My view on Reddit



  • Inspired by @Nic post.

    I know alot of geeks love reddit, but the website is so ugly I just can't look at it. Does anyone else feel this way or is just me?



  • I don't use it on a regular basis. There are a few subs I follow but the interface is a mess and not simple at all.



  • I don't care about ugly, I care about function. I appreciate that their site is simple, fast, and that they don't redesign the layout every year for no reason at all. Same with Craigslist. Once you learn it, you never have to relearn it.



  • Yeah, I have a hard time reading it... It's ugly and visual chaos to me.. I don't use it other than to read an occasional link that Nic posts.



  • @Dashrender said:

    Yeah, I have a hard time reading it... It's ugly and visual chaos to me.. I don't use it other than to read an occasional link that Nic posts.

    Agreed. Most of the time I click Nic's links but I get so distracted and leave. It's just too ugly for me.



  • @Nic said:

    I don't care about ugly, I care about function. I appreciate that their site is simple, fast, and that they don't redesign the layout every year for no reason at all. Same with Craigslist. Once you learn it, you never have to relearn it.

    I don't mind CL, but I just can't do reddit.



  • I think if Redit just added some white space I'd be OK with it. It's all crammed together so close, I have a hard time reading line to line without drifting to the wrong line.



  • @Dashrender said:

    Yeah, I have a hard time reading it... It's ugly and visual chaos to me.. I don't use it other than to read an occasional link that Nic posts.

    Same here, I find that it is very hard to read and impossible to follow and since it does not update well you are left wondering if it is being used or not, then you update and you can't find all of the places where someone has been posting.



  • @Dashrender said:

    I think if Redit just added some white space I'd be OK with it. It's all crammed together so close, I have a hard time reading line to line without drifting to the wrong line.

    That would help.



  • Obviously their model works as it is one of the most active places on the internet. Maybe I am just weird, but I hate the whole look and feel.



  • @IRJ said:

    Obviously their model works as it is one of the most active places on the internet. Maybe I am just weird, but I hate the whole look and feel.

    So is Yahoo Answers. If "most active" is the goal, then I guess it works. But you can make a free porn site that would be "most active" if that is all that you care about. If you want quality interaction, does it work?



  • There are a lot of browser plugins that are designed to make the reddit interface better/easier/friendlier. I've never used them as it seems odd to have a browser plugin for just one site.



  • An avatar would help considerably for me. It's much easier to remember a picture vs a screen name.



  • @coliver said:

    There are a lot of browser plugins that are designed to make the reddit interface better/easier/friendlier. I've never used them as it seems odd to have a browser plugin for just one site.

    And implies that you care more than the site itself does.



  • @IRJ said:

    An avatar would help considerably for me. It's much easier to remember a picture vs a screen name.

    Do they not even support them? If feels to me like a site that gave up long ago.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @IRJ said:

    An avatar would help considerably for me. It's much easier to remember a picture vs a screen name.

    Do they not even support them? If feels to me like a site that gave up long ago.

    I am not sure, but if you look at posts on there, everything is just text. No avatars



  • @IRJ said:

    I am not sure, but if you look at posts on there, everything is just text. No avatars

    To me the screen always looks like a screen of gibberish. I go on there sometimes for different AMA things and it always seems just awful. The conversations are messy, people get ignored, the whole thing is impossible to use. A big, huge effort AMA gets, for example, less conversation than this thread about how bad their system is.



  • The downfall of reddit for me lately had been the fact that they're running it into the ground with censorship and bad management. The general manager who made it successful left when he saw the writing on the wall that the board was going to squeeze the site for money now that it was so big. After that they ship is being run by fools. I've been spending a lot more time on voat.co lately.



  • @Nic said:

    I've been spending a lot more time on voat.co lately.

    One of NTG's sister Columbia websites 😉



  • I rarely look at a forum or community (whatever you wan't to call it) and say damn that site is ugly. The purpose of a forum is have useful information. I have seen some pretty weak looking forums, but overall it hasn't bothered me because they have a few basic things.

    Avatars - Like I said before you get to know someone by their avatar more than you do by their name. You eventually pickup on names too, but an avatar is what catches your eye and that is how I remember someone

    Categories or Subforums - Reddit has this, but its hard to find. I like to have all the categories on the homepage so I can know right away if the site is useful to me or not.

    Replies or Quotes - Reddit has this as well, but it generally takes you on a rabbit trail when you read 50 replies to single response. In a traditional forum, the main focus of the topic keeps going and you are only drawn away from it when somebody is quoted. Even then the main focus of the topic is still there.



  • Reddit suffers from being "one community for everything." Which makes it easy to be big, but essentially impossible to be good.



  • @IRJ said:

    Avatars - Like I said before you get to know someone by their avatar more than you do by their name. You eventually pickup on names too, but an avatar is what catches your eye and that is how I remember someone

    This is what bothers me about FB - users change avatars all the time. It makes it near impossible to follow someone by their avatar.



  • Oh yeah, I hate that. It's a cultural thing. IT people tend not to do that.



  • @Dashrender said:

    @IRJ said:

    Avatars - Like I said before you get to know someone by their avatar more than you do by their name. You eventually pickup on names too, but an avatar is what catches your eye and that is how I remember someone

    This is what bothers me about FB - users change avatars all the time. It makes it near impossible to follow someone by their avatar.

    The majority of people use pictures of themselves on FB, so it's more facial recognition than avatar recognition.


  • Banned

    @IRJ said:

    Inspired by @Nic post.

    I know alot of geeks love reddit, but the website is so ugly I just can't look at it. Does anyone else feel this way or is just me?

    I won't use it just because of it's design.



  • Expected complaints about it's quality going downhill lol (which I agree with btw, front page is cancerous)



  • I check Reddit pretty much every day, and have been doing so for years.

    The interface is terrible, yes. I was on Digg before I moved to Reddit... I still remember loading up Reddit for the first time out of curiosity and just staring at it in horror. I've gotten used to it, but it has by no means improved. Their iOS apps are pretty good though.

    My two favorite things about reddit are coming across incredible stories or explanations in post comments, and how you can find thriving niche subreddits for a ton of interests. For example, who would spend a bunch of time on the internet talking about cooking ramen? These guys.

    With that said, I don't think it's going to be able to maintain the position it's holding for much longer. It's trying to be a mix of giant monetized supersite and community-focused free speech paradise. It's not going very well. Right now it's clear the administration is desperately trying to figure out how to balance these two things, and all I can say is good luck.



  • @WingCreative said:

    For example, who would spend a bunch of time on the internet talking about cooking ramen? These guys.

    Best part of Reddit is the sweet subreddits about junk you are interested in. I'm a WW2 nutter and honestly the stuff you find on there is mind blowing. For a long time I wondered what actually happens when a tank gets penetrated by a shell, and not only did I find out, I discovered the differences between shells (AP, APHE, APBC, APCBC, APDS, API, APFSDS and more).



  • @MattSpeller said:

    @WingCreative said:

    For example, who would spend a bunch of time on the internet talking about cooking ramen? These guys.

    Best part of Reddit is the sweet subreddits about junk you are interested in. I'm a WW2 nutter and honestly the stuff you find on there is mind blowing. For a long time I wondered what actually happens when a tank gets penetrated by a shell, and not only did I find out, I discovered the differences between shells (AP, APHE, APBC, APCBC, APDS, API, APFSDS and more).

    Most definitely - I always end up losing a few hours of my time whenever I remember AskScience or AskHistorians exists!



  • I like Reddit too, i check Reddit often.