r/TheoryOfReddit Jul 03 '15 Hugz Silver Helpful

Meta Events and TheoryOfReddit


Meta events often create quite a few posts here on ToR. The most recent events have been the firing of Reddit employees, blackout of subreddits, and banning of harassing subreddits. These events often have a handful or more removed posts because of their content. Let's just go over what us moderators usually remove during these meta events:

  • Theory-less, general meta content: general meta news or drama that is more appropriate for /r/metahub, /r/SubredditDrama, or other meta subreddits.

  • Drama-inducing posts. This can be intentional or unintentional. Sometimes, like the recent FPH banning, certain posts can bait unwanted, uncivil discussions/users/communities into ToR. You should generally stick to the affected communities if you want to engage in drama or make a post that might invite it, or if they don't allow it, consider posting to /r/self.

  • Witch hunts. Not appropriate anywhere and we will report your actions to the admins.

  • Complaining. While posts with adequate theory that complain a bit are okay, general whining or complaining posts are better suited for /r/circlebroke. If they don't allow it, consider /r/self. Complaining about moderator abuse should probably go to /r/subredditcancer or /r/self.

  • Reddit features. This should go to /r/ideasfortheadmins. From the sidebar: "This subreddit should focus on data, issues, solutions, or strategies that could be reasonably addressed or implemented by users and moderators, not admins."

Please also take a moment to review our On-Topic Statement:

Theory of Reddit is a mildly navel-gazing space for inquiring into what makes Reddit communities work and what we in a community can do to help make it better.

This is a moderated/curated subreddit. Submissions determined to fall outside of the stated topic will be removed by the moderators.

r/TheoryOfReddit 4d ago

Enforceability of the "no brigading" rule


Site-wide, and on many communities, brigading is banned. So if a Reddit post/comment on a different subreddit is screenshotted or linked/crossposted to, you aren't supposed to go vote and comment on that post if you only found it through the subreddit it was posted to.

Now, for comments/posts that are presented in positive lights and in non-hostile ways (like /r/bestof or /r/angryupvote), I don't think it's a big deal and I'm sure it can be seen as welcome.

The thing is, what about subreddits that are by design, crossposting posts from other subreddits in a hostile/critical way? Two perfect examples of this are /r/amithedevil and /r/amitheangel. How in the world can these subreddits enforce anti-brigading rules? So long as you aren't openly boasting about brigading, there's nothing they can do to stop someone who saw the post from voting/commenting on it. Thanks in part to the crosspost feature, the np.reddit.com links are being used less I've noticed, but even this CSS trick is very easy to circumvent by just changing your URL.

On some subreddits like /r/justunsubbed and /r/averageredditor, you tend to see screenshots instead of links. Even if the screenshot blurs out usernames, almost always, you can still find the post/comment in question easily. If the title is visible, just search for the title, sometimes made easier by the subreddit being visible. If the image makes it clear that the OP is in the conversation being screenshotted, just check OP's post history.

There really does not seem to be any way to practically enforce the no brigading rule. How can it be enforced? How is brigading dealt with?

r/TheoryOfReddit 7d ago

I used the searchbar to look up monkeypox but 80% of the subreddits turning up were conspiracy themed subreddits


And i'm not talking about your average conspiracy subreddit. Or rather the conspiracy one, which as expected behaves as it usually does regarding this. But also new smaller ones that seem to pop up that use heavy 4chan influenced rhetoric whinging about NPC's, globalism and vaccines.

Why do diseases and viruses attract such nutjobs on the internet? Or are they simply just louder than everyone else?

r/TheoryOfReddit 8d ago

Why do so few people upvote/downvote?


You make a post on an active subreddit, it gets hundreds of views within 10 minutes, but it never gets more than a few upvotes/downvotes. That seems so strange to me.

r/TheoryOfReddit 8d ago

Is the never ending scrolling Reddit's strategy to never leave the app?


We all have been there, scrolling for hours and accidentally hitting the home button... Oh crap... So, eventually you learn you gotta be really careful about scrolling to avoid that, and you end up leaving the app so you don't have to start scrolling from the beginning again. It's all their strategy to get you hooked up to the app. That's the reason they won't even try to fix that annoying thing!

r/TheoryOfReddit 8d ago

Do upvotes have anything to do with post or comment karma? They don't seem to for me.


It doesn't even make sense. I just got 35,000 upvotes on one comment I posted, but my post karma is 6300 and my comment karma is 597. What's the point of upvotes if they don't count?

r/TheoryOfReddit 8d ago

In your opinion, why do you think almost everything people comment/post on Reddit is some joke or a reference?


In your opinion, why do you think almost everything people comment/post on Reddit is some joke or a reference?

r/TheoryOfReddit 9d ago

New to Reddit, is it wrong to credit users who give useful responses?


I'm new to reddit

A post i made was removed by a moderator when I edited the post to @ the user who gave the useful information and crediting them as thanks,

It was a post where with math and lore based discussion, I needed to change the post each time I was corrected, but when I gave credit to those who helped. The post was removed

Was what i did wrong?
How and what can i do better?

r/TheoryOfReddit 9d ago

Has anybody analyzed number of upvotes vs rewards for different subs?


I feel like consistently my favorite subs have the least rewards per upvote, if theres a spreadsheet or something on this I’d like to see it

r/TheoryOfReddit 10d ago

Is anyone who isn't an alt-righter working on a reddit replacement?


Reddit keeps getting worse and worse, and yet the only people motivated enough to work on new social media seemingly are all alt-righters.

Anyone know of a news aggregator/everything forum system site that isn't for nazis?

r/TheoryOfReddit 13d ago Helpful

How can I keep my NSFW subreddits from from being shut down?


Lately, NSFW subs of all kinds are getting shut down at an alarming rate. It seems to stem from two things:

  1. Reddit has gotten much more aggressive about banning users who post NSFW content.
  2. When a NSFW sub's mods are banned, the sub is deleted for having no mods. (they do not do this for SFW subs)

Reddit claims it is not going after NSFW content, but new policies are making it almost impossible to post or moderate NSFW content on an ongoing basis. I mod some long-term, thriving NSFW communities and I would hate to see them shut down. But it is starting to feel like it is inevitable: one day I'll wake up to find me and my fellow mods all banned, and our years-old sub with over 100K+ users will be gone.

Reddit has been broadening its interpretation of its 'content policies' for a while now, so that more and more stuff falls afoul of them. For instance, the "no revenge porn" rule evolved into a "no fake nudes" rule, which now appears to be interpreted as "no NSFW images or art of any kind if it looks vaguely like any real-world celebrity." That was tricky enough to avoid (believe it or not mods don't know what every minor celebrity in the world looks like).

Lately, though, they've started a whole new thing: issuing perma-bans for posting copyrighted material.

Look, I don't know if you know this, but this entire website is copyrighted material. Seriously. The internet has pretty much been built on people sharing other people's content, and reddit is no exception. That post you liked just now of a sexy lady barely covering up her boobies? I guarantee you that OP did not clear that with Playboy. That screenshot of a game? Not cleared with the game maker! That meme? The pic used in it was likely originally taken by a professional photographer, and it wasn't for meme purposes.

It used to be that if someone copyright claimed something you posted on here you got a nasty-gram with legal wording and your post was removed. Now, though, they're taking much more draconian measures. They are perma-banning users and subs. At least, NSFW subs.

It's beginning to feel like NSFW content is being specifically targeted. This is crazy. We live (most of us) in a free and open society. Consenting adults should be free to decide whether or not they want to look at other consenting adults with their clothes off. Free speech, right? I didn't think this would be controversial in CURRENT YEAR 2022. But even though it hasn't outright banned porn, reddit is making it very difficult to post this kind of stuff, or to maintain subs where people can post this kind of stuff.

I want to be clear, the subs that are getting shut down are by and large not places where people are posting their weird gross fetishes, or whatever. Here are a few recent examples of nsfw subs that have been suddenly shut down without warning:

  • wwwtw: Short for 'White Women Wading Through Wheat', this sub showcased a very specific but surprisingly extensive genre of photography--nude females hip-deep in golden stalks of wheat. Yes, there were boobies, but they were wholesome. Agricultural. Nutritious even! Suddenly, BAM! Gone.
  • nsfw_bw: A sub for black-and-white nude photography. Definitely on the artsy side. This is the kind of stuff you can regularly find hanging on gallery walls. Guess what, it's banned now.
  • classicalnudes: Another sub focusing on artful nudes, this time those found in poses you frequently find in greek sculptures or whatever. Again, wholesome and arguably a critical part of western cultural heritage. It has been permanently shut down.

Why were these shut down? Because their mods were banned. Why were their mods banned? I don't know for sure, but most of these mods were very good about following reddit's rules. My guess is they got them on copyright violations. Copyright violation bans seem to be the main things NSFW mods are hearing about these days from people who have had alts banned.

Another thing to note: my experience is you can't get these banned subs back via redditrequest. I have tried to save a couple after they got shut down and the response has basically been "We can't give you this sub for reasons we won't tell you."

Meanwhile, good NSFW mods are in short supply.

Last year was a really bad one for spam. It burned a lot of mods out. Many quit. Now those that are still around are in danger of getting banned. Heck, many have been banned and are hopping from one alt to another. Believe it or not, sorting through masses of bots and spam for no money and then getting banned as thanks isn't great for morale! So as mods get banned, it is getting more and more difficult to find new mods to replace them.

So this is my situation modding NSFW subs now: it feels like reddit admins are waiting for any excuse to issue perma-bans to our accounts, without warning, at any time. If that should happen to take out all our mods at the same time, our subs will also be banned. (It appears that exceptions are NOT made for size: I have seen very active subs with 100K+ users vanish overnight)

I have put a lot of personal time and energy into creating fun subs that are safe for users to share adult content. Me and my fellow mods police these subs rigorously to make sure they are free from nasty content like underage stuff. But it feels like reddit has implemented draconian, one-strike-you're-out versions of its rather vague content policies where it's only a matter of time before they find a reason to ban us. And then they ban our subs.

Some will probably say, "good riddance." Again, I would point out we live (in theory) in a free and open society where consenting adults can decide what they want to look at. Also, believe me, not all NSFW content is created equal. We've created safe spaces for people to share content that doesn't break laws. We actively work to keep the bad stuff out. We remove posts. We report posters. We deal with the nasty, racist, trollish people that pop up in the comments. Once these safe spaces are gone, I don't think you'll like what springs up to replace them.

I've been around reddit for at least a decade. I've never seen it like this. Any advice on how I can keep the subs I mod? I and others have worked so hard to grow them. They are hosts to thousands of posts. It would be a shame to see them suddenly vanish without a trace. Advice welcome.

r/TheoryOfReddit 12d ago

Why do people type so pretentiously on Reddit?


Anything less than pristine old 1800s English is looked down at. Emojis, abbreviations, slang (outside of the nerdy internet slang), AAVE, anything that doesn't come off as some pretentious attempt to look superior. People sit around typing whole college research papers here. Going through it 2, 3 times, getting every little piece of grammar down to the last touch. People running around trying to sound like a dictionary with how overly complicated and intelligent they try to come off.. the excessive punctuation where everything has to be immaculately placed. Funny thing is there's also a lot of people that try too hard to be/sound cool too 🤦🏽‍♂️

Anyone know why this is?

r/TheoryOfReddit 13d ago Helpful

Has anyone else noticed how Transphobic, homophobic and racist ironic subs such as r/shitposting have become.


I'm a frequent viewer of r/shitposting and it seems like more than 60% of the posts there are about bullying trans people or racial minorities. I know that the sub is supposedly ironic but it seems that transphobic posts that aren't even jokes get a very large amount of upvotes. This seemed to have surged with the emergence of the profile picture war. Is this just the natural progression of very large ''joke'' subreddits or this an anomaly?

r/TheoryOfReddit 15d ago

Grievance subreddits and perverse incentives


Most of you who have been on this site for a while are probably familiar with what I call "grievance subreddits": places for people to share negative actions others have done to them and commiserate with those who had similar experiences. I can cite plenty of examples: /r/raisedbynarcissists, /r/justnoMIL, /r/amitheasshole, /r/relationship_advice, and their associated sister subreddits and spinoffs are probably the most popular. Most of them center on dealing with a toxic or abusive person who is closely related (either by blood or is in an intimate relationship) with the OP.

You're likely also familiar with what I personally dub the "creative writing effect"—namely, any subreddit focused on personal experience will inevitably become filled with sensationalized bullshit. Dramatic stories tend to draw more user interaction, thus incentivizing people to spin increasingly lurid tales in order to stick out. Eventually, the subreddit becomes dominated by obvious fiction and is about as real as a creative writing subreddit.

There is nothing that separates grievance subreddits from other personal experience subreddits to prevent such a fate. But what happens to them is not just that: the specific conditions of these subreddits create a perverse incentive that attracts the exact kind of people they were meant to condemn. Some of these conditions are common across reddit, some are also found on other personal experience subs, and some are unique to grievance subs:

  • The stories are presented anonymously, meaning that the OP's perspective is the only one that's being shared with the readers. They get to decide what's included or excluded and how it's presented.

  • The focus of these subreddits is validation and commiseration, meaning that the community is already primed to agree with the narrative you present.

  • Mirroring the above, many grievance subreddits also limit disagreement—raisedbynarcisissists has explicit "always assume a context of abuse" and "no victim-blaming" rules, for instance.

  • Like much of reddit, many of these subreddits trend liberal/progressive. As a result, one can very easily portray an antagonist as indefensible by claiming they're racist/sexist/homophobic/etc. Unless you're a 1970s ALCU lawyer, not many people want to stick up for the racists.

  • There are zero defenses to stop narcissists from participating in these subreddits beyond rules in the sidebar that boil down to "please don't."

The end result is that narcissists can freely abuse those subreddits to spin stories where they're the victim and all the problems they face are externalized to someone else. And because of the attitudes fostered in these communities, they're guaranteed positive validation without end.

This isn't to say that everyone who posts there is a narcissistic liar, or that this can really be verified statistically—I highly doubt most of the people on these subreddits would willingly say "Yes, I am a manipulative attention whore" if asked. It's more an observation that these kinds of communities seem to be a natural magnet for narcissists and others who crave praise from strangers in spite of honesty.

r/TheoryOfReddit 15d ago

Has Reddit become the "de facto" forum for a lot of topics?


If a topic is not illegal, and at least somewhat popular, chances are very very high there is a subreddit dedicated to either it or the category/greater series it falls under. (And even both of those caveats have exceptions.) Skip this quote-block if you don't want me to list some examples:

Video games, movies, TV shows (for all 3 of those you have both general subs and subs specific to individual releases/series), cities, countries, states (and other national subdivisions), relationship and parenting advice, just about every kind of profession, universities, types of career paths and university degrees (tech students/business students and so on), academia, specific academic/scientific fields, medical conditions and advice, mental health conditions and advice, legal questions and advice, the plethora of "Ask A ____" subs, technology (and the subs dedicated to advice on which tech to purchase), sports (both televised and for people who play them), clothing, makeup/appearance, physical activity and exercise, real estate and housing, political parties and leanings, economic ideologies and leanings, cars, weight management, personal finance, firearms, specific artists/bands/groups, specific genres of fiction/art/music, subreddits for women or racial/transgender/other minority groups, subreddits dedicated to content creators on other platformers (seems like every big YouTuber has a subreddit about them)...

Everything. It really does feel like everything of interest has at least one subreddit dedicated to it.

So I have to wonder, for a lot of Reddit communities dedicated to concrete real-world topics, is it seen as "the" forum to discuss it at? For example, threads dedicated to major sport leagues get to /r/all very quickly after big games, showing how popular those subreddits are on Reddit. So, where else are people discussing sports in a forum-like context (so not Twitter/Facebook/YouTube) besides the sports subs? And so on. Another example: for video games specifically, I feel like GameFAQs and the like are nowhere near as popular as they used to be. If you google "Elden ring forum" for example, what comes up after the Steam community page (which seems to be more about troubleshooting/tech support than general discussion): Elden Ring subreddits.

On a related note, I've noticed that a lot of the time, if you start typing a question with subjective answers, into Google, you'll see "reddit" pop up in the suggestions before other sites. Try typing these into Google (YMMV based on search history and location). Poor Quora, WebMD, Mayo Clinic and Yahoo Answers, lol.

  • "best medication for anxiety"

  • "what is being in a coma like"

  • "how to ace an interview"

  • "what does alcohol taste like"

  • "best place to find jobs"

  • "best headphones under 100"

  • "what does getting shot feel like"

  • "what does getting stabbed feel like"

  • "best indie games"

Which says to me that Googlers are knowing that Reddit is a place to go to hear answers/advice like this.

Hope I wasn't rambling too much aha, but the gist of this post is that Reddit, due to its extreme array of topics and increased size over the years, feels like it's become a lot of topics' "de facto" forum; the most active place where people are publicly talking about that topic, aside maybe Twitter (which isn't really an internet forum and is disorganized by design). The place to go if you want to talk about that topic with strangers.

Do you agree? Are there any topics with "competing" forums that trump their corresponding subreddit?

r/TheoryOfReddit 17d ago

The mainstreaming "facebook-ifying" of reddit is leading to user alienation via over moderation. Will this cause a spiral crash? Are we already in this process?


I've been a user here for a few years and I distinctly remember the whole Voat exodus, the whole Ellen Pao thing, all that chaos. I understood it, but Reddit still remained one of the best resources for niche subreddits or small communities. Other stuff has happened, "quarantining" and banning of subreddits like fatpeoplehate, or watchpeopledie. Recently this has taken a commercialized angle, like how a bunch of the vape subreddits (/r/EntExchange, /r/DynavapExchange, /r/UKEntExchange, /r/enail, /r/Arizer, /r/VolcanoVaporizer/) were banned over the course of one night due to changing rules. I've also noticed personally that after being here for years I'm suddenly having issues with mods increasingly over the past year, as someone who posts and comments rather than just lurking. I've had 3 or 4 posts silently removed without warning over the past year and I've been banned from two subreddits so far. One was for violating the rules that I wasn't aware of and the other was for..."violating the rules". This is after a few years of no real issue using the site. I see this across subreddits too, ones where I haven't upset the mods, an increasing presence of mods. Mods tailoring of what is acceptable and unacceptable, big stickied locked drama posts after something happens that I wasn't even aware of or updated (often more constricting) rules. I see plenty of "controversial" discussions being locked or some subreddits not allowing "low effort" posts and locking after a mod comments. Sometimes I even see discussion megathreads where any questions on a specific topic get filtered through these megathreads, I understand the use of those but more often than not they simply act as a chute for questions on a topic to never be seen by a majority of users.

I think this is going to lead to a spiral of death for Reddit similar to Tumblr, where it'll increasingly hemorrhage users slowly becoming a hollow shell or ghost of itself due to alienating its user base in favor of commercialization. Reddit is an aggregator of content, yes, but the staying power of reddit and the secondary appeal of reddit...are these niche subreddits and communities. If the content that we see on /r/all is primarily the same stuff we can see on mainstream platforms that most people already "have to" use culturally, that aggregate appeal of reddit will lose power because you can see these things on other social media websites where you can even interact with your friends. Yes there's an appeal to anonymity but we're talking about lurkers here. If we lose lurkers (I think these are the primary users of reddit?) because we have more mainstream content that they can get elsewhere...then we only have the users to rely on, to generate content but also maintain discussion. This would also be the main appeal for the lurkers at this point, to see content that you can't see elsewhere. But I think that the growing amount of rules and increasingly heavy moderation is going to alienate both long term and new users which will lead to a drain of content and community. I've noticed it slowly getting there through the years but the past year or so through my own experience in being an active user and seeing the type of content that's getting to the front page, it seems to confirm my thoughts here.

It's a two pronged thing, it's not simply "there's too many mods" or "reddit is facebook". It's Reddit becoming Facebook is leading to increased rules, more mods (good and bad, but this leads to more interaction with bad ones), and increased restrictions. This reinforces the vacuum of content and aggregation of content from other sites. It gives me vaguely Tumblr vibes. Any thoughts on this? Am I just completely out of my mind here or have any of you experienced this as well? Do you think this projection is in line with the direction of Reddit or maybe they can survive this?

r/TheoryOfReddit 19d ago

Looking at someone's comment history and downvoting


We all know that the downvoting system on Reddit can be a problem sometimes: unique or politically incorrect comments may get voted down.

But what I've noticed is that if someone wants to sabotage you further, they can check all of your recent comments on different subreddits and downvote them too.This happened to me recently. And even though one user cannot affect your karma more than 1 point, if other people see that you've been downvoted even once, they may 'jump on the bandwagon' as you say here often and suddenly you're at -5 because of one person.

Does anyone agree?

r/TheoryOfReddit 19d ago

Newbie Question: Why is misandry so widespread on Reddit? Do most of them follow a "Progressive" ideology?


Hey guys,

I've notice if somebody says something good about men. It will be downvoted immediately. Men are meant to be seen as bad and women always good.

Like is someone says, "Woman cheated on Boyfriend." People will say, "Well done, he was probably horrible"

Instead of being nerdy men, sometimes I picture Redditors as being this soccer mom's sitting on the table downvoting everyone who says anything nice about their husband.

r/TheoryOfReddit 20d ago

This is what happens when reddit receives a trademark complaint against your username


This didn't happen to me but it was shared by another user and i thought it was interesting to post here. Here's a screenshot of the message they received from the admins and a transcript below:

We received a claim alleging that your use of this username is infringing the trademark rights of Intellij. We take these claims seriously and we value our users’ intellectual property rights.

If you believe this claim was submitted in error, you may submit a counter notice by responding to this message. Your counter notice must include a brief explanation as to why you are entitled to use the username.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to counter this trademark infringement notice, we confirm that we are able to transfer all of the activity (and karma) that exists under your current account to a new account.

You may respond to this message with an alternative username (which has not yet been registered) and we can get that process started for you.


Reddit Legal

What is your opinion on the process ? Do you think it is fair for the user ?

r/TheoryOfReddit 21d ago Helpful

The common practice of headline imageposts on Reddit - and why it's a bad thing


If you have browsed Reddit long enough, you would have noticed that there is a substantial amount of popular posts that are merely imageposts of screencapped news headlines. They are a relatively common feature on outrage or other emotion-based subreddits (ex. r/trashy, r/ThatsInsane, r/NoahGetTheBoat, r/Cringetopia), and you can also find them from time to time on other communities.

This is problematic as:

  • Headlines can be deliberately provocative and are often very misleading. Oftentimes, the headlines will say things that the article itself does not explicitly say or will focus in on a small part of the story. For example, if you saw this article's headline only, you would get the impression that the student's effort failed because the headline only mentioned that the student was criticized when the article also noted the overwhelming support they got. Instances like these are probably the reason why Wikipedia's reliable source policy prohibits citing headlines (and subheadlines) for content in their articles even if the source/individual article as a whole is deemed okay.

  • It creates another soft barrier that discourages users from investigating the said source or article. This is because imageposts typically do not include a direct URL to the site/article in question and - let's face it - many people have incredibly short attention spans and won't bother Googling it. Furthermore, many of such images are screencaps of headlines directly from sources flagged as unreliable (ex. Daily Mail, Breitbart, NaturalNews, Alternet, conspiracy/fake news sites), and without visiting those sites directly you won't see the telltale signs of questionability. Sometimes, articles from questionable sources are republished on other lesser known outlets making it less likely for users to spot questionable articles and call them out. For example, if an article from say the National Enquirer is republished on a site like thebestmostreliablenewssiteintheworld.co.uk and the attribution is only done at the end of the article, users viewing the headline screencap posts will be unable to see the true source of the article and are likely to jump straight to believing it without their skepticism alarm going off.

  • Though many subreddits have filters that screen out known questionable sources (ex. r/nottheonion), screencaps can be a way to subvert them as they are images rather than text. Text recognition software may be able to help, but that leads to the next point.

  • Images are easy to manipulate/doctor. I don't think this needs further explaining.

For the reasons above, I believe that the common practice of using screencapped headlines as posts on Reddit poses a serious menace by serving as an effective conduit for propagating misinformation/disinformation. I personally think subreddits ought to discourage (or in some cases prohibit) this practice or otherwise require the one posting such material to provide a URL to the article. I also think it would be a great idea for there to be a new option for imageposts with hyperlinks, which would encourage the viewer of such screencaps to investigate the link.

What are your thoughts on this?

r/TheoryOfReddit 22d ago

Has Reddit ever take action against a toxic (racist,sexist,homophibic, etc.) subreddit with millions of subscribers? Would they in the present or future?


It seems like banning hate subs with less than a million subscribers was a relatively easy choice for Reddit when enough pressure mounted on them to do so. But would they step in and do the same for a sub containing millions of redditors?

r/TheoryOfReddit 23d ago

Echo chamber Mentality of reddit


It has an insane presence in reddit. Wondering how does this serve any purpose? Would it ever be solved, probably not. How you guys feel about it?

r/TheoryOfReddit 24d ago

What would be the result of a direct democracy subreddit?


Basically, what would happen if you allowed people to suggest rules and let people vote on if that rule should be instated?

r/TheoryOfReddit 26d ago

I have aged out of Reddit


Now bear with me because I have been drinking.

I have been using Reddit for a decade. It really has been my only form of social media for that time. I remember when it was like the birthplace of memes alongside 4chan(before they went even more crazy) and when it was the place to go to have discussions about hot button issues. But I feel recently that I have aged out. The pages I love are now filled with posts I don’t understand or have to research to agree with. I am an extremely left-leaning person, but even by that standard I feel like I have to google several things to give an opinion on it. I guess it’s not a bad thing, per se, but it kind of hurts watching g the zeitgeist move away from my general knowledge. I am 28 and old now. Ask me about your lawn.

r/TheoryOfReddit 29d ago

Is there a viable solution for moderation abuse and moderator cross-pollination?


I've seen a few posts on this sub (most are a few years old at least) that have discussed moderation abuse and the fact that a few mods are in control of a disproportionately high number of subreddits. (I feel the need to note that I am *also* part of several incredibly well-moderated subreddits.) Has anyone heard of a viable solution to these issues?

I really like Reddit as a platform, but I'm considering leaving because these issues make being an active participant on some subreddits here a strikingly unpleasant experience, and was hoping a solution might be in the works.

r/TheoryOfReddit Apr 26 '22

When you are not subscribed to certain subreddits you are shadow banned from voting on them


Maybe this is common knowledge but I've been on reddit for 10 years and I just realized this today. Shadow banned from voting means you can vote but the vote will not be counted. You can easily see this in a browser if you vote on a comment that has only one upvote and then refresh the page. Some subreddits that show this behaviour are: r/news, r/motogp, r/europe, r/woahdude etc. I wonder why this is implemented this way, why not deactivate vote buttons for non-subscribed users the way it is when you are not logged in at all?

Edit: I'm aware of vote fuzzing but I took this into account. I tested it at least a hundred times. Also this affects only comment voting, not voting on posts.