CSS allows me to make the Night and Broken Ordis sub-themes for the Daily SPUF. It allows me to change the colour of whatever I want on this website. If I had my own subreddit, I could theoretically turn it into something completely different, like what r/redditscripting have done. Look at that. Lovely.
- It’s web-only. Increasing users are viewing Reddit on mobile (over 50%), where CSS is not supported. We’d love for you to be able to bring your spice to phones as well.
- CSS is a pain in the ass: it’s difficult to learn; it’s error-prone; and it’s time consuming.
- Some changes cause confusion (such as changing the subscription numbers).
- CSS causes us to move slow. We’d like to make changes more quickly. You’ve asked us to improve things, and one of the things that slows us down is the risk of breaking subreddit CSS (and third-party mod tools).
Firstly, the second one is utter bollocks. I’m a fucking retard and I can use CSS. It’s got very basic rules, a consistent syntax and a billion generators that will generate CSS for you. The third one isn’t that good either because Reddit’s layout has always been confusing. The third one, well, as long as you give people prior warning, they will be able to fix subreddit CSS. The great thing about CSS is that it’s only error-prone if you are inconsistent with your code, and that if it does break (normally because of a missing bracket or semi-colon that any basic editor will point out to you!), on a place like Reddit, your theme will just fall back on the default Reddit CSS most of the time.
Beautiful subreddits are made by communities. They put in tons of hard work to make their communities stand out, to make themselves individuals, to make banners, announcements, custom flair systems, spoiler systems, to create useful tools for other users… the list goes on and on and on. While the Reddit admins may have good intentions at heart, they probably won’t be able to create a toolbox that gives every subreddit what they want and need.
Really, it’s a shame. It feels like, because half of users don’t see these changes, they should be taken away from the other half of people who DO see these changes. Especially when the mobile app is mediocre and the mobile website as seen from mobile web browsers is slow and laggy. If anything, adding a bunch of ready-made widgets to the mobile versions of Reddit will make it even slower.
And the changes people can do are amazing. Just look at the pictures I’ve posted here. These are all unique sites, built to meet their communities’ needs. Why should all of that fall aside because people on mobile can’t see it?
On top of all of this, it’s not like you can’t have both. It’s a sad day when I have to say that Tumblr is doing better than Reddit in this regard – Tumblr not only has ‘widgets’ but it also has full stylesheets one can change, a nice combination of what both sides want. Even if Tumblr fucks up in other ways.
All in all, why would anyone want to stifle creativity and replace it with ready-made things? Reddit admins, stop being stupid. Stop being dumb and allow users to have both custom CSS and ready-made widgets. Is it really that hard?