Reddit has introduced a brand new characteristic for subreddits: chat channels. The launch comes with a disclaimer from the corporate that earlier Chat launches weren’t executed “in the most effective methods” and that this strategy focuses on small communities and mod instruments to, ideally, be higher.
Chat channels do differ in a number of methods from the Stay Chat characteristic, for instance, current as a everlasting house within the subreddit, somewhat than a fleeting publish. They’re additionally operated by the mods, who can select to dam responses, pin messages and to talk in a personal channel. Mods additionally management who’s allowed within the channel, starting from open participation all the way in which to solely trusted members.
Reddit claims to be constructing chat channels with house for extra updates, relying on testing outcomes. The corporate particularly calls out options like automod guidelines, gradual mode and the flexibility to construct customized channel roles as potential developments.
The chat channels announcement got here alongside two different small Reddit updates. The corporate has rolled out an new subreddit header that shrinks the house between the header and posts, makes the search bar into one button and exhibits tabs like “menu” and “about” by clicking anyplace throughout the header. Reddit claims these updates elevated neighborhood subscriptions and actions in exams. It additionally introduced Could ninth as an official shutdown date for its Predictions polling sport. Customers will not be capable to create or be a part of an energetic event and outdated tournaments will change into inaccessible.
For now, chat channels are nonetheless on the pilot program stage with solely 25 subreddits testing them out in the intervening time — totalling lower than 100,000 customers. Mods excited by attempting it out can add their subreddit to a participation waiting list.