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[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 month ago

I just signed up for lemmy.world today. Last week I got my first account suspension in 15 years because some automated tool didn't like my joke about the Boeing Starliner and how the Astronauts should be concerned regarding the recent history of Boeing. Reason for suspension was for making threats. It was more like threats to Boeing's reputation. Deleted all my top comments and closed the account. Reddit is dead.

[-] [email protected] 28 points 1 month ago

For awhile, it was a really special place,

for feeding procrastination.

[-] [email protected] 119 points 1 month ago
[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 month ago

His eyes are creepy as fuck in this image. Doesn't feel human. No soul. It's like a demon wearing a human suit.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Sugar. In water.

More. More MORE!

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[-] [email protected] 41 points 1 month ago

Sure, why not. People gave you all the information on Reddit for free, you might as well sell it to the highest bidder without compensating them. I call it the "Veasey maneuver."

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

The audacity of big tech is long overdue for a reckoning.

[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 month ago

This makes me wonder if they sell nsfw subs data...if they don't mods could just make their subs nsfw and the data doesn't get collected...might be the same for accouts set to NSFW as well.

[-] [email protected] -4 points 1 month ago

I'm actually pretty certain the NSFW/porn subreddits are involved in something nefarious, possibly human-trafficking adjacent. u/spez himself was a moderator of r/jailbait. When caught, he made it so subreddits can hide who mods them. They also regularly delete NSFW/porn subreddits that aren't the mainstream ones (they deleted mine).

To be approved to post on the mainstream porn reddits, you have to be verified, usually by taking a pic with a sign containing date, username, and subreddit. It's unknown who reviews this (no mod transparency) or how many images reddit has collected over the years. Reddit, unlike onlyfans, also doesn't verify age during this process.

Posts that are approved tend to be suspicious - it's clear these girls are working closely with the mods to curate certain images. Pokimane for example, or other egirls, will get approved for posts that don't follow sub guidelines or will be pinned to the top. It's just interesting which girls with an onlyfans are allowed to post, and which girls receive permabans.

It's almost like they are forcing these girls into dating them so they can post on their subs, and they block any competition for their girls. They're porn pimps and spying on us.

[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 month ago

Some subs did this last year. Mods of those subs got replaced.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

There are still plenty of subs that are considered 18+ when they technically shouldn't have to be.

[-] [email protected] 13 points 1 month ago

Could be a good tactic. But spez and his goons tend to crack down on mods that do things they don't like. Especially things that could impact revenue.

[-] [email protected] 75 points 1 month ago

Too bad the website is still openly accessible and still capable of being scraped

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

We use Akamai where I work for security, CDN, etc. Their services make it largely trivial to identify traffic from bots. They can classify requests in real time as coming from known bots like Googlebot to programming frameworks like python & java to bots that impersonate Googlebot, to virtually any other automated traffic from unknown bots.

If Reddit was smart they’d leverage something like that to allow Google, Bing, etc. to crawl their data and block all others, or poison others with bogus data. But we’re talking about Reddit here…

[-] [email protected] 22 points 1 month ago

Probably what they’re targeting. Such as sites like safereddit, etc.

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[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 month ago

Still waiting for the news that they took down old.reddit. Without the third party apps, that was the only way it could still be usable.

[-] [email protected] 38 points 1 month ago

Well that's part of the thing. Web scraping doesn't get covered by policies. Like, they could ban your ip or any accounts you have, but web scraping itself will always be acceptable. It's why projects like NewPipe and Invidious don't care about YouTube cease and desist letters.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

Oops look like this community hasn't been reviewed. Login if you still want to see the content.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Doesn't that only happen on the mobile version? Either way, it's stupid and annoying. Google should start de-ranking sites that add barriers to content, but I know they never will.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

I tried that on my desktop. So long as you are not actually logged in you cannot see the communities that are too small for a review or too adult after a review.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

Ugh, what a fucking shitshow. I know it won't happen quickly or easily, but I'm hoping to see more people on federated platforms in the next decade or two. It's the only way for us to take the internet back from these greedy bastards.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

Yea, I've seen those pop-ups when trying to find something out. It sucks but isn't a significant barrier to web scraping

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Is it any different for an "API"? I don't think there's a very big difference between an HTTP endpoint that returns HTML and an HTTP endpoint that returns JSON.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Parsing absolutely comes with a lot more overhead. Especially since many websites integrate a lot of JS interactivity nowadays, you oftentimes don’t get the full contents you’re looking for straight out of the HTML you’re getting out of your HTTP request, depending on the site.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

I meant legally.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

In what way?

HTML definitely provides more overhead than json if you only care about the data.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Legally. OC stated that NewPipe doesn't worry about legal threats because they scrape instead of using an official API.

[-] [email protected] 37 points 1 month ago

They have a ton of useful and valuable comments.

They also have some of mine but that’s more of a liability.

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