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Reddit's autonomy is a mixed blessing

edited 2014-09-15 04:20:31 in Webspace

On one hand, their owners Advance Publications allow them to support things like anti-NSA protests and pro-net neutrality causes. On the other, they are loath to "suppress speech" so they don't really want to do things like delete r/TheFappening.


  • I still have mixed feelings about Reddit overall. It's a fun site, but there are a whole lot of creepy motherfuckers there.

  • edited 2014-09-15 18:14:42
    Creature - Florida Dragon Turtle Human

    I'm still undecided as to whether I should join it.

    On one hand, the president of my school holds AMAs on it.

    On the other hand, Reddit has a reputation mired in child porn, GamerGate, and TheFappening.


    I think that it largely depends on how big it is.  If it's really, really big, and generally accepted as mainstream, people will stop seeing it as "that one site that you're on", but rather as just another communication medium.  Facebook is a good example -- there are creepy annoying weirdos on Facebook, but everyone and their mom (so to speak) is on Facebook, so saying that Facebook is that place with the creepy weirdos is kinda like expressing disapproval for cell phones because creepy weirdos use cell phones.


    (Note that I still don't much like Facebook.  I'm just stating reality.)

  • "you duck spawn, refined creature, you try to be cynical, yokel, but all that comes out of it is that you're a dunce!!!!! you duck plug!"

    With what I've heard of Reddit, I'd have assumed The Fappening is almost an innocent practical joke.

  • @GlennMagusHarvey:

    There are subreddits that cater to almost every hobby, interest, fandom, social perspective, and political ideology you can imagine, so the sheer customizability of the experience means they're something for everyone.

    It's just that the default subs seem largely geared towards the interests of white male nerds, which means that they tend to attract a the more vocal and creepy subsets of nerd culture.

    Hell, for a while /r/Atheism was one of the default subs, and they're the ones who spawned the infamous "euphoric" meme.

  • edited 2014-09-15 22:07:15

    For what it's worth, /r/science was one of the first news sources to ban climate change deniers, which really should happen more often.

  • Creature - Florida Dragon Turtle Human


    slightly inching toward back wanting to join...

  • /r/Science is one of the rare non-shitty defaults. It helps that they automatically delete any comments that are just stupid jokes.


    Though I will say that now that the list of defaults has expanded to 50 there are a lot more good ones, like /r/ShowerThoughts (for weird thoughts you have in the shower) and /r/NotTheOnion (for news stories that sound like they should be from the Onion but aren't.)

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