It’s a proper main stream social media site now. In earlier iterations it still held onto its essence of being similar to an old school message board but on a larger scale. All of that is gone now. I see the platform on the same plane as Facebook and Twitter.
My one main beef with it right now is that mods aren’t the classical definition of moderators of yore. They’re more akin to over powered power users or something. Subreddits are controlled by people who editorialize the content under the guise of “moderating”. Thus it’s become more like somebodies personal blog+aggregator with ginormous comment sections.
For example some subreddits are basically the mods allowing what they think the community wants. That’s how we arrive at binary options like “yes Trump” or “no Trump”. There’s no room for grassroots ideas. Most mods will mark that stuff as off topic or low content or some such.
What’s worse is it’s as if nobody seems to care or understand this sort of thing is happening. The platform is still perceived as a community driven content based system. Yes, there’s still voting on posts but other mechanisms are invoking god mode to override/bypass that. I suppose there really isn’t a term for this sort of phenomenon because it’s not been seen before but I hope this makes sense to someone. I mean what do you call these “moderators” now that can more accurately convey the situation.
I think this is what people feared of Digg back in the day? Anyways I can’t abide by the nature of that platform anymore.
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It really has gotten worse. I also think that global karma scores have played into this as well. It’s like an addiction for a lot of people, like a high score. Karma scores has made people spam the same stuff over and over again to increase their scores. It’s lead to the spamming of low effort content like memes in communities and even in serious discussion communities. I know that global karma scores weren’t a new thing but I do think that as the site got more popular more emphasis was put on it.
I agree. Do you think that this platform will go the same way? I don’t think so. This place seems like a more honest, discussion oriented community without the arbitrary karma system. But then again, I just joined several hours ago.
also federated instances allow users to move on to a different instance where the admins are better and/or the community is smaller compared to reddit where you are on reddit under spez or you are not on reddit at all.