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Cumol  ·  2693 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thoughts on things over on Reddit right now?

This is so weird. Suddenly many new Hubski members appear and people talk about some reddit drama...

Where is kleinbl00 when you need him?

kleinbl00  ·  2692 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Trying to figure out what the fuck havires is talking about. I have a couple guesses but neither of them are worthy of this level of introspection.

Edit: Found it. ZOMG. This is some straight-up Grassy Knoll back'n'2daLEFT tinfoil hat gold. It's like accusing the Little Rascals of orchestrating the stock market crash of 1929. 2 things:

1) "SRS" "TumblrInAction" and a bunch of other movements on Reddit (including this whole delicious gambit are the work of SomethingAwful.com, that used to grief the website-of-the-moment but since 2009 or so have gotten all the lolz they could ever want out of Reddit.

2) Reddit used to be open-source. It was Alexis and Steve's hope that by putting the code out there someone would refine it to the point where it doesn't need hand-holding. The end result was a handful of Reddit clones that immediately fell apart without the minute-by-minute hand-pruning of spam that actually makes up the majority of the man-hours on Reddit. The only part that wasn't published was Reddit's anti-spam measures, which is probably because they didn't want you to see the Emperor's New Clothes.

Somewhere not very deep behind a $10 paywall there's a bunch of clever-yet-marginally-antisocial gentlemen laughing their asses off.

This article is six years old but the methods and motives are unchanged.