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I think Snapzu should keep the current invite system

The title says it all. I think in order to maintain the integrity of the posts and comments, the invite system should be kept even after the Snapzu servers are updated.

I hope I'm not the only one who was disappointed with the commonly poisonous users of Reddit. With user growth came quite a few nasty people, and a lot of subreddits reached critical mass in its content and character. The reason is that anybody can join Reddit, which means even those who are going to contribute negatively to the community.

At Snapzu, you have to go through the very simple hurdle of getting invited. This hurdle actually provides a great gate to prevent those that would serve to create hostile divisiveness within the network. People must be invited by others, which means they have to have at least somebody vouching for them.

I don't know, I'm throwing an idea out there. People may not agree with this, and that's totally fine. One thing I hope we can agree on is that we should try and make this an awesome website by being good to each other.

Thanks for reading.

3 years ago by RoastedRareByte with 15 comments

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  • MadMonk
    +9

    I think the snapzu team mentioned they wanted to keep it because getting an invite showed you actually wanted to be here.

  • Moderator
    +8

    Hey.

    This is something we have discussed a lot here at Snapzu. Before the most recent reddit exodus, the overwhelming consensus was that the invite system works well and is even necessary for the type of community we want. Now there are literally thousands of new members, and many of them don't see the benefits. With some time, however, I think they'll come to realize that the Snapzu community is completely different from that of reddit, and is worth protecting. Slow and steady growth is the way.

    • RoastedRareByte
      +7

      eggpl4nt made an excellent point in providing the invite codes at a higher level to prevent code abuse. Another idea is that instead of codes automatically providing access, they put the potential users in the front of the line for when the next wave of invites are sent.

      • Moderator
        +7

        Yeah, I think perhaps several features can be locked until the user has leveled up a bit. Creating a tribe, for example, should not be possible while the user doesn't yet understand how Snapzu works.

    • MyAnacondaDoes
      +6

      New here myself, and just wanted to chime in that I think the invite system is a smart idea. The community here so far has been very inviting and pleasant, everyone seems personable and polite, and honestly there is much less circlejerkiness here. If a system for creating an account similar to how Reddit does it was put in place, you would literally be opening the flood gates to any random person, whether they would be unpleasant or not.

      With invites, you can:

      1. Hold people accountable for inviting a toxic person 2. Can actually ban someone from the community, no nonsense, as they would need another invite code to come back.

  • eggpl4nt
    +6

    I very much agree. I think they've already said they will be keeping it invite-only. It's not that hard to be invited anyways - I just requested an invite and got a code in the email a couple hours later.

    I still kinda stand by my idea that invite codes should only be available after a certain level (3 or something like that, nothing big) so you can't just make an account, grab three codes, and post them everywhere. There should be a bit of participation before starting to invite other people, in order to make sure you actually like the website and aren't just jumping onto a sudden hypetrain.

  • Fooferhill
    +3

    If the current pleasant and interesting environment is maintained the users who are after something else might just head back to reddit once they sort their drama out. Some people like that. Those who stay are truly after a different experience so I think in time it will sort itself out.

    • RoastedRareByte
      +2

      You know, after thinking about it, I think you're absolutely right. With the huge influx of users, I'm sure only a fraction will actually remain on the website and return to Reddit. It might just make a next few days a little challenging.

  • Fooferhill
    +2

    The invite codes are being posted all over the Internet which kind of defeats the purpose.

    • Moderator
      +3

      This is true, and it's one reason why I didn't post any invite codes on reddit. Now we have thousands of new users who haven't been vetted, and who knows how they will affect the site. Anyhow, I'm hoping for the best.

      • Fooferhill
        +4

        Very hard to vet users anyway-they will post what they choose. Hopefully the community makes it clear when they overstep or break rules that this is not welcome. Hoping new users bring new tribes and interests.

      • MadMonk
        +2

        It is kinda hypocritical of me to agree, since I got my code from a reddit thread, but I don't think I will be sharing my codes with anyone outside of friends / family / current snapzu members.

  • torrentprincess
    +2

    I personally disagree because I think that this user base already has a strong identity, and preventing more users to join is preventing niche tribes from appearing, which is what I look forward to eventually seeing on this site.

  • VoyagerXyX
    +1

    I agree with this! Even if the codes are being posted online there is a metering to the flow of new users and the trolls and unruly new members here to cause trouble will have accounts so restricted they will most likely get bored and leave before causing too much havoc and damage. The invitation system makes it more difficult for troublemakers to sign up in the first place which acts as a great deterrent for causing problems. Most will decide it's not worth the effort or extra work to get a code to sign up and will just let it go. The remainder, like I mentioned, will likely get bored of trying to establish a place in the community and will give up and leave before obtaining permissions needed to ruin things in an irreversible way (for the most part). Just chiming in with my two cents! :)

  • Noisestrike
    +1

    I personally disagree. But I can see where you're coming from.