Reddit initially denied a report from The Washington Post that it might force users to log in to see content — but the Post says it may still block search crawlers.
“Reddit can survive without search,” said the Post’s anonymous source.
Reddit isn’t denying that it might block crawlers. “In terms of crawlers, we don’t have anything to share on that topic at the moment,” Reddit spokesperson Tim Rathschmidt tells The Verge, clarifying that the company’s earlier “nothing is changing” comment only applied to logins.
To be clear, this article is more like a, “they didn’t say they wouldn’t!” type deal. There’s not much news to this article.
I used to be an avid redditor (can you tell?), but I haven’t used the site regularly in several years. I especially avoid it now that libreddit instances have been essentially killed. If they started requiring logins, I would avoid the site entirely in the future, but they don’t seem to be going in that direction yet.
For now, the new site design is awful enough compared to the very clean old.reddit.com so it’s never my first choice when searching with Mojeek.