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What Should We Learn from Reddit?

It seems obvious from site activity over the beginning of the week that much of the reduction in participation here is due to attrition to reddit. I am hoping to have a friendly thread about what people LIKE about reddit and what it gets right that MetaFilter could learn from. We’ve had plenty of threads about what people don’t like about Reddit, and I ask that people respectfully understand that’s not the purpose of this thread. Lots of mefites are back for the first time in a long time, and it’s wonderful! What can we tweak so that we become Internet Home again? The increased activity on the front page has been invigorating.
posted by Bottlecap on Jun 14, 2023 - 224 comments

Comment about Bernie Sanders and POC

Sometime around the last presidential election, someone linked to a post made by a POC explaining why they thought that POC were less likely to support Sanders than they were to support Clinton. The gist of it was that POC were more likely to support the political and economic conditions already in place because those systems were relatively predictable, and unpredictable systems were more likely to redound to the detriment of POC. I'm pretty sure the post was on Reddit, but I'm not positive. I also don't think this was in a megathread because I don't think the megathreads even existed yet, but I'm not sure. Can anyone help me out?
posted by holborne on Sep 19, 2019 - 3 comments

Subreddit recommendations

On a tangent from the MeFi post about Reddit, and specifically comments to the effect that, once you avoid the obvious trashfires and big mainstream forums, there are some quality subreddits: what are some subreddits that MeFites have found particularly worth following/getting involved in, especially ones that one might not stumble across on a casual visit to the site?
posted by acb on Feb 13, 2019 - 74 comments

spinoff sites

What are the unoffical spinoff sites? There's MetaChat - "an informal place for MeFites to touch base and post, discuss and chatter about topics that may not belong on MetaFilter." MonkeyFilter, GameFilter - "A good post to Gamefilter is a link or set of links to something that is related to gaming, gamers, or gaming culture." and MeFightClub - " started way back in ye olde 2007 as an offshoot community of Metafilter (a site where members are collectively known as 'Mefites', and that's how we get to 'Mefight' Club), dedicated to having a safe, groovy place to hang out together and play and talk about the games we love." Are there others?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 2, 2016 - 40 comments

Ask A Librarian

MeFi's own jessamyn [retired] will be having a Reddit AMA on November 24 at 11AM. That is all.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 23, 2015 - 99 comments

Proper deletion or "Metafilter VS Reddit" bias?

This post was deleted for the following reason: Sorry, framing this as side-taking in some kind of notional Mefi vs reddit thing isn't great, the imperative at the end isn't really Mefi form, and "here are just a bunch of random good things from reddit" is too loose a net
I guess I'm not seeing the editorializing. Bad call in my opinion: I thought that this post was precisely "Best of the web". What does the community think?
posted by growabrain on Nov 21, 2015 - 86 comments

instantly recognisable classic askme answer pirated on reddit

Looks like reddit wasn't smart from the very beginning - this famous AskMe reply was copied on reddit WTF.
posted by Mistress on May 30, 2015 - 208 comments


Given this FPP about reddit's racism, and with the notion presented in that thread here, I'd like to float the idea of a blanket ban on links to reddit on the Blue. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Mar 11, 2015 - 306 comments

Web 1.0 dinosaur Metafilter modernizes, slowly

MetaFilter calls to mind a bygone Internet age... Think of it as reddit for grownups.
posted by y2karl on Oct 1, 2014 - 154 comments

How would you clone Metafilter? (kinda)

If you were naive, hubristic optimistic enough to want to set up a metafilter like site, but with a specific focus, how would you go about doing that? I don't mean Mefi as a whole with the wonderful subsites, just the Metafilter.com part? If there off the shelf free (or cheap) software that could do the job, whilst also be scalable or is it a question of "Stable, Secure, Cheap pick two" ? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Aug 12, 2014 - 49 comments

Mathowie should do an AMA

MetaFilter is a long-running site with plenty of long-time members, but it's always stayed fresh through a slow and steady influx of new users to add new perspectives and replace those who've left. With the recent slump in Google traffic, we should consider ways to more actively promote the site elsewhere, in order to maintain this healthy growth and make sure the site and its values do not become complete unknowns to newer generations of web users. In that spirit, I've acquired the subreddit /r/MetaFilter and given it a fabulous CSS makeover with loads of informative links on MeFi history and culture. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 14, 2014 - 84 comments

I originally thought this was a site about Meat.

I don't care about your misreadings. [more inside]
posted by cell divide on May 20, 2014 - 177 comments

Reddit AMA, FPP

So I know the feelings about Reddit here. But there are some truly stunning AMAs that I think would make great FPPs, and a good bunch have. I thought to post this one today, but jeffburdges did a far better job than I ever would so I'm glad I didn't. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Oct 1, 2013 - 48 comments

Better dead than Redd! Reddshit, not threadshit!

I was quite surprised when I realized that this absolutely brilliant comment hadn't been sidebarred. [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Aug 21, 2013 - 2 comments

I realize that "best of the web" isn't a hard and fast rule...

... But how is a reddit thread worthy of an FPP? [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Aug 20, 2013 - 87 comments

Chuck P.

Chuck Palahniuk is being very clever over at Reddit.
posted by mecran01 on Apr 17, 2013 - 5 comments

Oreo Blue

Oreo Blue? Really? [more inside]
posted by doreur on Feb 27, 2013 - 231 comments

Matt Haughey talks about why Facebook is like AOL in the '90s, and the best and worst developments in online communities

The Verge: MetaFilter founder: Reddit's 'creepy stuff' shows how hard it is to run an open community [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Dec 12, 2012 - 230 comments

Adam Savage Prefers Metafilter's Format

Adam Savage's AMA on Reddit might not be noteworthy here if not for This Comment: "I feel seriously so dumb about the reply thing. I'm used to the format on Metafilter."
posted by Blake on Sep 30, 2012 - 56 comments


Obligatory complaint about the AMA post deletion [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 29, 2012 - 251 comments

MetaFilter vs. Reddit 3 in 3-D

It's that time once again--the London Mefite contingent is going to do battle tonight with Reddit in an epic pub quiz. It's a smaller crowd this time, with only nine of us confirmed, but it's still enough to do two teams. Come by and cheer us on, or do so here. As usual, one of us will be posting updates at the halfway mark and afterward.
posted by Mr. Bad Example on Aug 6, 2012 - 81 comments

Regrets, I've had a few

Looking for a comment thread that I believe may have originated at Reddit and was linked here: stories from men talking about how they (often painfully) missed clues from women who were interested in them, and the agony and regret when they realized what was actually happening at a later date. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Aug 3, 2012 - 40 comments

The Mefi guide to Reddit

Some mefite has a great guide to reddit on their user profile, that talks about getting rid of the default subreddits and a bunch of other tips that are good for a new reddit user. In fact I want to point a new reddit user to them, but I can't find a link to that user! Does anyone recall who it was?
posted by mendel on Jul 25, 2012 - 35 comments

Facing the Auditors

Metafilter's own Charles Stross: Ask him anything (Previously on the blue, seems like it might be a better fit here)
posted by Artw on Jul 2, 2012 - 99 comments

Single link reddit thread?

We know where reddit is, don't we? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on May 3, 2012 - 140 comments

Reddit trivia rematch

Good morning westerners! In just over four hours, our Trivial Special Forces will reassemble in central London to do battle with our arch-nemeses, Reddit, in a re-match after we mopped the floor with them last time. Current IRL thread here. Any MeFites in London are encouraged to come along and participate and/or cheer us on. Live updates in this thread will follow I'm sure, though we will go dark during the quiz. Tally-ho! [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Feb 6, 2012 - 143 comments


Reddit will be blacked out for 12 hours on January 18th in protest against SOPA. Will Metafilter be doing similar?
posted by Artw on Jan 10, 2012 - 339 comments

We Could've Hit the Bigtimes

A fairly popular thread on the Blue of a month or so ago has been picked up by Warner Brothers. No credit to us -- that goes, rightfully, to the original Reddit thread, but fun to see all the same.
posted by rtimmel on Oct 14, 2011 - 92 comments

Another academic study of online communities

For those interested in academic studies of online communities, here's a new one: “Don’t feed the troll”: Shutting down debate about community expectations on Reddit.com. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Aug 14, 2011 - 76 comments


I'm seeing Reddit stuff being posted as FPPs on a daily basis. Nothing wrong with Reddit, it's awesome, but I don't get why Reddit is never given any credit. I think giving credit is one of those things that makes Metafilter a nice place and it makes it possible to follow the related Reddit discussion. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 28, 2011 - 159 comments

Ow! You broke MettaFiltter!

I like reddit, and I have an account it, but do single link reddit FPP belong on the blue? [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Mar 16, 2011 - 74 comments

Just curious about how these corners of the internet intersect

Curious about cross-pollination from Reddit [more inside]
posted by cubby on Jan 26, 2011 - 91 comments

render unto reddit

reddit is a great site and a great community - and it provides a ton of FPP content to metafilter - which is also a great site with a great community. When we create an fpp sourced from reddit can we acknowledge the source as in [via]? Sure, if the post was created independently of reddit, then no issue,but if you did grab the slyt from reddit then it would be nice if you attributed accordingly.
posted by the noob on Oct 1, 2010 - 109 comments

blue_beetle's comment on reddit

blue_beetle's insightful comment on how the Internet funds itself has prompted a front-page reddit post.
posted by spiderskull on Sep 12, 2010 - 84 comments

We refuse, you effuse

I don't know if this is to be celebrated or bemoaned, but a thread closed for self-promotion on Metafilter is now the second most popular link on reddit. [more inside]
posted by Valet on Apr 21, 2010 - 42 comments

AskMe answer makes it to reddit.

The best AskMe answer ever recently made it to reddit. It was, of course, upvoted as the best answer.
posted by taumeson on Nov 4, 2009 - 56 comments

Do my subreddits qualify for MeFi Projects?

MeFi Projects Question: Can I post links to some subsites I've created on reddit? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 28, 2009 - 21 comments

Just curious...

Dear Reddit: Please help me save my son. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Mar 25, 2009 - 189 comments

9/11 was an inside job

"Submitting a link is akin to writing a little paper for school."

"I just went to MetaFilter and the top link is "How many goats are you worth?". Is that more intellectual than the entries on Reddit?"

"I hate, hate, hate it when they put multiple links in single words."

reddit discovers Metafilter.
posted by plexi on Aug 9, 2008 - 160 comments

You do read digg and reddit, don't you?

Regarding the the derail in the Google Translation System post. It was proposed that - to paraphrase BeerFilter - posts which contain material from other popular websites shouldn't appear here. [more inside]
posted by Richard Daly on Oct 23, 2007 - 65 comments

AskMe mentionned in a Reddit post.

From a front-page post on Reddit this morning, here's a "Massive list of sites all self learners should know about" that includes a link to Ask Mefi, under "Questions"
posted by growabrain on Jan 14, 2007 - 48 comments

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