Three years ago I was quite active on Reddit – at least for a while, until I realized just how manipulated it became. I’m not really holding it against reddit, the same happens on Digg and probably on all similar sites – nothing new here, you’ve probably read all this a thousand times, so I won’t be the 1001st :-)
Suffice to say, I reduced my activity level, but occasionally still found interesting items I voted up or down there. Hack, I even broke Reddit – or that’s what it said.
Then it broke me. A few months ago I noticed I could no longer log in with my usual credentials. No reason to worry, that’s what password recovery is for:
Oops.. “no email for that user” – I don’t exist. Reddit killed me :-( Except it’s not really true. Reddit still knows me as a user:
Still no reason to panic – that’s what support is for. Or so I thought. Most of the support links require logging in, which I obviously could not do, but eventually I found a feedback form, which I duly filled out – and am waiting for a response ever since.
As a last resort I tweeted up @reddit – but as it turns out that’s not a real Twitter presence for Reddit – it’s just a marketing bot that reposts popular reddit entries.
End of story… and I don’t really care. I’m quite happy with StumbleUpon instead.