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Shitty_Physics  ·  2981 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What are the advantages and disadvantages of Hubski over reddit?

This might sound odd: I think the simplicity promotes more depth in the links and discussion. I mean, this looks like one of the stack exchanges, which regularly see discussion from top people in certain STEM fields. On reddit, there's thumbnails (this is a big one), upvote/downvote counters in two contrasting colors, a single quantity of net votes, and so on. Reddit, which I try to use as a discussion forum, is in many respects more suited as purely a social media website with some commetning ability. I came to Reddit from other forums, one's with avatars and no good way of knowing if someone replied to your posts. The discussion on those was tremendously bad compared to Reddit. There seems to be an inverse correlation between flashiness and discussion quality.

I don't necessarily agree that Hubski allows more freedom to choose a browsing experience. I think Reddit and Hubski both do this well, Reddit especially with the recent "multi-reddit" changes. Sure, the default subreddits aren't very good, but the strength of Reddit lies in the ability to subscribe to certain subreddits and ignore others. I can effectively use Reddit by entirely ignoring the goings-on in r/atheism, r/pics, and r/gaming.

I think one obvious disadvantage and advantage is size. Hubski is considerably smaller. This can be a disadvantage. For example, the physics tag isn't very robust yet. It can also be an advantage. For example, the funny/humor tag isn't loaded with garbage.

Something I like about Hubski is the ability to follow people. You can do this on Reddit too, but it's pretty far removed from the traditional Reddit experience and I'd wager most people aren't aware you can even do it. Hubski is different in that it's promoted as a key feature. If people followed me, I'd feel more obligated to post good content.

Less concrete: Hubski sort of feels like a mature Reddit. I also feel like I can much more easily "waste time" on Reddit than I can on Hubski, which is good for Hubski. Lastly, I'll be perfectly honest and admit that there's a certain charm to smaller communities.

ButterflyEffect  ·  2981 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think that having thumbnails promotes image browsing/posting and just skimming through posts. It adds to the instant reward complex that many that submit images on Reddit seek. The lack of thumbnails here is one of my favorite things about Hubski, it promotes not only reading the article but also the comments.

I think that prior to the multi-reddit addition Hubski clearly had more freedom, but now I would have to agree that it is a pretty even experience in that regard. However, I do very much enjoy being able to follow domains here.

To me, followers and following people is huge. Who you follow is just as important as what tags or domains you follow. I've found so many interesting submissions that weren't part of the tags I follow by virtue of following a diverse set of people here.

insomniasexx  ·  2981 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Just to note, you can turn reddit thumbnails off. I have had them off for so long I gag when I get accidentally logged out now.

ButterflyEffect  ·  2981 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oh yeah, I turned them off long ago. It's an annoyance since I use a lot of different computers over the course of the day and keep having to log in if I want to hop on that site.

nowaypablo  ·  2981 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I just made my account here a minute ago, after learning about this site from a recent reddit thread about what would cause reddit's downfall, as Digg's restructuring update was its spark that made everyone jump ship to reddit. If this is going to be Digg's reddit, so to speak, I think the concept of following is going to be the catalyst. I say this hesitantly, because the thought of this fragile yet awesome community being collapsed by the demonspawn of /r/AdviceAnimals is terrifying.

thenewgreen  ·  2981 days ago  ·  link  ·  

First of all, welcome! Secondly, in theory if people that post content your not interested in join Hubski, it should have little impact on your experience. -If you don't follow them, you will not see their posts. If they post to tags that you follow, then you can "ignore" them and not see their posts. If you find that they comment on posts that you comment on, you can mute them and you will not see their comments.

We have built in many controls for you to be able to tailor your experience here. You can follow/ignore tags/users and domains.

CameOutOfTheTrees, glad to have you here, if either of you have any questions feel free to shout-out or pm me.

Enjoy the site! See you around.

edit: I should mention that we are always open to suggestions as to how we can protect the integrity of your experience here. Our goal is to be a trusted place to find, create, share and discuss the most interesting content on the web. -Any ideas to help support this goal is most welcome!

nowaypablo  ·  2972 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thank you :) I have great hopes for hubski through its evolution, and I'm very glad to see that you've managed to create a hub, npi, for everyone to connect and communicate with each other, but keep it personal at the same time. Choosing the content exposed to you is a great feature that most other sites like this lack. Of course, having an option to see them ALL is equally important.

thenewgreen  ·  2972 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Of course, having an option to see them ALL is equally important.
I agree, that's why we implemented the "global posts" links at the top right of the screen. There you can find all of the posts on Hubski. Again, any and all feedback is most welcome! Thanks nowaypablo. btw, I like your username, my grandfathers name is Pablo and I grew up hearing my grandmother say "no way Pablo" often :)
nowaypablo  ·  2971 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ooh cool didn't know that, awesome. And that's funny I don't even know a Pablo irl, it's a play on words with the phrase no way jose. I didn't put too much thought into my username. Oh well :D What's the backstory to this new green?

thenewgreen  ·  2969 days ago  ·  link  ·  

"the new green" is the name of my band.

CameOutOfTheTrees  ·  2981 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I agree, I'm also a new guy and I think that this might be like you said "reddit's reddit". I was at reddit for a year and a half and after a while it just got stale.