Imagine that you're having a conversation with someone and you make a joke. They laugh, and when they're done, they reach into their wallet. Confused, you watch them remove five dollars, produce a lighter from their pocket, and burn it in front of you. That is essentially what reddit gold is. People have pointed out how weird it would be to pay someone for saying something funny or informative, but it's not even that; the money goes straight to reddit so they might as well be throwing it into the void.