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This came up as a talking point on the floor I work on between everyone there during lunch. We discovered that around 60% use Apollo, 15% use other third party apps and the remaining 25% don’t use Reddit at all.
The reason Reddit is doing this is because their investors want full control over what their users see and what they can do on Reddit. Considering Reddit only exists because of the content their users post, this seems like they’re trying to destroy Reddit from within.
During our discussion we came to a consensus that the likelihood of any of us using Reddit, if the third party apps disappeared, was basically zero. Reddits own app is lacking so many features, and their new desktop UI seems like a garbage TikTok clone.
Thank you for all the hard work Apollo has been doing since it’s inception, and I wish you all the best in the future.
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Deleting my Reddit account now, I could wait till June 30 but it feels wrong to keep using the site now that we know for sure what they’re doing to Apollo. It’s been a great run, and thanks Christian for all the work over the years. Will miss the communities a lot. Stay awesome guys
This is legitimately heartbreaking. I downloaded Apollo on the first day it was out of beta, and it’s unequivocally my favorite app. It’s one of the only third-party apps I use that is so well designed, so emblematic of Apple’s HIGs, that it might as well be a first-party application. As far as I’m concerned, it’s literally perfect.
I’m absolutely disgusted at the way Reddit has conducted themselves. It’s embarrassing, unprofessional, and imo libelous. I think you’d have a good case for a libel lawsuit, especially given your documentation. I suppose this isn’t a surprise, given Reddit’s precious corporate bullshittery, but this is a new low.
/u/iamthatis - if the June 12th blackouts are effective in making Reddit change their course, and they issue a full-throated apology, would you be interested in continuing the app’s operation? I get it if not - the way you’ve been treated is reprehensible - but it’s an important question to ask.
Thanks again for all your work. If Apollo indeed shuts down, I swear to god, I’ll never use Reddit again. May their IPO burn.
IMPORTANT EDIT: As far as I can tell, this post is being suppressed. Check out the different between when I'm logged in and logged out (same exact page, 1 second apart): https://imgur.com/a/7qHnOyM. Could be because of this feature, but it's hard to say.
Apollo is an absolutely amazing app that I use to judge all other iOS apps. I will sincerely miss this app, the people who love it, and Christian’s engagement with the community. My Reddit usage will almost certainly die alongside Apollo.
I’m pouring one out for you, u/iamthatis. Thank you so much for such an incredible app. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t crying a little right now.
Working with you on this has been nothing short of a blessing. Thank you for everything, /u/iamthatis <3
Edit: I'd like to remind folks that Apollo does have a tipping function. I know Christian deserves every bit of support we throw his way.
Edit edit: Please be kind when looking at the code. Remember that this was something that served its purpose at the time, sometimes iterated on quickly, and due to time constraints, we weren't aiming for perfection. I know there are 50 things I could have done better, thanks :P
[–][deleted] 1343 points 20 hours ago
BRB, deleting my Reddit account(s)
Welp. I guess I will no longer be using Reddit. My cakeday is October 31st, 2012, so heading towards 11 years.
June 30th will be my last sign in if this goes through.
I love this site, and the community on it, but I cannot support Reddit leadership on this. u/spez , the way you and the rest of Reddit's leadership team have handled this has been incredibly cruel, stupid, and tone deaf.
If this is how you want Reddit to be run, then you don't want me.
*edit to add: I also signed up for the PixelPals subscription. Not really my thing, but Christian has it turned off for me to up my Apollo sub to a year (so I could refuse the refund Lol).
I know this is gonna be a lot of money out of his pocket, for something that wasn't his fault. If you like the idea of pixellated pets, or want to help a bit in offsetting his sudden $250k out of pocket bill, please consider downloading and subscribing :)
Well, that does it. I’ll be deleting all my reddit content on each account and then deleting each account so that I leave nothing behind on the site. I recommend each 3rd party app user do the same. Fuck Reddit, it’s time to move on to something else and maybe overall spend less time looking at screens. I suppose this will be my last comment. I’ll leave my content up until the Apollo blackout. One last edit: here is how you can delete your content: https://github.com/j0be/PowerDeleteSuite
Thanks for everything Christian. As a fellow software developer, I can only imagine how shitty this is for you. If there’s somewhere like Mastodon that I can follow your future work, please link me to it. I am interested to see what you get up to in the future.
One final edit (this time fr). I’ll be on https://kbin.social/ instead for my Reddit fix. The fediverse is the future. I hope to see everyone here somewhere there.
Just a reminder that /u/spez edits comments that hurt his feelings
Just tweeted this to you, but I’ll say it again here: Apollo was truly one of the greatest apps ever made for iOS. Unparalleled in quality. I will be so incredibly sorry to see it go. That spot on my main Home Screen will be hard to fill. Thank you for everything!
fuck reddit and fuck /u/spez
thank you for everything Christian & co. <3
edit: thank you for the awards, but please consider sending that money to Christian & other affected developers as a thank you for their hard work rather than reddit's soulless pockets. shoutout to r/ModCoord & r/RedditAlternatives
I refuse to refund.
You can keep my money and Reddit can lose my money.
I'll find a new platform for sports, porn, programming and other subjects.
Thank you for your hard work over these years. Your app has helped me in many areas of my life, from mental health (being able to access subreddits for it without having to use old.reddit on Safari or using the shitty App), to changing careers and everything in between. And wasting a shit load of my time that I could be productive lol.
I hope you find peace in the next step of your journey.
Wow the fucking End of an era. Never thought it would do down like this but thank you for being as transparent as you've been through all of this￼, I know it’s been a back-and-forth battle trying to fight the good fight but I understand that you can only do so much. thank you Christian for everything, you’ve been an amazing developer.