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Space to share some thoughts on desired content for raddit

Submitted by Tequila_Wolf in meta (edited )

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

Some forums I would like to see materialized along with f/Animal_Liberation, that I invite people to create and fill: f/Parenting, f/Middle_East, f/East_Asia, f/Addiction,

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.

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emma wrote (edited )

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Thanks for considering these, I look forward to some of them being implemented when you are able, re redirecting/renaming.

I would be for removing the featured forums. I also thought that the replacement idea in a comment below by tnstaec seemed pretty cool and worth trying at some stage.

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ziq wrote (edited )

I'm not sure what changes you want to make to f/empire, but I made you a mod there (and on f/events) so you can actualize your ideas. If you didn't want that then let me know and I'll reverse it.

I've always been saddened that f/empire has so few subscribers when it's one of the top 5 subs by submissions.

In regards to f/vegan, I sorta agree that we could use a more radical f/animal_liberation sub like r/veganarchism on reddit. But as always, I have concerns about splintering of the potential audience. Even that reddit sub only gets a couple of submissions a week, and this site is much slower. It's possible that f/vegan could attract non radical vegans in the future if the site grows, and give us the opportunity to radicalize them. But if you start a more general animal lib sub, I'll happily contribute to it.

I'd support renaming purple and rainbow to feminism and queer.

I'd also like to give props for pushing liberal buttons with f/whiteness:

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

It's not clear to me what you're saying you want - you should be able to see all the threads. Do you mean as a group, at once?

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sudo wrote

I'll chime in, too - I like a lot of what is being posted here. The only thing I think is missing is more users. Like I said in my post about the fempire a while ago, I don't want to see the userbase stagnate - I'd love to see it reach one to ten thousand active users (but not all at once, and only if the admins are okay with it). So, I think we should have a subraddit specifically for growing the website. Speaking of which, has anyone plugged the website on RevLeft? If not, if anyone has a RevLeft account, it'd be a good idea.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I think we all want more users. Not sure how a forum for that would help but I would try to contribute :)

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Oh, and crossposting - I forget what is happening with that but I would love to see it if it's at all possible. Probably more than anything else, even.

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SpiritOfTito wrote

I still don't know why raddit changed to look more like reddit.

It looked beautiful before and you could have your own profile picture etc.

Why did it change!?

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SpiritOfTito wrote

Oh fair enough. Aesthetically I enjoyed the old one in the way it differentiated itself from reddit and looked more modern. I still think profiles pictures should come back though :)

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emma wrote (edited )

BORN TO DIE

WORLD IS A FUCK

鬼神 Kill Em All 1989

I am trash man

410,757,864,530 DEAD COPS

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SpiritOfTito wrote

I see. Someone said you did the work on the new one so kudos to you. If its possible to bring back profile pictures at some point I'd love it

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emma wrote (edited )

BORN TO DIE

WORLD IS A FUCK

鬼神 Kill Em All 1989

I am trash man

410,757,864,530 DEAD COPS

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SpiritOfTito wrote

Hey offtopic but can you get a sub i just created onto the main list?

/f/libreculture

Ty :)

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emma wrote (edited )

BORN TO DIE

WORLD IS A FUCK

鬼神 Kill Em All 1989

I am trash man

410,757,864,530 DEAD COPS

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tnstaec wrote (edited )

I just created f/events a few days ago. Welcome!

I get the sense that the featured forums setup has served its purpose and can safely be mothballed. I was thinking maybe something like a featured forum of the week could raise visibility for newer/ underutilized forums.

I think regional forums are a fine idea, but looking at f/Africa it seems mostly like generic news (I'm also not subbed to f/news). For me the main draw of this website is to prioritize stuff from anarchist/ radical perspectives. Personally, I'm not too well informed on what's going on in Africa, but I could contribute to f/latinoamerica or an Asia forum.

As for f/vegan I think it's fine how it is. Personally I'm vegetarian but not as interested in animal liberation as other struggles.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Oh cool, seems we were thinking similar things with f/events then! I announced it on f/newforums.

I think your suggestion around featured forums is a good one.

For the most part I try to avoid putting news into f/Africa - mostly the stuff I post is analysis that also sheds light on things, or stuff that works to undo stereotypes. But Africa is the elided continent and I think just as we're aware of what happens in other places it's worthwhile to know what happens there.

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tnstaec wrote

Generally I find analysis more interesting than specific current events. In theory I'd like a more balanced 'world news' approach, but I tune out news about things like elections or military conflicts between authoritarian groups.

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amongstclouds wrote

Why not try organizing a weekly or bi-weekly podcast consisting of many different comrades on this website?

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Though this project may not necessarily have in mind trying to grow the website, please feel encouraged to post the idea to the newly-created f/Growth to see what people feel about it! This post looks like its on its way out.

https://raddit.me/f/growth/5950/ideas-for-growing-the-userbase

While I don't think it's likely to happen, at least not at the moment, I think that this site having more original content would be ideal.

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amongstclouds wrote

Exactly, this feels like too much of a Reddit clone at times, and it could be fixed by increasing the number of original content. I will head over there, thanks!