Text of the update, none of this text is mine:
As some of you know, r/ecigclassifieds was banned from Reddit by the admins last week with absolutely no warning whatsoever. The mod team has spent the weekend reaching out to Reddit admin to find out what the problem was, and today we received a pretty definitive answer.
Many, many subreddits dedicated to vaping, tobacco, cannabis, and other substances were sent a modmail from Reddit admin outlining their new position going forward: all of these subs are now NSFW, and content which facilitates advertising or exchanges of goods of ANY kind, not only limited to e-liquid but also including devices, accessories, and other paraphernalia, are now STRICTLY prohibited on this platform going forward. As a result, other BST subs such as r/Entexchange and r/ecigclassifiedsuk have now been banned as well, and any vaping subs that remain have had the NSFW tag forced upon them. I’ve included the text of the modmail below:
We are reaching out to notify you that your community has been designated as 18+ due to being centered on products and/or substances intended for adult use. Users who visit your community will encounter an interstitial that will ask them to confirm that they are 18+.
We also wanted to remind you that any type of sourcing, sale promotion, or sale facilitation (including things like flaring/approving vendors), is prohibited. Please note that this includes not only substances (juice, etc) but vaping devices and accessories themselves. We ask that you update your community rules to reflect this, if you haven’t done so already.
It seems evident that Reddit is making these changes prior to its planned IPO later this year, to clean up their image. Obviously this flies in the face of what we’d been told previously by admin, and with how we’ve operated in harmony with them for many years. We are attempting to establish a conversation with Reddit admin and appeal these changes, but it’s probably about time that we also begin thinking of this as our new normal.
As such, the mod teams at r/Vaping and r/electronic_cigarette will be making some very important changes to our rules in the coming days, so please keep an eye out for those, so as not to run afoul of new policies. In addition, the classifieds will be moving to a new location at our Discord server - please use this link to join, if you would like to. Upon joining, please read the pinned messages in the “#welcome-channel” channel, and follow the directions given in the “#faq-rules” and “#reddit-account-pairing” channels. Pairing your Discord account to your Reddit account will allow you to become a verified member, giving you additional credibility for trades; and more importantly, it will carry your swap count over from r/ecigclassifieds to the Discord server , so that you don’t lose your hard earned swaps
I wish that I had better news to share with all of you, but alas, such is life on Reddit. I will continue to update this post in light of news and future developments, but this is about as solid of ground as we’ve had for a few days, so I wanted to make it known for all. We will continue to fight for the good cause that we know vaping is, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding in this difficult time.
Your friendly, foggy mod teams