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While there are tons of differences between the two sites, I'd say there is one big thing that separates the two: No downvote button. The downvote button, while useful in certain circumstances (such as dealing with trolls), pushes actual content to the bottom and even hides it if no one agrees with the statement. Here, the only way to show disapproval of a comment is to voice your opinion, which stimulates conversation. :)
Wow, I had no idea this place has been around for so long, and I've been searching for a reddit alternative for a few weeks now. I just came in from the reddit thread yesterday and am still getting used to it here, but I feel like I'll fit in with the community here better. I've also been telling my friends about this site today, so that will boost those "word of mouth" numbers, I'm sure, even if it's just a couple people.
If you're using Google Chrome, I recommend:
Google Dictionary - Double-click a word and it will give you the definition.
Rottenizer - Shows you Rotten Tomatoes scores on Netflix
Stay Focused - Limits the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. You can block whatever sites you want for whatever amount of time you want so you can stay focused. However, you can still turn it off whenever you want... But that decision is yours.
Hover Free - enlarges picture thumbnails when you hover over them.
Dictionary of Numbers - This one can get kind of annoying, but it helps put numbers into perspective. For example, if someone says "$3 million," it will say "[≈ cost of 30-second Super Bowl advertisement]" right after that. I find it interesting just to see certain things.
Disconnect - Loads pages faster and stops sites from tracking you.
Dodger fan here. Of course I have to cheer for my team first, but after that, I'm rooting for the Tigers, because they're my AL team. Also, I have to root for the Pirates if the Dodgers can't make it, because who can hate the underdog?