I know this place has been dead for around a year now but I think it is a phenomenal idea that can be put to good use. You'll notice the sidebar has been updated with what we're about now.
The tl;dr to the changes are
Anyone can post now
Users can submit their subs for review
Users can submite their reviews for any sub
Basically, mods can post their subs here and then we as a community can review them, and tell them how they can improve. We still have the old system too, however, so feel free to submit your review for any sub you want.
I'm still expecting serious discussion and well thought out comments and submissions. Low effort and non-constructive pieces will be removed with no warning, so put some time into your reviews.
Hope everyone's having a nice December, and happy reviewing.
This is mainly a review of the people in this subreddit, not the moderators, I hope this is the proper sub to put this post in.
Well, I didn't have very positive experiences on this sub.
For one, everyone seems to expect you to have a huge knowledge of history and will treat you like an idiot if you don't have a huge knowledge of history. These guys act like I should know each little teeny tiny detail about WW2. And that I should spend hours of research before posting. I get wanting to see an informed post, but getting mad at someone who doesn't spend tons of time researching is pointless.
Basically, I made a post about Walther Wenck, a German general in WW2. Long story short: In the fall of Berlin, he decided to make a push through Soviet lines to help civilians and hopeless soldiers escape. He saved roughly 250,000 civilians and thousands of more soldiers. I said that I considered him a war hero for this, and boy did nobody like that.
Apparently, helping hundreds of thousands of civilians does not help relieve the fact he was a Nazi (which, mind you, he did not save the civilians for, he knew all hope was lost). And I was continually addressed as though I was stupid. I got called "terribly biased" and was told "you didn't put a lot of thought into this, did you?", even though it was easily 500 words long about what he did, going in detail as well.
The fact I got downvoted for expressing this opinion is sad. Only 2 people (out of the roughly 10 commenters) wanted to actually discuss what I said, and they didn't just downvote me for having an apparently unpopular opinion.
Pros: 1. Moderation seems legitimate. 2. There are some people who will actually have a respectful debate with you, and are open-minded.
Cons: 1. People on this subreddit tend to downvote for no good reason (simply disagreeing with the person etc.). 2. People tend to talk down to you if you do not show high proficiency in history and are not asking a question (stating something, or accidentally getting something wrong). 3. Those who often dwell this subreddit seem to have very high expectations of your knowledge in history, and it feels rather unwelcoming to people like me, who love history but aren't full-blown historians.
Overall rating: ★★★☆☆
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Sure, it might be hard to follow all this, because german is not everybodies first language, but i try to give you a review based on my experience (!)
I usually post on several politic subreddits, including international news-reddits and also r/europe. But i wanted to get into discussing more local issues. Since all other subreddits had same quite nice people around sharing well tought opinions, i hoped, that r/de was the same. Hint: it wasnt.
I made just 1 post, about media having a little clash against people in a certain area due to right-wing beliefs of those people, and...lets say the media conpletely exaggerated. Stating this, i was immediatly greeted by "fuck you!" posts, i was called a nazi, that talks "fascistoid bullshit" and obviously that i think that "its okay that people are killed on a daily base in germany and houses are burning every day and literally thats all my fault" (hint: its absolutely not like this and i also dont think like this).
Then i got banned by a mod because i am obviously a troll, a nazi and being downvoted. The ban included a message from him, telling me that i'm "a troll", in words, that (according to some online survey in germany) only nazis would use. What a weird world.
Living in germany, i can see connections to overall conversation-culture in this country: opinions are strong and immovable, and dont you dare to say one nice or even neutral word to something that might just be a little right wing. Basically, in most cases r/de seems like a german-political tumblr.
So if you go to this board, dont try to put your finger on problems, that are anti-right.
My rating for this board: political-left/10
Edit: words are hard
"There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking." -- Benjamin Franklin
/r/alcohol tries to be a place to discuss alcohol related news, mixed-drink recipes, and other things related to the sauce.
A community for 8 years, complete change of management 9 months ago. 22,244 subscribers.
Rules (recently revised) strictly (but not blindly) enforced.
Basically, are we doing okay as a subreddit?
This sub seemed pretty generalized, allowing people to make posts on anything from problems talking with S.O.s to sexual issues. I'd raised a personal hygiene issue to find advice on it, and was subsequently told that I couldn't post it because it was 'meta complaint'. The only problem is I have no idea what that means, and the only thing I can think of is that the post was removed because it detailed an older man dating a younger woman.
A few people gave advice but it immediately brought out lots of trolly types who suggested "perhaps you should date an actual adult".
The only problem is I was/am. It was like getting hate mail immediately for who I was dating. I'd reported those posts, and although they were removed, my original post was as well, and the only reason was 'meta complaint'. I asked them to explain why they considered it a meta complaint, and got silence. Silence usually indicates a bogus claim.
tl;dr, they don't like seeing people ask for relationship advice between older men and younger women.
I got banned from r/uncensorednews for leaving a comment that only said "via Breitbart is all I need to know" which seemed like a pretty harsh response. Then today I see another article that seemed outrageous, and guess where it was from...Breitbart.
This subreddit is for vulnerable people who have suffered parental narcissistic abuse therefore, sensitivity of replies is compulsory there. I'v been posting on this sub for a while now for support when dealing with current and past issues of my narcissistic family. Had the odd idiot who doesn't understand the forum rules post something which does not follow community guidance and it's been removed as requested.
However, today I posted the post was nothing out of the ordinary from what i'v posted also it was extremely similar to a post i'v done before. Well I must of hit a sore spot of a moderator and the turmoil of vile verbal abuse in my "block" report was substantial.
Another redditor saw this and commented on the disgrace of the moderation team were. This comment of support was deleted and I was openly accused by the moderator in question for having a "double account". Apparently they requested further information from Reddit wonder if she will appologise when she finds out it actually was not.
The key points of narcissism are
Verbal abuse Gaslighting False accusations Gaining the support of others to help with the abuse Threats
All of the above tactics were present in the posts from the moderator. I was informed by my therapist to not use these forums as some victims become narcissist and moderating boards for support are a big interest to these types of individuals as they have the chance to gain power and control over vulnerable individuals. I think I'll be listening to my therapist more now.
I decided to look into other posts this mod had made and they were all harsh abrupt threats. Not quite as bad as the one she'd felt the need to send me but they were all basically unsupportive and insensitive.
Anyway on the whole the mods are horrendous but there were some very nice redditors who were in fact victims and i'v made a couple of good friends and now a new one from the girl (my double) who supported me against the mods all of which watched the drama unfold and will not be returning. We have each other to help now without worry of random abuse.
My advice to anyone is never use forums like this when you're feeling especially upset or vulnerable. Seek medical help or therapy first a blow like this to someone in a bad place is not what you need and could make issues worse. I was told by a support worker they shouldn't really be set up if the mods aren't correctly trained however it is difficult for them supporting establishments to moderate the whole internet.
There are some complaints about the similarity of some of the challenges--"in here is a LOT of 'find a link for me to buy X'. I mean yes it still qualifies as Gold is given as a reward, but we ain't Personal Assistants, y'know?"--greedeater. This was the only comment on submissions, so otherwise everything seems fine.
There seem to be a few recognizable users and a generally polite community, though the submissions don't usually easily lend themselves to discussion.
The main mod seems to be "the most vigilant and active, but the reasoning behind this is because he quotes "I'm an attention whore" lol."--Pyr0m4n14c44. Otherwise, people who don't give gold seem to be banned within a reasonable amount of time. There weren't any complaints about the mods.
Top post: I just don't care about myself.
You see a lot of the same stuff on the subreddit but with different answers. Everyone there is trying to change or to try to be helpful into changing someone.
"If you submit content here, it will be read. There is a small group of people who try and stay pretty active and responsive. Be ready for a little dose of honesty if you're looking for someone to help you figure out getting disciplined." -Tyryneasaure
"In the same manner that dumb questions receive dumb answers, serious questions receive serious answers. Subscribers who want to impeove their own life through pursuing discipline, often strive towards that seriously." -PeaceH
As you can tell by not only going to the subreddit and looking at the posts, but to actually check out the comments, you can tell that the submissions are usually people looking for help and getting help. A lot of the posts are about the same, with people just generally getting out of laziness.
Without the community, the subreddit falls.
"I would like to see more community interaction, possibly team challenges or community goals." -EdmondDantes_
"It seems the topics fall in the same categories and don't really provide insight. It takes more than a to do list and calorie counter sometimes." -rnmarks
"If i could compare it to a workforce, i'd say there are a lot of engineers here, but instead of a lot of quiet, hard working people trying to figure out schematics, mechanics and configurations, we are all just trying to figure out how to live our lives in an optimal and individual method." -Tyryneasaure
The community, while looking to be great, actually seems pretty one-sided and thus kind of bland and seeming to be all-knowing by the second quote.
The mods play a huge role in the sanity and control of the subreddit. Sadly, the moderation bit is always usually left out and very bare in comparison to community and submissions.
It's hard to find what the users think about the moderation. In almost every subreddit, the other categories are commented on more often than the moderation category. We are sure that the mods usually do and help against trolls, but with no real data or proof it's hard to tell. It gets our complimentary, NEI mark.
While the submissions got a good start in the review, the others had to fall and couldn't keep up and support its high mark.
It's been about 5 months since the last subreddit review and I'm finally back out of hiatus. I can't speak for any of the other mods but I plan on posting about 2-3 times a month (more or less). A big problem is the lack of support from some subreddits and that's a big fear actually getting very few responses.
The posts on NSQ are generally pretty creative. Usually some people might be like "huh, why didn't I think of this" or "wow this is so easy to understand." But generally there is going to be at least a few posts there that might help some people understand some things.
"The only things I can think of that would improve the sub would be a requirement for sources on more professional topics ( history, science, anything someone might aquire a degree in. Another suggestion is to add an FAQ, I don't think this sub has an excess of repeated questions, but it couldn't hurt to implement it none the less." -nafoozie.
"Search function before posting"/"No repeat questions" should include something about at least a cursory googling. All too often, I can paste the exact topic question into the engine and the answer is literally the first hit. At least try on your own, and then ask here for further clarification." -PocketBuckle
"One of my favorite pre-bed hobbies is to read through todays questions. Sometimes they give a chuckle, sometimes I catch myself saying "Oh come on, how can you not know this?". But most of the time, I find questions to which I don't have the answers, or things I never even thought about, and that drives me into the thread to see the answers." -Qieth
NSQ has some solid posts from my personal experience. A lot of the time the posts are actually quite interesting. Don't take the word of some commenters, go take a look for yourself!
The community is one of the biggest parts about a community. A hostile community ruins subreddits (not naming names). Luckily, NSQ is far from a hostile community and is very welcoming. A lot of people on the subreddit know a lot of things in one way or another. " I am often surprised at how quickly we can get a number of answers going on some of the weirder questions we get."
"Very few posts go unanswered, and many times, people post replies very quickly. My last question was answered very clearly within 10 minutes, and that sparked another question to the person answering, from another user that was reading his reply." -Qieth
"I would also like to have some backup on cracking down on joke answers. Most of the time, it's not an issue, but occasionally, someone will say something jokey or karmawhore-y and not actually attempt to answer the question, and it will end up the top post, even beating out researched responses that actually offer an answer." -PocketBuckle
The community, from my experience, has been very good at getting quick answers and answers easy to understand. Very friendly and it can be a lot of fun for some (very few) arguments and discussions.
There are good mods and there are bad mods. Some subreddits have a dozen, some have a handful. If the community misbehaves, mods always step in the way to prevent much from happening. Or at least, many bad things happening. Sadly we didn't get many responses to this category.
From my experience on the subreddits, mods rarely step up to prevent anything, because they're so well-behaved already. Can't really talk about how well mods do their jobs, but with the lack of trolls they seem to be pretty good at what they do. Whether it's the mods or community, though, is hard to tell.
/r/NoStupidQuestions is a subreddit not like many, and that's a great thing. It's not as complex as /r/explainlikeimfive and it's not like /r/changemyview. It's more laid back and generally it hits a lot of the good points that subredits should hit. And that's why it earned a 9/10.
Top image: Funny D&D Advertisment
This seems to be yet another subreddit that could benefit from some flair organization. The top complaints seem to break into fairly disparate categories. People don't like:
" 'look at some old books I just got" posts with pictures at times, or 'check out my dice collection' type posts." --tzimon
Newbie posts. One person liked them, one person did not but the FAQ was recently updated so this shouldn't really be much of an issue. If it stays an issue, the mods should open the FAQ to community editing.
"simple links to people's blogs, often with inflammatory titles. I don't really have a problem with reposting the content and providing a link to the blog at the bottom, but using them as click-bait is kind of annoying." --SionakMMT
So posts of type 1 and 3 could easily be flaired and then people who don't want to see them can filter them via RES or go to a reddit subdomain that has these posts hidden via CSS or use the search function to only show posts that don't have these tags.
Overall, while there are some complaints about certain types of submissions, there is a fair amount of praise for the non-newbie self posts.
"The only thing I'd change in this sub is the way the community reacts to new people. Although this sub manages this much better than r/dnd, we need to care and foster for our new people. People complain that RPGs are frowned upon, and that the general population will never know about how cool it is to play RPGs. If that's so, then stop downvoting people for asking what you think is a stupid question, or for wanting more clarifications than you think is needed." --WelpWelpWelpWelpWelp
This has been the only commments-centered complaint, from what I could see. Other comments praise the community and while " It's not always polite"--xanados, it's a sub that's quickly approaching 100k subscribers and for a subreddit that large having a mostly polite community with insightful comments and good self post discussion deserves praise.
"I haven't noted the moderation at all. So either it is AWESOME, or completely fails, either way, it is invisible from my perspective. The rare occasion when I see multiple posts within a week or so for the same kickstarter is one the one time I gripe to myself about moderation. But I expect a bit of that to slip through anyways, because fans will be fans." --dysonlogos
The part about moderation being invisible seems to be the consensus among the brave few souls who answered my call for help. This is by no means a bad thing--there's no particular reason I can think of that moderation has to be flashy and flashy moderation breeds contempt more often than not. A meta post once a month or two months or so would certainly not go amiss, however, and might have highlighted the community's preception of the FAQ as inadequate and discontent with the types of submissions outlined above much earlier.
Suggested alternative: none. This community seems to hold its own so far.
Hello. Before I begin, I apologize for nothing. I can't speak for /u/appropriate-username, but I can speak for myself - I forgot about this subreddit and knew that I need to do something. So, without further ado, we shall look in and see if /r/Minimalism is a subredit you should check out.
Top post: All I need...
Minimalism is very subjective. People have different opinions on what their ideal minimalist life style is. You may believe it could really cause downvotes, but generally they all have one type of minimalism in mind: clutter free.
Low repost count.
Good rule following.
Could be more posts (the subreddit isn't that big, though)
All in all, the submissions are very good. They're pretty much all positives, and you can't really change anything about the posts and frequency. It's not a huge subreddit, but there are enough posts to it.
What makes or breaks a good subreddit? A good community. You must need a good community to actually be successful - whether it's a city, country, or what, a good community is needed. How do they feel about themselves?
Lack of circlejerking ("It has gotten a lot better!" -nexe).
Friendly most of the time.
Do not frequently report spam.
Not the friendliest subreddit (" this is a community of strange people" -nexe).
In general, it is okay. Not the greatest, certainly can use improvements. Then again, this was posted almost two months ago (Aug 6 2013), so it could have changed.
Mods are what keep the subreddit going. They're just overseers, to watch how things are doing. There are 2 (3, if you count AutoMod) moderators on the subreddit. It's a medium sized subreddit, so with only having 2 mods (and AutoMod) and not have much trouble is impressive.
Rules aren't harsh.
"Seems like they believe in the true Reddit spirit of letting the hivemind take care of most things, which is great." -nexe.
"I never see any posts against the rules, but I never hear of them deleting them either." -BermudaCake (can be taken both ways)
So in actuality...the mods are great. Only two real mods on the subreddit, and they have great support from the community. It's definitely something to respect.
OVERALL: 8.5/10. The subreddit is a very nice subreddit if you are willing to put up with how subjective minimalism is. If you live the minimalist lifestyle and aren't subscribed, it's something to check out, at least. My name is /u/woflcopter, and thank you for reading.
As far as /r/changemyview's opinions on submissions go, I'd say most submissions on the page seem fairly appropriate and interesting. Some bad things are (in no order):
1) OP doesn't support their view. They say it and want their view changed without defending it.
2) Same questions are asked sometimes.
3) Some days the submissions can be slow, but no one can do much about it.
4) Submissions aren't really interesting most of the time.
Yet there are positive things:
1) Conversations in the comments are really really interesting most of the time (especially on front page posts).
2) Almost all posts are on topic (hard not to)
3) Almost all posts are appropriate.
4) "New is across the broad [sic] more interesting." - monkyyy
5) "Most submissions are thought provoking, even if unoriginal at times." - skaterfan93
Overall, it seems like they really like the submissions and they think that as far as submission quality and originality goes, it's alright. Frankly, I see the same posts a lot, but that's just me. I only go on /r/changemyview every now and then.
1) Even though it is an open minded subreddit, there is still some unnecessary downvoting.
2) "Far from being open minded, I've seen evidence of posters who would rather insult than offer meaningful commentary." - Independent
1) There are a lot of common names on the subreddit that people notice
2) "there are some ill-deserved downvotes, but mostly downvotes are used against trolls/posts that don't follow rules/arguments that don't make sense or are downright false." - Joined_Today
3) Rarely any puns/off topic comments.
Honestly, it seems like the community at /r/changemyview is one to be respected. Frequent commentors, enough discussion in the comments, and a fair amount of people who downvote things that are against the rules. Unfortunately, there are still some comments and actions by the community that take away the 1 point from perfect.
To be honest, I haven't noticed anything that the mods do that I (or the community), would say would be bad.
1) "I think the mods are doing a damn good job here. This is probably one of the most well run subreddits I've seen," - mombo101
2) Remove "hostile comments" in less than 5 minutes once it was reported.
3) Good CSS 4) Ban trolls
OVERALL: 9/10 I think that /r/changemyview will become a default subreddit, or at least a subreddit that people will respect in the future. Great community, great moderation, and great submission quality. I've been on /r/changemyview since it had 20k subs, and seeing it grow into something like this is truly amazing.
Hey /r/subredditreviews , I'm a new mod on here and I plan on making a review once a week or so.
There are some complaints about the submissions to the subreddit not reflecting the overall theme: "lately this is becoming a /r/art type of subreddit.
It makes me kind of sad. I enjoy SpecArt, but not all other types of art, so when I see something that doesn't belong here, I get a little upset." - Avir94
Satez also complained about low-quality submissions making it to the sub.
There are your given trolls, but "most people are nice and often pretty helpful." - Garret_AJ
The above complaints about content focus reflect on the moderation of the subreddit as well. Lower-quality submissions and sketches should be flaired as such, and the focus of ths subreddit should be clearly defined and enforced. I didn't get any specific comments about moderation, so I'm forced to grade based on the above.
Top submission: new Nexus 4 announced!
Top image: The lie of the century...
There have been several commonly repeated complaints in my review thread. In the interests of clarity, I'll make a numbered list (though please note that it is not an exhaustive list of complaints, just some of the more common ones). In no particular order:
There's too much circlejerking around how great android is and how bad apple is (this is probably the most common complaint).
People have complained that there are many posts that relate to google or other mobile phones (or various other things) but not to android: "Submissions are all over the place - it seems that /r/android is for anything even remotely android-related - including carriers. There are some clever people who post interesting things, though - a visit is never wasted.”-Skulder.
Some people have pointed out that there are a lot of posts that only apply to a US-audience, while the readership of the sub seems to be more global.
There have been some complaints about the sub getting too many blog posts, which "don't get a lot of upvotes, but sometimes some vacuous rumors or bad analysis make it to the front page. ”-lordhadri.
"I feel like blog posts that really just serve as portals to an app should be banned. There's a lot of self-promotions and I wish those individuals could be better directed to the 'apps by /r/android devs!' thread. In addition, reddit browsing apps (RIF, Sync, etc) should keep their announcements in their own subreddits rather than here. People wanting to promote their app should purchase an ad”-safe_as_directed
On the positive side:
While breaking news gets covered by many blogs at once, only one or two identical links make it from the new queue.
"There are also many links to first-time game makers, or other interesting Apps, which is nice."-onesixoneeight
"I also really like the recent trend of first time developers posting here, it has given me a few great apps. ”-Voganlight
"Most post titles do explain the content therein fairly well."-onesixoneeight
“Self moderation in this subreddit has been working quite well. Blogspam gets downvoted almost instantly, and good content tends to get upvoted."-Darkencypher
“The moronic monday threads are great and it'd also be neat if there were other weekly features, and a link to the most recent MM thread in the sidebar (I like how /r/motorcycles does theirs). ”-safe_as_directed
Overall, a lot of these complaints seem to be the result of a large subreddit with a lax moderation policy. Which isn't a bad thing in and of itself, but user experience in this area could be improved without going mod-nazi through link flair, if the mods made "android is better" flairs for links to things that point this out for complaint 1, "android unrelated" for complaint 2, "us-only" for complaint 3 and "blog post" for complaint 4. Keeping track of all the submissions would require a large mod team, but this shouldn't be an issue if new mods are added that don't have CSS privileges to minimize opportunities for trolling.
Complaint #1 from submissions seems to leak into the comments section as well, leading to complaints about downvotes for comments that contriute to the discussion: "Everyone compares the Nexus 7 to the iPad, while they are differently sized and specced. And to disagree with this (the iPad has an incredible app environment), means incessant downvoting even if you articulate your post. I usually try to litter my iOS related posts with examples and evidence, but that doesn't change the average /r/android reader's opinion."-stoneshwar
Arising from complaint #1: “There's some disagreement about what this sub is all about - the unifying standard is android, but for some it's apple-bashing, for others it's android-bashing. For some it's a place to speculate about future features, for some it's just a place to find out which phones are on offer. Mostly people don't hate on those in the opposite group, but it does happen. ”-Skulder
“I don't care enough to remember usernames, but I think it is great we have some skilled developers (superoneclick guy comes to mind) stopping by. ”-castleinthesand
"Downvoting is pretty reasonable here, though there are some opinions that would be better kept to yourself (like "I don't think Samsung's Touchwiz is that bad"). There are hardly any pun threads that I've seen, and most comments are on-topic (though plenty of times I see comments from people who obviously had not read the linked article!) ”-IAmAN00bie
“Generally reasonably friendly, not too many off topic comments, however at times it is a bit of a circlejerk. ”-ICThat
“There are between 10-20 users whose names I would recognize. There is a user who always downvotes everything in my MoronicMonday Threads. I don't know why. Maybe they're just hurting inside and they take it out on MM. That's fine with me :) Better here than IRL. Pun threads are at level that is fine by me. One-word comments are extremely rare. Overall, I have found that /r/Android does not tolerate rudeness, although rudeness toward the occasional spammer is not uncommon, and is obviously justified. ”- onesixoneeight
Overall, if one reads all the comments about the community, one things stands out above all else--donwnvote abuse. Pun threads and useless one-word comment seem to be at a good level for such a large sub but due to the high level of circlejerking in the sub, posting an opinion that goes against the grain seems to get you downvotes. This is a common problem in many subs but a CSS floaty box that reminds people about reddiquete seems to help mitigate this problem. /android already has something like that but perhaps somehow make it stand out more, or make it fill up the entirety of the bottom of the screen? Community input should be sought on this issue, as it seems to be pretty much the only thing standing between the sub and a great (for a sub of its size) comments section.
Inconsistent moderation: “You asked a question? Pfft, go to /r/androidquestions . Oh, nobody answered you there because there's maybe a dozen people that actually go there to answer them? Well fuck you too then.” –OmegaVesko
"To note: Some of the things that are against the rules are posted because the subreddits where they would belong don't have as many users.”- jigglebling
“This is an issue that bothers me. The rules need to be changed or enforced. I don't care which.”-demeal
"I think the links at the top should be more visible and should feature r/androidquestions. The same way r/gaming does it.”-castleinthesand
“I'd like moronic monday threads to be more consistent. At regular and predictable times. Sometimes it's Sunday evening, sometimes it's Monday afternoon, and one time it was even Tuesday. What craziness!”-rampantdissonance (ED note:appropriate username)
“Actually, I think weekly is a bit too long. If at all possible, a daily or every-other day Q&A thread would drastically reduce the amount of questions. Maybe someone could set up a bot (mod-sanctioned of course) to do this. The problem with a weekly MM thread is that after the first day, nobody will see the thread anymore on the front page so new questions will probably be largely ignored.”-IAmAN00bie
“Speaking of the sidebar, this sidebar is a huge mess. Some mouseover boxes would be helpful, but I think a lot of the content in the sidebar would be better served by a wiki (see /r/mechanicalkeyboards and see how they do it). You can really simplify the sidebar and make it less of an eyesore, making it more useful for both new people and regular visitors (/r/bicyling probably has my favorite sidebar in terms of informativeness and usefulness). Moderatorship: I think I accidentally included my opinions on this in other categories. I feel like the mods are fairly professional but I would like them to be more active in removing posts.”-safe_as_directed
“I am very happy that images and memes are banned from here. It encourages discussion. ”-castleinthesand
"All of my interactions with the Mods has been excellent. They have been prompt in replying to my PMs; they are courteous, supportive, and professional. I don't know how ban-happy they are. I have seen, on a number of occasions, a Mod removing a comment and replacing it with something like "this is not acceptable behavior" or something to that effect. I like that. I can't comment on how often flagged submissions are removed, but when something inappropriate comes up, it disappears fairly quickly.”- onesixoneeight
Overall, there seems to be some people commenting on the lack of mod presence but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. What is bad is inconsistent application of rules--I completely agree with demeal in this regard. Inconsistent rules leads to favoritism and should be avoided if at all possible; therefore, greater emphasis needs to be placed on /r/androidquestions. There is also a large amount of CSS customization, which is great, and memes have been banned which is also great. Stemming from #1, though, I agree that question threads should be regular and absorb some of the impact from question threads no longer being allowed. Also see my comments in the "submissions" category, which are unfortunately mostly moderation-related.
Suggested alternative: /r/trueandroid. Doesn't have a lot of subscribers and submissions, but does have a potential to be a safe heaven for only android-related news, while the main sub bears the brunt of the blogspam.
"a place to discuss the tools, technique and culture of the craft."
The submissions are somewhat interesting, though good submissions are not quite as numerous as they could be. The common consensus seems to be that about 1 in 10 links are actually interesting, though most posted content is relevant to the subreddit. The most common complaint with submissions (which is going to be echoed in other sections of the review as well) is beginner questions--there is a weekly questions thread for those but people don't like it when people new to photography ask questions outside of the weekly threads. The voters seem to be doing a fairly good job of sorting the content though: "Lots of self text that are rehashes of probably the same dozen questions, which get helpful replies but are left to linger in /new, while the stuff that makes it to the front pages tends to be more links to external websites, blogs and announcements and reviews and the like. Very few links directly to photos. Titles tend to vary from fair to excellent" according to PhoenixEnigma. Overall, the ratio of interesting links could be higher (though it is a fairly big subreddit so one's expectations shouldn't be too high) and some sort of flair/tagging system should be implemented to not only promote good content but also help people filter out (or, alternatively, highlight) questions from beginners to the field but otherwise the subreddit subscribers do deliver at least some content people deem worthwhile and there don't seem to be any irrelevant posts.
Despite the frustration with users repeatedly asking the same questions, the veterans in /photography seem to be very helpful to newbies. As mentioned before, there are weekly threads where people new to photography can ask questions and there is even a mentoring program for those who need more personalized assistance (the only one of its kind, as far as I am aware). jippiejee has only seen one message asking for a new mentor, so the program seems to have been successful. There is also some sense of a community in the subreddit--DatAperture and PhoenixEnigma have both said they recognize 10-20 usernames of regulars in the subreddit.
Discussions in general seem to usually go in a fairly amiable manner: ""Lots of new photographers come through here, most get fairly cheerfully helped, albeit with somewhat canned responses for common topics. Discussion tends to be fairly brief but not lacking in quality....Comments tend to be polite, fairly well thought out, and disagreements tend to end amicably. Memes/image macros/pun trains/etc are very rare." according to PhoenixEnigma. RococoModernLife also agrees: "People are really helpful. Sure there's the occasional troll, but people are generally great. Earlier today I had a fun discussion about buying equipment with someone who had the exact opposite philosophy, and it was great."
The biggest problem with the community, besides the newbie questions, seems to be downvoting--"Just a note: an upvote in /r/photography is worth about 10 in any other subreddit. People are very tight with their upvotes, and very quick to downvote. I commonly see incredible writeups loaded with useful information get single digit karma scores while silly puns and one liners regularly garner triple digit scores in the mainstream subs" according to sonicbloom. PhoenixEnigma agrees as well: "There does seem to be a fair amount of downvoting, but more in a broad sense than particular comments or submissions being downvoted to oblivion." For more on the downvotes, this recent thread would probably be a good resource.
Overall, the members of the subreddit are very helpful and there seems to be very little drama and disagreement in the subreddit, despite (or maybe because of?) the above-average downvoting and the few obligatory trolls in the community. The mentor program, a good number of regulars and weekly newbie-question threads demonstrate the dedication of the community to not only discuss professional photography but help others to get to a level where they can do so as well.
The mods of this subreddit seem to comment fairly frequently but, as mentioned above, seem a bit too cautious when it comes to utilizing new additions to reddit to improve their community. While there is an appreciable amount of CSS customization (dropdown menus, multiple submit buttons to guide readers, sidebar customization and a custom header), the mods have not implemented link flair (which would be a tremendous help in isolating newbie questions), nor user flair (though whether this particular feature is important, especially in a photography subreddit is obviously somewhat debatable), nor have they done any work on the wiki (the FAQ link on the sidebar leads to an empty page at the time of writing). While the common consensus seems to be that the mods aren't too visible in the subreddit and they seem to be well-liked by the community of /photography (there were zero direct complaints about moderation), it is, at least partially, their reluctance in taking advantage of the aforementioned features that seems to be the root of most of the complaints mentioned in this review. Overall, while the moderators have done a good job with the CSS of the subreddit, writing up their original FAQ, going a good way towards helping their community help newbies through weekly question threads and a mentoring program and are probably cognizant of the problems mentioned in the review because they are active in the community, some problems with submission organization still remain. edit: there is apparently a private metasubreddit dedicated to discussing these problems but the talks have obviously not been enough to resolve these issues. The sub is a good one but from an outside perspective, it seems just a few more mod-supported steps away from the zenith all mods should strive for, a subreddit where everyone who replies to my thread has zero or very few complaints.
Here is a link to the mod comment in my review thread.
Link to the wiki page of this review, with the unedited comments of the people who replied to my original thread.
So yeah, I haven't really done anything for this sub in two months, mostly because of those nightmares I've been having of some kind of a 3D world where you have to go places and have to do things outside of typing and clicking on blue links. Weird, right?
Anyways, on to the news:
I have been looking for contributors since starting this subreddit but am now looking for moderators as well. I'll leave this up for a bit and then ask around in /r/writing and /r/modclub in that order. I'll need mods to help with the CSS of this subreddit as well as making requests for comments in various subreddits, the compilation of said comments into categories and perhaps the writing of the review itself. If someone else does that, I might have enough time/desire to actually contribute to this sub.
The wiki system has been unlocked for public consumption but it has two main detriments: 1) there's no comments section and 2) there's no search. I will take advantage of it nonetheless--here's my latest review on the appropriate wiki page. I will also probably start submitting links to these wiki pages rather than self posts containing reviews, which should take care of the wiki's detriments. it'd be great if eventually you could type subredditreviews/wiki/subreddit and get an in-depth overview of why that subreddit is good or why it sucks and you shouldn't subscribe to it. Perhaps I'll even add wiki contributors rather than mods, IDK.
This is much less important than the other two things, but I decided to try adding quote sources in the review itself rather than the comments section. What do you guys think? Does it take away from the flow of the review?
I made /r/modrants, hopefully it'll make it easier to get participation going in the discussion of moderation on reddit and give me a good idea of what subreddits I should review. I'll advertise it after I post some of my own rants up and maybe change the alien if I can find a good picture.
Well, that's pretty much it. I'd appreciate any comments on these changes and thank you for staying subscribed :) Hopefully, if I get some other contributors, this sub will be less dead from now on. If you know anyone who would like to write a review, it'd be great if you could refer them to me as well :)
TL:DR: I'll try to revive the sub by getting more mods/wiki contributors, I opened the wiki and posted a new review and am now putting quote sources in the review.
The place to catch up on all the Reddit that you missed while you were sleeping, eating, vacationing, or otherwise.
Top picture (picture of the day from the second highest /dailydot post): Unreal picture from WW2
kmmokai makes a new self post on his subreddit daily, for five days a week. Every post (or "digest," as it is referred to by the community) has around seven bulleted links to reddit submissions (and short descriptions thereof) that kmmokai and/or the other mods deemed interesting enough to include for that day's post. Some posts also have an "in other news ..." section with additional links with information about reddit's happenings. Each daily post also features a "pic of the day," an image posted elsewhere on reddit that's picked through an unclear selection process to be featured in the digest. The final component of each digest is "Hottest subreddit;" this was formerly ostensibly chosen using redditlist.com's sorting features, but ever since the site went down and reformatted (getting rid of its hot/upcoming reddit features), u/kmmokai has used stattit to choose the subreddit.
Unlike in /weeklyreddit, both user-submitted links and self posts are allowed but this feature is very rarely taken advantage of by subscribers--on the front page, the only submission not by a moderator is the one I made asking for information for this review.
Overall, the content of each digest inside this "reddit within a reddit...a shorter version of /r/tldr" has been described as "interesting and informative...that takes a couple of hours to get through."
Every submission has about 10 comments on average, unless the post is about something particularly interesting or controversial, though most of the comments are usually about typos--"People here are usually fairly polite and there is even a little game we play trying to find spelling and grammatical errors in each post." The community is good at this, as evidenced by the relatively high frequency with which the days since last observed typo ticker on the sidebar is reset.
There only seem to be a couple of regulars on this subreddit; "This community isn't really that large compared to a lot of others," although the subscriber count did get a bump after a post on it got linked on /bestof.
Overall, there isn't much community participation but there doesn't seem to be a lot of downvoting or fighting amongst the subscribers either; additionally, "it's quite rare to see off-topic comments here.... (Although even the comments themselves are rare on some older articles.)"
The moderators of the subreddit post most of its content; however, despite occasional latenesses, such as when kai did an AMA, the subreddit does a better job than /r/TLDR at posting content regularly and in a timely fashion. Kai writes about reddit and the internet as a full time job and is usually open to posting suggestions. He also occasionally writes non-digest content, such as a RES user guide.
Other moderators also sometimes post digests but quite rarely. They also often leave undistinguished comments on submissions and "do a pretty good job of interacting with the community fairly." Bans and ban-worthy comments seem to also be extremely rare, if there are any.
The subreddit has a fair amount of CSS but it does a good job of staying out of the way of functionality and blending in with reddit's classical look.
Overall, the /dailydot mods seem to "do a very good job."
A free-ish space for the latest starcraft news and the mostly uncensored opinions of the masses about the game and its happenings.
Top picture: Starcraft II plane
/r/starcraft makes use of the reddit hivemind to provide frequent updates on StarCraft (hereafter referred to as SC) games and news. Submissions include "news of results from tournaments, or reposts from players' twitters, or something hilarious or cool, or high level players offering their help to lower level players, or alerts about pros streaming." Additionally, there are videos promoting tournaments, as well as video interviews with Starcraft players.
Other submitted content includes links to website or downloads to help people become better at the game, as well as customization files (i.e. maps), pictures from tournaments, and suggestions for game deisgn for SC developers.
Reposts seem to be fairly rare. Every now and then there also seem to be fundraisers "for the greater cause, esports."
The new queue seems to contain many noobish and/or previously discussed questions about the game, as well as many stream advertisements but the knights of new seem to do a good job of filtering those out from the front page. "New is not necessarily worse, but stuff that has less appeal basically." Every now and then, some circlejerking, elitism, etc. seems to make the front page as well (as well as some contriversial posts that may affect one's employment status). Submitted content seems to revolve traditionally around the actual games (interviews, links to streams, etc.) rather than high-level strategy discussions, which take place in other appropriate subreddits.
Overall, submissions for the site tend to more or less revolve around the news for the game: "What's happening to the pro level gamers, big movers and shakers, the next big tournament (or next big player), self-promotion of streams and coaching, the newest controversy, etc. Fairly standard tabloid-style subreddit."
There seems to be a fair amount of circlejerking and trolling in the /SC comment sections (it should be noted that there was a troll comment in the post I made asking for community input for this review but they were swiftly pointed out to me and downvoted) but, as is with submissions, "the reddit format is key for discussions and real time interaction." This is something of a double-edged sword, however: while the format is conducive to timely discussions about breaking events, it also tends to help drama, rumors and witch hunting spiral out of the control (as is, admittedly, the case with many active, large subreddits). This can be viewed as a positive as well: "It's unfortunate, and has cost some people their jobs, or their reputations, but it also makes for a lively board here." This "liveliness" has been partially attributed to a perceived clash of generations, with both mature players and teenagers participating in the game and both having different perceptions on societal norms and accepted speech: "So most of the clashes occur when an issue like women in Starcraft is brought up, when a player uses "faggot" or something like that on stream. [A part of] the community think he's perfectly normal and you can say whatever, the other [part] think[s] it's terrible."
There is also a sense of closeness within the community: "the StarCraft community has a knack for feeling small and tight-knit, and everyone knows everything... And of course they argue like children... it's an online community after all, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a community full of people more passionate and dedicated to what they love than this one. " This closeness is supported by reported friendliness to /SC noobs: "if someone posts asking questions saying they are new they'll usually get a dozen or so responces of people wishing them good luck, offering to help them learn the basics and offering resources."
Overall, "everyone has their own opinion and will defend it against other peoples' opinions. Throw in the occasional jokes, game complaints, jealousy [and/or competitiveness] at other games (particularly the League of Legends community), and some drama and that is the subreddit community at large.....[nonetheless], the dedication and love of the game this subreddit displays is unbelievable at times, even if the majority of this subreddit only spectates and no longer plays."
A moderator has commented on the thread I posted for input for this review; in the interests of not being biased, I will not include it in this summary but you can read the comment here.
The mods on /r/SC seem to generally stay in the background, which is appreciated by the community: "I'd say mods are doing their jobs quite well, considering I've yet to encounter one that oversteps their boundaries." Mods don't seem to abuse their powers either: "I've not heard of anyone getting ban that was not an obvious troll." They perform their duties well, deleting various "troll topics, reposts, etc." in a "reasonable amount of time, and they're especially active when tons of spam threads start popping up during major tournaments."
One user, however, noted that mods overestimate their own presence in threads and opined that "some of the rules they create don't make a lot of sense (such as the fluff rules)"
There is also a large amount of CSS customization in the sub, from custom game-related user flair, to a custom header, custom upvotes and submission styling, and flair categorization for every single post.
Overall, unless some replies to my thread were removed or I just didn't ask a large enough sample of users, I didn't really recieve any criticism about modding (besides the comment mentioned above, but I would be surprised if there wasn't someone dissatisfied with a rule in a community as large as /SC). If anyone would like to note otherwise, please comment below or PM me. Nobody's opinion will be censored here.
Pictures of robots, starships, androids and the like. Top submission.
100% image submissions. The subreddit has a fairly limited scope but for fans of sci-fi art, it should make a nice passive subscription. Only about 4 submissions a day on average but most everything that receives more than a few upvotes is worth looking at. 6/10
Every submission tends to garner a few comments. There don't seem to be a lot of comments but, according to one_giant_nostril, there are more comments than in other "imaginaryx" subreddits because /r/technology linked this sub in their sidebar. The community also tends to be fairly selective with upvotes--even though the front page looks fairly similar to /new, there are not a whole lot of submissions that break 100 votes. Here are some community-based statistics provided by one_giant_nostril:
1 out of 64 people chose to comment
1 out of 4 chose to vote
So, for every 16 people who upvoted, 1 person decided to comment
Banned users: Zero
One giant nostril seems to comment a lot; the mod submits content semi-regularly and doesn't let their submissions crowd out everyone else's. Nostril seems to be fairly active on reddit as well. The other two mods aren't very active on the subreddit. One_giant_nostril, the mod of this subreddit also commented on the spammed submissions:
Very few submissions make it to the spam filter. Personally speaking, I only see one or two every week. 32 submissions in 7 months have been sent to the spam folder, which includes those that were already there owing to reddit's own algorithm.
The creator of this subreddit, /u/EeeKitties has also made a FAQ with many resources for finding appropriate images on the internet to post to the subreddit. The FAQ also lists a ton of subreddits related to /imaginarytechnology. The subreddit has a custom header but there doesn't seem to be much CSS customization otherwise.
For those interested in reading one_giant_nostril's full, unedited thoughts about the subreddit he mods can see this comment that I took excerpts from for this review due to a lack of outside data.
Jrkv has started this subreddit on december 25th, 2011 and has since posted groups of five or more subreddits every week, occasionally grouping some subreddits around a single theme like "moderators special" or "subreddit networks."
Every week without fail, a self post by the (only?) admin of the sub with five low-subscriber subreddits. The mod does a fairly good job of finding interesting subreddits and uses theme weeks to help diversify content. 8/10
If a subreddit mentioned in a jrkv post invades the sub, a post gets lots of comments; otherwise, participation by the community is minimal and submissions usually tend to get 0-4 comments; there are no regulars on this sub as far as this reviewer can see. 3/10
The two mods listed in the sidebar are "jrkv" and "jrkv1." The latter mod is just a puppet of the former and jrkv has done a wonderful job with the subreddit's CSS (though placing the sidebar on the left may be confusing for some) and has not failed to post a self-post on time for almost a year. Jjkv also seems very active on reddit, is open to suggestions for subs to feature and replies to concerns in their posts. 9/10
From wikipedia: The (vocaloid) software enables users to synthesize singing by typing in lyrics and melody. It uses synthesizing technology with specially recorded vocals of voice actors or singers. To create a song, the user must input the melody and lyrics.
Users have since made many music videos for songs made with the software; this subreddit has many of the videos and various discussions about the industry that's developed around the software. Due to where the software originated, a lot of the linked content is in Japanese, though English subtitles are usually available.
Mostly Hatsune Miku and other Japanese vocaloid videos (Hatsune miku is the most popular vocaloid/voice and crypton future media, the company that made Miku, has since released different voices with the software with other mascots). Also some vocaloid videogame discussion and vocaloid art, as well as a meta post every now and then. Quality of content tends to vary greatly (though whether you like a posted song obviously depends on one's music taste) but there aren't a whole lot of meta posts and the songs that get more than 30-40 upvotes are definitely worth a listen. There are some reposts every now and then but they are usually downvoted into skyrim. Due to the fairly low subscriber count and the effort it takes to find good videos on youtube (a lot of them have titles in japanese), as well as the desire by the subscribers to post only quality submissions (as evidenced by this discussion) there aren't a whole lot of submissions per day--about 15 or so. (8/10)
Since this is a fairly small sub, the community is a tight-knit one and a lot of the same people usually tend to comment on posts. Upvotes tend to get used more often than downvotes and everyone is usually friendly in the comments (though there aren't all that many). People upvote fairly conservatively in this sub, with many more submissions getting less than 20 upvotes than those that get 50+. (9/10)
The subreddit only has one mod, firez_hn, but with the amount of CSS customization the subreddit has, as well as with all the info on the sidebar, the flair icons and the youtube playlist of /vocaloid's most upvoted songs, one might think firez_hn shares their account with a team of people. Firez doesn't submit a lot of content themselves but is fairly active in the various discussions in the sub and on reddit in general. (10/10)
Author(s); appropriate-username, vocathor