Why Reddit sucks

If you’ve ever visited Reddit, then you’ll already know it is one of those sites that pull you right in and gets you hooked quickly. Unfortunately it is also one of those sites which tends to give you a distorted view point of the world.

The main problem with Reddit is that right at the core, you’ll find a rotten community, if you can call it that. To put it another way, most of the community on Reddit are made up of some of the biggest assholes on the internet. This is the fundamental problem with the site.

6 months ago I discovered Reddit, I really had no idea just what kind of rat infested hell hole it was. But the more I used the site the more things started making sense to me.

Here are a few things that have put me off about Reddit:

The users are primarily teenagers.

As one ex Redditor put it:  Whiny teenagers, stupid memes, [FIXED], rage comics, the best (video game, tv show, book, toy) from my childhood, internet vigilanteism, terrible grammar, grammar nazis, pictures of cats, conde nast, etc. etc.

This is what makes up the most of the content.  Because the users are mostly teenagers, you can expect teenage related content.
Who do you think is writing the content and those nasty comments? This guy?
I would be way more inclined to suggest one of these kids:

Everything is ok, except having any real morals

I’ve noticed this on Reddit, you can be Pro ANYTHING and no one has a problem with that, except if the thing you are Pro for, questions the morals of Reddit. You can be pro drugs, pro gay, pro stealing, pro terrorism, this is taken lightly by the teenagers on Reddit, but if you happen to be pro God, whoa to you, Reddit will hate you.

This is because Reddit has become the garbage bin of the internet where bored American kids hang out and discuss things that can only really amuse teenagers or people of questionable intellect.

At the time of writing here are some of the top questions sitting in /r/askReddit

Tell me if you think these are really mature things to be talking about, or merely teenage topics?

  1. Why don’t more people live underground? (324 upvotes)
  2. Do platonic guy friends exist? (154 upvotes)
  3. My brother pulled a hair out of his balls and what appears to be red string is coming out. It’s sticking out and hurts if he pulls on it. What is it? Should he be worried? Picture inside, NSFW. (154 upvotes)
  4. Why does gasoline smell so damn good? (28 upvotes and rising)
You can always head over to Reddit at any time to get a fresh dose of teenage fun.

There is some adult content

It is true, not all of Reddit is just for teenagers, but there is no Reddit Senior version, its all or nothing, piled in one giant mess. There are some categories which are better than others, but the rule is the more general the category, usually the more likely you’re to find yourself in “just another teenage thread”.

Now this is where I have respect for Jeff Atwood and the Stack-exchange group. What Jeff has created is nothing short of a miracle, focused niche sites with strong communities who are completely against trolling and do not tolerate impolite behavior. Simply put, Reddit is a cesspit, while stack exchange sites are akin to class and quality.

To put it another way the Reddit community think they’re smart, but I think its time they took a step back and just had a think what they’re participating in. Smart people build quality structures, not mud huts.

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56 thoughts on “Why Reddit sucks

  1. I had used this Reddit thing on recommendation as a way to share blog posts. It worked for awhile and then, all of a sudden, I get this”You have submitted too many articles recently–try again in about an hour” thing…and the hour never seems to pass. You know what? Either I mis-read the purpose of that site or I have inadvertently spammed it with too many blog posts or it simply isn’t set up for bloggers. I have no idea but I am to the point now where I am not sure if I will ever waste time by trying to “Reddit” anything or not. Are there other bloggers out there with the same concerns?

    • You are not supposed to spam Reddit with your own blog posts…
      You should be trying to find other interesting things on the internet to share. Why would people want to read your blog if you don’t care about their posts?

      • That is a good point and I think I have learned from my error. What I am doing now is going to Redditt to get other people’s opinons about things and that adds meat to some of my blog posts. So I do care about the posts that others put up – - – they are giving me a world of ideas for articles to write in the blog.

  2. I basically quit reddit this week. If you look at the front page, it’s 90% stupid memes, macros and useless IAMAs. Who the fuck cares what you saw when you woke up? It’s sad cause there was none of this crap few years ago,

  3. Great article!
    Couldn’t agree more, been trying for a couple of weeks no to break the 5 votes barrier (up or down I don’t care) and getting nowhere.
    My blog generally gets good feedback from other sources (bloglovin, facebook, etc) but just can’t get any feedback at all from Reddit.
    Even put in the title ‘new to this please leave feedback’ got 100 views but the only feedback was 1 downvote. How constructive!!
    So put a picture of a cat playing an xbox and got ten times the amount my blog did.
    So pissed with this site at the moment.

    Can anyone recommend a good blog promotion site?

    • Blog promotion is a hell of a game!

      I found that I had to think like a blogger. Do I go to blog promotion sites? Not really. So maybe nobody else does either. Well, unless you’re a teen and WANT to look at farting cats.

      What helped me out was two things…getting involved and getting content. Some of my best articles are my most ignored simply because I’m not “paying it forward” and going to other people’s sites. Write something then do your footwork. After a while the numbers will accumulate and you will gain a following.

      So that’s my blog success advice…”do unto others”!

      That having been said, go to my site so I can pay my mortgage. :)

  4. I hear you loud and clear. I had the unfortunate honor of having one of my articles on there and holy crap…what a freaking gong show it turned out to be. Hey, I have no problem with discussing opposing views in a mature and calm manner…but as you said, such behavior is nowhere to be found at Reddit.

    Since then I avoid that place like the plague. It’s basically a den for angry atheist teenagers who think they know everything but are instead the lowest common intellectual denominator in cyberspace.

    And I thank you for letting me vent that!

    • ¨It’s basically a den for angry atheist teenagers who think they know everything but are instead the lowest common intellectual denominator in cyberspace. ¨

      You said it bro, and as many said, it USED to be quite interesting, its a shame actually…

  5. I’m glad someone shares my view of that website. It used to be a good site, it lured me in some odd two years ago with a promise of having a rational discussion with likeminded people.

    Now it’s a cesspit of moronic comments, lame hipster’ish 90′s retro gaming references, full on nostalgia, idiotic AskReddit submissions, circlejerking, rage comics, memes and generally unfunny pictures soked in much saught after nerd-elitism. Which brings me to another point.

    If you look at Reddit’s fronpage right now, please do me a favor and count the number of posts linking to images on imgur.com. I counted 15 out of 25 top submissions linking to pictures of unfunny memes, rage comics, pictures of cats, dogs, “look who I’ve met today” and to top it all off, the most voted link of today is…brace yourselves:

    1363 upvotes:
    “When Domino’s said no, I said yes” (a picture of a guy holding a pizza arranged to look like a Pokeball).

    Maybe this site should be renamed to Seenit.com since it has very little to do with actual reading anymore?

    That’s it, I quit that site. I’m tired of Reddit’s community with its high opinion of itself while they deliver progressively worse content with every day.

    Reddit has turned into a circlejerk of everything a lonely nerd dreams of because while he’s awake he’s most likely to be playing Ocarina of Time for the hundredth time, dressed up as Link with Mario themed slippers, sitting on the floor of his basement with a ‘foreveralone.jpg’ expression on his face, untill a beam of sunlight falls through a dirty window, so he can take a picture of said window and immediately post it on Reddit with a title “I haven’t seen that in a while” to a wide acclaim of other morons out there who find it funny, sad and yet somehow ‘cool’.

  6. I agree about the rotten community, however, your whole “teenagers are all the same” stance is tiring. I also find your lack of not being able to press the ‘unsubscribe’ button to some subreddits tiring. But you’re right. Reddit sucks.

  7. Good article, but one thing: They aren’t teenagers. They are actually manchildren. Believe me though, if I hadn’t seen pictures of redditors I would assume they were teenagers too.

    They are all basically man children between the ages of 25- early 30s. They have nothing better to do because they majored in bullshit degrees like mathematics or science. So, they sit on their computer and do whatever they do all day.

    • Ah, I agree with you the most and I would even up the age bracket a bit. It’s not just that the “community” of the mid life crisis brigade, it’s the holier than thou admins, that won’t even get back to you. I had 667 visits in one day, which may not seem like a lot, but it is for me, then one of the manchilds, seems to think he was the reddit police. Anyway, because of the instant influx of traffic I want to post more, but I don’t know if it’s worth it. Reddit does suck!

  8. I completely agree with this article. I signed up over a year ago after a friend told me “It’s kind of like Digg, but the conversations are a lot more rational. People only downvote you if you aren’t following the Reddiqutte, not if they disagree with you”.

    Now the site is almost unusable unless you’re an angry atheist who hates the police.

  9. In reddit, you are allowed to create your own ‘subreddit’ and submit as many articles as you like. If you are not submitting to your own subreddit, you are bound to the rules of the community in which you are posting to. Like everywhere else in life you have the good, and the bad. reddit enables people to easily filter out content they don’t approve, and gives people the chance to create their own community. Once you have set up your own subreddit, you can ban unfavorable people from posting.

    There are also Christians on reddit as well that have their own subreddits.

    The content is not unlike any other content you see posted everywhere else online.

  10. How many rage comics, “advice animals” and posts about skyrim can one read before they find it difficult to respect themselves? And being rather progressive/liberal I used to be able to deal with the politics, but some of those posts aren’t even links to articles, just straight up self posts along the lines of “We are a police state.” What’s the point of a social network if people just want to find others to “like” the sandwich you made or argument you had with your christian aunt?

    Instead of discussion and ideas posed for the sake of discussion or edification, the site has trended towards “DAE” posts.

    I think it’s a natural consequence to having such a large portion of the new visitors come for porn. I recall somethingawful axing their porn and torrent forums in 2003/2004 after a new rush of lower-quality posters. But, reddit isn’t ever going to really moderate in any meaningful sense. To them, new visitors are all equally valuable as long as the site remains popular.

  11. I absolutely agree. Reddit gives a very distorted world view. It’s also a HUGE time waster if you’re not careful. It is for the latter reason that as of today, I am no longer a Redditor.

  12. I’ve honestly started & subsequently deleted 3 reddit accounts, mostly because of everything in this article. The site is a giant popularity contest & incubator for inside jokes, which for some reason are now called memes.
    I’m not religious or anti-religious, but the dominating & hateful atheist viewpoint there is staggering. Reddit is a cesspool for adolescent biggotry protected by the infinite barrier of anonymity. So easy to say FUCK YOU to someone when they aren’t right in front of you. That is the problem with the current generation youth.

  13. I just got on reddit for the first time today. As I was learning the website, trying to understand what it was all about, I concluded that it must be a social network for trolling. I checked back later to see if better content had surfaced. It had not. I checked into topics in which I had interest. Same there.

    Your article puts things into perspective and coincides with my own intuition. Thanks for writing this. Now I don’t have to waste anymore time with it. :)

  14. I don’t like Reddit, but I have to take exception to the idea that “Why don’t more people live underground?” isn’t an intelligent thing to talk about.

    I live in Las Vegas and I’ve never understood by homes here aren’t at least halfway underground (or built into hillsides or whatever). It would save me upwards of $1000 per year in air conditioning expenses, and make my house infinitely easier to heat in the winter.

    There’s a reason many green architects design buildings underground or partially underground: it’s a much, much more logical way to ensure adequate insulation in nearly any climate.

    A better question is, “Why do our houses sit on the surface at all?” The answer is that it’s fashionable, cheaper, more accessible, and easier–in some cases–to weatherproof (although the latter is less of a problem with modern building materials).

  15. It’s just another example of a non-innovative, worthless shit stain on the internet. Half the time the fucking pages don’t load anyhow. Obviously operated by a bunch of incompetent, sub-human, cock-juggling, pre-pubescent dipshits, with their mouths sewn to each other’s anus. That’s right – shit in, shit out.

  16. I laughed…the #1 I’ve become to hate reddit is because of how whiny so many people commenting are on there. I come from the tougher parts of the Internet so the extreme whining and emotionalism of the commenting stood out harshly to the point of driving me insane. So, I laughed to see that the phrase “whiny teenagers” was right near the beginning of this entry! I really feel like Kleenex should be offering free samples to Redditors on a consistent basis.

  17. i just started going to reddit , iv’e noticed a lot of people who are regular “redditors” are really proud of themselves for reading reddit ,, a lot of the stuff that makes it to the front page, which is apparently a huge accomplishment, is just lame and not funny. a lot of mediocre memes and pictures of dogs. maybe it’s a bunch of teens with a huge facebook network or however the hell they get all the up votes, yeah must be teens cuz the other day some screamo poser metal band needed a ride and it was top post on the front page.. but i got the vibe that its a bunch of boring ass liberal white people in their forties who find romantic comedies entertaining plus maybe a couple old school fagotors. the emails that my mom forwards me from her work are actually more interesting than what i’ve seen on reddit and i don’t even read 90% of her emails…… i guess i’ll just have to dive deeper if i want to find anything worth wasting my time on.

  18. Your right. There are awful, useless and childish things on reddit. But… reddit is massive. It has huge amounts of links to interesting and worthwhile sites also. Ignore the crap and choose what’s good. Just like life. reddit has much to choose from, unlike this little site.

  19. Unfortunately reddit has attracted a lot of younger, immature users, and now it’s turned into eBaum’s World 2.0. I’ve come to accept that’s just what it is and have no interest in it. The non-default subreddits don’t really attract enough users to make them worth getting involved in either.

    Someone should make a better reddit with no childish content; no memes, rage commics and just all around stricter posting standards.

  20. Dislike Reddit as well. To say it’s full of elitist teenagers who seem to be neglected a proper upbringing is an understatement. The Stack-exchange is one of the most mind-boggling sites out there. I too was extremely impressed by its focused community and respect members have for one another. (And for math geeks like me, the Maths-Exchange is a great place, check it out *cough*)

  21. Reddit is a haven for those lacking in emotional intelligence, Many of them are adults who from little cliques like in high school, They band together and down vote anything they don’t like, R/shitredditsays are one of the worst offenders, They pretend to be the politically correct squad stomping out racism, bigotry, etc. But they just use this as an excuse to ban people. Like a bunch of histrionic disorder idiots they purposely blow everything out of proportion which gets everyone riled up to the point they go down vote crazy and eventually end up getting the user banned.

  22. Seems like it’s more a people problem than a Reddit problem. It’s the same reason someone might not think that free-market fundamentalism isn’t going to work: the people who are out to gain power are the ones that will, and they are usually jerks.

  23. While I dislike Reddit as well, everything I’ve read here is a prime example of the pot calling the kettle black. I was hoping for a more insightful explanation of why Reddit wasn’t for you, but instead I found a bleating expletive painting wildly generalized accusations upon wide swaths of people on the Internet, something I consider to be the epitome of childishness itself. A real shame.

  24. There are too many other great social network sites on the Internet with thoughtful conversations for me to waste anymore time at reddit. I’m closing my account today and will instead spend my time at digg, stumble, tumblr etc…

    Great article…please log another vote for Reddit Sucks.

  25. Reddit was great for a week, but all the liberal/athiest (I’m 12 but smarter than you!) threads made me violently angry, so I transitioned to buzzfeed… A filtered more mature reddit, haha.

  26. It’s very addicting, I used to go on for hours every day. But I’ve sworn to never go on again and a month later I feel so much better. I actually have time to do things like read and enjoy life/make myself a better person. Reddit destroys your attention span, wastes your time/life, gives you 0 worthwhile information, is very lop-sided(Left/atheist) to the point of absurdity. Also it makes you sadistic(like AskReddit) which is pretty much people’s self-deprication that you’re reading for pleasure, that’s sadism in my opinion.

  27. When I started Reddit I had hundreds of upvotes for articles involving world events, science and politics. The comments section of these posts was usually intelligent discourse which I enjoyed participating in. Now, the same types of articles are subject to random downvoting whereas articles involving memes or childish humor are promoted to the top. Even the articles of merit that make it to a high enough to be featured on the front page have a comments section that is at best memes or childish humor. Posting posting to the appropriate subreddits is no help ether. I find that this random downvoting is rampant if an article has any merit to it anywhere you place it.

  28. I have just had my first damaging experience in reddit and this post has made me feel much better. I posted a legitimate piece of work and the comments I got, wow, disproportionate to say the least. When playing by it vague random rules it brings traffic but it feels like a shallow gain. The place is a damaging contradiction. Fearful now of sounding scorned but I also discovered that it doesn’t reward effort. I have posted substantial and hard worked articles for my movie review site and had limited success/upvotes. I posted a picture of a cake and it took off! It doesn’t feel like a very nice place.

  29. You…you don’t really know how Reddit works, do you?

    Don’t like the memes and shit, unsubscribe from the subreddit. Stop reading r/atheism, and actually look for some subreddits you enjoy. r/askreddit is for, shockingly, asking reddit users questions.

    They don’t HAVE to be mature, or quite though provoking questions. They can be asking for stories, jokes, opinions, etc. If you want to talk about politics or the economy, GO TO THOSE SUBREDDITS.

    There’s millions of users, and a subreddit for almost anything. Find a community or subject you like, and subscribe to that.

    If you continue to look at the things you hate, it’s your own fucking fault.

  30. Yeah, I’m getting tired of Reddit. It is one of the most flawed message board systems out there. You totally called it about being pro-anything that dumb teenagers think is awesome and rebels against the system. Try to be realistic and enjoy being downvoted into oblivion. I got banned from a subreddit for arguing with some douche that snitched on me to a mod because I questioned his shitty taste after he questioned mine. I’m pretty close to skipping it now, it is pretty much useless, even more so than Yahoo now.

  31. Reddit is a cesspool of shit. Yes, some good information can be pulled from it, but that’s mostly due to the fact that it’s a forum that covers every niche in life. So, it’s like a one-stop shopping center.

    But once you get what you need, get out. There’s no point in hanging around all the fat fucking losers who have made Reddit their entire social life (because they suck at life). Too many stupid kids and neckbeards patting themselves on the back for writing “witty” comments that a sixth grader could come up with (that is, when they aren’t surfing Gonewild). Too many assholes posting from work. Too many assholes trying to work in a way to brag about the fact that they are in a “relationship”. Exploitative marketing, AMAs, and corrupt mods. Trolls, etc.

  32. Honestly, I find reddit depressing. I’ve been using the site for a little while now, and the tenor of the discussions is generally shallow, unanalytical, and mean. Yes, there are some subreddits where this is not the case, but in my experience they have been in the minority. And heaven forbid that one should post original content, rather than simply scraping a handful of links off of the Internet and submitting them willy-nilly. Meaningful feedback will not result.

    If you enjoy attempting to hold a rational conversation with a bunch of screaming children who throw handfuls of mud, reddit may be for you.

  33. I’ve been having a look round this site for a couple of weeks and you are right, it is full of idiots who think they know better than anybody else and I’ve forgotten more stuff than half of them even know about the world.

    I posted a photo i had taken at the zoo while with my kids on a day out, with my own camera and i pressed the button with my own finger only to be told i have stolen the photo and shouldn’t upload other peoples pics as my own hahaha.

    Most of them on there do not live on the same planet as the rest of us.

  34. Can’t agree more with what’s been said so far. Reddit is junk! POS forum really! You can flip a coin to decide which one is worse, Reddit or City-Data. Both are garbage. R/Askwomen is full of misandrists, feminazis and just about any woman looking for a fight with a guy using a keyboard behind a screen. It’s pathetic. Those lost souls downvote people(mostly men) in order to feel better about themselves. The whole upvote/downvote/karma crap is just what it is. CRAP! I stopped going there after about a year because I realized the place wasn’t informative like it once was. If you have a penis, a mind and an opinion, YOU ARE THE ENEMY!

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