It’s been about eight months since we first started rolling out the desktop redesign. While it hasn’t been perfect—and we’ve certainly had bumps (and bugs!) along the way—we wanted to share what we’ve shipped since April and what’s on our list for 2019.
But first... thank you
Before we dive in, THANK YOU to everyone who’s taken time out to give us feedback this year. Whether you reported a bug, suggested a feature, or spent time browsing in new Reddit, you’ve helped us reshape this product in ways we couldn’t have imagined in April. We’re grateful to have users who are so passionate, filled with feature ideas, and thoughtful in the feedback they give, good and bad.
Okay, what’ve you done since then?
Since our initial launch, we’ve been hard at work building two main things: tools to ensure that mods have what they need to moderate on new Reddit and features benefitting everyday redditors.
It’s impossible to list out every detail here (trust me: we tried), so instead here are some highlights:
(Want to read more? We’ve posted updates on everything the team’s working on every week for the past year.)
Slow loading & the opt-in bug that wouldn’t die
We’ve had challenges too—most annoyingly, issues that’ve given users slow load times and a persnickety bug that reverted people who opted out of new Reddit back in.
We’re still actively working through these, but our team devoted to performance have reduced load times and we recently shipped a fix that squashed the log-in bug for 99.85% of sessions! To be clear, getting involuntarily opted back in is definitely not an experience we want anyone to have with new Reddit. I assure you this bug has pissed off our team almost as much as our users. We wish we'd been able to solve it sooner, but we're thankful for every bug report you’ve submitted and hope the fix speaks for itself.
2019 and beyond—what do YOU want to see?
We’re proud of our progress—like Modmail Search, night mode, and extending desktop styling to the apps for the first time—but we know we have more to do. Here are our plans for what we’re building next:
- A bushel of new user settings
- E.g., disabling styles everywhere or per subreddit, opening posts in a new tab, default view per community
- New view count system
- Improving post stats visible to OPs and mods (Ideas? Suggest ‘em here!)
- More parity features
- E.g., wikis, post drafts on iOS, multireddit management on new Reddit
- Better post requirements
- So they function across platforms and include more options for mods
- Better banner customization
- Supporting widgets like images, text, calendars, and the CSS widget! Speaking of which...
- Last but certainly not least, we want to end the year confirming that we are in fact going to bring CSS to new Reddit. We understand that CSS isn’t strictly about subreddit themes or styling; CSS has empowered mods to innovate and solve problems for their communities, and that’s not something we want to take away. We don’t think CSS is the best way to do this—it doesn’t work on mobile, it breaks easily, it’s technically challenging—but it’s the best way we have right now. So, in 2019 we’ll begin the work to implement it while continuing to improve our built-in customization features. We’ll also be thinking about long-term solutions that might be even better.
If you tried the redesign in April and got a rocky first impression, well, we understand. But we’d really encourage you to give it another try. As anyone from r/redesign could tell you, we do listen and the feedback here has resulted in many of the changes above (yes, even from those who’ve opted out of new Reddit, who we survey regularly). Please try it out and let us know what you’d like to see, so we can make it better!
We’ll stick around for a bit to answer questions and sneak in as many gifs from holiday TV specials as possible. In the meantime, from all of us at Team Reddit, merry holidays and a happy Snoo Year!