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The best of Reddit - SCIENCE[edit]

I'm surprised that there are no science subreddits in "The best of Reddit", like r/science, r/askscience , r/physics etc.. — Unsigned, by: ‎ / talk

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Should we add r/Collapse to the “worst” of list? — Unsigned, by: Spacehillbilly / talk / contribs

CringeAnarchy should be mentioned in prominent awful subreddit.[edit]

It’s a neo-nazi shithole that somehow gets progressively worse. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs


So, apparently, this subreddit split off from r/HistoryMemes after the end of a meme war with r/Animemes. Looking at their posts, it seems like they kind of have alt-right sympathies. Also, they apparently doxxed someone in their current meme war with r/Ottoman. They seem to use the term SS in their fight and for their Discord server, and they're reaction to the whole "Remove Keb@b" thing and Christchurch appears to be "Welcome, brothers!" Should we add them to the alt-right section? RoninMacbeth (talk) 15:38, 17 March 2019 (UTC)

I mean, the name alone. ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 16:05, 17 March 2019 (UTC)


Worth adding a section on this subreddit, which is the home of horrible takes as to why a [national] socialist "class struggle" must unite the working class by being misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, and racist. — Unsigned, by: / talk


The latest in racist dogwhistles. Ugh. Worthy addition? Zero (talk - contributions) 13:33, 7 May 2019 (UTC)

This reddit now appears to be banned but still might be of historical interest. CogitoNotStirred (via telepathy) (talk) 00:13, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
Added a section about them. The Crow (talk) 17:26, 11 December 2019 (UTC)


@Marisam do u have any evidence for what u wrote in [1] EK (talk) 12:54, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

r/The Donald[edit]

It's quarantined. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 18:57, 26 June 2019 (UTC)

'Best of Reddit'?[edit]

Are crappy subreddits really just a minority on the site? The "long tail of Reddit being an amazing place" sounds like a very dubious opinion and could use a deletion...German Tourist (talk) 05:01, 3 December 2019 (UTC)

They are. It's just that due to the nature of Reddit (it's basically really good at aggregating content and very little else) means that it's relatively easy to exploit by shitbags (for example, artificially pushing posts to the frontpage through brigading the same post, something which r/the_donald did until the admins literally had to invent a new version of the frontpage that excluded them and a couple of other political subreddits. The change in question was however clearly motivated by r/the_donald). Crappy subreddits tend to be minorities on the site in terms of user percentage (the Venn diagram of "people who post in crap subs" and "people who post in non-crap subs" is not quite separated, but it comes close, which causes a strange dissonance where the majority of the userbase seems to actively dislike them and semi-regularly wants them to be removed from the site, but the site's administration refuses to take action unless the subreddit gets negative light in the news media (and if it's not r/the_donald, which pretty much has a free pass on breaking site rules because Reddit doesn't want to deal with the blowback they would get in conservative media if they banned that subreddit). The Crow (talk) 17:16, 4 December 2019 (UTC)
One only needs to browse the top Reddit lists by subscribers to see this. I think the biggest truly shitty sub-reddit (read: beyond the usual Internet drama) in the reddits by subscribers list starts at /r/Conspiracy, with about 1 million subscribers. /r/funny by comparison gets 26 million subscribers. Something like /r/MGTOW/ may be holy shit toxic, but they only have 137k subscribers, beaten by such subs as /r/ABraThatFits/, /r/bindingofisaac/, and /r/trailerparkboys/. Soundwave106 (talk) 18:52, 4 December 2019 (UTC)


Reasons for r/latestagecapitalism to be on the best of reddit? (talk) 19:25, 10 December 2019 (UTC)

Not sure. I certainly wouldn't put it there. LSC is pretty much a self-admitted echo chamber for Far left (as in, real far left, not the reactionary snarl version) ideology (hell, their sidebar explicitly states that "pushing a counter-narrative" is not allowed, which to me has hallmarks of subreddits on the other end of the ideological spectrum which ban users for tangential reasons and looking around, they have similar banning practices[2] as those subreddits) and I distincitvely recall tankies being a common issue there. Unless someone has a serious argument to keep it, I don't think it belongs there and it might even belong in the Commies section of Other fairly awful subreddits. The Crow (talk) 16:46, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
None of that is an argument, Late Stage Capitalism helps with pointing out the bullshit that comes from capitalists. Liberals are idiots, and there's no reason to hold dialogue with reactionary bigots. Oxyaena Harass 16:51, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
Just to let you know your centrist bullshit is gonna get reverted. Oxyaena Harass 16:56, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
Oxyaena, please relax. I'm not going to remove or change anything unless I can get community consensus. This is just my read (and that's why I asked for input). However, tankies tend to show up on posts that hit my frontpage and they frequently seem to go unmoderated. Something which tends to go along with a case of capitalismdidit (blaming all issues in our society on capitalism, even when it's not automatically warranted to do so) being a common trend on things that get posted to LSC. Also, I'll point out that according to American politics, I would not be a centrist. The Crow (talk) 17:22, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
Most of the MLs migrated to Capitalism_In_Decay after the "moderates" on the mod team did a coup (talk) 17:48, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
I would tend to occur that LSC is a capitalismdidit sub, too reactionary really for a "best of" to me. The term originated in reference to Marx, and it would be a good exercise for those with this viewpoint to read up on what happened to his ideas from roughly 1900-1950+. (It didn't go very well.) That being said, the capitalism-fetish pundits circa Reagan / Thatcher and onward also were terribly off (as expected, no purist economic theory tends to work well in practice). In practice, a lot of the complaints in the sub are complaining about weak safety nets, weak employer power, and monopolistic features (of American capitalism in particular), features which can be fixed without revolutions (sometimes) and are noted problems in the mainstream. However, the memes tend to lean towards dystopia and heavy far left "fuck the 1%" type. History has informed us what tearing-down-start-over type things tends to look like. Soundwave106 (talk) 18:36, 11 December 2019 (UTC)

Can I just say out loud how low the bar of entry is to be called a prominently terrible subreddit and that I'd like to see it fixed?[edit]

Stuff like r/badcopnodonut is already kinda on "Accentuate the negative" territory, but then you start adding stuff like r/Christianity which by all standards is pretty damn tame, r/Catholicism which should be on here not because it disagrees with Pope Francis but because it's basically as radical as r/TrueChristian under a more traditional Catholic veneer and the entire WTF? section of this article which just makes me facepalm because it just sounds like shameless pandering to the alt-right a la r/AgainstDegenerateSubs (right down to the "Children aren't safe" byline). Granted. I'm not anymore as ultra-confident in the site as I used to be, but all of the above are just goddamn low even by RationalWiki standards.
As for the status of r/latestagecapitalism. I don't see how this sub is much different from something like r/qualitysocialism (contrary to the title it's a right-wing pro-capitalist sub.) except for the fact that the few times I've been on r/latestagecapitalism that it has been more informative. Would be better if it wasn't included in either section imho. Hex4 (talk) 16:10, 4 January 2020 (UTC)
I don't know enough about r/badcopnodonut to say much about it. Sniped away r/Christianity, there's no reason listed. If someone finds a legitimate reason to add it, feel free to add it back with one. Feel free to fix the reason for r/Catholicism yourself. As for the WTF? section, I think that r/dragonsfuckingcars and r/cummingonfigurines wil have to go (removed them for now). Sure, they're weird (hell, r/dragonsfuckingcars pretty much exists because of the notion of "how weird can we be") but they don't promote drug use (r/meth, r/heroin and r/cocaine) or are really dubious on the notion of informed consent (r/wouldyoufuckmywife) which makes including them in the awful subs list a bit weird. Also, I think with that I'm also removing LSC from the good subs list since it seems I'm not alone in that opinion (only Oxy seems to oppose and two BoNs and Soundwave agree with you as well). Not adding it to the Commies list, since I don't think it quite belongs on there yet. The Crow (talk) 16:11, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
@The Crow To be quite honest you should make a subsection for reddits that are ambiguous like this, and I don't think that just because something's anticapitalist means it's automatically shit. Oxyaena Harass 17:12, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
I actually like r/BadCopNoDonut. Pizza SLICE.gifChef Moosolini’s Ristorante ItalianoMake a Reservation 17:58, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
There are plenty of things to critique capitalism over, anticapitalism is not an irrational position. Oxyaena Harass 18:39, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
I don't disagree with that. Critique of capitalism isn't bad by any means, but that's not why I (and others) argued for removing it from the good subreddits list. It was argued to remove it from there because LSCs userbase is very much an example of overrelying on the idea of a Golden Hammer (most relatively popular comment threads will have commenters calling for a revolution, even when it's not automatically warranted and peaceful solutions are still a reasonable option). The Crow (talk) 20:22, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
So they're larpers then? I admittedly ain't too familiar with the subreddit in question, I just thought they had good memes and posts calling out neoliberal bullshit. Oxyaena Harass 22:02, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
I had to look up what you meant with LARPer (I don't think you meant a D&D player who likes to act out their games, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) and I assume you're meaning lefties who don't really seem to "get" their ideology but would rather use it (or act like it) for the sake of being a contrarian/wanting to be one of the "cool kids"? (reference on that taken from here) If so, then yeah, LSCs userbase tends to fit that bill. The Crow (talk) 20:56, 6 January 2020 (UTC)