Please Stop With Cycle Fanaticism
sugarfi (630)

Disclaimer: This post is not intended towards anyone particular, and I do not mean to offend anyone.
Cycles are not the point of is designed to be a collaborative IDE where people share their code and get help with it. Sure, it's nice to get upvotes and have people like your code, but that is not the point of the site What is especially not the point of the site is for people to beg for cycles and celebrate getting more of them. This is not Youtube! Cycles are supposed to be a measure of how much people like your code, not how good you are at begging for them. Unfortunately, it seems like this is what is happening. Just today, over half of the repls on trending and hot were cycle specials. Not to say that community is a bad thing. The community is a really great group of people, who are capable of writing great code. Cycles are meant to reflect that: people write good code, other people like it, and the cycles just measure how many good projects you have made. But then things like "tHiS iS mY 1500 cYcLe SpEcIaL pLeAsE uPvOtE" come and mess up the whole system. Cycles on have no meaning, really: it's just a unit of measurement. It's not meant to be a thing that is celebrated; you aren't meant to write code just so people will upvote it. Even just begging for upvotes on your normal posts reflects this to an extent. People should just write code to write it, and then share it if they want to. That is the whole point of As I said before, is not a place to beg and grovel for cycles just so you can have a little number next to your name go up. So please stop with cycle specials. is not the place for that, and it destroys the whole meaning of repl talk. If you want to beg for and celebrate a meaningless number, go to Youtube. But if you want to write good code and share it with others, then please take what I've written into account.
Thanks, sugarfi

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amasad (3538)

Hey everyone, thanks for the discussion and especially for keeping it positive. Let me try to summarize some points:

  • Cycles are cool and they signify that you're someone who contribute to the community and should be respected as such
  • Begging for cycles is kinda lame
  • "Cycle Special" is not necessarily a bad thing but you have to put effort into it. Make some thing cool, make something SPECIAL 😄

Thank you to everyone who contributes to this community and I know this discussion comes from a place of caring. So I'll leave you with this:

sugarfi (630)

@amasad ok, cool! on another note, what plans does the team have for cycles in the future? are they going to just stay like they are, or what?

DynamicSquid (5024)

@amasad Thanks for replying! Oh, I just want to clarify, what do you mean by"begging"? Is it like "PLZ UPVOTE THIS PROJECT!! PLEASE PLES PLZ!!"? Or something like "Don't forget to upvote!"? Or both?

@sugarfi I kinda don't want cycles to mean anything, then cycle farming will get 100x worse. I think the way cycles are now is fine.

amasad (3538)

@sugarfi we do have plans. You can probably go back to see some of my earlier comments on the subject but I don't want to promise anything just yet because I don't want people to get even more excited about cycles. But we do have big plans. But there are some higher priority things we're working on right now like making sure we fix all the crashes and also making multiplayer a lot better and a couple of secret projects we're working on.

Will have more to talk about this subject soon.

amasad (3538)

@DynamicSquid the first one. Second one is okay

mathmaniac88 (21)

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Bookie0 (6377)

Hey @amasad ,
So some people have been saying that what I say is begging; I say a form of “don’t forget to upvote” but with a rhyme: “upvoting is caring!”. So apparently some people say that it’s not okay because there’s a hidden meaning, but I however when I thought of it I meant it to be very simplle, without a double meaning.
So I wanted to know if that’s okay to say?

Thank you very much! :)

amasad (3538)

@Bookie0 yes I think that's fine.

Bookie0 (6377)

Oh ok, thank you very much for your answer! :D 😃 @amasad

EpicGamer007 (1752)

@amasad, I just wanted to say thank you for helping to create such an amazing community of coders and bringing people together. I just wanted to ask though, have you ever thought about adding a dark theme to repl. There already is a dark theme for the editor, why not the pages too?

ARJPEG (150)

@AbhayBhat There is already one (sort of)! (The reason I say 'sort of' is because it runs off an extension.)

First, download the [tamper monkey extension for chrome or this one for mozilla. Then, go to and choose the theme you want. When you select the theme, click on it and it will ask you to download a tampermoney script; do it. Finnaly you go to replit again, it should be that theme./

firefish (953)

@amasad Cool! I am right now making a game for my 100 cycles special, and it is indeed a special game. So I'm not doing anything garbage for my celebration!