This month, Reddit is expected to serve over a billion pageviews.
Reddit is a massively popular link-sharing website. Anybody can submit a link to be judged by the millions of Reddit users, usually referred to as Redditors. Each Redditor has a username page. For example, here’s mine. As of this writing, I have 3,004 link karma and 2,957 comment karma. This means that my link submissions have a total of 3,004 upvotes, and the comments I’ve submitted have a total of 2,957 upvotes. Karma is a general indicator of the respect you’ve earned on Reddit. It doesn’t mean much, and you can’t redeem it. But people (including me) voraciously go after it.
There are over 67,000 “subreddits” which are different categories that Redditors can subscribe or unsubscribe to, depending on their interests. Currently the default subreddits are:
- todayilearned (TIL)
- explain like I’m 5 (ELI5)
Most of these are self explanitory. Some that aren’t are AskReddit, IAmA, and bestof.
AskReddit is text-only board which means that users can only submit text posts and are not allowed to post links. The idea is for people to post thought-provoking, discussion-based questions. Most of the time, there’s some great discussion here, and people post amazing stories. Recently, the moderators made it a rule that people can’t post their story in the title of their post. This seriously improved the board, because before, people were just posting stories in their title without even asking a question.
IAmA is one of the most interesting subreddits. It is a place for celebrities and other interesting people to answer questions posted by Reddit users. Some people who have posted include Bill Nye, Louis C.K., and even Barack Obama.
Atheism is generally regarded as the asshole of Reddit. Most of us on Reddit are generally atheist, but this is a group of people that only brag about their lack of religion and hate on other religions. Reddit’s general opinion about r/atheism is expressed in this video. They pretty much just post Facebook arguments about them dissing other people’s religion, or girly pictures of people with quotes macroed on to them.
Reddit’s politics section could might as well be called r/farLeft and nobody would have a problem with it. Although I identify myself as a liberal, I don’t like getting my political news from this board. Because of the way the upvote/downvote system works, people only upvote what they want to see. If I was to post an article promoting loose gun-control, for example, I would be downvoted to oblivion. This would bring my overall karma down, so I just wouldn’t do it. But, if I submitted an article praising (or even lying about to sound good) something liberal, I would get hundreds of upvotes. For example, I picked some of these out of the current trending articles on r/politics: “Florida Voter Law Designed To Keep Students, Renters From Voting, GOP Politicians Admit”, or maybe “The newly appointed Senator from South Carolina proposed a bill to kick families off of food stamps if one member went on strike as part of a union. And he called for the impeachment of Obama over the debt ceiling.” Although I agree with the opinions, most of the stuff submitted here is exaggeration or straight-up libel.
Reddit’s community is one that I love and one that I hate. As much as I crap on it, I’ll always be back.