Boing Boing: Take a strange trip through r/QuarterLand, if you dare

Boing Boing: Take a strange trip through r/QuarterLand, if you dare. “Exploring r/QuarterLand feels like drifting off into a fever dream, one that veers into a full-on nightmare at times. The subreddit’s demented community of 4,000 people (which I admit, I am a part of) seems to have an unspoken understanding of the specific flavor of the content’s strangeness. Beware: the further one ventures through the QuarterLand page, the more they will stray from their sense of reality.”

Bloomberg: A Battle for Control of WallStreetBets May Have Broken Out

Bloomberg: A Battle for Control of WallStreetBets May Have Broken Out. “A fight appears to be brewing on Reddit’s WallStreetBets forum, and it’s not over which stock is the next GameStop Corp. Just weeks after the site was used to galvanize an epic short squeeze in shares of the video-game retailer, forcing the real Wall Street to reckon with the power of a united front of traders, signs of dissent are cropping up around the 8.5 million-member stock message board.”

Mother Jones: How the Most Toxic, Notorious Pro-Trump Online Community Tricked Reddit and Got Back Online

Mother Jones: How the Most Toxic, Notorious Pro-Trump Online Community Tricked Reddit and Got Back Online. “Even though their subreddit has been banned from Reddit for over four months, The_Donald’s former members continue to wreak havoc on the site. Mother Jones has gained access to two servers hosted by Discord where former members of the banned subreddit gather, including a private server that requires members to be vetted. Chat messages posted there show how former members of The_Donald have found new homes on Reddit and continue to coordinate and plan the spread of hate, vitriol, and disinformation on the site and in other venues, despite the company’s ban.”

Washington Post: The unemployed are taking their struggles to Reddit, a ‘beacon of light in this long dark night’

Washington Post: The unemployed are taking their struggles to Reddit, a ‘beacon of light in this long dark night’. “Users join the subreddit for different reasons. Some have questions. Some are desperate. Some want to help. Some have nowhere else to turn. Many will start their post’s title with their state name, to help localize the discussion. Multiple users stressed that r/unemployment proved the only place they could find reasonable advice on navigating the unsolvable maze of bureaucracy. A striking aspect of the subreddit is how it brings people together regardless of their politics — an anomaly in our divided America. Unemployment has a tendency to wash away differences. Socialists, libertarians and everyone in between fill the discussion, and everyone gets something slightly different out of it.”

OneZero: Months Before Reddit Purge, The_Donald Users Created a New Home

OneZero: Months Before Reddit Purge, The_Donald Users Created a New Home. “Monday, Reddit banned thousands of subreddits including The_Donald, a conservative community of nearly 800,000 members accused of inciting violence, spreading white supremacist propaganda, and other repeat offenses since its creation in 2015. The takedown marked Reddit’s latest push to curb hate speech on the platform, and The_Donald was a ripe target for moderation. But while the community was purged from Reddit, its members have been relocating to an alternate website for months now, suggesting that users were expecting the ban — and serving as a reminder that ‘deplatforming’ is only so useful.”

CBS News: Reddit bans pro-Trump forum “The_Donald” in hate speech crackdown

CBS News: Reddit bans pro-Trump forum “The_Donald” in hate speech crackdown. “Reddit has banned ‘The_Donald,’ a forum that united fans of President Donald Trump on the social media platform. While announcing policy changes, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said Monday that the popular subreddit was shut down because it continuously violated its hate speech rules.”

Towards Data Science: Explore a database of the most popular “Florida Man” headlines

Towards Data Science: Explore a database of the most popular “Florida Man” headlines. “For almost a decade, ‘Florida Man’ has been a mainstay antihero of internet culture. Headlines like ‘Florida man too fat for jail’ and ‘Florida man steals dinosaur bones’ are easy fodder for meme-ification. In early 2013, ‘Florida Man’ was canonized on Twitter with @_FloridaMan and on Reddit with the r/FloridaMan subreddit. And after seven years of retweeting and upvoting, we can gather the most popular headlines to see what makes a ‘Florida Man’ headline successful.”

All I want for Christmas: A custom username for each subreddit (The Next Web)

The Next Web: All I want for Christmas: A custom username for each subreddit. “The holidays are upon us, ushering in the time of year we bug our friends and family for presents — but why not bug tech companies as well If you’ve ever used Reddit, you should join me and demand custom usernames for Christmas. But why, you ask? The answer is simple: shame, creativity, and the multiplicity of man.”

The Atlantic: Inside R/Relationships, the Unbearably Human Corner of Reddit

The Atlantic: Inside R/Relationships, the Unbearably Human Corner of Reddit. “There are more than 1 million subreddits on Reddit, though the number of active communities is somewhere around 140,000. With more than 2.6 million members, r/relationships is currently number 74 on the site by size—a little less popular than basketball, a little more popular than tattoos. Last month, it recorded more than 40 million pageviews, and added an average of 1,516 new members each day.”

The Next Web: How to build Reddit custom feeds (also known as ‘multis’) like a pro

The Next Web: How to build Reddit custom feeds (also known as ‘multis’) like a pro. “Before I became a journalist, Reddit was my preferred source of information and entertainment. I didn’t use Twitter, I hardly got on Facebook, and I absolutely despised Snapchat. Then I started using it for work, and I suddenly couldn’t enjoy it in my spare time anymore. It felt like two universes colliding. Until I discovered custom feeds (also known as multis).”

Quartz: This Bengaluru techie is helping solve real-world mysteries on Reddit

Quartz: This Bengaluru techie is helping solve real-world mysteries on Reddit. “The Reddit Bureau of Investigation is one of Reddit’s 1.2 million subreddits, with 113,000 members. It is a cohort of anonymous, amateur online detectives—or ‘crowdsourcing investigators’ as Cherian describes his ilk—who use their sleuthing skills and online investigative tools to help solve ‘real-world problems’ like hit-and-run cases, mysteries and missing items.”