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Old 10-25-2019, 12:49 AM   #1
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Reddit is a massive circle-jerk

About 3 years ago, I used to browse /r/samsung and talk with people about the technical aspects of Samsung phones. If not engineers, the average user was at least technically inclined to know their way around an operating system.

/r/samsung today is ten times the size while also dumber than old school /b/. If you try to talk about modifying or manipulating you're phone, at BEST your post is ignored, and if the mob is bored they'll downvote you for being an incel hacker while praising Samsung's inane products like the DeX dock or Galaxy buds.

This is hardly a unique phenomenon, either. A lot of subreddits are swelling with uneducated fanboys who splurge about their consumer products and hobbies.

Where did all the brain go?
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Old 10-25-2019, 03:35 AM   #2
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I noticed this a bit ago with The Silph Road (Pokemon Go) subreddit. Apparently reddit has a bunch of tools for deleting and removing stuff they don't like. Which is cool if you're trying to post obscene or innapropriate stuff. The real kicker is that they have constant communication with Niantic, and so any posts that are critical of the company or call them out on obvious money grabbing/rip off schemes, get dealt with. So you're thinking, oh boo my post got deleted, I'm so angry.

No, your post doesn't get deleted. You can still see it. But only you and no one else. It makes you feel as if though you're the only one with that view or opinion, but you can't see anyone else having the same opinion as you and no one can reply to what you're saying.

Now in the grand scheme of things, Pokemon Go and TSR is a non-issue in regards to most everything in the world. But this example shows what can and does often happen on more serious types of subs (political, corperate, etc). Post anything the mod team doesn't like? Bye. Have any critisisms or complaints? Nope.

And that's why reddit comes off as a massive circle jerk. Only plusgood thoughts and posts allowed.
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Old 10-25-2019, 06:24 AM   #3
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I can imagine corporate meddling in a cutthroat industry like gaming apps. The entire gaming app exosystem is toxic, so it would make sense to illicitly have control over a social media platform that could potentially end your business. And I think part of the issue is the subreddit is perceived as having an indistinct identity from Reddit itself. Subreddits are basically independent sites that just happen to be hosted on, pull tools from, and share some overall identity with Reddit.com. That isn't normal compared to other sites.

One of my favourite blogs is, unfortunately, one of the largest on SBNation and is at odds with the political leanings of parent Vox Media. But Vox owns the blog, its brand and its employees/volunteer content. Your posts are no longer your own once you post on a Vox platform. The website loses a lot getting divorced from the brand. So it's stuck in place and subject to the whims of the parent company.

In my case, I highly doubt Samsung USA is behind the massive circle jerk party. I know Reddit tends toward this kind of thing with its format, but that doesn't explain where these people come from and why they're so obsessive now about Samsung in a bad way.

The growth of that subreddit in the past 3 years is almost exclusively due to fanboys, and drowning out all conversation that isn't Samsung banzai talk is also due to their numbers. But I've patrolled tech blogs and websites for a while now, and I've never seen these people. Where did they come from? Why are they so fanatical?
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Old 10-25-2019, 08:08 PM   #4
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Old 10-26-2019, 11:53 AM   #5
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Hey, Mozz.

Please don't tell me your kids are the ones trolling me on Reddit.
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Old 12-16-2019, 10:02 PM   #6
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Old 12-20-2019, 07:51 AM   #7
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