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sudo wrote

Hey devtestla, sorry that this was how you were introduced to raddit. I appreciate that you made an effort to isolate the shitposting; I was going on what I remember from the site a couple of years ago (shortly after greenduch's ragequit is when I stopped lurking). Did you try to confine it to just_post? Also, it's not that we're bothered by people "having fun online;" it's that thefempire's definition of having fun and mine are quite different. Apparently the people there enjoy low-effort shitposting, whereas I don't (and I really don't think I'm alone on this one). A constant silly circlejerk isn't appealing to someone who comes to see serious discourse. I would go to a feminist reddit clone to see a lot of serious discussion about feminist issues, and the occasional (non-shitpost) meme. To your credit, the ratio of serious articles to shitposting seems to have improved in the last couple of years, but the discussion still seems to be mostly banal.

I can understand how technical issues could hurt the website, but I don't think that's the only thing that alienated some potential users.

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devtesla wrote

It was isolated to just post and few other subs I moderated. Like, killallgames didn't have quality standards, but games did. We only removed posts that were otherwise harmful, like racist and sexist and stuff.

They're largely recreations of subs I made on reddit, in general because I was trying to get away from the overbearing moderation on SRS subs. There's a lot of people who have interesting things to say, but feel intimidated by large lists of rules and community expectations. I feel that encouraging low effort posting (I won't call it shitposting) is a great way to get people involved who might otherwise be lost or bored. It is about inclusivity.

It's funny that you mention there being more serious articles now, as we've actually stopped moderating for quality at all.