Reddit Moderator Rewards Program and Mod Helper Program launched

Emre Çitak
Aug 25, 2023

Reddit has consistently stood out as a hub of diverse discussions and interactions. Even though 2023 was marred by protests over changes to Reddit's API system, Reddit has managed to show us all again why it is one of the biggest communities on the internet, especially with the Reddit Pixel Battle.

Now the platform that is the face of the internet is here with two new features: The Reddit Moderator Rewards Program and the Mod Helper Program.

Reddit Moderator Rewards Program launched

With over a decade of facilitating discussions on a plethora of topics, Reddit recognizes the invaluable role of moderators in maintaining the platform's quality and integrity.

As a testament to this, the Reddit Moderator Rewards Program has been launched.

This initiative acknowledges the dedication of moderators by providing them with tangible rewards, fostering a sense of appreciation and motivation.

Reddit moderator rewards and Mod Helper Program
Reddit Moderator Rewards Program and Mod Helper Program added to the platform as of August 24 - Image courtesy of Reddit

The Reddit Moderator Rewards Program is a tiered system that celebrates the efforts of moderators who contribute significantly to their communities.

By accruing karma through user appreciation, moderators unlock trophies and flairs, marking their commitment and expertise.

How does Reddit Moderator Rewards Program work?

Incorporating a novel approach, the utilization of trophies and flair within the context of r/ModSupport underscores a notable development as of August 24th. New comment karma garnered in this subreddit now contributes to the attainment of trophies.

This mechanism concurrently bolsters one's public recognition and serves as an indicator to fellow moderators of the individual's repository of invaluable insights. A monthly update cycle ensures the consistent refreshing of these accolades, ensuring that they eventually become conspicuous within one's collection.

Reddit moderator rewards and Mod Helper Program
Reddit Moderator Rewards rewards a badge for popular and successful moderators in their community to display in their profile - Image courtesy of Reddit

Once acquired, a trophy remains in possession until the recipient progresses to the subsequent tier. The initial collection of trophies is set to debut on user profiles come the inception of October.

As for the Special Flair, its configuration hinges upon the prevailing comment karma within r/ModSupport. This entails that certain participants will already boast a distinctive flair denoting their association with one of three levels: "Helper", "Experienced Helper", or "Expert Helper". These designations undergo automatic modifications as comment karma scales new heights.

The distribution of trophies and flair is delineated based on designated karma thresholds:

  • Karma: 100
    • Trophy: Helper Level 1
    • Flair: Helper
  • Karma: 250
    • Trophy: Helper Level 2
    • Flair: Helper
  • Karma: 500
    • Trophy: Helper Level 3
    • Flair: Experienced Helper
  • Karma: 750
    • Trophy: Helper Level 4
    • Flair: Experienced Helper
  • Karma: 1,000
    • Trophy: Helper Level 5
    • Flair: Expert Helper
Reddit moderator rewards and Mod Helper Program
Mod Helper Program will support Reddit's backbone, moderators - Image courtesy of Reddit

Helping moderators with Mod Helper Program

The Reddit Mod Helper Program is an initiative aimed at providing enhanced support and resources to moderators on the Reddit platform. While the exact details might vary, it seems that this program is designed to assist moderators by offering tools, guidance, and possibly peer-to-peer support to improve their effectiveness and experience.

It's part of Reddit's broader effort to empower and facilitate the work of moderators, who play a crucial role in maintaining the quality and integrity of various subreddits. Mod Helper Program also includes features like moderation tools, content management assistance, and a supportive community for moderators to share experiences and insights.

Now you: Do you think the launch of the Mod Helper Program is an attempt by Reddit to make up for the moderators lost during the API protests?


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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