The website’s tagline quite accurately claims it to be “the front page of the internet”. The website’s main function is to share, promote and discuss everything and anything that can be found on the internet. The website's layout resembles a simple bulletin board system and operates on a very simple voting system and comment section. A post’s number of ‘upvotes’, ‘downvotes’, comments, and all around activity determines how high a post shall rank on the website’s page and the subreddit it was posted to. There are thousands of subreddits that each relates to a certain topic and area of interest. Some of the larger ones, such as r/askreddit and r/pics have over 2 million subscribers while some smaller niche ones,such as r/mysterybox and r/onetruegod have only a few thousand. The subreddits are self-governed by dedicated moderators (link) and contributors.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Reddit is the quality of its community (link). It is well noted that the quality of a social website’s community degrades as its fan base expands. The users are no longer necessarily directly interested and the sense of anonymity increases. The Reddit community however, is constantly trying to help not only its own community but that of the globe. Reddit users have saved lives, protected an orphanage, globally protested for their beliefs, and even talked with the president. But how has Reddit’s community managed to say positive? Perhaps it’s a result of the site’s reddiquette, or is it the personality the site appeals to?