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Rob CmdrTaco Malda AMA On Reddit

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the mirror-universe dept.

The Media 101

TheNextCorner writes with news on where CmdrTaco has been hiding. Quoting Malda's IamA blurb over at that Reddit thing: "In 1997 I started Slashdot.org. For several years, we pioneered news aggregation and on-line communities while exploring our niche of the 'net under the slogan, 'News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters.' Our work was later expanded upon at countless other more successful sites including Reddit and the Huffington Post. I left Slashdot last year, took a long time off, and then started work at the Washington Post Co's WaPo Labs their digital media R&D skunkworks group. I work as their Chief Strategist and Editor-at-Large, contributing what I can to a variety of projects ranging from their Social Reader, to some projects under development. From here I am able to continue to explore my interests in news, journalism, technology, and communities. ... I'll hopefully be answering from 2pm-5pm ET"

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yes but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677433)

whatever happened to cowboy neal

Re:yes but (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677497)

He became locked in his car and ate himself to death. Very tragic.

Re:yes but (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#40678659)

That also explains what happened to the Slashdot PT Cruiser.

Re:yes but (1)

azcodemonkey (1040320) | more than 2 years ago | (#40679421)

What a way to go, though!

servers are down (1)

paiute (550198) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677469)

/r/gnaa traffic melted the line

Who really cares? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677495)

Outside of the fluke that is slashdot, what else has he done. And who really cares (besides his mom)?

Re:Who really cares? (5, Funny)

i kan reed (749298) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677511)

I heard he posted on reddit this one time. That, like everything else, is a step up from being a slashdot editor.

Re:Who really cares? (4, Informative)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677547)

I think I know where he went wrong. Although he created Slashdot in college, he still went on to graduate. If only he had dropped out then Slashdot would be an Internet sensation and 28 billion people would have accounts. Taco would also be worth eighty trazillion dollars.

Re:Who really cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677809)

you should check for spelling errors on your website.

"services are udner"

Re:Who really cares? (1, Insightful)

EvilBudMan (588716) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677973)

He is probably worth enough. More than you or I, I would guess.

Re:Who really cares? (-1, Troll)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#40678997)

But would he have had a face like an Easter Island statue and a fat yellow wife?

Re:Who really cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40683351)

+5 Informative?!

Re:Who really cares? (4, Insightful)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#40678315)

Outside of the fluke that is slashdot, what else has he done.

Slashdot is enough. What have you done?

He should be proud of creating this lasting community. It's a worthwhile destination on the Web in my opinion (and yours, since you are here).

How many online sites have made a big splash and then disappeared into the dustbin of history? Like MySpace and others. Slashdot goes on and there are people here whose opinions mean something to me. That's an accomplishment.

Re:Who really cares? (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 2 years ago | (#40680407)

How many online sites have made a big splash and then disappeared into the dustbin of history?

When Slashdot makes a big splash, that would be a valid question. Slashdot is, and always has been, a niche site that many people have never even heard of.

Re:Who really cares? (4, Insightful)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#40681067)

When Slashdot makes a big splash, that would be a valid question. Slashdot is, and always has been, a niche site that many people have never even heard of.

What's wrong with "niche"? Do you need the validation of mass popularity to find value in things? Do you only enjoy music that reaches the top of the Billboard charts? Do you only enjoy movies that make $50 million or more in the first weekend?

The things of value, that last, are only occasionally the things with greatest mass appeal. And those occasions should always viewed with care, if not suspicion.

When Slashdot makes a big splash, that would be a valid question.

That's my point. In the swimming pool of culture, it's the big fatsos that make the biggest splash, and they often expire young.

I've read obituaries for slashdot since I first started lurking here more than a decade ago. They are usually earnest, and often entertaining, and always wrong.

Re:Who really cares? (1)

morgauxo (974071) | more than 2 years ago | (#40681467)

The biggest splash in the swimming pool of culture is usually somebody peeing in it. And what is being cultured is definitely a pathogen.

Re:Who really cares? (1)

slackware 3.6 (2524328) | about 2 years ago | (#40681781)

The spash is usually the sound of a giant turd breaking the surface tension of water or perhaps some other liquid.

Re:Who really cares? (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 2 years ago | (#40681607)

I use it as a metric to determine if someone is REALLY a geek. If they know /. it means they also work on tech at home as well. Usually. If they are not a part of /. they lose my respect as a geek in general.

Re:Who really cares? (0)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 2 years ago | (#40682323)

If they know /. it means they also work on tech at home as well.

I don't. So your 'metric' is useless.
 

Usually. If they are not a part of /. they lose my respect as a geek in general.

ROTFLMAO.

Re:Who really cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40680665)

I hope you said "lasting" with great irony. Haven't you noticed this place is a ghost town?

Re:Who really cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40681191)

There are still a shit ton of people on MySpace. Probably much more than here. It is similarly a niche, particularly for a lot of music scenes.

Re:Who really cares? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40681797)

You're a fucking wanker.

Re:Who really cares? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40678811)

Hey, what have you done with your life? Huh? ... .... ..... ......
Still waiting for an answer, you p.o.s.

Re:Who really cares? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40679565)

He got married and his wife squirted out a couple of screaming runts that he slaps around, and that's what makes him a MAN and everyone else who does't have a wife and kids are just BABIES. (or hackers?)

Link? (1)

dingen (958134) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677509)

Why the hell does the summary include a link to Slashdot (wtf?), but not to the actual Reddit post the summary is referring to?

Re:Link? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677543)

Click on the link for the time..

Re:Link? (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677579)

Try clicking BOTH links to see where they go. HINT: Slashdot is only half of them.

Re:Link? (0)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677895)

Try clicking BOTH links to see where they go. HINT: Slashdot is only half of them.

Still a valid question about why a summary posted to Slashdot links to Slashdot. I think most people that are reading Slashdot already know the URL.

But my bigger pet peeve is when a summary contains five [five-berkeley.com] different [reference.com] links [webopedia.com] and you have to play "link roulette" to try to guess the one that takes you to the relevant article - hovering over them to look at the URL's doesn't always tell you which is the relevant one.

Re:Link? (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 2 years ago | (#40679459)

I think most people that are reading Slashdot already know the URL.

Sure, it's http://www.google.com/search?q=slashdot [google.com]

But my bigger pet peeve is when a summary contains five different links and you have to play "link roulette" to try to guess the one that takes you to the relevant article

Admit it, you're lucky one of those links wasn't a 15-redirect goatse or a rickroll.

This is slashdot. Slashdot editing is slashdot editing, even if TFA is about slashdot.

Re:Link? (2)

Unknown Lamer (78415) | more than 2 years ago | (#40681587)

Yo dawg I heard you liked slashdot so I ...

Re:Link? (2)

isorox (205688) | about 2 years ago | (#40683291)

Still a valid question about why a summary posted to Slashdot links to Slashdot.

Someone wanted to slashdot slashdot?

Re:Link? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40682257)

Yo dawg, I heard you like to slashdot...

Washington Post? Fish wrap is now doubly-doomed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677519)

"digital media R&D skunkworks group"?

Given it's the comPost, it sure will stink.

Nifty (3, Insightful)

RyoShin (610051) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677521)

That sounds pretty nifty, and I wish the best of luck to him, but Slashdot seems to have really lost its way without a Taco to command it.

Re:Nifty (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677587)

people have been bitching about slashdot posts for YEARS. Nothing makes this year without CmdrTaco any different, really.

Re:Nifty (2)

datavirtue (1104259) | about 2 years ago | (#40681655)

Bullshit...I've seen plenty of bitching in the past and I didn't know what people were complaining about really. These days? I see what the bitch is about. In the past when people bitched it was not reflected in the activity. Now, activity is much lower than usual.

Re:Nifty (1)

Tough Love (215404) | more than 2 years ago | (#40678807)

Huh? It seems pretty much the same as it always was. Except the Natalie Portman trolls moved on to other subjects more their own age.

Re:Nifty (1)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 2 years ago | (#40681605)

Slashdot lost its way while Malda was leading it. Long before he left, Slashdot had given up fact checking, spellchecking, dupe checking. The only thing they cared about then, as now, was a headline that drew attention. Didn't matter if the story was true, or had already been posted twice in the previous 24 hours, or was a copy of a press release pasted into a SEO optimised blog. They still look out for any opportunity to bait Creationists and gun nuts into 600 post flame wars though.

Lost Luster (3, Interesting)

DaKong (150846) | about 2 years ago | (#40681863)

I have been an ardent /. fan since early days. When CmdrTaco left I was emotionally affected, as if my brother was moving to the Moon and I'd never see him again. And all these years the naysayers and haters have railed against Jon Katz and goatse and dupes and spelling errors and such when I've considered them idiosyncracies that make the place more genuine than your typical corporate clone news site (tm).

I still read Slashdot for the comments, same as always, because I still learn about areas I don't know much about; but, several recent misadventures like that goofy business portal make me think there's some jackass MBA PHB at the parent company who knows absolutely zip about science, technology, intelligence, or, heck, even the Slashdot community and who's spending every waking hour scheming how to pump-and-dump this bitch. That makes me very, very sad.

Re:Nifty (1)

Werni (748659) | about 2 years ago | (#40682495)

yes, a shame that he left.

Re:Nifty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40682691)

IMHO Slashdot lost its way when KDawson was allowed to use it as a soapbox for endless political jabbering. Again, just my opinion. It was at that point I left my old account here and stopped making contributions to the site. I'm back but I still don't submit anything. I just don't see the value in it anymore.

AMA? (4, Funny)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677627)

I'll probably get howled out because I shouldn't be allowed on Slashdot if I don't know, but what does AMA stand for here? Against medical advice?

Re:AMA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677675)

Ask me anything :-)

Re:AMA? (4, Funny)

sentientbeing (688713) | more than 2 years ago | (#40679433)

Ok. What does AMA stand for?

Re:AMA? (5, Informative)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677681)

"Ask Me Anything"

It's a recurring thing on Reddit for celebrities.

Re:AMA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677719)

Or any Anonymous Coward with an interesting story can do an AMA, as long as you have proof...!

Re:AMA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40678021)

This Q+A brought back memories:

G_N_A_A: Why did you found the GNAA and can you tell us anything about the inner workings of this incredible organization?

CmdrTaco: Ok, so I said AMA... but I guess I lied. You can't handle this one.

Re:AMA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40678095)

And in the same vein, "AMAA" is "ask me almost anything."

Re:AMA? (1)

Forever Wondering (2506940) | more than 2 years ago | (#40678961)

"Ask Me Anything"

It's a recurring thing on Reddit for celebrities.

For some celebrities, it should be both: "Against Medical Advice" you can "Ask Me Anything" ...

Re:AMA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40679311)

It's a recurring subreddit where anyone can do an AMA. The vast majority of AMAs are not celebrities. It's probably one of the most innovative things to be created on the internet in years.

Re:AMA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40680895)

for anyone! there are far more interesting everyday people to ask questions of.

Oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40684149)

So, which celebrity is answering questions this time?

Re:AMA? (1)

TimHunter (174406) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677723)

Let me http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ama [urbandictionary.com] that for you:

AMA
It is an acronym for "Ask Me Anything". It is usually seen on Reddit. Redditor: I work at the Pentagon and I survived 9/11. "AMA"

Re:AMA? (1)

TXG1112 (456055) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677741)

It's a Reddit [reddit.com] thing. Stands for Ask Me Anything.

Re:AMA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677779)

American Motorcyclist Association

Re:AMA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677949)

You're asking not because you don't know, or can't look it up. You're asking because you want people to think you don't know anything about Reddit and are therefore better than.

Re:AMA? (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 2 years ago | (#40680123)

Maybe not wise to admit it, but I really don't even know what Reddit is.

Re:AMA? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 2 years ago | (#40683267)

It was started in the mid 2000s as a link sharing site similar to digg, but with a better discussion system, probably inspired by slashdot. It is now a far better site for discussions than slashdot.

Re:AMA? (1)

Briareos (21163) | about 2 years ago | (#40683585)

It's a seal of approval for quality meat [ama-marketing.at] .

I'm just wondering how much palms must have been greased for CmdrTaco to still get it after all these years...

np: Giardini Di Mirò - Time On Time (Good Luck)

Wrong place to do a Q&A (4, Insightful)

hessian (467078) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677697)

Reddit, Digg, YouTube, and FaceBook have a standard of comments so low that Slashdot looks like the Encyclopedia Brittanica in contrast.

Perhaps we can get CmdrTaco into a forum with more standards, or just do the chat in cryptocat and post the result here.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677765)

He could have, you know, done one here, but then again, nobody really reads this site.

Also he is most likely a pedophile so reddit seems like a good place for him to chill.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (2)

Tough Love (215404) | more than 2 years ago | (#40679021)

Slashdot is increasingly cited by, if not mainstream media, at least the next tier.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (1)

AlienIntelligence (1184493) | more than 2 years ago | (#40679241)

Slashdot is increasingly cited by, if not mainstream media, at least the next tier.

Citation please

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40679663)

I was once kicked from the CNN IRC chat when I typed "first post!" while they were broadcasting live.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (2)

pieisgood (841871) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677797)

My feelings exactly. If I had mod points I'd give them instead of commenting.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677921)

If you follow the link, there are plenty of interested and supportive questions and comments being asked.

Meanwhile, everything here is jokes, insults, and general negativity.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677955)

Well there is a good reason he didn't suggest CmdrTaco do his QA here after all.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (1)

Tough Love (215404) | more than 2 years ago | (#40679055)

...everything here is jokes, insults, and general negativity.

Maybe you should add an automatic -2 for funny as I do. Much of what makes it past that is actually funny. Sometimes spit on coffee on the keyboard funny.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (5, Informative)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677945)

Reddit, Digg, YouTube, and FaceBook have a standard of comments so low that Slashdot looks like the Encyclopedia Brittanica in contrast.

Reddit is huge, and at least the sections I frequent, have very high standards in posts and replies. I mostly frequent /r/askscience/ and /r/science/
My experience is phenomenal, especially after being "trained" by the awful Slashdot editors. The replies on Slashdot are, of course, great and the only good thing about the site, but the reddit sections I most follow have a higher average quality.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (1)

bitt3n (941736) | more than 2 years ago | (#40678387)

quite true. with the exception of r/spacedicks that place is a cesspool

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (2)

blind biker (1066130) | about 2 years ago | (#40681823)

with the exception of r/spacedicks that place is a cesspool

Punctuation is your friend; use it.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40678537)

You have to log in to remove some of the default groups that seem to bring Reddit's quality down, such as the insufferable /atheism or other trendy ones. If you can setup your filters correctly it's not a bad site.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40679133)

So OP statement stand true. Majority of reddit and especially ask/ama are below average quality.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40682721)

People on reddit take themselves waaay to serious.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (3, Insightful)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677975)

You're assuming he left on good terms....

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40678031)

It's spelt "Britannica". So what are the standards like on Slashdot, then?

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | more than 2 years ago | (#40678981)

Yet when I same the same thing "Reddit is the Digg of /." I get down-modded... :-/

The funny thing, the sub-reddits are actuallly great -- good S/N, almost non-existing spam/trolling.

Its just the main page is a constant circle-jerk.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | more than 2 years ago | (#40679755)

Actually in my experience the sub-reddits aren't that great. It's the sub-sub-reddits that are good. Eventually no one will be able to find anything because it is buried deep in the hierarchy.

Slashdot has the best commenters... (4, Interesting)

teadrop (1151099) | more than 2 years ago | (#40678989)

I spent a greater part of my life reading Internet comments, here's what I found...
Hopelessly dumb:
Yahoo News, Newswine, Foxnews, CNN, MSNBC (pretty much any news site), Youtube (depends)
- By reading comments from these sites, you will lose all hope for mankind

Dumb but not hopeless:
Cnet, Endgadget, Verge, Facebook...
- It does not speak well for mankind but we still have hope...

OK:
Wired, Washington Post, Huffington Post

Best quality comments:
Slashdot, New York Time
- There is intelligent human out there!

Re:Slashdot has the best commenters... (1)

Buchenskjoll (762354) | about 2 years ago | (#40683141)

You must be kidding about Facebook. That should be in the "is this really written by a human?"-category. I'm not a Facebook user myself, but Facebook comments sneak in everywhere I look, and I can't believe how dumb they are. For instance this site http://heltnormalt.dk/rydforsiden [heltnormalt.dk] , which do grotesque bogus news in Danish. There is always some Facebook sucker who doesn't get the joke and think it is real. And to make it worse, Facebook replaces Danish words der, da and i with there, the and I. It is a disgrace and I can't even turn it off, even though I'm not part of the closed party, that Facebook is.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (1, Troll)

kiddygrinder (605598) | more than 2 years ago | (#40679591)

increasingly i find reddit to have a much higher standard of comments on it than slashdot. on slashdot there's a real theme of "everything sucks, especially if it's new or been posted about more than twice in the last month" on reddit there's almost no hate and depending on which sub-reddits (especially askscience) you are in you can find some really interesting stuff posted.

digg is pretty much dead, youtube isn't even really a comment system, you might as well turn those off and facebook depends entirely on who your friends are so you really have only yourself to blame.

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 2 years ago | (#40683427)

(Score:2, Troll)

Yay for the slashdot moderation system!

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (1)

kiddygrinder (605598) | about 2 years ago | (#40684029)

meh, i'm getting modded down for having an opinion someone doesn't like

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (3, Interesting)

FrangoAssado (561740) | more than 2 years ago | (#40680107)

If you only see the posts on Reddit's front page, you might get the impression that Reddit is really dumb. You'll also be missing a lot of good stuff.

I'll give an example: there was a story a while ago saying that a kid in Germany found an equation to solve a (pretty basic) open problem in classical mechanics. The discussion on slashdot [slashdot.org] had some good comments, a lot bickering about unrelated math stuff and the obligatory comments denouncing the American educational system (moderated +5 insightful, naturally).

On Reddit, this post on the "Math" sub-reddit [reddit.com] (which sadly got nowhere near the front page) also generated a lot of inane comments, but also some really good stuff:

Re:Wrong place to do a Q&A (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 2 years ago | (#40683289)

Reddit, Digg, YouTube, and FaceBook have a standard of comments so low that Slashdot looks like the Encyclopedia Brittanica in contrast.

I disagree at least WRT reddit. Reddit has none of the first post and GNAA trolling. The moderation system works to fast to give it any voice. The article yesterday about the guy who got bashed in McDonalds had racist statements all through the slashdot thread, and little like that in the reddit version.

Reddit? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40677743)

Only paedophiles use reddit.

Cmdr Taco we knew ye well (0)

wbr1 (2538558) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677777)

How time have changed. Entropy is real, you have gone from /. To WaPo and reddit. What's next? Digg? Myspace? 4chan?

Re:Cmdr Taco we knew ye well (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | more than 2 years ago | (#40679697)

Nah. 4chan is where Taco will migrate his MegaTokyo account to.

Title half correct (-1, Troll)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677781)

Editor-at-Large

Editor? Certainly not. Large? Most probably.

Reddit? What's that? (0)

sootman (158191) | more than 2 years ago | (#40677835)

Is it like Digg? :-)

Re:Reddit? What's that? (5, Insightful)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 2 years ago | (#40678591)

Some people say Reddit killed Digg, but most people would say Digg committed suicide.

Washington Post Social Reader (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40678427)

Cmdr Taco contributed to one of the more annoying social readers out there? I hope he contributed to its demise. Otherwise, -5 Karma.

plugging G+/twitter to grow popularity (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40679977)

Looks like he's just trying to get followers on g+ and twitter. He mentioned them in a dozen replies. I suppose if you've got a smidgeon of celebrity, you may as well try to use it to climb further up the ladder. But if it's just him posting links he finds himself like everyone else on g+, it has none of the advantages that /. did, namely we the contributors.

My review of Cmdr Taco (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 2 years ago | (#40680633)

Cmdr Taco.

No new ideas. Less editorial ability than Ben Bradlee. Lame.

Blast from a past (1)

NickisGod.com (453769) | more than 2 years ago | (#40681113)

Gosh, this is my first post since 2008. I can't believe how time flies. Sometimes I think about Slashdot. Most of the time I don't though. ...but it was my go to site for many years when I was boredd.

Nowadays I hit Reddit when I am bored.

Wow! When did user ids get longer than 6 digits? That's craaaazzzzy!

Re:Blast from a past (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | about 2 years ago | (#40683861)

I see reddit mentioned often on slashdot. Everytime I'm like "Since slashdotters mention it, it must be a very good tech site". And everytime I look, I'm immediately appaled, thinking I'm looking at 4chan. Here's what I currently saw at the frontpage of reddit:

Well shit... (i.imgur.com)
That's correctRehosted webcomic -removed (i.imgur.com)
Dead mayflies at a gas station in Minnesota. I think I'll pass. (i.imgur.com)
A NYC man is suing to protect his First Amendment right to flip cops the bird. He had raised his middle finger for "one to two seconds" to cops who had just passed him, only to be arrested by another cop who saw him. They charged him with disorderly conduct and causing public alarm and annoyance. (nymag.com)

So, can someone tell me: In what way is that more interesting than slashdot?

Re:Blast from a past (1)

Archenoth (2592069) | about 2 years ago | (#40686027)

Reddit's default homepage is horrible, I'm not going to beat around the bush about that... But when you sign up, and find subreddits you like, you can add them to /your/ frontpage, and usually, the most upvoted content (The stuff people like) from each of those subreddits gets aggregated onto your front page, meaning if you have made subscriptions according to your interests, it's /far/ more interesting than most sites.

The default subreddits are often there because of people that just want to quickly browse for a quick laugh or two, but if you are looking for more insigtful content, subreddits like /r/science (http://www.reddit.com/r/science/) look a lot more like /.'s homepage. You can edit your subreddits after you log in here: http://www.reddit.com/reddits/

Re:Blast from a past (1)

Roujo (2577771) | about 2 years ago | (#40686089)

reddit is really a collection of sections pertaining to different subjects, called subreddits. As such, your experience on reddit will vary wildly depending on which subreddits you subscribe to, as they each have difference themes, rules and degrees of moderation. For example, /r/pics is pretty much a catch-all place for any midly interesting picture, and as such posts there probably won't lead to deep, insightful discussion in the comment section. However, if you swing by /r/askscience, you'll get a whole other experience. The moderators there strictly enforce the rules and quickly delete any off-topic jokes and memes, leaving only on-topic comments. /r/iama, where CmdrTaco posted, contains Q/A sessions from people ranging from celebrities to normal people with interesting stories. There is a huge amount of subreddits, so you'll probably find a bunch that are to your liking. /r/tf2 for Team Fortress 2. /r/nyc for stuff about New York City. /r/comics for, well, comic strips. /r/technology for tech news and discussion. There's /r/programming, /r/buildapc, /r/talesfromtechsupport, /r/football, /r/philosophy... There's a subreddit for pretty much everything. Of course, it also means that there will be a lot of subreddit that you don't care about. Just don't subscribe to them and you won't have to see those posts. A big part of reddit is tailoring your subreddit subscriptions to whatever you'd like to see. If you don't do that, you'll only get the default subs, and judging by your comment here I'd guess you're not happy with those.

So if you want to see if reddit can be interesting for you, my advice would be this:

First, go to this page [reddit.com] , which lists which subreddits you'll see on the front page [reddit.com] . If you have just created an account, you'll be subscribed to the default subreddits. Look at the posts in each one and decide if you want to keep seeing content like this. If not, click the "unsubscribe" button near the top of the sidebar and boom, it's gone. Just this step will generally increase you reddit experience greatly.

Next, you can search for a topic [reddit.com] and look at the subreddits you find. If you'd like to see more, subscribe, then search some more until you feel that your front page [reddit.com] contains stuff you're interested in.

That's pretty much it. I like that system, but as with everything, YMMV. =)

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