Join 3,564 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)


FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU-
February 8, 2011 11:07 AM   Subscribe

Social news site Reddit recently held their "Best of Reddit 2010" awards honoring key players in the site over the last year, including the progenitor of the Rally to Restore Sanity, the clever drive-by cartoonist Sure_Ill_Draw_That, unofficial image host Imgur, and feel-good story of the year "Today you, tomorrow me." But perhaps most interesting was the winner for Best Big Community: FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU! Originally inspired by 4chan's popular Rage Guy meme, F7U12 (for short) is a clearinghouse for user-made web comics, slice-of-life affairs that tell a story or share a common frustration using a small collection of crudely drawn yet highly evocative facial expressions. Several have become small memes in their own right -- the wily Trolldad, the doormat Okay, the prideful Fuck Yea, the melodramatic Gasp. And one comic, inspired by the warped text randomly generated by reCAPTCHAs (previously), has given us Lord Inglip -- god of a dark religion now rivaling FSM whose cryptic commands marshal loyal armies of gropagas, falcows, Sellicks, and... canary into exploits both monstrous and inconvenient (timeline, wiki). Obey him -- or else! More fun with F7U12: rage face origins, rage faces in real life, Twitter feed, search comics, create your own (alternate).
posted by Rhaomi (168 comments total) 105 users marked this as a favorite

 
IT'S LIKE YOU'RE WATCHING ME READ F7U12 ALL DAY.
posted by GuyZero at 11:16 AM on February 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


I'm going to come clean, I ...enjoyed a reddit picture yesterday.

It feels so good to get that off my chest.
posted by The Whelk at 11:19 AM on February 8, 2011 [23 favorites]


What's that? No love for Dog Fort?
posted by cirrostratus at 11:22 AM on February 8, 2011 [8 favorites]


This is a joke post, right?
posted by merelyglib at 11:22 AM on February 8, 2011


adviceanimals was robbed!
posted by Ad hominem at 11:23 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Inglip thing is hilarious, not least because this is more-or-less how Delphi probably worked.
posted by vorfeed at 11:24 AM on February 8, 2011 [8 favorites]


Panel 1 — Me: "Ooh, that's a nice long FPP."
Panel 2 — Trollface: "It's all about a Reddit meme! Problem?"
Panel 3 — Me: "Uh-oh. Wait... this is actually really good!"
Panel 4 — Everything went better than expected.
posted by Zozo at 11:24 AM on February 8, 2011 [12 favorites]


FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUU top adviceanimal right now is racist. Its shit like this reddit.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:24 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


via reddit?
posted by eyeballkid at 11:25 AM on February 8, 2011


These really have been the most strangely compelling comics I've come across in the past few months.

(Reddit gazes at Metafilter with the Fuck Yea face)
posted by naju at 11:27 AM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


"But I bet you remember all the lyrics to All Star by Smash Mouth, even though you hated that song."

Motherfucker.
posted by dirigibleman at 11:29 AM on February 8, 2011 [32 favorites]


Reddit is like the Howard Stern of the internet. On good days it can be funny and interesting and on bad it’s annoying and self important. Not to mention both love to take credit for inventing everything and while accusing others of stealing their ideas.
posted by remo at 11:30 AM on February 8, 2011 [13 favorites]


So when are we going to get gonewild.metafilter.com?
posted by jbickers at 11:31 AM on February 8, 2011 [22 favorites]


"Rage Face" - directed at any one who propagates Rage Faces. I really can't stand these. First of all I wonder if any thing that causes some one to use a Rage Face actually makes them that angry. Secondly, it makes me think that there is some segment of the population that is constantly fuming about minutia and other peoples opinions. Finally, I wonder whether or not any of my friends or peers, IRL, are secretly constantly angry but I soon realize that none of my IRL acquaintances visit web sites like 4chan. Is this hyperbole or are there simply a lot of people with severe emotional improprieties?
posted by coolxcool=rad at 11:31 AM on February 8, 2011


adviceanimals was robbed!



Business Cat'
s blank kitty expression gets me every time
posted by The Whelk at 11:31 AM on February 8, 2011 [24 favorites]


I'm going to come clean, [...] It feels so good to get that off my chest.

PFFFTTTCHH
CHHCHHH
CHHPFFF
PFFFFTCH
PFFFFFTT
CHHTPF
PFFCHH
CHHHH
CHHCH
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:32 AM on February 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


Upvoted.
posted by fight or flight at 11:33 AM on February 8, 2011 [7 favorites]


coolxcool=rad: "Is this hyperbole or are there simply a lot of people with severe emotional improprieties?"

Definitely hyperbole.
posted by Rhaomi at 11:34 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I vote we enable threaded comments just for this FPP so we can fill it with ridiculously long pun threads.
posted by brundlefly at 11:35 AM on February 8, 2011 [6 favorites]


I've tried, and I honestly don't getit.
posted by defenestration at 11:36 AM on February 8, 2011


Yeah, the joke is that the little drawing is massively overreacting to quotidian irritations. Like, somebody posts a harmless joke on the internet that amuses a bunch of other people, but it just rubs him the wrong way so he's all FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU—

You know?
posted by Zozo at 11:36 AM on February 8, 2011 [7 favorites]


Secondly, it makes me think that there is some segment of the population that is constantly fuming about minutia and other peoples opinions.

Somebody doesn't read MeTa.
posted by clearly at 11:36 AM on February 8, 2011 [16 favorites]


So when are we going to get gonewild.metafilter.com?

I've got plenty of pasty white guy already, thanks.
posted by GuyZero at 11:36 AM on February 8, 2011


This is how to FPP like a boss.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:37 AM on February 8, 2011 [7 favorites]


I feel deep and abiding shame that every single one of the F7U12 and Inglip comics linked in this fpp were marked as visited.

hail inglip!
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:37 AM on February 8, 2011 [14 favorites]


Is this hyperbole or are there simply a lot of people with severe emotional improprieties?

Definitely severe emotional improprieties. God knows I never complain to my friends or family about the little things that have bugged me all day long, nor have I ever told an anecdotal account to hone in a point, nor have I ever engaged in any exaggeration in the attempt at self-deprecation, nor have I ever, ever, been sarcastic and mocking but lovingly so, like a bearded man's hugs.
posted by dubusadus at 11:37 AM on February 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


I'm going to go post about Metafilter on Reddit now.

It'll be like folding space.
posted by everichon at 11:38 AM on February 8, 2011 [12 favorites]


Pope Guilty: I'm not one to call eponysterical, generally, but....
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 11:40 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I... have a mildly embarrassing and somewhat alarming confession to make. I have become a bit of a swinger when it comes to MeFi vs. Reddit. Some days I want all the glorious intellectual masturbation and foreplay that a MeFi discussion brings to bear on any subject, and some days goddammit, I just want a RageGuy quickie and go on about my day.

I blame cohabitation. My darling soon-to-be husband is a dyed-in-the-wool Reddit man. I have introduced him to the glory that is MetaFilter, and he now has it bookmarked and has introduced it to his feeds, and we now frequently find ourselves thoughfully discussing intellectual articles and nifty things we find here... however...

I... can hardly bring myself to say this but I've now got Reddit bookmarked and it's on my RSS feeds too.
posted by lonefrontranger at 11:41 AM on February 8, 2011 [9 favorites]


This is my favorite rage comic of all time.
posted by empath at 11:42 AM on February 8, 2011 [38 favorites]


THIS IS A BAD POST FOR MEFI

[Metafilter Threadshitting Dormouse]

SECRETLY BOOKMARKED ALL THE LINKS
posted by Jofus at 11:42 AM on February 8, 2011 [25 favorites]


I discovered reddit last year and I don't really understand the elitism against it. Things like /r/getmotivated would be impossible to achieve here, for example. Different places for different things.


I'm this close to make a ragecomic about a package that it's marked as "delivered" but never got here. *shakes fist*
posted by Memo at 11:42 AM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]



I'm going to go post about Metafilter on Reddit now.

It'll be like folding space.


All I hear is that big Inception BWAAAAAAAAAAAH as your fingers slow down to click "submit a link"
posted by The Whelk at 11:43 AM on February 8, 2011 [8 favorites]


I wonder if 2bucksplus is right. Will reddit eventually fade, like Digg and Slashdot before it?
posted by defenestration at 11:44 AM on February 8, 2011


Also if you're going to post Inglip you simply must post about the time a prisoner escaped.
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:45 AM on February 8, 2011 [18 favorites]


I'll admit that sometimes I can almost catch a contact buzz from /r/trees.
posted by uncleozzy at 11:45 AM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


[Metafilter Threadshitting Dormouse]

It's like socially awkward penguin and hipster cat all in one.
posted by GuyZero at 11:45 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


TIL what a hovant is.
posted by sourwookie at 11:46 AM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


All I hear is that big Inception BWAAAAAAAAAAAH

What's funny is that this is all really playing out in an ur-thread on Kuro5hin ca. 2000.

FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU
posted by everichon at 11:47 AM on February 8, 2011 [9 favorites]


I'll admit that sometimes I can almost catch a contact buzz from /r/trees.

/r/treecomics is consistently hilarious.
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:48 AM on February 8, 2011


GYOB!

[Metafilter Threadshitting Dormouse]

COMPOSES DETAILED RESPONSE TO EDITORIAL COMMENTS IN FPP
posted by empath at 11:48 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Secondly, it makes me think that there is some segment of the population that is constantly fuming about minutia and other peoples opinions. Finally, I wonder whether or not any of my friends or peers, IRL, are secretly constantly angry but I soon realize that none of my IRL acquaintances visit web sites like 4chan. Is this hyperbole or are there simply a lot of people with severe emotional improprieties?

Um ..... yes?
posted by blucevalo at 11:49 AM on February 8, 2011


Ah reddit. It has a lot going for it (the sheer volume of information, and it's pretty good for lols). The only thing I think it really lacks is a feeling of community, since it's just so huge and full of trolls and throwaway accounts. I'm the biggest fan of their "delete account" feature where the comments stay but no longer link back to a name. Great feature for protecting anonymity.

Anyway, more importantly, can I say that "NonsensicalAnalogy" was ROBBED? Or even CommentStatistics. I mean SIDT is cool, but he showed up at the very end of the year. The other two have DEDICATION, man.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 11:49 AM on February 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


I don't really understand the elitism against it

The elitism that springs out of reddits springs not from the loins of the virginal, but from those dirty old buggers who have been on reddit for years and years and years, who saw it in its early stages pre-subreddit, pre-Ron Paul, pre-first wavers from the Digg HD-DVD scandal, who see it going downhill, even today, as more and more and more people join and the interests, and the hobbyists, and those impossibly informed opinions give way to inane jokes until such a point that even the puns are lost and diluted in the ordinary effluvia of daily life.

It's the elitism of old fags and whether or not the objective experience has gone downhill or not, there's no doubt that the site and the community has changed, has become more social in nature, and whether or not this will end up being a good thing or a bad thing, and whether or not reddit is just the new Digg or Stumbleupon or whatever, if the community can find a lasting kind of identity remains to be seen.
posted by dubusadus at 11:51 AM on February 8, 2011


It's the elitism of old fags

Can we leave this at /b/? Thanks.
posted by empath at 11:52 AM on February 8, 2011 [28 favorites]


Am I an old fag? I remember when reddit was basically what Hacker News is now. I suppose it's worse now in some respects but I no longer have to browse 4chan for lulz which is sort of risky if you want to avoid accidental exposure to scat and/or child porn.
posted by GuyZero at 11:53 AM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


I discovered reddit last year and I don't really understand the elitism against it.

As someone who frequents reddit, I would say... the misogyny, racism, and generally poor quality of a lot of the comments. Especially the misogyny. Also, the egotism of the community gets a little grating after a while (*ahem*, especially considering that MeFi is clearly vastly superior...).

Don't get me wrong, Reddit has a lot going for it, and it's hardly the worst place on the web for these things, but I understand some of the criticisms leveled at it.
posted by brundlefly at 11:53 AM on February 8, 2011 [11 favorites]


avoid accidental exposure to scat

So now it's open season on Cab Calloway? I see.
posted by everichon at 11:54 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Can we leave this at /b/? Thanks.

It was IRONICAL! I'm sorry nonetheless. I'd downvote myself but you know how this website is.
posted by dubusadus at 11:55 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


As someone who frequents reddit, I would say... the misogyny, racism, and generally poor quality of a lot of the comments.

I big to differ: Reddit has the highest quality of misogyny and racism you'll find anywhere on the internet.
posted by empath at 11:55 AM on February 8, 2011 [8 favorites]


BEG
posted by empath at 11:55 AM on February 8, 2011


Lord Inglip commands it. His humble gropaga will obey!
posted by Decani at 11:58 AM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


lonefrontranger: "I... have a mildly embarrassing and somewhat alarming confession to make. I have become a bit of a swinger when it comes to MeFi vs. Reddit."

I am not ashamed to admit that I translated my second-most-popular-FPP-ever into a totally true comic (well, except for the eye thing). It even has a link back! It is an ourobopost.
posted by Rhaomi at 12:01 PM on February 8, 2011 [6 favorites]


I kinda understand 4chan, well results speak for themselves, but reddit proves that I'm growing old.
posted by jeffburdges at 12:01 PM on February 8, 2011


I like reddit because it's like MeFi of yesteryear chock-a-block full of silly single link posts to 'stuff'. Somewhere along the way MeFi posts got very windy indeed. Which isn't to say I don't like MeFi - I do, but I also miss it's earlier silliness (which reddit has now replaced)
posted by zeoslap at 12:04 PM on February 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


"Oldfags" is one word. "Old fags" is homophobic.
posted by nasreddin at 12:07 PM on February 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


"Oldfags" is one word. "Old fags" is homophobic.
posted by nasreddin at 8:07 PM on February 8


And ageist, dammit!
posted by Decani at 12:09 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


that inglip thing is pure brilliance...best thing to come out of the fffuuuu meme ever
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:10 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I implore those who "get" reddit to share their favorite subreddits. What do you check every day?

(Pleeeeeease? I really want to get something out of reddit. I've tried multiple times but always give up. It's so vast. I know I'm looking in the wrong places.)
posted by defenestration at 12:10 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


The One True Stoner Comic.

I implore those who "get" reddit to share their favorite subreddits. What do you check every day?

I really like /r/ludology. There's occasionally some interesting stuff in /r/history, and of course /r/lostgeneration is your first stop for goddamnit-the-boomers-fucked-us-over-and-now-we-all-live-at-home whining and bitching.
posted by nasreddin at 12:14 PM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


One that I like to keep an eye on is /r/tipofmytongue, for when you can't quite remember the name of that book/movie/song/whatever.
posted by teraflop at 12:15 PM on February 8, 2011


Oh, and /r/frugal is great if you like pretending that you'll be a crafty self-reliant money-saving type one of these days, and /r/food is amazing if you love food porn.
posted by nasreddin at 12:17 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Obligatory.
posted by clearly at 12:18 PM on February 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


defenestration: "I implore those who "get" reddit to share their favorite subreddits. What do you check every day?"

There are several acronymic subreddits that are similar to the quotidian F7U12 stuff, but in textual form; you can check out the best-of lists on them to get a better feel for their content:

DoesAnybodyElse (DAE)
TodayILearned (TIL)

There's also AskReddit (like AskMe, but with a lot more chatfilter) and IAmA ("I'm an X, ask me anything"); the latter has roped in some real top-shelf stuff in the past.
posted by Rhaomi at 12:20 PM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


I came to mefi to get away from reddit! Jeez.

I almost won novelty account of the year last year, but lost to look_of_disapproval. Sort of a dubious honor, really.
posted by hellojed at 12:21 PM on February 8, 2011


The Alien Blue app is probably the app I use most on my phone. Metafilter is for home on my laptop (and work before I was laid off), but the mobile experience isn't as compelling.
posted by Thoughtcrime at 12:25 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Gah I really, really hate it when clicking an image link ends up with an FFFFUUU image.

I don't really know why, but man, instant downvote for any of those things that I see.
posted by madajb at 12:27 PM on February 8, 2011


@defenestration: /r/TrueReddit is attempting to take Reddit back to the old days of quality posts.

The beautiful thing about Reddit's design is that when /r/TrueReddit starts getting filled with the misogynists and racists and shit posters, a new subreddit can be made and everybody can migrate.

Other good subreddits: /r/learnprogramming, /r/depthhub, and one that Mefites might really like: /r/agora, which is attempting to maintain super-high quality dialectic dialog. It's refreshing, but it's *hard* compared to the posting done on most message boards, and that keeps out idiots pretty well.

I love the heck out of Mefi, but I run out of content here way before I'm ready to be done surfing for the day. I head to Reddit and can gorge on fresh content without end. Mefi is like a high end restaurant, and Reddit is like a mile long buffet where you can occasionally find filet mignon.
posted by wires at 12:28 PM on February 8, 2011 [10 favorites]


/r/bestof is pretty high content to noise ratio as well.
posted by wires at 12:29 PM on February 8, 2011


As someone who frequents reddit, I would say... the misogyny, racism, and generally poor quality of a lot of the comments.

People read the comments on Reddit?

Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I just use it as a link roll for those slow afternoons.
posted by madajb at 12:32 PM on February 8, 2011


I implore those who "get" reddit to share their favorite subreddits. What do you check every day?

/r/quebec for local action. I think /r/yourcity, /r/yourcountry /r/yourstate is a must for everyone
/r/guessthemovie One frame, guess the movie. For the 'Yes! I got it!'
/r/4chan 4chan sans scat, reddit sans cats
/r/documentaries lots of great links there
/r/truereddit The best of the best of Reddit
/r/yourFavoriteVideoGame ( personally: /r/minecraft and /r/starcraft )
/r/yourFavoritePoliticalAffiliation dont subscribe to the opposites if you cant handle rage
/t/twoxchromosomes For the ladies and those wanting to understand them (good luck with that)

Honestly, i subscribe to a couple of subreddits every weeks, that place is filled with interesting things
posted by CitoyenK at 12:35 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I implore those who "get" reddit to share their favorite subreddits. What do you check every day?

r/Design
r/dubstep
r/electrohouse
r/electronicmusic
r/Fitness
r/malefashionadvice
r/OneY
r/running
r/Seattle

My username on Reddit is, surprise surprise, bayani. Friend me! :D
posted by bayani at 12:35 PM on February 8, 2011


@madajb, you're missing the majority of what makes Reddit worth visiting. Often times the comments are better than the links.
posted by wires at 12:36 PM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


defenestration:

A key issue with reddit is that subreddits with wider scope have generally worse quality of discussion. To know what subreddits you should be subscribing to requires knowing more about you; there just aren't many subreddits that everyone should be subscribing to because then, everyone does, and it goes to shit.

When you get a reddit login, you will start out subscribed to a number of (shitty) subreddits of fairly wide scope. I don't know what the current set of those is, but generally, you can go to a subreddit's page and look at the right column to find related subreddits. Find the related reddits that correspond to the more specific facets of what you're interested in. For example, r/science sucks. But if you go to the r/science page, you will find on the far right of the page a list of better subreddits that correspond to specific sciences, one or two of which might be more interesting to you.

If you would rather not go through the process of replacing your general subreddits with specific ones, try unsubscribing from everything and just starting with r/TrueReddit, r/DepthHub, and r/newreddits.
posted by Jpfed at 12:37 PM on February 8, 2011


I implore those who "get" reddit to share their favorite subreddits. What do you check every day?

Try it the other way around -- what are your interests? Find the subreddits for those interests and see if there's an interesting community there.

If not, either move on or see if you can build one yourself.
posted by Celsius1414 at 12:38 PM on February 8, 2011


Do I get a prize for leaving Digg and joining Reddit not for the HD-DVD codes or the Digg Redesign about 8 months ago?

Digg was boring for me because it lacked the content. It was getting stale and losing users. I think other people agreed, hence the last-ditch effort to "save" Digg by rebooting the site.

When I went to reddit, I saw clever, funny things on the front page, and a variety of communities that focused on what was interesting and new. (A lot of the stuff was inherited from 4chan, but that's fine. Some of 4chan's content is interesting, creative stuff, but a lot of it is derivative or distasteful junk. I'm not dissing 4chan's quality, because it does churn out gold sometimes, but the signal to noise ratio is awful.)

Plus, the subreddit system is great and creates a space for people to discuss news and links on any topic.

I think Reddit is more robust than Digg was, but I think it could fade. For one, Reddit is slow and unreliable (ever try to pull up more than 1-3 new messages? It takes a good 30 seconds, and some browsers/devices just assume the site's down before they get a response), infrastructure-wise, and it's pretty likely someone could design a new social news network that copies the subreddit system but has it run faster (either by throwing more servers at the issue or getting better caching) and look better. It's kind of a better-mousetrap thing.

However, it's pretty easy to work around just about everything but the slow messaging system. The Reddit Enhancement Suite extension (for both Firefox and Chrome) adds a bunch of new features (including a mefi-style new comments count, support for multiple accounts, in-page image link loading, etc), and also does some general prettification of the site and makes threaded comments more readable.

I think the issue is that each successive generation for this kind of network is harder to beat as they get closer to the ideal. As far as I heard, Slashdot was basically a repository of links to news (mostly technology) with comments, and had little in the way of Web 2.0 technology, because it simply hadn't caught on yet (I know they just recently had a reboot that implements some of those things). Digg added aesthetics, somewhat better voting and story submission, and AJAX usability, which were new at the time and definitely made for a more fun to use site. Reddit offered a less confusing voting algorithm (nobody really understood how stuff got on the Digg frontpage, aside from maybe MrBabyMan and other powerusers) and the subreddit system, (and also had the benefit of still functioning when Digg kind of fell apart trying to stem a loss of users). Reddit also has serious brand loyalty and a sense of community, which will make people have trouble leaving the site even if it does start to go downhill.

tl;dr: If anything kills Reddit, it'll be the lack of server infrastructure (although I don't think Conde Naste will let that get completely terrible, as Reddit is pretty much their modern web presence. Without Reddit, they'd just have Wired, which is more or less a static blog network as far as the internet is concerned) or an HTML 5 wizard who can make a similar site that runs and looks better.
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:38 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


People read the comments on Reddit?

I read yours and will even bother to answer:

A lot of very funny or epic stuff is going on in the comments and the karma thingy does a good filtering job the top ones are never 'FIRST' or the quick 'your link sucks' one.
You can sort them by most recent, best, worst , etc. ...

Now explain me why the metafilter comments are more worthy of your attention compared to reddit...
posted by CitoyenK at 12:43 PM on February 8, 2011


There's also AskReddit (like AskMe, but with a lot more chatfilter)

AskReddit is specifically for chatfilter. "AskReddit is for thought-provoking, inspired questions."

If you want questions with factual answers, r/answers is the place to go. Or you can directly ask the people that will know the answer (e.g. "I've got a question about how to modify firefox's behavior, so I'll make self post to r/firefox"; different subreddits have different levels of tolerance/interest in questions).
posted by Jpfed at 12:45 PM on February 8, 2011


r/tldr generally has at least one thread that keeps me busy for hours.
posted by dirigibleman at 12:48 PM on February 8, 2011 [6 favorites]


Hey, they noticed!
posted by Rhaomi at 12:49 PM on February 8, 2011


Héhé, Dirigeable, i spent the last 2 day lurking that thread, it's hilarious!
posted by CitoyenK at 12:50 PM on February 8, 2011


/r/gaming is normally shit, but when a big Steam sale hits they're totally indispensable. If you're interested in games at all, make sure to visit on big holidays.
posted by nasreddin at 12:52 PM on February 8, 2011


/r/minecraft and /r/starcraft are the ones I read most of the time.
posted by empath at 12:54 PM on February 8, 2011


/r/gaming is normally shit, but when a big Steam sale hits they're totally indispensable.

There is also /r/steamdeals.
posted by dirigibleman at 12:55 PM on February 8, 2011


This is good, actually.
posted by odinsdream at 12:56 PM on February 8, 2011


I forgot /r/dwarffortress and /r/eve , thats how i play those game, by procuration...
posted by CitoyenK at 12:56 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Now explain me why the metafilter comments are more worthy of your attention compared to reddit...

Flat style is easier to scan.
The quality is a known entity.
While there are in jokes, they generally aren't beaten into the ground like they seem to be over on Reddit.

Not sure really, maybe I'm just reading the wrong links over there, but it always seems more..sophomoric, I suppose.
posted by madajb at 12:56 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


If you like interesting or funny videos, /r/videos is decent to subscribe to. I'm not really into the "medium" reddits that much, although I like their most upvoted content to end up on my front page.

AskReddit is kind of like MetaFilter's hypothetical chatfilter section. Basically, you're best off asking an abstract, subjective question, like say "What's the meanest thing a family member ever said to you?" There's also a lot of people who post stories and then tack on "What should I do now?" at the end, which I think the community wasn't made for, but which get a lot of upvotes/responses. In short, it's kind of more a self-post zoo than a place to go for specific answers.

If you want something more analogous to AskMetafilter, you want /r/Answers. It's more closely vetted. Bad questions (IE "Am I the only person who thinks x?") get downvoted or deleted, while answers to specific questions tend to get legitimate answers. I like to go there when I'm between AskMe questions. Check out its sister communities like /r/AskScience for questions specific to a certain field.

/r/Suicide_Watch is a great community, that effectively acts as a suicide hotline for redditors. I strongly recommend it if you want to help people or feel hopeless.

/r/Sex is exactly what it sounds like. Crowdsourced sex advice, complete with links to other pro-sex reddits.

Other than that, the subreddit search is a great thing. Usually, the subreddits with the most users are the most useful and well moderated (Example: /r/Marijuana is actually smaller and generally regarded as lesser than /r/Trees, despite having the more appropriate name, it's a story that involves some mod drama I won't describe here). But even an underpopulated, rarely updated reddit usually has picked up a few gems over time.

Also, when finding a subreddit, it's usually a good idea to click "Top," and then choose "All Time" in order to get an idea of what the reddit likes.
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:57 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow, I saw the original Revelation of Inglip but I was not aware that it had gone this far. Holy shit, this is some wonderful crowdsourced comedy.
posted by egypturnash at 12:58 PM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hey, they noticed!
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 12:58 PM on February 8, 2011


Slashdot was basically a repository of links to news (mostly technology) with comments, and had little in the way of Web 2.0 technology, because it simply hadn't caught on yet (I know they just recently had a reboot that implements some of those things)

And oh lord is it a horrible "reboot". heh.
posted by madajb at 12:59 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


It was IRONICAL!

Yeah, see, here's the thing. You may not have realized this because it looks like you're fairly new here, but we try for the most part not to do ironic homophobia (or ironic racism or ironic misogyny) here. You know why? Because there's two components to ironic homophobia. Once of them is, yes, irony. Yeah. We get it. The other component, though, is homophobia, and we'd prefer to avoid that because we're not (for the most part) bigots or frightened thirteen-year-olds.
posted by dersins at 1:02 PM on February 8, 2011 [6 favorites]


Because there's two components to ironic homophobia. Once of them is, yes, irony. Yeah. We get it. The other component, though, is homophobia, and we'd prefer to avoid that because we're not (for the most part) bigots or frightened thirteen-year-olds.
posted by dersins at 9:02 PM on February 8


I have to observe that this comment indicates that you do not, in fact, get irony. See, I suppose it's possible to do ironic [kitties and flowers] but that's kinda missing the point, to say the least.
posted by Decani at 1:06 PM on February 8, 2011


/r/treecomics is consistently hilarious.
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:48 PM on February 8


[90 minutes later]
You are correct, sir.
posted by uncleozzy at 1:10 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Apparently we've killed it.
posted by brundlefly at 1:12 PM on February 8, 2011


Also, if you program, make sure you have /r/programming and the subreddit for your favorite language. I think /r/Programming is default, but I'm not certain.

And if you want to learn a skill (such as programming or how to cook), /r/IWantToLearn is a good starting point.
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:12 PM on February 8, 2011


I actually read comments /r/programming /r/iama /r/askreddit and some of the more sane subreddits but I compulsively reload /r/WTF /r/adviceanimals /r/pics and a few others that are generally the worst of the worst of juvenile nonesense.

If reddit is sportscenter for 4chan then Metafilter is an NPR piece on reddit.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:13 PM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


I discovered reddit last year and I don't really understand the elitism against it.

the surprisingly prevalent attitude on reddit about how

"wimmins are gold-digging sluts who get trick pregnant then accuse you of being a rapist creep to take your kid away from you, all in order to steal all your child support money so they can marry someone who is attractive (not unattractive) because they are so shallow, those bitches, and all of society revolves around placating them, so don't put your dick in crazy"

makes it hard to take reddit seriously. I used to get really annoyed by it (think I have a post somewhere on mefi about it) but now my friends & I make a game out of pointing them out.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 1:14 PM on February 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


metafilter is under heavy load right now, sorry. Try again in a few minutes.
posted by inedible at 1:14 PM on February 8, 2011 [7 favorites]


makes it hard to take reddit seriously. I used to get really annoyed by it (think I have a post somewhere on mefi about it) but now my friends & I make a game out of pointing them out.

Yeah, that's definitely true. Make sure to subscribe to /r/circlejerk, which is pretty much reddit's version of MeTa, except much more bitter and self-critical. It turns out that many more people are aware of the fratty groupthink than it appears from the threads.
posted by nasreddin at 1:17 PM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


oh yeah, I'm a big fan of circlejerk and many of the other subreddits! I usually check the unfiltered main page because I'll miss good stuff otherwise, I just wish there were a "no herpderp" button I could apply to ones like pics and AMA.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 1:20 PM on February 8, 2011


I was just going to comment about /r/circlejerk. I LOVE that subreddit, which I had mistakenly assumed was another version of /r/karmaparty.
posted by The ____ of Justice at 1:21 PM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


/r/circlejerk is sometimes very clever I love the upghosts
posted by Ad hominem at 1:26 PM on February 8, 2011


I came to mefi to get away from reddit! Jeez.

I go to reddit to get away from MeFi. I suppose that means I have a Spock Beard.
posted by Scoo at 1:31 PM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


I come to ZomboCom to get away from reality.
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:33 PM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Jesus, are their servers always so... "robust"? I've occasionally gone to Reddit before but I don't remember so many timeouts.
posted by kmz at 1:33 PM on February 8, 2011


So damn slow.
posted by defenestration at 1:34 PM on February 8, 2011


Their servers are always like that a bit after four twenty
posted by CitoyenK at 1:36 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Reddit's growing faster than Conde Naste and the ad revenue will pay for more servers. I admit I've been thinking about taking out an ad primarily for this reason (and I kind of want to promote a web-app I've been developing).

I'd get reddit gold, if I could get a solid private server. Or if I had proof the Gold Lounge is a good place where constructive discussion happens. I mean, I get that paid communities tend to be nice (a la metafilter), but I worry that it'd just be the same as what's on reddit elsewhere.
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:37 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I also don't think Stereotypical Black Father is racist, any more than Successful Black Guy is. I mean, sure, they're playing off racist expectations, but so did Dave Chappelle.
posted by nasreddin at 1:37 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


The thing with Successful Black Guy is that he subverts your racist expectations.

Stereotypical Black Father just reinforces the expectation.
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:39 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I suppose that means I have a Spock Beard.

As long as I get to be clean-shaven Spock, I'm okay with this.
posted by hellojed at 1:42 PM on February 8, 2011


PS: I get that it's meant to be ironic, but I find it kind of sad when jokes about race can be interpreted in a racist manner.
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:42 PM on February 8, 2011


the surprisingly prevalent attitude on reddit about how

"wimmins are gold-digging sluts who get trick pregnant then accuse you of being a rapist creep to take your kid away from you, all in order to steal all your child support money so they can marry someone who is attractive (not unattractive) because they are so shallow, those bitches, and all of society revolves around placating them, so don't put your dick in crazy"

makes it hard to take reddit seriously. I used to get really annoyed by it (think I have a post somewhere on mefi about it) but now my friends & I make a game out of pointing them out.


What subreddit has stuff like that? I think a lot of people go to reddit and see some shitty link on the front page and write the whole thing off. But you really need to create an account (you don't even need to give an email address) and select the subreddits you want to read instead of the fire hose you get when you go to the site when you're not logged in.

I also like how you can downvote true crap and so many people will never see it. And the "hide" feature is nice for when there are posts that you may not like, but are within the rules, to keep you from seeing them.

I really wish Metafilter had a hide feature.
posted by birdherder at 1:55 PM on February 8, 2011


Their servers are always like that a bit after four twenty

And it is always 4:20 somewhere.
posted by birdherder at 1:56 PM on February 8, 2011


What subreddit has stuff like that?

It's all over, and in threads where you wouldn't expect it.
posted by empath at 1:58 PM on February 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


What subreddit has stuff like that?

F7U12 is pretty bad, but you can ignore a lot of it by not reading the comments. The ambient sexism also tends to pop up in r/pics every now and then. AskReddit's relationship advice almost invariably trends towards "women are crazy." And on the extreme far end is r/mensrights -- which is absolutely not representative of most redditors' opinions but it does exist.
posted by lilac girl at 2:03 PM on February 8, 2011


Recently, the fact that this got upvoted in /r/funny struck me as a bit misogynist.

But then a good number people in the comments called out the forum's post for being kind of creepy for saying the girlfriend should be a doormat for her husband's hobby and draw him a bath and rub his feet when he's done.
posted by mccarty.tim at 2:04 PM on February 8, 2011


Actually, I mean boyfriend. I like that reddit has an edit button.
posted by mccarty.tim at 2:05 PM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Metafilter is the small college in the woods where you can write your courses and live in trees and join oh so many bands and end up a teacher there without really knowing how.

Reddit is the huge town-sized Uni with a billion social clubs, forteenthousand sport teams and a permentantly stoned freshman population.

Or! To torture this metaphor further. Metafilter is The Secret History

Reddit is The Rules Of Attraction.
posted by The Whelk at 2:14 PM on February 8, 2011 [17 favorites]


/r/mensrights combines horrifying opinions with a willingness to invade and occasionally overtake other subreddits. They're one of the worst things about Reddit.
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:16 PM on February 8, 2011 [10 favorites]


What subreddit has stuff like that?

All of them that aren't very focused (/r/minecraft) or explicitly against that kind of thing (/r/sex, 2X).

I unsubscribe (I do have an account) from the worst offenders (r/WTF), but there's no getting totally away if you want to read some of the generally most enjoyable subreddits (r/AMA).

I'm pretty desensitized to it by now but it definitely exists and often gets voted to the top. It's practically a license to print karma over there. I'd bet if you start paying attention, you'll notice what I'm talking about.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 2:17 PM on February 8, 2011


Or! To torture this metaphor further.

Metafilter is A Wizard of Earthsea; Reddit is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
posted by cortex at 2:21 PM on February 8, 2011 [7 favorites]


All of them that aren't very focused (/r/minecraft) or explicitly against that kind of thing (/r/sex, 2X).

2X is unwilling to eject people for being, well, /r/mensrights trolls, and suffers accordingly.
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:24 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


/r/daterape .Hey you asked.

There is alot of resentment and fastsduction type stuff on reddit that is kinda offputting.
posted by Ad hominem at 2:27 PM on February 8, 2011


Metafilter is Rushmore (with all the attendant Wes Anderson connotations); Reddit is Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
posted by nasreddin at 2:29 PM on February 8, 2011


(uh I didn't mean to emphasize that in a rage-comic sort of way)
posted by nasreddin at 2:30 PM on February 8, 2011


THIS IS NOT THE BEST OF THE WEB

[Metafilter Threadshitting Dormouse]

MAKE METATALK POST BECAUSE SLYT HEDGEHOG FOOTBALL FPP DELETED
posted by panboi at 2:40 PM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


For those of you requesting examples of Reddit's sexism, look at this comment, posted just today, with nearly 100 upvotes:

"women arguing outside the bounds of logic is probably the hardest part of being in a relationship. If they are upset, never try to use logic to make them feel better. You will only make them feel stupid, which makes them even more upset..."

Or this one, with 60 upvotes:

This is why women spend their teen years being such absolute bitches to each other. They can maintain a sustained barrage of cool anger and and total calm, even if they suck at logic they can always find new corners to twist you around. And they never, no mater what, admit they were wrong or apologize. That's social suicide among girls. Meanwhile men while boys resolve all differences in 30 seconds or less. Punch punch punch. "What were we fighting about? hey! cookies!" Men are simply not prepared to be adversarial with women.

There are far more egregious examples of highly upvoted sexist/racist comments on Reddit, but these are recent, so I have them ready to hand. The sexism on Reddit is real, pervasive, and extreme. It's really unfortunate, since cool stuff does pop up there, but it makes the site really aggravating to read or participate in.
posted by mellifluous at 2:48 PM on February 8, 2011 [8 favorites]


I don't really like Reddit.

I do go there, when I'm caught up on the big blue, But beyond the incessant duplicate posts, what drove me crazy was the memes (as mentioned in the FPP). F6U12 is a sort of dumb emotional shorthand that I didn't need. It made sense on 4Chan, but what draws one to Reddit are the comments, not these little baby-talk cartoons that the grown adults there make. And they get upvoted and appear on the r/all lists and you'll have to wade through an unholy lot of these spoiled little children jokes to get to anything interesting. Even ignoring them takes mental energy.

Then about a week ago I discovered the Reddit Enhancement Suite, and specifically the filteReddit module. Now I'm able to weed out the subreddits I don't like (about 15 of them) and so I see maybe 20-30 posts out of 100. But then I see more of the obscure stories I would have missed. There's much more in the enhancement suite than just this one module, and it takes a few clicks to filter out a subreddit, but it's been worth it.
posted by Catblack at 3:36 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is Reddit where Anonymous goes when he turns 20?
posted by StrangerInAStrainedLand at 3:48 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Just to clarify, the filteReddit module of the Reddit Enhancement Suite will filters just the /r/all lists, you can still have your own subscribed subreddits as normal, though they'll be listed better by the enhancement suite. It runs client side on all major browsers.
posted by Catblack at 3:50 PM on February 8, 2011


People read the comments on Reddit?

Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I just use it as a link roll for those slow afternoons.


About 50% of the time I don't bother reading the linked article, I just read the comments (not even counting the ones I can't read at work because they're blocked).

and it's pretty likely someone could design a new social news network that copies the subreddit system but has it run faster

Go for it, most of reddit is open source (anti-spam algorithms are not I believe). I don't think most of the core reddit users (ie. the ones that make reddit worth visiting) would leave for a copycat site.

I'd get reddit gold, if I could get a solid private server. Or if I had proof the Gold Lounge is a good place where constructive discussion happens.

It's just like regular reddit except with monocles. I got gold because I wanted to donate some money to a site I'd enjoyed using for years rather than because I wanted or needed any of the features it grants.
posted by robertc at 3:51 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, the prime motivation would be to help reddit by buying gold. I'm not expecting huge returns or features I can't already get from Reddit Enhancement Suite.

If they get in trouble or I get a job that pays regularly, I'll definitely go for it.
posted by mccarty.tim at 3:53 PM on February 8, 2011


I toyed with Reddit a couple of months ago when I was in a particularly funky funk and was staying indoors a lot. Ran up a thousand comment and article points by posting links to particularly reactionary political left wing news articles.

Then I came out of my funk and began questioning things (as usual) . Maybe Israel wasn't the cause of all the middle east problems. Maybe some transgendered people are unrealistic. Maybe not all Republicans are assholes. Maybe memes are overrated. The reaction to all this was not very welcoming. And I fell afoul of a particularly neckbearded mod when it came to things regarding Israel. So I deleted my user name , made another and just use it for occasional browsing.

My fling on Reddit both confirmed much of what I had already known about people on the Internet and taught me a few new things besides.

1. Most people are bleeding idiots who jump on bandwagons. Most people couldn't think critically or outside their particular box if their life depended on it.

2. The most prolific posters in a forum are usually the ones with the least to say.

3. Unregulated mass modding (upvotes, downvotes) leads to high schoolish "mod-squads" up or down voting based on idiotic group think.

4. That a five dollar barrier to entry eliminates about 90% of the idiots (and the 10 year olds) of the world right off the block and probably a one dollar fee would eliminate 85% of them alone.

5. You can't fight crazy and you can't fight stupid. But you can and should do your best to give an incentive for both crazy and for stupid (cough cough five bucks) to go somewhere else.

6. That free and open social media will always be doomed to mediocrity as the voices of the mediocre will always vastly outnumber the voices of the truly interesting with something important or fascinating to say.
posted by Poet_Lariat at 4:44 PM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


[Pope Guilty and Catblack take it to email. This is not Reddit and is not a parody of Reddit. Thank you.]
posted by jessamyn at 4:53 PM on February 8, 2011


I like the rage comics, because they convey complex emotions and common experiences briefly.

I has generational ADHD.
posted by mccarty.tim at 4:54 PM on February 8, 2011


Ironically, Poet_Lariat, it looks like you would fit in well with all the snot-nosed nerd supremacists on Reddit. They're the ones who are always talking about "the mediocre." If you tossed in a couple Idiocracy quotes, you'd make a real splash with that crowd.
posted by nasreddin at 4:56 PM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


>Ironically, Poet_Lariat, it looks like you would fit in well with all the snot-nosed nerd
>supremacists on Reddit

I find the juxtaposition of "supremacists" in close conjunction with "Reddit" to be particularly funny. Reddit is anything but elitist. As I indicated earlier, it appears to me to be a vast stormy sea of mediocrity with huge waves beating uselessly on unseen shores. Or to be less glib , it's a dog and pony show for the drama crowd. You would have to invent a new system of mathematics to adequately measure the signal to noise ratio there. It's Eternal September all day, every day.

Obviously something that I said touched a sore spot within you so my apologies for any inner turmoil I seemed to have touched.
posted by Poet_Lariat at 5:04 PM on February 8, 2011


Well in other reddit news reddit has some new hires. They recently hit 1 billion page views a month so Conde Nast must be tossing them a bone. I like tho think every once in a while a Conde Nast exec looks at the site and and has a heart attack.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:07 PM on February 8, 2011


>I like the rage comics, because they convey complex emotions and common experiences briefly.

That's why I don't like them. I don't really find their summation of complex emotion to be compelling, and the experiences are frequently too common for me to want to read them. And I don't mean "common" in a social class way, I mean in a "OMG, did someone just make another rage comic about holding in their farts?" sort of way.

It seems that Poet_Lariat and I have both got caught up in going against the hive-mind in the comments here.

Ad Hominem: I've always thought of Conde Nast's ownership of Reddit was more due to it being the ultimate source of magazine article fodder. But now I'm looking at their wikipedia page and I see I was thinking that they published a lot more magazine titles than I had thought. I knew they owned Wired, but didn't know they'd bought up the always excellent Ars Technica.
posted by Catblack at 5:18 PM on February 8, 2011


God, is it ever obnoxious when people are all "the hivemind is against me" this and "Metafilter likes hipsters" that. You're not Che Guevara and we aren't the Man. Get a grip.
posted by nasreddin at 5:24 PM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


>Catblack :I knew they owned Wired, but didn't know they'd bought up the always excellent Ars Technica.

I was also surprised to discover this week that AOL owns engadget . I had forgotten forgot about the Ars Technica takeover but remember now that I herd about it several months ago.

It's the way of Capitalism. See something good. Dilute it to make more profit. Rinse ... repeat. Sell the stock of what you now made worthless and move on to the next good thing that you see.

Remember when Snapple actually was all natural and made with good things?

The same with Internet buy outs now. Dilute it , inflate its worth, abandon it.
posted by Poet_Lariat at 5:36 PM on February 8, 2011


I like the ragecomics not only because I find some of them quite funny, but because it's really interesting to see how creative people can be over time given a few pre-established 'characters' and conventions. It's like modern-day noh theater or Commedia Dell'Art! Seriously.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 6:37 PM on February 8, 2011 [7 favorites]


I’ve been here for 5 years and there for 3 years and I found Reddit via Metafilter. Reddit ranges from very good to so bad that I don’t have words to tell you how bad it can get. There are subReddits that flirt with criminal insanity... and I suspect these harbour miscreants that none of us would want to move in next door to Garrison Keillor on even his worst day, after having learned that he’s been doomed to Lutheran hell for anal raping Norman Rockwell.

So be it. Reddit started going to hell like a redneck on crack when Digg imploded, and droves of unappealing fools jumped ship like rats and moved to Reddit. Thus the fuuuuuuu bullshit. The funny thing is, and I have to grudgingly admit, it has actually produced a few gems in the last couple of days after a horrible beginning.
posted by Huplescat at 6:47 PM on February 8, 2011


To my utter astonishment, my first comment on Reddit a month ago got 1031 votes.

I enjoy Reddit a lot, appreciate the exuberant and good links community there but feel very fortunate that my home is on the blue. The FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU comics seem particularly ugly and yet there is something intriguing in their expressive simplicity.

Viva robust, eagerly communicative, very informative and energetic cyber communities!
posted by nickyskye at 7:00 PM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


*my second comment
posted by nickyskye at 7:04 PM on February 8, 2011


MetaFilter: oh yeah, I'm a big fan of circlejerk

sorry
posted by ryoshu at 8:07 PM on February 8, 2011


Oh great, the flood of traffic from MetaFilter put reddit in read-only mode.

Nice going, guys. I needed to ask if Anyone Else remembers zip disks and how they got replaced by CD-Rs and then thumb drives.
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:16 PM on February 8, 2011


People say that Frodo simply walked into Mordor for our sins, but is there any evidence for that other than the Red Book of Westmarch?
posted by nasreddin at 8:30 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


after having learned that he’s been doomed to Lutheran hell for anal raping Norman Rockwell.

Not cool.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:43 PM on February 8, 2011


Maybe some transgendered people are unrealistic

Yeah, I find I'm constantly circling the uncanny valley myself.
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 9:48 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


you broke reddit.
posted by charlie don't surf at 10:17 PM on February 8, 2011


Reddit is cool like 20% of the time, and the other 80% of the time is infuriating. The groupthink is absurd, and the overall immaturity grating. You'd think a relatively intelligent group of people would have some grasp of gender issues and understand that women aren't out to humiliate them or steal their money. The MensRight subreddit is the perfect example of them being shitty (along with the hijacking of r/LadyBashing).

The special-topic subreddits, though, are pretty awesome. WeAreTheMusicMakers is what got me on that site in the first place, and it's still a decent subreddit.
posted by spiderskull at 10:24 PM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


tl;dr: reddit's value completely depends on which subreddits you read.
posted by reductiondesign at 10:26 PM on February 8, 2011


This post is awesome -- I've seen the Inglip meme pop up a few times on Tumblr and I always wondered where I could find more. I like them more than most memes because they follow that improv trick of saying "Yes, and" after each new CAPTCHA, which leads to good jokes but also some surprisingly effective world-building.
posted by brookedel at 2:05 AM on February 9, 2011


I'm not saying this isn't fun and all, but I come to Metafilter to get away from this.
posted by devious truculent and unreliable at 3:45 AM on February 9, 2011


The day Metafilter has a post extolling Reddit's rage comics, is the day Metafilter officially Jumped the Shark.

FWIW I find Reddit entertaining and more easygoing than MeFi. But I find Rage Comics to be not very compelling. And yes I think MeFi just jumped the shark here.
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 4:38 AM on February 9, 2011


http://imgur.com/BCWg2
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 5:58 AM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd been casually browsing the site for a while, and had heard many times that hand-picking subreddits was the way to go, but this post made me take the plunge, and even after only a very, very limited amount of pruning, I'm quite pleased. MeFi will always be my home, but I'm glad to be on board.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:48 AM on February 9, 2011


Reddit is basically usenet.

Discuss.
posted by empath at 7:50 AM on February 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


Reddit is basically usenet the WELL.
posted by mendel at 5:13 PM on February 9, 2011


Or! To torture this metaphor further. Metafilter is The Secret History
Reddit is The Rules Of Attraction.


Not sure if this is significant, but both of these books are about the same college.
posted by exit at 8:06 AM on February 10, 2011


Reddit is the one-off, the one-night-stand, the guy you're attracted to but know is no good for you, really.

Metafilter is reliable husband material.
posted by misha at 10:52 AM on February 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Reddit is basically usenet the WELL.

False. There are people who haven't been using Reddit for over a decade who give a shit about Reddit.
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:48 PM on February 10, 2011


>>Reddit is basically the WELL

No..... reddit is nothing like the Well was. The well was interesting, topical, genuinely entertaining and mostly enlightening. Reddit is like the Huffington Post run by 14 year old boys. No, Reddit is exactly like that.

Yes you can find some gems . No you can not go against the group-think if you actually chose to participate. And the group-think says girls are icky, Israel is always bad, Ganja is always good and heaven help you if you are a transexual and want to remove the all-revered dick from your life. And that's the very best of the group-think. It gets worse. Much worse.

Reddit is a game. Multiple accounts are easy to obtain. Don;t like someone? Make four accounts and down vote every single post of theirs all day long. Since you're a 14 year old (or have the mentality of one) you have all day to do that to as many people as you want .

Steve Jobs on Reddit? The Woz? You'd find people like that on the Well. You will rarely if ever find people like that on Reddit.

Reddit is mildly interesting if you use it to point you to trending topics. It is all but useless as a discussion forum for anyone without a huge amount of time to wade through the trash to find a bit of nourishment here or there.

Yes , Reddit is essentially Usenet. And as useless as Usenet and for the very same reasons.
posted by Poet_Lariat at 6:54 PM on February 10, 2011


My bad if somebody has posted this already. But there is a great community of non-mensrights douchebags at OneChromosome. Check it out!
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 8:22 PM on February 18, 2011


For the first time, Inglip has inspired me, and I have learned that when you gaze long into a Fitra, the Fitra also gazes into you.

(Here's an album of wallpaper-quality images of the beast in all its glory. But beware, for its gaze is most fowl.)
posted by Rhaomi at 9:20 AM on February 25, 2011


« Older Filed under strangely fascinating: Popin' Cookin',...  |  The Baseball Prospectus' Wezen... Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments