I have long avoided reddit because of all the negative things I heard about it over the years: the racism, right wing hate groups, conspiracy theories, and all sorts of other garbage going unchecked.
I finally signed up for an account last week (Intransitive101) to see what it’s like because of youtube video compilations, reddit posts rendered with text to speech programs. I wanted to see the groups where some of this stuff comes from because I share their POV on some of them (e.g. childfree groups, AITA stories, etc.).
After being on for a week, I have reached four conclusions:
One, it’s a corporate owned inferior clone of Usenet.
Two, Usenet didn’t have ads, and moderated groups kept out spammers.
Three, Usenet didn’t have censorship (*), and it had accountable speech.
Four, .sig files (ASCII art and text) beat customizable avatars.
(* If a company limits speech on behalf of or under direction of a government, it’s still censorship.)