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Ideas for Growing the Userbase

Submitted by sudo moderator in growth

  • If anyone here still actively browses reddit, especially the leftist subreddits, then plug raddit whenever it's applicable. When somebody inevitably asks if there are any good alternatives to reddit, mention this website.

  • You may also want to PM the mods of leftist subreddits who will be sympathetic to us, and ask if they'll put a link to Raddit in the sidebar, or make a sticky post about it for a short while.

  • Plug Raddit on other leftist websites, besides reddit. RevLeft is one possibility - if there are other leftist websites like RevLeft, then see if they allow linking back here, and do so if it is allowed. Leftist IRC channels are another possibility.

  • Link to high quality Raddit posts on reddit. But only do this for posts with self text, and preferably for those that the submitter wrote themselves. If there's a news article you want to link to, copy the text of the article into the body of the post in addition to linking to it in the URL section, and post it (manually adding in the bold, italics, and links is especially good). Then, copy the Raddit URL, and post that to Reddit. This is how I found out about Raddit, so it might help other people find the website, too.

  • If you know any leftist meme pages, ask if they'll plug raddit. Or, create your own memes, put a non-obtrusive raddit watermark on them, then send them to a meme page, or post it to a leftist meme subreddit.


But this is advertising, you say! I hate advertising, and I block as many ads as I can. But, that's because they're all for things that cost money, and they're for things I don't want, and it's because they're obtrusive. Raddit doesn't cost any money, and if you publicize it in the right places, it will be seen by people who are interested in it, and if you do it in a way that's not obtrusive, then people won't be turned away. Be careful not to sound like a salesperson giving an elevator pitch. If you're going to directly plug the site, just say something like "If you're tired of right-wingers on reddit, someone made a clone of reddit for leftists only called Raddit. You might want to check it out."

Feel free to suggest any other ideas you have.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Subscribe to the forum, people!

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Defasher wrote (edited )

Whoops, I always neglect to do that because I have /all bookmarked. Subbed.

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Defasher wrote

Would be cool to convince those subs to link to us in their sidebars as an alternative backup.

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sudo wrote

Are you a mod there? If you want to move the entire subreddit here, you could edit the CSS so the users only see a message telling them the subreddit has moved to raddit, complete with a link to /f/techsupport. Or, if you think that's too obtrusive, you could create a sticky post saying the same thing, and disallow any new posts to the subreddit.

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Defasher wrote

Can we get an intro to raddit onto slashdot or hackernews since it's a FOSS privacy-haven and reddit isn't even open source?

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sudo wrote

That'd be a nice idea, though I don't have accounts on either of those places. Is anyone here familiar with them? I can write up the article, if someone else wants to post it there.

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tnstaec wrote

Reddit and Raddit have similar format, but the median politics of the userbase are worlds apart. I think you'd have an easier time with Tumblr which skews more liberal-left.

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sudo wrote

I was specifically referring to the leftist subreddits, like /r/socialism, /r/communism, etc.

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amongstclouds wrote

Is there any interest here in possibly starting up a podcast? More original content would breath a lot life in this website.

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sudo wrote

That could help. But I think most of us here are very wary of our privacy, and if any of us published our real voices in a podcast, we'd be susceptible to voice recognition, and we could be de-anonymized. We could always use a text-to-speech program, but the libre ones don't sound very good, and at that point, we could just write it down in an article instead.

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amongstclouds wrote

I was considering using text-to-speech or voice masking software.

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sudo wrote

To add to what emma said, as of now, the actual effectiveness of voice masking software isn't well understood.

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emma wrote (edited )

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tnstaec wrote

Before even starting a Raddit podcast, we could see if we could get a plug or even interview on an already existing show: It's Going Down, Final Straw and SubMedia .

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amongstclouds wrote

This is a good point. Plus, a real unmasked voice is probably best for the cause. It's understandable as to why people might be weary of those in masks and hiding their voice.

It's been ingrained that deception is ultimately based in malicious intent and not self-defense.

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zer0crash wrote

Facebook Groups are untapped potential. And the best way I can see to get in those is by making sure the embedded snippet for a raddle link looks great in facebook (or anywhere really). I think this is a combination of including Meta and Schema tags on the raddle link, but also having a unique image from each link, taken from the linked page.

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sudo wrote

It'd be nice, but I don't think anyone here wants to use facebook to make sure it works, or to plug us there. If someone does, though, then we could go for it (actually, what they need is a lecture on opsec).

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zer0crash wrote (edited )

Very much agreed with opsec, and its pretty well known fedbook is now merely am extension of the NSA. But in the context of expanding our userbase we may have to meet people where they are at unfortunately, lest we slide into obscurity. 2017 and onward will continue to be a practice of balancing security and promoting public awareness.

I've had this idea to promote people using Tor in particular: Pages with mixed regular http content and onion content! It could even be a puzzle, where one could only see all the pieces when browsing with tor.

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sudo wrote

Good point. I suppose it should be someone who doesn't live in a "Five Eyes" country, since they would be less at risk for using Facebook.

As for the Tor thing, I'm doing something similar by making all my intra-raddle links onion links by default, and then having a separate, non-onion link right beside them, like at the top of this post.