Hi all. I’ve been using raddit for a short while now and am a fan of the place and would like to see it become even better.
To that end, I feel like it would be useful to have periodic conversations about things people would like to do or see on the site.
Sure, this happens already here and there, but maybe making a specific space to do that can be helpful. We’ll see!
So, as I spend time on raddit I have thoughts on things I’d like to see. Some are small, some are for a more distant future, some probably aren’t worth taking forward.
I know the site admins are always working on stuff when they are able and I appreciate it. There are probably things we can do in the meanwhile.
These are some of my thoughts and I encourage your own thought and your responses to mine in the comments.
With regards to the f/Empire. I think it’s a meaningful forum, that could use some tweaks in presentation. For one thing, because of the way it is presented, it seems to me to imply US-centrism, and also, that there is only one complex. Making small tweaks to make it clear that we are talking about empires multiply and more broadly and various military-industrial-complexes could be a meaningful reframing of concerns.
For me, ‘Animal Liberation’ much more accurately reflects an anarchist interest in animal welfare. f/Vegan is a troublesome and perhaps overly-specific term for a broader concern I think anarchists could have. Not merely consumer-activity. And though animal liberation is not immune to this either, Veganism in many parts of the world is a very white thing that often reflects white people’s greater willingness to care for and to go to greater lengths for animals than marginalized humans. (I’m saying all of this as a vegan myself, in case anybody is wondering). Earlier today, for example, I posted a page on this free cow that smashed up a cop car. I don’t think it really fits on a vegan page, but I do think it fits on a page for people with vegan concerns. Maybe we would do well to have both f/Animal_Liberation and f/Vegan - I suppose that would be good, especially where f/vegan was more focused on consumption-related concerns. Finally, on the question of ‘animal rights’ - a very good reading that both critiques rights discourse and specifically animal rights for an arguably more anarchist animal liberation can be found here - unfortunately the only version I know requires sign-in on academic edu https://www.academia.edu/4908260/Rites_of_the_nomads_from_animal_rights_to_nomadic_ethics
I hope that more people will use f/Events - I was going to suggest that we created it but it already exists and is quiet!
I think that f/purple and f/rainbow are both slightly unexpected for new users who will look for f/feminism or f/queer when going to subscribe. Also I don’t know if it’s just me but I associate the rainbow with liberal alternative sexualities more than queerness. The point I’m getting to is that I think I’d rather those forums were called something else - but I’m guessing that’s not the consensus here?
A function I think might be cool is the ability to set up a forum to work also as an RSS feed. So say there’s a weekly anarchist newscast that goes on an RSS and was appropriate to some forum. It would be cool if a moderator could sign up that forum to automatically load new items on a rss feed as new posts.
As I've mentioned once before, I think that the existence of a largely-fixed group of "Featured Forums" implies a specific kind of value hierarchy of concerns for the site. Personally I think that this is problematic for some obvious reasons, and that the "Featured Forums", if they exist, would better be a fluid group, for example based around the top 20 forums that have gotten content, based on the number of different users posting to the forum in conjunction with the number of posts.
Finally I'd like to take a moment to encourage people to subscribe to more forums, and to have a critical reflection around why you haven't subscribed to some. Asking how society has molded our interests might give you answers to the question of why you aren't interested in subscribing to f/Africa or f/Whiteness, for example.