r/singapore 6h ago

/r/singapore random discussion and small questions thread for June 10, 2023


Talk about your day. Anything goes, but subreddit rules still apply. Please be polite to each other!

r/singapore 3d ago Take My Energy

UPDATED On June 12, r/Singapore will be going dark in protest against Reddit's API changes which will kill 3rd party apps


What's going on?

A recent Reddit policy change threatens to kill many beloved third-party mobile apps, making a great many quality-of-life features not seen in the official mobile app permanently inaccessible to users.

On May 31, 2023, Reddit announced they were raising the price to make calls to their API from being free to a level that will kill every third party app on Reddit, from Apollo to Reddit is Fun to Narwhal to BaconReader. One week on and less than a month to the changes being implemented in July, developers for popular third party apps like Sync are still kept in the dark when it comes to how they can even try to work with the new API changes, never mind the fact that the cost of operating these apps will run into the millions.

Even if you're not a mobile user and don't use any of those apps, this is a step toward killing other ways of customizing Reddit, such as Reddit Enhancement Suite or the use of the old.reddit.com desktop interface.

This isn't only a problem on the user level: many subreddit moderators depend on tools only available outside the official app to keep their communities on-topic and spam-free. Despite the admins' response, many of us remain skeptical of their intent and ability to prioritise these changes, much less deliver based on their responses as well as historical record. You can read more on this here.

r/Singapore has largely remained neutral when it comes to site-wide activity over the years, but the urgency and drastic change brought about by this policy cannot be understated. Over the past day, many of you let us know how these changes would affect you too, especially when it comes to how you access Reddit and r/Singapore. The majority of you have indicated that these third-party apps are what you use to access our subreddit and have agreed with the blackout.

What's the plan?

On the midnight of June 12th, r/Singapore will be going dark for 48 hours to protest this policy alongside many other subreddits. You will not be able to read, vote, submit or comment on any and all posts throughout the blackout.

To be clear, this isn't something any of us do lightly: we do what we do because we love Reddit and this community, and we truly believe this change will make it impossible to keep doing what we love.

The two-day blackout isn't the goal, and it isn't the end. Should things reach the 14th with no sign of Reddit choosing to fix what they've broken, we'll use the community and buzz we've built between then and now as a tool for further action.

What can you do?

  1. Complain. Message the mods of r/reddit.com, who are the admins of the site: message /u/reddit: submit a support request: comment in relevant threads on r/reddit, such as this one, leave a negative review on their official iOS or Android app- and sign your username in support to this post.
  2. Spread the word. Rabble-rouse on related subreddits. Meme it up, make it spicy. Bitch about it to your cat. Suggest anyone you know who moderates a subreddit join us at our sister sub at r/ModCoord - but please don't pester mods you don't know by simply spamming their modmail.
  3. Boycott and spread the word...to Reddit's competition! Stay off Reddit entirely on June 12th through the 13th- instead, take to your favourite non-Reddit platform of choice and make some noise in support!
  4. Don't be a jerk. As upsetting this may be, threats, profanity and vandalism will be worse than useless in getting people on our side. Please make every effort to be as restrained, polite, reasonable and law-abiding as possible.

Other Resources

9 June Update

There's a lot of uncertainty across subreddits for what the response here will be, given the recent developments. We're keeping a very keen eye on the collective actions of other communities as well as waiting out for further communication on the part of Reddit. I don't have a lot of confidence in having any concerns addressed at the AMA on r/Reddit, but this extra time should be sufficient for everyone to come to a decision as a whole.

In the meantime, I'd like to hear from everyone on whether we should take subreddit down indefinitely instead. To be clear, this means that the subreddit will be set to private with all posts unaccessible. We're acutely aware that Reddit as a forum is unparalleled in terms of scale for Singapore, but I have every reason to believe that our subreddit, just like other communities, will not ever be the same again. Let us know either way, sentiments from everyone here will play a key part in our decision, as it had for us to get on board in the first place.

r/singapore 3h ago

Tabloid/Low-quality source Singaporean who yelled at Bintan hotel staff: Mum back in room when they disturbed me, hotel owner aggressive and rude, Singapore News

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r/singapore 1h ago

Tabloid/Low-quality source Resident shares with Leon Perera his dread of 2nd part of GST hike next year, says ‘many merchants tend to raise prices disproportionately’ - Singapore News

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r/singapore 13h ago

Tabloid/Low-quality source TikTok takes down video of Jocelyn Chia's MH370 joke

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r/singapore 15h ago

Discussion Opinions on where the best ramen in Singapore is?


For me it’s by far Hakkata Ikkousha in Chijmes, other restaurants I’ve been to don’t even come close. Thoughts?

r/singapore 22h ago All-Seeing Upvote

Opinion/Fluff Post Anyone feels we are living in Singapore Inc instead of Singapore?


Just an opinion I had for awhile. I have been hearing a lot about how pace of life used to be slower and all, and it really got me thinking. Before I start, let me just say that I still agree that our government is one of the more competent ones among the world, but oftentimes I feel there are some things they could do better.

With the building and closure of so many things, and the more recent Singapore Turf Club, I feel like we are living more and more in a company than in a society

A lot of times I feel the government chases metrics and paper quality. Sorry I’m still young and just got into society I might not know the proper words to use. Sometimes a lot of numbers are used to justify certain things. For e.g. prices of items growing at the same rate, GDP highest and what not. But what is not generally measured is our happiness and our way our life.

Look at the impending closure of the turf club, another one of our cultural heritage lost. Over the years I have seen so many buildings collapse just to be rebuilt and brought down again. Jcube for example. So many schools closed despite new schools being opened. Every building lost is every part of our heritage and our connection to our country lost.

People I asked who were born in the 70s-80s can fondly remember how life was like in the kampong days, or when things were less fast paced. People spent time after work chilling with family or friends, doing the things they like. Holidays was spent celebrating festivals and occasions. NDP was not just a day off from work to watch TV and people marching for a few hours/go JB, but it was a day where they went to catch fireworks, stand by the roadside to cheer at the soldiers marching and performances. New year wasnt another break from work but a day families spent together watching countdown, we still do now but it feels more like a day off

People here care about work so much that a lot of people I know dont really have time to pursue hobbies and what not. As a society we seem to be focused on work and just work alone. I know it is important to our survival, but a lot of things that relate to our happiness are generally neglected. Rat race they call it.

We used to have more public holidays for different religion and racial events. But it was cut to make us more productive. We boast billions, even trillions of $$$ in our reserves, but a good proportion of people generally are unhappy and burnt out. We dont really gather to celebrate anything anymore. Used to see plenty of families at the parks on weekends, events such as lantern festival etc etc, but now plenty just stay at home and rest. Even NDP is just another large light show and performance. A lot of people, especially the younger generation, dont really feel connnected to our country. Its just another place we work in.

When was the last time the National Stadium or even community areas was filled with Singaporeans from all walks of life gathering for something.

Everything must hit numbers or checklists then considered done. i.e. some designers have to design according to purely a checklist provided by their bosses and not what they feel the design should be. how is that fun

Maybe I dont make sense, perhaps I might be too inexperienced to know anything, but does anyone else feel that we could do better on focusing less on productivity but more on happiness, while maintaining our productivity at acceptable levels?

r/singapore 17h ago

News Danelle Tan sets aside college to join German giants Borussia Dortmund

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r/singapore 17h ago

Discussion Tharman Discussion


Tharman running for President really shocked me and I'm still reeling from it. Growing up seeing him talk at IMFs and world conference and imagining him confined to the Istana seemed a bit un-Tharman. I want to roughly gage the opinions and how people feel about this so here's some questions...

Do you think Tharman will make a good (define in your own terms) President?

If Tharman had not run for President, what do you think he would have done until his retirement?

Will you vote for Tharman in the PE?

If you are against Tharman, what candidate/qualities of a candidate do you want to see running against Tharman?

Will Tharman boost Singapore's respectability on the World Stage if he were President?

r/singapore 12h ago

News On the career track: Train enthusiasts a growing community in S'pore, some go on to work in public transport sector

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r/singapore 17h ago

Video Filmed an hour long Timelapse of building demolition

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Da Qiao school, Amg Mo Kio

r/singapore 17h ago

News Deja vu as SNOC excludes Soh Rui Yong from Asian Games line-up

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r/singapore 21h ago

News Singapore to launch guide on how to cope with hotter weather

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r/singapore 1d ago

Satire/Parody Are today’s Macs as affordable as those in the 1980s?

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r/singapore 18h ago

News Woman who cited inflation, job loss to get more maintenance from ex-husband fails in court bid

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r/singapore 1d ago

Tabloid/Low-quality source S$1 to RM3.44: S'pore dollar blasts to new record high against M'sia ringgit

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r/singapore 16h ago

News Meta removes child sexual exploitation content on Facebook after being notified by Singapore authority

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r/singapore 1d ago Narwhal Salute

Image A classic example of how statistics without context can be seriously misleading.

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r/singapore 1d ago

Tabloid/Low-quality source RDU calls for by-election as Tharman Shanmugaratnam is Jurong GRC’s minority MP

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r/singapore 1d ago

Tabloid/Low-quality source A reality check on Lawrence Wong's claims: Are today's HDB flats as affordable as those in the 1980s and 1990s? - The Online Citizen Asia

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r/singapore 19h ago

News E. coli in chicken rice? Stalls are subject to more stringent checks, says SFA

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r/singapore 18h ago

News Joke about MH370 by comedian Jocelyn Chia sparks protest outside US embassy in KL

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r/singapore 21m ago

News Enforcement action against man staying in East Coast Park shelter was 'last resort': NParks

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r/singapore 1d ago

Opinion / Fluff Post Forum: Cyclists pose danger to pedestrians on Orchard Road

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r/singapore 15h ago

News British tabloid The Sun mistakes Singapore for China in F1 calendar

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r/singapore 19h ago

Opinion / Fluff Post Commentary: What a potential Tharman presidency could mean for Singapore’s incoming leadership

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r/singapore 19h ago

News CASE issues alert against car rental company after complaints about deposit forfeitures

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