Apropos of nothing, let me describe a situation that occurs from time to time on reddit:
Users create a community containing, discussing, celebrating, or over time descending into being dominated by distasteful, odious, or otherwise objectionable content. Such is the way of the internet.
Drama and tongue-clucking ensues. Again, such are the ways of the internet.
Users in that community engage in behavior that violates rules on reddit (vote-cheating, brigading, doxxing, etc).
reddit admins respond, bans happen.
Users complain that they were banned due to the objectionable content in their subreddit.
Thus, ironically, objectionable content ends up being used as a "shield" for actual bad behavior.
It really never has anything to do with free speech or political correctness. We have no need to impress any potential investors or acquirers. Even if we did, apparently there's this outdated belief that such entities actually care about things like that, but they often don't. "Family-friendly" is out, "edgy" is in.
reddit doesn't have much of an interest in banning questionable content. We hope for a diversity of content, and work on building tools to help different users discover more of that content (e.g. /r/multibeta).
Also, we have recently implemented a number of additional benefits (see /r/goldbenefits) for reddit gold users. If you would like to ensure that reddit continues to cater primarily to users, consider buying reddit gold. reddit gold gets you access to feature in beta (/r/multibeta), special gold-only features, and special deals or discounts from our gold partners. You may even wish to give gold to other members of your community by "gilding" their comments. The presence of gilded comments in a subreddit is a great way for us to see if users are truly creating value for other users in those same communities or if their existence is merely a pointless expense. Why, it would certainly be a difficult decision for us to ban a subreddit that habitually prompted many gildings!
Good day, ladies and gentlemen.
You Guys Like 2 Party?: Reddit is on the whole still the domain of the socially maladjusted reactionary white male. You can find racist shit on the front page without having to look at all, really.
R. Schlock: We don't call entire cities racist because racists live in them, do we?
Jimbob: 70 million unique visitors from around the world last month, don't you? Do you really think that a significant number of them were racists?
Don't know what universe you're living in, but I can guarantee if I grabbed a sample of 70 million people from around the world, a significant number of them would be racists.
Drinky Die: Really? I don't know of a single place with near as much activity as /AskHistorians or /AskScience that is moderated with anywhere near the same iron fist. Care to share? I maybe should be casting a wider net.
I mean the moderation of the site as a whole. I would rather ask about science or history on AskMe even if the answers aren't as great because it isn't next door to the klan meeting.
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