Almost inevitably, most of the people joining Lemmy instances are former-reddit posters those who consider it a ‘reddit clone’ as opposed to an independent link aggregator site. This can be seen in the most popular communities (simply recreations of existing reddit subreddits), terminology (people saying ‘sublemmies’ or ‘subs’) and most importantly, habits.

What social habits have you seen that are commonplace on reddit but should really be discouraged among users moving to here?

  • Having upvotes or some kind of ‘karma/points’ system changes the feel of a board dramatically.

    I remember boards back in the late 90s without any sort of points system you’d be known for writing style, posting mass, or having a (lack) of expertise in an area rather than your points. It made a sense of community at the cost of making communities have a barrier to entry that made them a bit harder to grow, since it took time for you to become familiar to regulars and such.

    • @AgreeableLandscape
      71 year ago

      Alao, I think awards and reddit coins (and now reddit NFTs, yeah…) are the “this forum going to shit” express. It’s like they want to turn their platform more and more infantile and full of people trying to game the awards system instead of actually participating in good faith.

      • ☆ Yσɠƚԋσʂ ☆
        91 year ago

        I find this is a general problem with commercial sites. The goal is to keep users engaged and to show growth as opposed to create a healthy environment for discussion. There are lots of studies showing that encouraging negative behaviors actually drives engagement.