Comments on 2019-10-03 Reddit usage

Looking at reddit from the outside, it never seemed like that bad of a site. I still think it works well for smaller communities where the focus is on good content. But making a reddit account (only took me until 2019!), and posting on the large DND subreddit, has been eye-opening. Art posts end up being the lowest common denominator, floating to the top because they don’t require any reading. Meme comics are even worse.

And if you care at all about that arbitrary score next to your name, you have little incentive to even engage with anything that isn’t on the front page. You can write a well thought out response to someone’s question but maybe 5 people will read it. Or you can make a dumb comment in a comic thread, and get upvoted again and again. So long as it’s the right kind of dumb comment, of course.

Welcome to the modern internet, I guess.

– PK 2019-10-04 15:00 UTC

That is what I fear... 😭

– Alex Schroeder 2019-10-04 16:36 UTC

I just lurk there.

– Patrick 2019-10-13 17:30 UTC

Hehe. That doesn’t qualify as participating in a conversation. 😀 But I’ll take it as a statement showing how people cope with conversations on Reddit “being a bit strange.”

– Alex Schroeder 2019-10-14 06:17 UTC

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