmy also feels more sparse in the comments, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

[-] GuyDudeman@lemmy.world 23 points 7 months ago

Agreed. Feels like early Reddit did. Lower quantity, higher quality.

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[-] Rainy1719@lemmy.world 70 points 7 months ago

16yrs My account was older than my kid. It feels like some weird breakup. At times I miss it but I feel better for moving on. Lemmy feels like early reddit did so I'm hopeful that the community will continue to grow.

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[-] masterofn001@lemmy.ca 64 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

14 years with an account. A year or so of lurking before that.

Sites come and go.

I like telling stories of the olden days of the internet. Like being user #132 on mp3.com and having chats with people like Darude (before sandstorm) and Dido (before Eminem). It was an amazing place. Now it isn't.

Reddit will follow.

As they all do

Edit: I also had the comment of the day on Reddit once.

It had 500 upvotes.

I was also a beta tester for duckduckgo. Not the app, the site/engine. When everyone else was putting him down, I believed.

That's how long I was on there.

[-] STOMPYI@lemmy.world 1 points 4 days ago

Once had a front page rage comic... man I was flying high that day!

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[-] iBaz@lemmy.world 63 points 7 months ago

Would have been 12 years this month. I left when they pulled that crap with Christian (Apollo), he’s a friend IRL and I support him 100%.

[-] negativeyoda@lemmy.world 22 points 7 months ago

I'm loosely friendly with Lawrence from Sync. Same boat here

[-] ChunkMcHorkle@lemmy.world 19 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

I'm not friends with either of them, never even met them, but I left for the same reason: it doesn't have to be happening to me personally for me to realize I want no part of that shit. (That, and gleefully fucking over the accessibility users at the same time. Pick one.)

Either way,

"This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass." -- Walter Sobchak

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[-] wreel@lemmy.sdf.org 51 points 7 months ago

I was 2006 adopter when Paul Graham dropped a link to it on his website. I was there before the original programming subdomain Reddit and even before they supported picture thumbnails. I've seen its wild mutations over the years. Bacon, narwhal, Mr Splashypants, Colbert name dropping, the original video IAMAs, the jailbait fiasco, spacedicks, random celebrity users, the redesign from hell, etc etc.

I left.

It was a good site for a long time but after being on Lemmy for a while I can see a clear difference in experience and now I realize Reddit has been bad for a while. Terrible discourse, lowest common denominator posts, and falling into the trap of continuous engagement just to get the next hit of dopamine. Honestly, spez ruining the site has been good for me personally.

I'm proud of our rejection of a commercial online experience. This is the thoughtful community I want to be a part of. This feels like the Internet of the late 90s in terms of authenticity. With its revival with the Fediverse I'm hopeful that these types of communities will forever be part of our digital experience.

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[-] Willer@lemmy.world 47 points 7 months ago
[-] SloppyPuppy@lemmy.world 34 points 7 months ago

12 years here. The day apollo died is the day I stopped logging into reddit.

And it is really hard. That was my default go to free time app. I spent AT LEAST 4 hours A DAY on reddit for most of those 12 years.

Its hard. But on the other hand that site disgusses me now.

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[-] krakenx@lemmy.world 31 points 7 months ago

I joined Reddit 13 years ago when Digg made their site unusable. I joined Lemmy 1 month ago when Reddit made their site unusable (on mobile). History repeats itself...

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[-] Euraru@lemmy.world 29 points 7 months ago

I've been using Reddit since 2012, as soon as the fiasco with third party apps began I started to move to Lemmy.

Haven't looked back once.

[-] brap_gobbo@lemmy.world 28 points 7 months ago

I had used Reddit for probably 11-12+ years. Which is why the slow death of the site was so sad. It was one of my favorite places on the net

[-] avater@lemmy.world 24 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

here! deleted my account right after I read the thread from Christian Selig how his answers where twisted beyond recognition by that greedy dipshit spez!

I have no idea why people still hang on to this platform or even want to support it by being mods. I mean the reddit admins are pissing on them without even giving them the courtesy of calling it rain.

[-] cokane_88@lemmy.world 23 points 7 months ago
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[-] tekchic@lemmy.world 23 points 7 months ago

12+ Slashdot/Digg exodus redditor here. Quit two weeks before Apollo shut down. Not gonna support Spez being a douche.

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[-] Numpty@lemmy.ca 23 points 7 months ago

13 years on Reddit. I was part of the Great Digg Exodus... now the Great Reddit Exodus.

I deleted all my comments on Reddit, all of my posts, and then toasted my user account just before the API deadline. Not looking back.

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[-] kava@lemmy.world 21 points 7 months ago

My account was 14 years old before I left for Lemmy. Seen a lot of stuff come and go on reddit. Lots of changes over the years and very rarely did I like them but stayed cause there was no real valid alternative. Finally heard about Lemmy during API changes and decided to pull the plug on reddit.

Reddit had been going downhill for nearly 10 years now, to be honest

[-] Odo@lemmy.world 21 points 7 months ago

In with the Digg exodus, out when I learned my favorite 3rd party app was shutting down(Sync, though I'm excited for the Lemmy version!). It's disappointing to learn Reddit's leadership views communities as their property, and their disdain for volunteer moderators and 3rd party apps.

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[-] Pons_Aelius@kbin.social 21 points 7 months ago
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[-] wilberfan@lemmy.world 19 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

Just looked it up: 11 years.

I was very proud of "my" sub over there (sole active mod and most consistent poster). 11K+ subscribers and personally acknowledged by the author of a recent book on the subject of our sub.

Something died in me just before and during the blackout. I haven't posted anything over there since, and of the 11K subscribers, it's possible NONE of them followed my migration to the Fediverse where I set up an equivalent "official" sublemmy.

Once you know what you know (at least for some of us), it's just not the same participating in that space any longer.

I keep an eye on the place out of respect to...something. (I feel like I cleaned the place up nicely, and really raised the level of discourse.)

I guess I was naive in the extreme to think that at least a couple of hundred of the faithful would follow me over here? I don't do it for the numbers, but there is something gratifying watching your community grow.

At this writing, the new sub has double-digit followers! ;-P

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[-] donio@lemmy.world 19 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

15 years. I haven't deleted my account yet but I haven't logged in since API day. I have a redirect in place to go through a libreddit proxy in case I end up on the site through a web search or something.

I am pretty commited to never contribute to the site again and I am planning to delete my account at some point. I want to make sure that I can reliably delete my full comment history before I do that and I haven't bothered researching that yet. I am hoping that there will be a way to do it through a GDPR or CCPA request at some point rather than me having to do the work. (yeah I know there are tools but it's still an effort)

Reddit had been my greatest online addiction by far. It's kinda nice that they made it so easy to kick it. A bit like finding an unexpected out from a bad relationship. Good luck with the rest of your life Reddit!

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[-] von_zyl0@lemmy.world 18 points 7 months ago

10+ years, can't stand browsing it without my dark minimalist RIF. RIP

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[-] alloloto@lemmy.world 18 points 7 months ago

11 years for me, mostly lurking. Happy to move away as it has declined heavily in the last half decade. Lemmy is such a breath of fresh air! I would love to see a continued mass exodus.

[-] 108beads@lemm.ee 18 points 7 months ago

Just about 10 years on Reddit. My visits to Reddit dropped by 99.9%; still do a few check-ins with support communities I've used. Here on Lemmy, actively contributing and minor role as mod in a couple of communities. Building a new home in the stars.

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[-] Blackmist@feddit.uk 17 points 7 months ago

11 years. 760k comment karma. Nuked the lot.

[-] Gnemesis@lemmy.world 17 points 7 months ago

Count me in that. Left when rif bit the dust.

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[-] drekly@lemmy.world 17 points 7 months ago

12 years, fuck em. this is my go-to scroll for when I'm bored now. The communities will grow in time.

[-] zatanas@lemm.ee 15 points 7 months ago

11 years. Lemmy is the warm blanket, fresh out of the dryer I didn't know I wanted until now. :-)

[-] MorbidNoodle@lemm.ee 15 points 7 months ago

I was also part of the great Digg exodus. It's funny how history repeats.

[-] eatisaiy@lemmy.world 15 points 7 months ago

For about 6 years but I shall share a story cause why not. I don't remember the exact details of how it unraveled.

So for a lot of time I had an unverified account, one that wasn't linked to any email. I just browsed as usual. Then one day my account got 'locked' and I had to verify it through a mail to unlock it. Now, I think I went ahead and tried linking it to my mail (or it might even be that I tried linking it from the very beginning but never got a confirmation mail), but I wouldn't get any mail. I tried regaining access for a while but I soon made a second account to be able to interact with the content. Now I believe some time had passed and I remembered about my first account, got determined to unlock it. I even contacted support about it. It was at that time that I noticed what went wrong. I had a typo in the mail I had provided, just one letter. That is why I never got any mail, but there still was a problem: there was no option to edit and correct the mail I had given them. I was devastated, there was no way to get that confirmation mail at this point.. unless? What if I created a new email account, one with the typo, so I could receive that mail? I did just that. Created a new google mail account for the sole purpose of getting that mail. I did it, got the mail, unblocked my account, changed the linked mail and deleted the typo-mail account.

I finally got my original account back. I continued however to use the second one, it was more up to date with my interests at the time, but I was happy I managed to solve the issue - no thanks to support.

Thanks for reading my story, have a nice day :)

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[-] Dedwin@lemmy.world 15 points 7 months ago

12 years on reddit, haven't been back since end of May.

[-] phil@cryptodon.lol 14 points 7 months ago

16 years on reddit and same, don't miss it, so long and thanks for all the fish

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[-] starcat@lemmy.world 15 points 7 months ago

13 years, and honestly I thank them for the kick in the ass I needed to get off that site.

I overwrote my posts and deleted my account. I wish them luck, but Reddit has evolved into something I no longer want to be a part of.

[-] calhoon2005@aussie.zone 14 points 7 months ago

11 years. Haven't been back since Sync shut down. I'm really enjoying Lemmy, but I do miss the specific question Google search with site:Reddit added to get some real help with tech problems.

[-] ActionHank@sopuli.xyz 14 points 7 months ago

7 years, 1st lemmy post. Hi everybody!

[-] Beefcyclone@lemmy.world 14 points 7 months ago

10+ man it hurt to leave but once Rif was gone i couldn't deal with using that atrocious app.

Lemmy isn't there yet, but out of stubbornness I'll persevere and it will be the replacement we all want.

Absolutely and whole heartedly fuck Spez..... jumped up prick.

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