If you haven't heard yet, Reddit will be rolling out a program that will allow users to be paid for content. On the surface, this sounds like a great idea for the individual user to actually make money. However, with all great Reddit decisions, things will be getting messy. This site is rife with bot accounts that we Mods have to battle constantly. The last 3 days alone, nearly every post here has been a bot account. The ones that weren't didn't even fit this sub or were banned content. The Contributor Program will have qualification requirements, but bot networks will figure out a way around them. This will mean a drastic increase in the amount of crap that subs across the platform will see. Thousands upon thousands of bot accounts will be spamming to build up Karma, and the onus of keeping communities clean is placed on us volunteer group of idiots who continue to give Reddit our unpaid time. With subpar moderation tools and dangerous app bugs being reported and not fixed for over a year, many existing Mods sitewide will be burning out faster.
r/whatcouldgowrong has done our best to keep reposts and spam down to near zero. A big thanks to our community for constantly reporting rule breaking posts, as that helps our team to target accounts for removal. However, dealing with admin behind the scenes leads me to believe that management doesn't feel it's a priority to deal with bots. Requests to Devs to either fix broken things or make adjustments to coding to help weed out accounts get ignored or given a response of "Just use Automod".
So WCGW? Sub quality may take a hit in the coming weeks, even with the amount of Mods we have. We can't live here 24/7, so there will be spam making it through our filters. Rule #5 allows Mods to ban on first offense for many things, so consider this an open warning.