If you are unfamiliar with Reddit, it’s a social news site similar to Digg.com, but without the crap. I personally switched over to Reddit from Digg after the Digg v4 fiasco and I’ve never looked back. With Reddit, you can personalize your front page by “subscribing” (+frontpage) to categories which are called subreddits. You can find a subreddit for almost anything, because subreddits are user owned, operated, managed, and content driven. That is what gives Reddit such a dynamic feel, and you can make it give you the exact content that you want to see. What amazed me the most about Reddit, is that one person was running the whole operation, and just recently, he hired a second person.
That being said, Mr. Seidl’s article focuses on how you can find adult material through subreddits and how there is offensive language on certain subreddits. What a revelation… there is porn on the internet /s. This is nothing new. It’s not on anyone’s front page by default, and you would have to actively go and look for it to find it. Just like anything else on the internet, if someone wants to find it, they will find it. Mr. Seidl, have you used Google lately? Rumor has it you can find bad things on there too.
With all subreddits, there is a subscriber count so people can keep track of a subreddit’s popularity.
(numbers are as of publishing this article)
/r/jailbait has 14,739 readers
/r/porn has 1889 readers
/r/ni**ers has 175 readers
Compare these to the subreddits I subscribe to
/r/funny/ has 584,007 readers
/r/WTF/ has 521,997 readers
/r/science/ has 517,763 readers
/r/politics/ has 484,832 readers
/r/IAmA/ has 199,633 readers
/r/todayilearned/ has 183,355 readers
/r/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu/ has 121,620 readers
Are these numbers that anyone needs to be concerned with in the grand scheme of things? I don’t think so.
Here are some of the “best” comments from Glenn Beck’s site. It still suprises me how painfully ignorant these people are.
And here is what I would imagine Reddit’s response to be