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I don’t have solid proof if that’s what you’re looking for. Hard to pierce the veil of the reddit poweruser cabals otherwise these tactics would have been exposed already.

We can go as far back is the QuickMeme fiasco or the Unidan saga if we want to study some notorious cases of those who got exposed for manipulating reddit. The former was for money. I think it was reported taht they made out like bandits in ad money. These days I think the state of the art must be much more advanced. What with the mod tools, the botting, and the explosion of ML tech.

The reddit admins openly said they generated content in the early days to create the illusion of user activity. Smoke and mirrors is the unspoken characteristic of reddit. The platform always had an aire of fakeness since inception.

Something more recent was the_donald subreddit. In 2016 they found ways to instantly hit the top of r/all and keep flooding posts into the top sort. So much so that the admins had to recode the site to prevent this.

Like I said, reddit is not an organic user driven platform by any stretch of imagination. It’s all very fake. Always has been.

The particular type of manipulation observed on WSB nothing new. They use the same tactics as the crypto currency subreddits. It looks almost exactly the same on WSB these days except replace shitcoin with stocks.

Organically driven communities don’t auto delete content or auto ban users that go against the narrative. Such communities don’t have bot accounts spamming narratives they want to push. These are the most transparent characteristics of manipulated communities. Many political subreddits are like this.

There’s money at stake. There’s political ideology at stake. Some times maybe it’s just for the lulz.


It’s a heavily botted and mod manipulated “community”. They kind of rely on the idiosyncrasies of reddit to operate.


No, I don’t follow what’s going on in Syria.

Is this the part where I’m supposed to do my own research and then stumble upon extremist literature and then become woke.


I use traditional mainstream news sources. I don’t subscribe to the ridiculous way of thinking with this “fake news” mindset that has swept social media. Yes journalists can have biases but that’s fine when taken into consideration. Quite frankly that mindset nothing but a way to polarize the population.


It’s about co-opting rational talking points to wedge in their extremist ideology into mainstream dialog. It’s a central tenet of contemporary fascism.

It has proven to be such an effective mechanism. For some reason people fall for it 99 times out of 100 they’ll allow the script to be flipped so they find themselves defending their morality against neo-nazis.


It’s very dry here too. I don’t mow the lawn much anymore through summer. Only when there’s maybe a few weeks span when there’s some rain in the forecast.

I remembered there used to be frogs around here. One of the neighbour kids when I was young used to play with them. I could spot some in the yard all the time. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen one as an adult. Maybe that has something to do with clime change or maybe not.


He sells a personal brand as much as whatever he technical feats his companies accomplish. A consequence of that continuous self serving sales pitch is that facts waver into fantasy. When it does and people point out incongruencies there’s a knee jerk reaction from the more cult like believers. For an crowd that’s so focused on factual scientific rigor, people start acting very religious when it comes to their hero.

That’s what he is. He’s the archetype 21st century tech geek hero. Made millions from a startup and then became a crass billionaire playboy. That’s the brand he sells.

I suppose he doesn’t do as much hands on dirty work as he did in the dotcom startup days. He knows how to surround himself with smart people. I remember watching some stream where he had a panel of experts. He was trying to talk himself up but clearly some panel members were frustrated with his attempts to look smarter than he is. So awkward watching that. It felt like a school presentation where the kid who did nothing for the project tries to act like he did.

In Canada we’ve got some initiatives to get remote communities hooked up to the new satellite internet tech. Around social media the Musk evangelists are quick to praise him as the tech Jesus right on cue. There have been other programs working on the same LEO internet services too. It goes back a few years along side whatever Starlink was doing too. It’s not like he invented this or is the first and only player on the field. But people perceive it to be because he’s a showman and that’s his pitch.


It joined the ranks of the annoying UX platforms. For me the first of these was Twitter. I use to think it’s because I’m getting old and out of touch.

My question is why are platforms doing this anti-design thing. I figure they aren’t designing for “user as a human” anymore but for “user as a product” reasons.


The way I see it it’s also basically click working. Each post or comment no matter how mundane contributes to their bottom line. The web hasn’t been this centralized and walled before. We’ve seen the ebb and flow of platforms through out the years. This time around the platforms have cornered parts of the web. I really wonder where it goes from here.


Paint the government as out-of-touch policy wonks who had no idea how tech and real markets worked. And above all, deny even the most basic of premises in the government’s case. The plan from Gates’ army of lawyers and PR handlers seemed to be to wield his image as a software wunderkind who dropped out of Harvard to bootstrap his company and went on to become the world’s richest man. Team Gates planned to use that same domineering force of will to beat back government lawyers.

Every tech bro has adopted this tactic. It works now as opposed to Gates’ era when people, especially the tech communities, saw him for what he is. They now have social media to rally everybody from tech geeks or the average Joe before them as idols.

These days people immediate write off anything legislative because government bad, all hail the tech bros.


Users like OP make money for reddit which is why they allow it to fester. It drives clicks and views which translates to valuation. Same goes for every other social platform. It’s commonly referred to as “valuable discussion” but really that’s just coporate jargon. This whole social media experiment has been a sort of gradient search for monetizing hate speech.

As long as users keep on dancing on puppet strings, corporate is grinning from ear to ear as the slot machine bells ring away and coins continuously tumble out the machine.


These sorts of power user accounts are blatantly obvious on reddit too. The average user doesn’t care.


The banned user was trying to transplant standard operating procedure of a reddit troll account onto this platform. Basically you blitz the site with generic content. This fills 99% of your post history. It creates a noise floor. The 1% of posts are your signal. The actual message you’re trying to inject into conversations.

A result is that we get comments like the above. At a glance people only see the noise floor. Totally harmless looking user right? Now whos gonna spam generic links accross every community. Anyone of us could create a scraper bot to accomplish that anyways.


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Reddit is a guage of average joe public sentiment these days the way Facebook will tell you what the crazy uncles will be rattling on about at the next family dinner. Some how that site still holds on to the image of being a rational tech literate space. I know you’re probably aware of this but I’m just stating explicitly for the sake of it.

It is frightening to see, yes. There’s also plenty of people like on lemmy lamenting these events. I’ll be super concerned if we ever get to the point where even the geeks like just use chromium, it’s open source enough.


Agreed. There’s no way to solve the global message board problem. I don’t think Facebook or any of the big platforms are trying to solve that anyways. Their goal is to maintain the status quo. The mob mentality has made them wealthy beyond anyones wildest dreams. They need the chaos to continue.

The sooner individuals realize that and internet responsibly the better because Facebook won’t be broken up any time soon. Tech has gotten to good at staying ahead of legislation.


That led us to the vendor specific API hell. I don’t entirely disagree with what you said. But the vendors went and modified the plugs in secret ways. So that left the enthusiast community to tread through binaries to find out wtf is happening. Ultimately led Google to try to enforce vendors to play nice with the core.


I vaguely remember some snapdragon exploit a couple years ago that was supposed render a whole bunch of devices unlockable but as far as I can tell nothing ever came of that.


Something tells me the cumulative of extensions out there amounts to a frightening amount of privacy incursions. Extensions are like the current day Internet Explorer toolbar. Except with less notoriety for being trash.


Why use temporary containers vs incognito. I know some sites can detect incognito mode. Are there more reasons?


Reddit added this a while back. Initially they tried to push hard on the feature but scaled back for some reason. I think it was /r/profiles or something that was dedicated to showing user profile posts. They got a bunch of news outlets on board for a bit. It seems like it never really took off. I think they were trying to become like Twitter with blue checkmarked accounts.

Now once in a blue moon you might see a /u/ post in the /r/all queue. These days I mostly see people pin a post in their profile that taunts people who go looking through their post history.

The feature is heavily used by sex workers to promote their snapchats and manycams and patreons or whatever.