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Reddit to wind down blockchain-based rewards service ‘Neighborhood Factors’

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Reddit has mentioned it’ll quickly shutter its long-running, blockchain-based rewards service “Neighborhood Factors,” citing scalability issues. 

In an official Oct. 17 announcement within the r/cryptocurrency subreddit, a Reddit staff member mentioned whereas the platform noticed “some future alternatives for Neighborhood Factors, there was no path to scale it broadly throughout the platform.”

The Neighborhood Factors service, together with the particular memberships function, can be wound down on Nov. 8. “At that time, you’ll additionally now not see Factors in your Reddit Vault nor earn any extra Factors in your communities,” the Reddit staff member wrote.

Reddit’s Neighborhood Factors can be shuttered on Nov. 8. Supply: Reddit

First launched in Could 2020, the group factors function rewarded customers with factors for optimistic engagement in sure subreddits and was designed to incentivize higher-quality content material on the platform.

The factors had been Ethereum-based ERC-20 tokens saved within the platform’s in-house crypto pockets service dubbed the “Reddit Vault.”

Initially launched on the Ethereum community, the factors service later migrated to the layer-2 scaling resolution Arbitrum to facilitate increased scalability.

Every subreddit had its personal token, with the Moons (MOON) token being the native crypto asset of the r/cryptocurrency board, whereas Bricks (BRICK) was for the r/FortNiteBR subreddit. Customers may spend these factors on badges and unique objects for his or her avatars.

In response to the unique assertion, the r/cryptocurrency moderator “CryptoMods” defined they’d solely simply realized of the choice and had been “dissatisfied” by the transfer.

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“At first your Moons are nonetheless yours and will not be going to be burned. Switch performance within the sensible contract isn’t being shut off, and Reddit is eradicating their management over the contract,” they wrote.

The worth of the Reddit tokens MOON and BRICK plunged following the information, and Reddit customers and crypto fans expressed their disappointment and anger on the choice.

Pseudonymous dealer Byzantine Normal advised his 163,000 followers on X (Twitter) that Reddit had primarily “rugged” their group, including a screenshot of MOON’s worth, which had fallen round 90%.

“Reddit primarily fucked over each r/cc consumer in hours. I’ve canceled my particular membership. I’ll by no means use this fucking platform once more. I hope whoever runs this cesspool rots in hell. What a fucking joke,” Reddit consumer “Bunker Beans” wrote in response to the unique publish on r/cryptocurrency.

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