Reddit. Where To Begin?

Reddit is such a bad website. I don’t know where to begin. How about with this! They constantly beg for donations on virtually every page, and their users (not their staff members) do all of the work. If you can call it work… The users themselves are just linking to unoriginal content from other websites.

So, in an attempt to use a social network to share content, (go figure, right?) I created a new account on Reddit. Good idea? Nope. New users are unwelcome there. You’ll come to understand this if you try it yourself. If you get on reddit’s ghost ban list, they don’t even have the common decency to let you know you were banned either, you poor sap. They just make your content hidden from other users, and not from you. This way you will continue to post and attempt to participate for nothing. You may be a solid 5-10 posts in before you realize that your posts never had a chance in the first place.

You know how some websites make you type a captcha before you can create an account? Well Reddit makes you type a captcha for each post. I mean come on, a captcha for a registered member? I created this account weeks ago, and I’m still typing a captcha each time I want to participate? Here’s a classic Reddit story for you guys! I spend a couple hours producing a fantastic article for free. I decide to log onto Reddit in order to provide free original high quality content for their site! I go through the trouble of typing a well thought out and formatted title, I research the correct “subreddit” (aka category) for my post, I type up the ridiculous captcha, I read the ridiculous rules for the subreddit to make sure that my post is within the rules (which are arbitrarily chosen as if at random by hidden people). I press submit, and… I get this famous error message!

Okay, great. I just wasted all that time for nothing, my post won’t submit, and I don’t know why. I’m one, more, or none of the following :

1. I’m a new user (let me post darn it! I did your captcha!!!)
2. My posts aren’t doing well recently (whatever that means…)
3. My account wasn’t verified (why even let me access this page and fill out the form if I can’t use it?)
4. I’m not following reddiquette (Their reddiquette page is equally ambiguous!)

I “may” have to wait a “bit”?!?! What kind of vague bologna is this?! How long is a bit? Does “may” imply that it might just be a problem on their end? Or is it just something they say to soften the blow? Perhaps they genuinely have no idea! The way they phrase things on this site, it could mean anything. How would you like it if on, you tried to do something on the site, and you saw this error message?

“Your account may or may not be banned. Come back and try again after a while and see what happens. In the meantime, check your email, Facebook, and do a Google search to look for clues.”

The Reddiquette page is as confusing and vague as any other page on this site… Here are some particularly comical choices out of their 56 rules.

"Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life."

Have you seen the people that frequent this website? Reddit may want to drastically rephrase this one.

"Read the rules of a community before making a submission. These are usually found in the sidebar."

Why just usually? And why do your lists of rules keep referring to other lists of rules?! This is madness.

"Look for the original source of content and submit that. Often, a blog will reference another blog, which references another, and so on with everyone displaying ads along the way. Dig through those references and submit a link to the creator, who actually deserves the traffic."

Nobody on Reddit actually does this. Also, they don’t mention what to do if you look for the original source, and can’t find it. Do you post anyway? And speaking of blocking mirror sites… Reddit probably included this rule out of fear of competition, as Reddit is exactly like the sites that it is prohibiting its users from sharing… Typical Reddit hypocrisy!

"Post to the most appropriate community possible. Also, consider cross posting if the contents fits more communities."

I like how in the description to this rule, they throw in another clause suggesting that you “cross post”. You aren’t required to do it, you are just required to consider it… Also, nice sentence, Reddit! Can’t you at least grammar check your rules before you make them public? Can’t follow your own rules, reddit? Here, in case you forgot…

"Use proper grammar and spelling. Intelligent discourse requires a standard system of communication. Be open for gentle corrections."

Was my correction gentle enough for you, Reddit? All jokes aside, these guys are definitely not in any position to talk about intelligent discourse, or standard systems of communication!

"Consider posting constructive criticism / an explanation when you downvote something, and do so carefully and tactfully."

So is posting unconstructive criticism against the rules, or not? I still don’t know. I wonder… Would they consider my criticism of their absolute mess of a website constructive enough? Even though it didn’t end up happening, I did consider being tactful, so I’m covered there too.

"Use an 'Innocent until proven guilty' mentality. Unless there is obvious proof that a submission is fake, or is whoring karma, please don't say it is. It ruins the experience for not only you, but the millions of people that browse reddit every day."

We have yet another rule telling us how to think here. Also, “whoring karma”? This is just getting ridiculous now.

In an effort to discover whether or not my posts are actually visible to the community, I looked in the site rules. Nothing there. After doing a few web searches, I come across this sketchy page here. Apparently, there is a way to find out if you are shadowbanned. Rather than just informing you like a normal website, you have to find this obscure forum, and type “Am I shadowbanned?” exactly like that in the title and then make a post there. Only then, a bot tells you if the statement is true or false… Are they serious? This is the way the 43rd highest ranked website in the world (according to Alexa on 10-29-14) communicates with its users! Pathetic. The top post is “An unofficial guide on how to avoid being shadowbanned”… Why are unofficial guides even being featured on this website? Why not have an official guide that sets things straight? Nothing against “cojoco”, but I’d like to hear Reddit’s opinion on the matter. Everything is so shady with this site.

Merely out of curiosity at this point, I decided to try it to see if I was shadowbanned. After posting as directed, I got no confirmation message, no error message, it didn’t appear in my profile page feed, and it wasn’t at the top of the list for newest posts. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not surprised that it didn’t work. I’d have been far more surprised if it did work.

I really should stop myself now. Take my word for it that I’ve only scratched the surface. I eagerly hope this review reaches someone on the Reddit staff, so they can fix all these blaring blunders, and make their website more tolerable. I would be very happy to re-review Reddit in this case. So Reddit, if you are reading this, and would like to resubmit your website for review, please go to some webpage, and type up your appeal. Make sure it’s long, but not too long. Also, consider searching the entire internet for any duplicate content before posting it. But, you are okay to just consider it. I wouldn’t want to imply that there will be a ghost ban on your account if you don’t do it.

Aesthetics 2/5
It looks like a grade schooler created this site’s layout. Okay, that was an exaggeration. A talented middle school student, or an average high school student could have designed it. The logo is awful, the color scheme is random, and the layout is sloppy. I guess it could be worse, though. There’s always that…

Endurance/Consistency 1/5
Do means don’t, rules are suggestions, bad content gets upvotes, good content goes unseen, ordinary users and low level moderators invent arbitrary rules specific to each page... Most features don’t even work for new users, and you are considered new for weeks upon weeks. I can’t award more than one point in this category.

Effectiveness 1/5
This website is probably the least effective way to share content online. If you don’t already own one, then there’s actually no point in making a new account since new users are heavily discriminated, and even penalized merely for participating.

Impact 2/5
The type of content that does really well on Reddit is generally pretty terrible. The internet would probably be better off without most of the stuff that rises to the top of Reddits pages. The only reason I am scoring a 2 instead of a 1 is that the website is so ineffectual, that its negative impact on mankind is reduced.

-10 not unique
-5 overrated
Reddit’s Evaluation : 15/100

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