The Steam subreddit is currently utilizing a unique and unexpected form of protest in response to Reddit’s recent API changes. Instead of discussing the latest news about Steam and Valve, the community forum is now flooded with captivating images of steam in various contexts.
These posts showcase diverse sources of steam such as steamships, steam tractors, trains, boiling pots, enclosed greenhouses, and even barbeque grills. Additionally, the subreddit has embraced the popular Steamed Hams meme from The Simpsons, featuring both the original scene and a comical depiction involving steampunk gear.
Previously, from June 12-14, the Steam subreddit joined numerous other subreddits in a blackout to protest against Reddit’s new API pricing policy. This policy threatens to eliminate third-party apps and tools, like Reddit is Fun, Apollo, and Narwhal, which users have come to depend on for customizing their Reddit experience. The moderators of the Steam subreddit received a message from Reddit, urging them to reopen the community and actively participate in the protest or face removal.
To avoid repercussions while maintaining their resistance, the Steam subreddit and other participating communities have ingeniously altered their submission guidelines. Although the topics are now related but distinct, this strategic approach protects them from potential consequences. For instance, the Pokémon Go subreddit now features posts about Pikachu, John Oliver, and the character Spark.
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