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#51 Posted by musclerider (589 posts) -

I used to like reddit then I took an arrow to the knee.

#52 Posted by Ghostiet (5284 posts) -
@musclerider said:
I used to like reddit then I took an arrow to the knee.
IN THE KNEE, GOD DAMN, IN THE KNEE
#53 Posted by Milkman (16850 posts) -

Because the people there are all extremely annoying. It's pretty much an evolved 4chan. It sucks.

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#54 Posted by MikkaQ (10294 posts) -

I don't hate Reddit voraciously like people seem to, I just don't really like their sense of humor so I avoid the site in general.

#55 Posted by NegativeCero (3005 posts) -

I haven't come across the fucked up stuff (honestly I have trouble navigating to even the good subreddits period) and I don't spend much time there, but I actually like Reddit.

#56 Posted by RIDEBIRD (1233 posts) -

I just started going there to stay up to date on some games, have previously avoided it like the plague because of the horrendous design. It's really good for that type of news, but the design still is kind of awful, but you get used to it. And yeah, there's a lot of awful people on certain subreddits. I just don't go there.

Also, confession time, r/gonewild is pretty much the best porn site ever.

#57 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

Why People hate [thing] on the internet?, come on! that's like saying why the water is wet!

#58 Posted by Bocam (3764 posts) -
#59 Posted by Subjugation (4722 posts) -

Seriously though, I hate how it is a massive circlejerk of one mentality and any outside opinion or thought is crushed. The amount of blatantly fake things that people try to set up to get internet points is just so pathetic ... I can't even put it into words. I only occasionally browse r/Guildwars2 and r/Games because the other subreddits are insufferable in my opinion. And yeah, the site design extremely rudimentary. I honestly think hit it on the head. Good Guy Table ... haha.

#60 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

So this is true?

#61 Edited by chrissedoff (2111 posts) -

It's been hijacked by the same racists, misogynists, pedophiles, libertarians, pushy atheists and unfunny twits that rule 4chan. If Reddit did the right thing and moderated their website, banning all the crappy people and content, then normal human beings could have a good time there.

#62 Edited by aurahack (2273 posts) -

The default sub-reddits are garbage. r/funny, r/atheism, and r/gaming come to mind. I'll assume most people hate the site for having to see those unbearable places first and foremost. I almost quit the site because of them.
 
Then I started subscribing to some of the smaller sub-reddits, and those are amazing--both in terms of content and community. r/electronicmusic, r/formula1, r/graphic_design, r/truegaming, and r/PSO2 are some of my favorites that I subscribe to. Reddit is stupid popular now, so all the default sub-reddits are clogged with idiots, just like any popular site would be. It's nothing but circlejerking and meme pictures in those places. When you get down to the smaller stuff, it's a pretty great place to post and have proper, intelligent discussions in. It's also nice to have a single place where you can have many, if not all, of your interests condensed into one information feed. I can patch news about PSO2, F1 race updates, new electro releases, and Photoshop tips all in the same feed. 
 
I can understand it to some degree, but I feel like the hate for it is kind of the net just being the net. "It's okay to not like things. It's okay, but don't be a dick about it."
 
That said, I have no excuses for the existence or r/spacedicks or anything similar. While protected under free speech, I could certainly do without them.

#63 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

i don't like it because the design of he website is horrible. i was just looking at something there and couldn't find the rest of the images. on the bottom there were other memes that were posted.

i don't like the forced memes. memes don't suddenly happen.

#64 Posted by Animasta (14699 posts) -

@Subjugation: you should replace liberal with libertarian

#65 Posted by FreakAche (2954 posts) -

I think mostly because the default subreddits are just plain awful, and as people have pointed out, there are also a lot of seedy corners of the site. What I think these detractors fail to realize, is that there are also corners of Reddit which are helpful, thought-provoking, or just plain fun.

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#66 Posted by depecheload (496 posts) -

I tried to post on the vinyl collectors subreddits a few months ago, and even in those I saw rampant misogyny and hatred. People there love to share that one Scorpions album cover. I'm not going to share it here, just Google "disgusting scorpions album cover." I'm sure it will come up.

#67 Posted by blindisaac (141 posts) -

I dont see how some of you can say you hate reddit and then say you love 4chan. In terms of design they both arent elegant to any degree. They both are home to awful sub-reddits/boards and awesome sub-reddits/boards. The users on both sites are mixed bag of shit heads along with truly awesome, helpful people.

#68 Posted by mtcantor (948 posts) -

I used to be extremely pro-Digg (i know I know). Back in those days I hated reddit with a passion, just because it wasn't how I consumed my off-beat news or cat pictures.

I have since learned my lesson. Reddit is full of awful people, but it's also pretty great. You just need to use it correctly.

#69 Posted by CaptainCody (1508 posts) -

@N7 said:

Reddit is nothing but a hivemind. The shit people say just to get virtual internet points is fucking crazy and sad. It's sad because if you break out of that hivemind way of thinking, everything you post will get downvoted into oblivion and no one will ever see what you have to say. I try my damnedest to stay out of the "mainstream" reddits and go to things like, I don't know, Mass Effect or MGS related content. Shit I know. Shit I know people won't be stupid in. It's also a good way to keep up on information about those specific departments. But you'll still find stupid karma whore bullshit that makes you wonder why these people need to be validated by strangers on the internet, you'll find that anywhere. And don't even get me started on their fucking "memes". Hey guys here's a picture of a table, GOOD GUY TABLE THANKS FOR KEEPING MY FOOD OFF THE FLOOR HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. It's not funny. None of their memes are funny, and the ones that are came from 4chan anyway.

Pretty much this. Anyone who goes on 4chan and actually outgrew /v/ and /b/ knows the website is beyond leagues better than reddit. /co/ being my home on 4chan, I have to say it is leagues better than Giant Bombs forums itself, so put that in perspective.

#70 Posted by PixelPrinny (1030 posts) -

Well this was an entirely pointless and generic "Hey internet, why does the internet not like things?" thread.

But if there's one thing users on the GB forums love to do, it's complain about things they don't like, so props to the OP for giving people yet another place to bitch about stuff, I guess.

#71 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

@PixelPrinny said:

Well this was an entirely pointless and generic "Hey internet, why does the internet not like things?" thread.

But if there's one thing users on the GB forums love to do, it's complain about things they don't like, so props to the OP for giving people yet another place to bitch about stuff, I guess.

Can't wait for the circle-jerking comment about this very true point being turn into another "you're complaning about people complaining" .Seriously how many people you hate, games you hate , popular games you hate (or better cannot fathom! why people like this game) , [thing] you hate threads have we seen in the forums? it's like everybody is being fueled by cynicism.

#73 Posted by jerseyscum (875 posts) -

Don't like the lay out, don't like the karma system (karma should be gained over time and only handed out on rare events, not because you posted a funny story or picture) and the subjects discussed are often not interesting or the lay out makes it impossible to read it.

Karma systems are complete and utter FAIL. There's no quicker way to turn a message board into a circle-jerk popularity contest. This is one of the reasons this community isn't completely infested with the worst elements of the Internet.

#74 Posted by Mrsignerman44 (1100 posts) -

Welcome to le reddits le meme le funneh lelelelelel

That's why I hate reddit.

I'll give the niche subreddits a shot since some people in this thread kind of convinced me but fuck those really big hugbox circlejerk communities.

#75 Edited by Oldirtybearon (4825 posts) -

@angeln7 said:

@PixelPrinny said:

Well this was an entirely pointless and generic "Hey internet, why does the internet not like things?" thread.

But if there's one thing users on the GB forums love to do, it's complain about things they don't like, so props to the OP for giving people yet another place to bitch about stuff, I guess.

Can't wait for the circle-jerking comment about this very true point being turn into another "you're complaning about people complaining" .Seriously how many people you hate, games you hate , popular games you hate (or better cannot fathom! why people like this game) , [thing] you hate threads have we seen in the forums? it's like everybody is being fueled by cynicism.

Cynicism and douchebaggery are the life blood of giant bomb.

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#76 Edited by RobotHamster (4172 posts) -

I'm on reddit all the time it just depends on what subreddits you subscribe to. I don't go to the meme ones or extremely offensive ones just stuff based on my interests.

#77 Posted by CaLe (3995 posts) -

I think I've used that site like twice or something. I dunno why it's so popular.

#78 Posted by TurboMan (7560 posts) -

@Kaiserreich said:

http://www.reddit.com/r/PicsOfDeadKids/

http://www.reddit.com/r/beatingwomen/

http://www.reddit.com/r/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu/

obviously those first two are extremely NSFW.

Also, the reddit userbase threw a hissy-fit when they took down some child pornography subreddits claiming it was a violation of "free speech."

I'm going to admit to not knowing a great deal about Reddit, but existence of those kinds of pages feels like proper justification for anyone to shun it.

That's like saying you're going to ignore Giant Bomb because it has a page dedicated to RapeLay.

#79 Edited by Grilledcheez (3949 posts) -

I don't like the interface and I really don't like the responses I have read since it seems like they only care about getting upvotes.

#80 Edited by Kidavenger (3570 posts) -

@turboman said:

That's like saying you're going to ignore Giant Bomb because it has a page dedicated to RapeLay.

Wow really? I'm out of here...

#81 Edited by connerthekewlkid (1838 posts) -

Becuase you can literally take a picture of a forum or image from 4chan or any other forum much funnier and get to the front page without even knowing joke of said image besides "It came from /v/ so it must be funny for some reason!"

#82 Posted by ShaggE (6476 posts) -

It's a great site, you just need to know where to go. (hint: the subreddits on the front page? That's where most of the hate comes from)

There are countless subreddits out there that have their own distinct communities that give nary a fuck about memes and upvotes. If you use it like 4chan and avoid the cesspools, you'll find some damn good conversation and entertainment to be had.

Another nice thing is, you can easily forgo the social aspect altogether and just use it to enjoy some internet.

#83 Posted by Butano (1740 posts) -

It's basically the redheaded stepchild of 4Chan. The Reddit community thinks Reddit is the shit, while 4Chan's community knows 4Chan is shit. That's why I somewhat twistedly respect 4Chan more....

#84 Posted by Scrawnto (2452 posts) -

I basically dislike it for the reasons other people have stated. It's an ugly site (I'm sure the proponents would call it utilitarian or some such, but really, it's ugly), they've harbored scum bags in the past (and apparently present, judging by some of the other posts in this thread) and only stopped the most egregious of them when they were pressed to, and they have an over-reliance on the worst sort of lazy meme humor.

Finally, that annoying thing where they replace articles with 'le' for no goddamn reason gets to me. It was funny that one time in the End of the World flash from a decade ago, but seriously stop that.

@turboman said:

That's like saying you're going to ignore Giant Bomb because it has a page dedicated to RapeLay.

Giant Bomb still eventually decided to police the images for that sort of thing, though, unless I'm terribly mistaken. There was some complaining about that at first, but the site survived the transition more or less intact.

#85 Posted by Tarsier (1065 posts) -

i think its the general community which is part of the 4chan/somethingawful style of shiternet communities.

#86 Posted by JazzyJeff (400 posts) -

They should take away the option to downvote comments unless it's spam, irrelevant, inflammatory, etc. The way it is now, people downvote simply because they disagree, and it absolutely cripples the exchange of ideas. Some subreddits combat this by hiding comment karma for a period of time after posting, though, so that's good.

Other than that, and a few minor annoyances, it's all right.

#87 Posted by Jayzilla (2563 posts) -

people hate reddit because it is passe lik heroin.

#88 Edited by SaturdayNightSpecials (2392 posts) -

I use it all the time but I always come away feeling a little scummy. The whole culture is repugnant in a variety of ways.

There are some generally respectable niche subreddits, but the shit seeps into all of them somehow.

#89 Edited by development (2371 posts) -

Don't know how you could hate something that is far too big to ever fully explore. The front page is irrelevant; if you're using Reddit intelligently you'll subscribe to only subreddits you want and rid yourself of the trash you dislike, which for me is the entirety of the default subreddits. I check out /r/gamedev, /r/mma (kinda all bros, but better MMA discussion than you'll find in a sports bar), /r/skeptic, a number of others, and kinda help moderate /r/under10k. /r/askscience is the best thing on the internet, period, and the other subs I listed are small enough that the discussion is kept intelligent and relatively free from old jokes and memes. You get out of it what you want.

#90 Edited by casper_ (903 posts) -

i used to think of it as snobby 4chan complete with recycled memes but while i still dont visit i think lots of cool stuff winds up coming through there.

#91 Posted by Darson (451 posts) -

I find it ironic how many of the points that some of y'all bring up about why Reddit sucks is a pure reflection of many aspects of the GB community.

In any case, when is Brad leaving?

#92 Edited by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

Because it's pretty much 4chan but that somehow thinks it should be taken more seriously? Sure, there are probably some good people, sort of like how most of the staff here are all terrible people but Vinny shines through as the one true moral compass. But overall, a lot of shitty people. In large part just because it's too damn big.

I have no idea why Reddit would stop you from going onto Twitter though...

@kidavenger said:

@turboman said:

That's like saying you're going to ignore Giant Bomb because it has a page dedicated to RapeLay.

Wow really? I'm out of here...

...to go play RapeLay

@turboman said:
@superkenon said:

@Kaiserreich said:

http://www.reddit.com/r/PicsOfDeadKids/

http://www.reddit.com/r/beatingwomen/

http://www.reddit.com/r/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu/

obviously those first two are extremely NSFW.

Also, the reddit userbase threw a hissy-fit when they took down some child pornography subreddits claiming it was a violation of "free speech."

I'm going to admit to not knowing a great deal about Reddit, but existence of those kinds of pages feels like proper justification for anyone to shun it.

That's like saying you're going to ignore Giant Bomb because it has a page dedicated to RapeLay.

Not really at all, but okay, sure. Lets go with that.

Rapelay is totally the same thing as child pornography and the various other bad things on sites like Reddit. And it's represented the same way that those are represented on sites like Reddit. No difference at all.

#93 Edited by ArtelinaRose (1855 posts) -

@deusx said:

Because they just rehash old shit, It´s full of hipsters and 12 year olds who think they are funny and have shirts with "le monkey face" and "me gusta" retarded memes. Fuck Reddit. I don´t hate NSFW, that´s normal on the internet. I hate them because they are unoriginal and stupid. It´s what is bad about the internet and kids now a days. Even 4chan is more intelligent than this... Even /v/. This is just an example of a regular redditor outside of reddit. If you are a fan of reddit or it´s content: fuck you.

"Fuck you"

This, basically.

#94 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1431 posts) -

I never knew the GB community seems to have an anti reddit opinion base. I kind of like reddit and browse it when LOL matches are loading, some neat stuff shows up periodically and i like gifs of cats.

#95 Posted by Levio (1784 posts) -

Every forum has a wide variety of posters: good people, pricks, trolls, spammers, attention-seekers, crazy people, artists, and many other types. But unlike most forums where you see a spectrum of personality types, reddit's main page uses its voting system to eliminate pretty much everything but the lowest-common denominator posts which attempt to appeal to everyone. So basically you end up with a bunch of meme posts and other "internet popular" junk on the front page of the site.

I hope the 9 month wait for my answer was worth it.

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#97 Edited by Waffles13 (610 posts) -

For me it's two things.

First, it's the fact that Reddit more or less co-oped the term "meme". It used to be the idea that there's this obscure, funny and/or really dumb story that took on a life of it's own, and making a reference to it is fun for the involved parties because they (usually) understand the context and it's a fun inside thing. Note that this doesn't mean it's some super secretive exclusive thing to be "in the know", it's that there's a community of people who understand the stupid shit that get's said online and it's cool to be a part of it.

At this point, though, a "meme" is basically just a silly, one note character who is solely represented by two lines of text separated by a picture of something's head with a kaleidoscope background (or alternatively an image from a movie/game with the same text). There's nothing wrong with that necessarily, but the joke is always so immediately obvious that after three or five image macros, it has already worn out its welcome. Of course, who gives a shit if the term "meme" simply refers to something different than it used to; the issue in my mind is more that there is now a template for creating humor, and it means that "real" memes seem much more rare and anytime anything legitimately funny occurs, it is IMMEDIATELY converted into some form of advice animal because it's easier to go to Quickmeme than to be original and clever.

My other issue with Reddit is, as others have said, the circlejerk for internet points. It's most obvious in very specialized subreddits; go to literally any sub for a game franchise, movie or TV show, and 75-90% of the entries will be screenshots, gifs or videos from the subject matter, with the topic line being either "One of my favorites parts of X" or a quote from the scene in question. It's the same thing with top Youtube comments on 90% of videos, and its the same as that annoying friend you have who sees something funny and then just repeats it verbatim immediately afterwards for no particular reason. It adds nothing to the conversation, but the sad part is that somehow there are hordes of people in EVERY subreddit who apparently think "I remember that part too! Upboat!"

Now, I've gone to a number of game franchise-specific subs and had really good, in depth conversations about story beats, plot holes and speculations from the future, but any time I've ever thought of subscribing to those subs, my homepage is littered with these stupid, meaningless posts that are nothing but clutter.

It's also part of the reason that the atheist community is so terrible there; the vast, vast majority of the posts on /r/atheism have always been pictures of Patton Oswalt, Penn Jillette, George Carlin or other outspoken atheists with anti-religious quotes superimposed on them. And then, some Redditor thought they were being real clever and said "Hey, we don't need celebrities to tell us to be atheist!", and then everyone started posting shitty webcam pictures of themselves with terrible atheistic quotes that they came up with, and everyone was so on board with that idea that it literally became the only thing on that entire sub for months and months (and probably still is, for all I know). It just makes everyone look like self-serving assholes and ruins the whole idea of having a thoughtful, welcoming community when everyone can just vomit out bullshit onto a subreddit and it will be upvoted to the top over other actual articles and insightful content that requires reading to be understood.

EDIT: I should point out that I don't hate Reddit, and after culling down your subs to a very short list, it can be a good (if biased) source for news and a quick look at what's going on on the internet at any time. But as I said, straying even a tiny bit outside the most broad subs (/r/worldnews, /r/technology, etc) will rapidly devolve into circlejerks-ville, and for me it completely defeats the purpose of having a website built to let you customize your content when the topics you care about are all caked in a thick, crusty layer of image macros and garbage posts while the good topics all sink down into pages 10+.

And on a certain level, if I want pure, raw internet directly into my eyeholes, I'll just go to /b/. At least there no one is under the pretense of having intelligence discourse, and I can respect that.

#98 Edited by Kraznor (1578 posts) -

I don't, use it all the time, also through Alien Blue. That you can elect what content you see eliminates much of the criticism for me. Don't like hearing the same atheist quotes every day? Unsubscribe. Been regularly visiting for over a year and you just kind of pick up the shorthand and the stuff you really shouldn't click on (spacedicks and gonewidl, for example). My only issue with it is maybe the amount of time I spend on it. Lot of late nights scrolling through link after link.

#99 Edited by Reisz (1508 posts) -

I am of the (truly insane) opinion that not everyone deserves a voice on the internet.

Reddit not only provides a pedestal for those voices but forces them to compete to be the most homogeneous. After all, if you rank content by popularity, those inclined to be the most popular will try to tailor their submissions to appeal to the lowest common denominator. I spend enough time on the internet as it is to dedicate any of it wading through the thousands upon thousands of insensitive, intellectually bankrupt (I truly dislike that term but it fits), pandering comments just to find the original thought provoking content that I find valuable.

When I first discovered Reddit I thought it was an amazing contribution to the collective online community, then I spent a couple of hours a day for a couple of months just looking at posts and reading/upvoting/downvoting comments and came to the realisation that overall it was a waste of time. It's a shame because there is truly great content and crowd sourced acts of kind intelligence to be found on Reddit. It's just so insignificant a percentage of the whole, that I became unwilling to tolerate everything around it.

I should clarify; I don't hate Reddit. I don't think I hate anything, I think Reddit is an incredibly valuable tool for those looking to waste time and laugh at some funny stories, pictures or news. That is simply not what I wanted from it and in my opinion, a waste of it's potential.

#100 Edited by fujimitsu (23 posts) -

Reddit was great 6 years ago.

Eternal september has slowly ruined it, as it does all internet communities. Average age, education level, and overall level of discourse has gone down year after year. It started with Ron Paul and the digg influx and it's been downhill ever since.

There was a time when Reddit was a great resource full of long form thoughtful articles and programming content, essentially a less neckbeardy slashdot.