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Fun with n-grams and the internet's other discussion site

You may have heard about n-grams, which identify particular strings of text in a large corpus (an n=3 n-gram could be "plate of beans"). You probably have played with Google Ngram search which lets you look through millions of books to see the first use of the phrase, or when it was most popular (though be warned, recent research shows some limitations, such as the false popularity of a certain expletive in the 1700s). The newest is the Reddit ngram search by 538, which lets you chart the rise and fall of things progressive and regressive. I await more insights in the discussion...
posted by blahblahblah on Nov 22, 2015 - 20 comments

Robots that are Shitty

Reddit has a section devoted to robots that are shitty. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Nov 22, 2015 - 30 comments

Can social networks substitute for peer review in science?

This year, the scientific workshop ADAPT shakes the status quo in the scientific process by using reddit as its primary review system. [more inside]
posted by knz on Nov 16, 2015 - 43 comments


"Loadingicon are small, trippy-looking color-limited .gifs that would make good or at least interesting animated icons or loading screens.
Gifs posted should be a closed loop, and animated either by hand or computer.
Gifs drawn from film, television, or other video sources are not allowed. Reposts or posts that otherwise aren't a good fit may be removed at the mods' discretion.
[more inside]
posted by growabrain on Oct 18, 2015 - 13 comments

Supported by the McGarblin Group

It's 1983, time to watch Computer Show. There are only a couple of episodes uploaded to Youtube, but the first one features custom art work site Lumi, and the second explores Reddit. [more inside]
posted by zabuni on Oct 14, 2015 - 23 comments

Reddit, Florence 1400

A year ago, someone took a well-composed photo of a fight in Ukranian Parliament. This prompted the creation of a small subreddit that finds photos (many soccer-related), that look like they're from the Renaissance - r/AccidentalRenaissance. Here are a few post samples: Pence & Morse * Ukraine * The Orchestration of Heisenberg * Maldini * The Accused, Etc.
posted by growabrain on Oct 10, 2015 - 45 comments

Survivor: Second Chance

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Survivor: Second Chance, by Josh Wigler [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 17, 2015 - 71 comments


GoPro on a weather balloon over Arizona (photo)
Reddit comment describing the student project
Video showing preparation details and more footage of the earth (stay for the slo-mo shot of the balloon bursting at high altitude) [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Sep 11, 2015 - 5 comments

"I just wasted an hour. I hope you're happy."

me irl - Mefi's own The Devil Tesla describes the project: "Me irl is a subreddit where every post must be titled 'me irl'. The prompt is to post 'selfies of the soul'. It has 250k subscribers, and is responsible for several of the highest scoring links on reddit of all time, including #7. This is the burden I carry with me." [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 6, 2015 - 65 comments

"I caught this transparent gecko in my French press turned iridescent"

On /r/SubredditSimulator, all the posts and comments are made by bots. These bots generate text using Markov chains trained on humans' comments from different subreddits. Their posts are at times ordinary, surreal, revealing, and even self-aware. [more inside]
posted by Rangi on Aug 30, 2015 - 20 comments

Ftaires! We have found ftaires!

For the last three days, a Search and Rescue Officer for the US Forest Service has been telling his stories to the NoSleep subreddit. They are by turns unsettling, sad and and just plain creepy ... and what's with the stairs? Read the comments, too. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Aug 28, 2015 - 97 comments

The Imaginary Network

The Imaginary Network rounds up under categories the various subreddits for imaginary art such as Imaginary Cityscapes, Ebony, Architecture, Ruins, History, Science, Starships, Aww, Weather, Armored Women and more.
posted by TheophileEscargot on Aug 1, 2015 - 12 comments

“The moderatocracy lives on inside us all.”

When the Internet’s ‘Moderators’ Are Anything But [New York Times] The title suggests a steward of civility and decency. But online, unpaid moderators can become a force for mayhem. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jul 21, 2015 - 60 comments

The heads are rolling today

"Ellen Pao is stepping down as Reddit’s CEO, a move that comes amid mounting pressure after a series of management mishaps that has angered its very vocal online community. Steve Huffman, Reddit co-founder and its original CEO, is taking over immediately."
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jul 10, 2015 - 576 comments

Reddit going dark.

Subreddit Moderators rebel against Admins Triggered by the surprise termination of Victoria Taylor, AKA /u/chooter, Director of Talent and sole official contact for /IAMA by the Reddit admins, and more generally in protest for what has been seen as a lack of communication with and appreciation for the unpaid volunteers that act as moderators of Reddit, many of the most popular subreddits have gone dark, setting their status to private and thereby hiding their content to the vast majority of users. /r/AskReddit, /r/Books, /r/science, /r/Music, /r/gaming, /r/history, /r/art, /r/videos, /r/gadgets, and /r/movies have followed /r/IAmA in making themselves private. Many other subreddits have also taken steps in solidarity.
posted by leotrotsky on Jul 2, 2015 - 596 comments

A lick is NOT blep 🐈

When 'meh' just won't do: blep. But maybe you're not a cat person. In which case: blop. And yes, there is a place for all other animals - meet blup. (Previously.)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 1, 2015 - 19 comments

10 years, 1,715,454,785 comments (.36% of which mention cats)

Reddit, the other front page of the internet, turned 10 today (best comment on the anniversary "We made it 10 years without drama!") and celebrated with a look back. It addition to the most liked posts, it also revealed some other interesting posts and replies. Some of the most gilded ever are well-written responses to Reddit's/the Internet's own problems (links go to responses, not topics): attacks on PUAs/MRAs, racism, and jokes about Asians. Of course, more true to popular form, the most gilded ever are about League of Legends and a NSFW thread that combines pranks with too much homophobic subtext. The most saved threads on Reddit tell you how to get free things on the internet, how to study, and where to go before you die. And, of course, there are good old standbys like "what is the best picture on the internet" and "what gif reduces you to laughter every time." Reddit now faces many challenges for its next 10 years.
posted by blahblahblah on Jun 23, 2015 - 69 comments


After last month's vow to curb targeted harassment and make the site a safer platform for all users, the admins of Reddit began making good on that promise yesterday by banning five offensive subreddits deemed guilty of doxxing, brigading, and otherwise tormenting others, including /r/fatpeoplehate -- a militantly anti-HAES forum whose attacks had recently extended to the admins of popular image host Imgur. In reaction, the 150K subscribers of FPH and their sympathizers in other fringe subreddits went on a rampage, creating countless clones (all banned), filling the front page with hate posts, and disregarding the veneer of free-speech activism to viciously slander Reddit CEO Ellen Pao personally. The dissenters advocate a mass exodus of the hate subs to Voat.co [obligatory_wonka.gif], a moderation-free clone of Reddit that has already crashed under the traffic. Ongoing coverage by the enlightened popcorn-munchers of SubredditDrama. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 11, 2015 - 495 comments

The Yellow Kid

Based on such continuous disappointment you'd think that trust in these grandiose, empty promises would wane - yet articles like this are more popular then ever. How click bait articles work (this will amaze you!)
posted by chavenet on May 7, 2015 - 21 comments

I'll fess up. I pushed the button.

Can you resist? Step right up and sample the latest Internet inanity. Someone over on Reddit has created a button that you can either click or not click, according to your own personal inclinations. As I was, before learning of the button, not clicking it, I chose to click it, so that I could experience the full breadth of the system.
posted by rankfreudlite on Apr 2, 2015 - 89 comments

Is there historical consensus as to who actually Shot the Sheriff?

How did the Spacing Guild develop such a stranglehold on the Padishah Emperor? What led to the split between the People's Front of Judea and the Judean People's Front in the first century? If Franz Ferdinand's assassination was the inciting cause for WWI, how are they still able to go on tour? How could Scrooge McDuck have maintained his extraordinary wealth from the 1940s onward without destabilzing the entire world's economy? Did the 'genocide' against the Air Nomads REALLY happen? And, finally, how did the Eagles manage to rescue Frodo and Sam at Mt. Doom and still have time to record "Hotel California"? [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Apr 1, 2015 - 27 comments

Ellen Pao Loses Silicon Valley Bias Case Against Kleiner Perkins

"The plaintiff, Ellen Pao, had accused the firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, of discriminating against her in the course of her employment and eventual dismissal. The decision handed Kleiner a sweeping victory in a case that had mesmerized Silicon Valley with its salacious details while simultaneously amplifying concerns about the lack of diversity in the technology industry." Pao is now the CEO Reddit - Relevant Reddit thread.
posted by marienbad on Mar 28, 2015 - 52 comments


I am Ben Lesser, the last survivor of the Dachau death march.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 14, 2015 - 20 comments

How Reddit Became a Worse Black Hole of Violent Racism than Stormfront

The world of online hate, long dominated by website forums like Stormfront and its smaller neo-Nazi rival Vanguard News Network (VNN), has found a new — and wildly popular — home on the Internet. [NSFW racist language]

Keegan Hanks of the Southern Poverty Law Center discusses racism on the "front page of the internet".
posted by lkc on Mar 10, 2015 - 397 comments

The grim nightmare of successfully banning booze

Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald recently did an AMA on Citizenfour, their Oscar winning documentary about Snowden and the NSA scandal. Among the highlights is Snowden discussing the relationship between people and their governments and how enforcing the law too well actually can have severe drawbacks.
posted by Drinky Die on Feb 24, 2015 - 24 comments

Do not add "bruh" or "fam" to your post title just to sound black.

Almost five years ago Metafilter was introduced to Black People Twitter, but Metafilter has no chill. Since then Black People Twitter has become hot af. Compilations of black people being hilarious on twitter that were posted to reddit and a Black People Twitter subreddit was created, and has since grown to over 165,000 subscribers. [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Jan 29, 2015 - 46 comments

It's expensive to be poor.

What do poor people buy that no one else does? [askreddit post]
posted by empath on Jan 15, 2015 - 118 comments

Why does it matter that you're female?

3 female computer scientists held a Reddit AMA. You can totally guess what happened next.
posted by bq on Dec 19, 2014 - 138 comments

The greatest story Reddit ever told

The first communication I ever received from Dante Orpilla landed in my mailbox one morning in the summer of 2011. The handwritten letter, filling up six pages of legal-sized paper, arrived in an envelope stamped with a return address to the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Ore.
posted by ellieBOA on Nov 26, 2014 - 10 comments

Get these M*therf*cking snakes out of my theater!

I kick people out of my Alamo Drafthouse movie theaters without a refund for texting and talking. AMA. From tales of snake handlers spraying blood all over the theater, to angry patrons yelling at security guards, the Alamo Drafthouse still remains raucous after all these years. [more inside]
posted by Annika Cicada on Oct 27, 2014 - 25 comments


"Revenge is never pretty, but when done meticulously, intelligently, and psychotically, it sure is a thing of beauty." Al Jazeera tells the story of James McGibney, founder of BullyVille and CheaterVille.
posted by frimble on Oct 10, 2014 - 61 comments

Reddit: Somalia Of The Internet

In response to criticism over the banning of infamous subreddit TheFappening, where private photographs of women (both celebrities and not) were being circulated, Reddit chief Yishan Wong released a controversial op-ed stating that Reddit considers itself "not just a company running a website where one can post links and discuss them, but the government of a new type of community." T.C. Sottek, writing for The Verge, asserts that if this is the case, then Reddit is assuredly a failed state. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum on Sep 12, 2014 - 272 comments

My Little Tulpa: Friendship is Magic

"Tulpas are sentient beings imagined into existence using meditation-style exercises. Their creators, known as 'tulpamancers', form the internet’s newest subculture, meeting online at tulpa.info and the subreddit r/tulpas." [more inside]
posted by Zed on Sep 4, 2014 - 103 comments

"He Wears/She Wears" - an album of men and women's fashion

this is an album of men and women wearing very similar outfits placed side by side for comparison. I tried to find fits that not only had the same colour palette, but the same clothing cut/style as well. Most images were taken from Pinterest - I just pinned outfits that I thought would transfer well to the opposite gender and started matching. Some resemblances are better than others, but I think the individual touches are what make some fits more characteristically masculine or feminine.
via /r/femalefashionadvice
posted by rebent on Aug 26, 2014 - 46 comments

If we're not in pain, we're not alive

You invest so much in it, don't you? It's what elevates you above the beasts of the field, it's what makes you special. Homo sapiens, you call yourself. Wise Man. Do you even know what it is, this consciousness you cite in your own exaltation? Do you even know what it's for?
Dr. Peter Watts is no stranger to MetaFilter. But look past his sardonic nuptials, heartbreaking eulogies, and agonizing run-ins with fascists (and fasciitis) and you'll find one of the most brilliant, compelling, and disquieting science fiction authors at work today. A marine biologist skilled at deep background research, his acclaimed 2006 novel Blindsight [full text] -- a cerebral "first contact" tale led by a diverse crew of bleeding-edge post-humans -- is diamond-hard and deeply horrifying, wringing profound existential dread from such abstruse concepts as the Chinese Room, the Philosophical Zombie, Chernoff faces, and the myriad quirks and blind spots that haunt the human mind. But Blindsight's last, shattering insight is not the end of the story -- along with crew/ship/"Firefall" notes, a blackly funny in-universe lecture on resurrecting sociopathic vampirism (PDF - prev.), and a rigorously-cited (and spoiler-laden) reference section, tomorrow will see the release of Dumbspeech State of Grace Echopraxia [website], the long-delayed "sidequel" depicting parallel events on Earth. Want more? Look inside for a guide to the rest of Watts' award-winning (and provocative) body of work. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Aug 25, 2014 - 84 comments


A subreddit full of cats being ( amusingly) startled. ( hat tip feckless fecal fear mongering)
posted by The Whelk on Aug 22, 2014 - 30 comments

> implying I can't even

Are There Internet Dialects?
posted by Sticherbeast on Aug 8, 2014 - 48 comments

the default Internet feeling: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The life and times of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
After seeing the light of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, it's hard to not notice it everywhere. Han Solo makes the gesture in Star Wars, as Reddit noticed in 2012. Daily Dot writer Miles Klee caught the Spider-Man super villain Mysterio doing it. In 2013, it appeared in a Reddit post that commanded users "lol idk just upvote." "Lol idk" seems like a fairly apt description of the shruggie's meaning, but it also doesn't begin to describe the nihilism that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ embodies today.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 19, 2014 - 63 comments

"I forget to breathe sometimes"

AskReddit asks What's a strange thing your body does that you assume happens to everyone but you've never bothered to ask? In response, Slate's Medical Examiner column invites doctors to explain 13 of them.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Jul 18, 2014 - 156 comments

I beseech you all... Fellow Cookie Addicts... do not click at work.

"I discovered Cookie Monster and the Cheat interface bookmarklets. What harm could it do? They're just local bits of java. No harm, no foul. So I got greedy... I couldn't have enough cookies. Let the cookies run, I thought. Nobody uses my desk when I'm not here..." From Reddit user LivingDeadSquirrel.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 9, 2014 - 50 comments

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Brian Knappenberger's The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is available to watch for free in its entirety thanks to the Internet Archive. [more inside]
posted by gman on Jul 6, 2014 - 18 comments

Tales from a Fireworks Tent

Reddit user FredFltStn runs a fireworks tent. He has some stories: [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 4, 2014 - 18 comments

The strange stories behind our most famous gifs

Okay, so you've watched a lot of funny or strange animated gifs. But do you know what's behind the gifs?
posted by MartinWisse on Jul 3, 2014 - 17 comments

Peak Advertising and the Future of the Web

"Advertising is not well. Though companies supported by advertising still dominate the landscape and capture the popular imagination, cracks are beginning to show in the very financial foundations of the web. Despite the best efforts of an industry, advertising is becoming less and less effective online. The once reliable fuel that powered a generation of innovations on the web is slowly, but perceptibly beginning to falter. Consider the long-term trend: when the first banner advertisement emerged online in 1994, it reported a (now) staggering clickthrough rate of 78%. By 2011, the average Facebook advertisement clickthrough rate sat dramatically lower at 0.05%. Even if only a rough proxy, something underlies such a dramatic change in the ability for an advertisement to pique the interest of users online. What underlies this decline, and what does it mean for the Internet at large? This short [PDF] paper puts forth the argument for peak advertising—the argument that an overall slowing in online advertising will eventually force a significant (and potentially painful) shift in the structure of business online. Like the theory of Peak Oil that it references, the goal is not to look to the immediate upcoming quarter, but to think on the decade-long scale about the business models that sustain the Internet." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 3, 2014 - 173 comments

Turnin' and tossin' a-tossin' and turnin' through space

Star Trek scenes of crews reacting to collisions and/or explosions + video stabilization software + soundtrack from Lil Jon = Turn Down for Trek. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 3, 2014 - 21 comments

Your random photograph as a movie poster

Anonymous Redditor ’Your Post As A Movie“ takes photo comments that members post, and Photoshops them into spot-on fake movie posters. Here's his/her prolific output from the last 6 months. (the first link is the original photo, the second one, is the poster, which is often created right after the post goes up) [more inside]
posted by growabrain on May 21, 2014 - 19 comments

Dragons are totally real tho

The uncommonly well-moderated and researched Ask Historians subreddit answers the question: What common medieval fantasy tropes have little-to-no basis in real medieval European history?
posted by The Whelk on May 8, 2014 - 54 comments

Baby elephants are the new cats [slreddit]

Crank up the Henry Mancini. At Baby Elephant GIFs, one of reddit's fastest growing new communities, over 20,000 Elephanthusiasts come together to share the joy of puerile pachyderms figuring out how to charge and how to eat, among other important life lessons. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 8, 2014 - 21 comments

Upvoting the news

Alex Leavitt at Medium.com looks at reddit's breaking news threads from the Aurora shooting to the Boston bombings. Leavitt will present "Upvoting Hurricane Sandy: Event-Based News Production Processes on a Social News Site"at the SIGCHI (society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in human-technology & human-computer interaction) conference next month.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 31, 2014 - 13 comments

Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" Made Readable

Interviews with interesting people, pulled from Reddit, organized, and made prettier.
posted by Renoroc on Mar 15, 2014 - 54 comments

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