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kleinbl00  ·  1258 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: Welcome to Hubski, Redditors.

kleinbl00's Top 10 Travel Tips for Redditors Abroad

1) There is no default content. You must build your own feed. As pointed out by usuallymatt, you are following only #newtohubski initially. This can be changed in your settings. I wholeheartedly recommend viewing "badges" and finding topics and users that interest you.

2) Your user experience is highly customizable. Your front page is not my front page is not my style is not your style. Click on your username (upper left) and mess about.

3) Tags are not subreddits. A post can be a part of three different tags, while subreddits are exclusive (but prone to duplication/crossposting - crossposting is not a thing on Hubski). Further, tags have no moderators. Further, nothing has moderators.

4) Because your user experience is likely to be more heavily driven by the people you interact with than the subjects you interact with, it's a really good idea to be civil. The people you are rude to will be rude to you next week and you'll find that nobody wants to chat with you.

5) There is no banning, shadow- or otherwise. Act obnoxiously enough and people will slowly start ignoring you and muting you. In other words, the bigger dick you are, the fewer opportunities will be granted to you to be a dick. Fortunately this takes a while and most of us are forgiving (and muting and ignoring are 100% reversible).

6) LURK MOAR. Seriously. This is a phrase that has largely been forgotten by everyone who grew up after AOL but there's a lot to be learned from simply observing for a while. If you just can't restrain yourself, that's okay, too - all of us have the option to "filter" your posts and comments for the first 48 hours of your account's existence. Don't take this personally. We just find that we can participate on Hubski in subjects other than Reddit when we give you guys a little space. And that's really what we're doing - giving you space.

7) The markup is weird. "markup tips" in the upper right of any comment box will explain what's weird about it, but not why. The "why" is because this is a hobby project, not a silicon valley social media giant valued at a half billion dollars.

8) Clicking on a username will tell you a lot more about a user on Hubski than on Reddit. Click on your own name, for example, and notice that you can actually fill out a bio. You don't have to, but it does underline the point that Hubski's is not a throwaway culture.

9) There are no downvotes and "sharing" is NOT the same thing as upvoting. When you click the dot, it means "I want my friends to see this" not "I approve."

10) Bad URLs will give you Zork references. Fuck yeah, Zork.

Enjoy your stay.




IAmAn_Assassin  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hi there!

Here is hoping for a better experience and thank you for the warm welcome. I'll go back to lurking for a few weeks until I get the hang of this place. =)

betterthanlast  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Welcome! I transplanted from Reddit a while back and I can tell you that you have to work a little bit harder for your content at first, but the content, the comments, and the community in general are really cool.

It's much more like reddit 6 years ago, if that helps... the comments are truly interesting, even if there are fewer of them.

Have fun!

zonk  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Good job on the introduction tips! I joined two years ago and I wish something like that has been there.. I just remember some Hubski veterans were grumpy when the Reddit wave arrived, so I was welcomed with a lot more negativity, so good job! :)

The thing which I always try to explain to redditors on reddit when they mention hubski, is, that it's way more personal than reddit and many new people will underestimate that. I think a good analogy for Hubski is a table in a bar where 10-20 people are sitting and having a chat. And you just entered that pub. In real life, you wouldn't just join the table and be like: HEY GUYS, LOOK AT MY CAT! And once you join the table, you will realise that many people on that table have personal connections and at the beginning there will be a lot of stuff you don't get. But after a while of listening to the stories and getting to learn the characters of the people, the 'bar visitors' will welcome you to join their group of regulars to share your story and ideas. This is what describes my experience as a redditor the best. I hope it'll help some people to understand this place a bit better :)

elizabeth  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's an analogy used pretty often here, you're spot on! And it s true that there have been less friendly reactions to the reddit influxes before because of how the site mechanics worked. There has been some tweeks and now people can chose to ignore the newskis for 48h until everything settles down to normal and participate in the usual content instead. I actually like the influxes, explaining the site and welcoming new users but i can see how some people might find it disruptive.

Everybody that came over seem really cool, welcome :)

kleinbl00  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There have also been some extraordinarily strident influxes.

elizabeth  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It depends a lot on where on reddit Hubski is linked, but I think we also got a lot better at managing the influxes in general.

Vox_R  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    3) Tags are not subreddits. A post can be a part of three different tags, while subreddits are exclusive (but prone to duplication/crossposting - crossposting is not a thing on Hubski). Further, tags have no moderators. Further, nothing has moderators.

This is... you know, I could get used to this!

Hubski's certainly not what I'm used to, but it's very... refreshing. And I quite like that! Thank you for the tips and warm welcome!

PathogenXD  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Dang... I used to love Reddit because it was a good way to keep in touch with the sentiment of the internet. I almost always browsed /r/all where I could see the most popular posts, free from filters or bias.

Now I can't rely on Reddit to give me an unbiased view. I could accept when subreddits sharing illegal content were banned. I wouldn't have wanted redditors to end up in prison. But these new policies Reddit is enforcing... I don't agree with most of what FPH did, but they weren't doing anything illegal. It would have been so easy for people to filter out FPH on /r/all with RES.

Instead they compromised the integrity of the site and went with the nuclear option. Unfortunate.

user-inactivated  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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mk  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yes. It's a modification of markdown. Some syntax is the same, but there are a few differences.

  Text surrounded by asterisks (*) is italicized.

  Text surrounded by plus signs (+) is bolded. 

  Text surrounded by vertical bars (|) is quoted. If you double-click a paragraph, it will be quoted.

  Text surrounded by tildes (~) is blocked out.

  Symbols such as *, +, |, and ~ can be used literally by placed a \ in front of the text.

  A user's name surrounded by at signs (@) links to their profile, and the user is notified that you mentioned them.

  A word surrounded by hash signs (#) becomes a tag and links to posts with that tag.

  Blank lines separate paragraphs.

  Text after a blank line that is indented by two or more spaces is reproduced verbatim in a different font.

  URLs become links.

  Text can link to URLs by using the following format: /linked text

  Image URLs (.png, .tif, and .jpg) will embed automatically.
That was not easy to do.
user-inactivated  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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avaiihn  ·  1233 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yo. As someone who didn't really use reddit to much, some of this is a bit confusing to me. If I want to make certain text link to a certain website, I gather from this that i would to the / before the text thing. My question is, where does the link go? As in, how does it know where to link the text to? Furthermore, does imputing a link to a video automatically paste that link as the video itself in the post?

nyfiken  ·  1236 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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syzo  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Is there a reason that plus signs are used instead of two asterisks for bolding?

mk  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not a good one.

b_b  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Pay attention to #9, kids. I've had to unfollow a number of people today for precisely not following that rule.

Kafke  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've always used the share button as a "I like this content, and if people like the stuff I do, they'd certainly like it too." rather than the Reddit: "this is relevant."

Why did you unfollow them, exactly? Because they simply shared everything?

b_b  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Because me feed was suddenly populated with a bunch of posts titled "Hello" or "I'm new here" or some other such permutation. I don't want to see that stuff, and it disappoints me when those posts get shared by people I otherwise want to follow. Perhaps I'll refollow after the dust settles.

CzarSquid  ·  1235 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No downvotes, subreddit mods and actually encourages conversations with tags? This is pretty neat. I'll give hubski a shot.

usuallymatt  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    1) There is no default content. You must build your own feed.

I've followed a few tags yet when I go to the main page I see all sorts of stuff with tags I'm not following. I didn't have to build a feed at all. How do I just see my followed tags?

kleinbl00  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

1) You are following #newtohubski by default. I forgot about that. You're right. That's default content. Oopsie. You can unfollow it and it will likely go away.

2) I think you're following badged content by default, too.

In my defense, these are new changes. Apologies for the confusion.

usuallymatt  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Aha ok, That makes sense. Thanks for clearing it up. Here, have some gold....oh, right.

kleinbl00  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You'll get there.

FYI - badges predate gilding by several months.

usuallymatt  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hah. Ok. I'm just kidding. I like what I see so far. Over the past couple years I've tried to trim my subreddits because the atmosphere in a lot of them was a little off. Hubski looks like everything I wish Reddit was so I'll be sticking around. Right now I see it's running slowly so I'm hoping the team at hubski are able to improve that.

kleinbl00  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

90% of the people clicking around right now will be gone in two days. Of those that stick around, 50% will be gone in a week.

user-inactivated  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Is that accurate or approximation?

kleinbl00  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Zoltar I ain't. Historically, however, our traffic waves generally recede and leave us a handful of new members and a few seashells.

user-inactivated  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Makes sense.

thenewgreen  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Nearly badged this, btw. Nothing gets my goat more than people thinking we cribbed badges.... well, maybe those that think syncretic created Hubski.

mk  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Actually, everyone only follows badges by default, which was a recent change. You can toggle that to 'off' in your settings.

That, and the welcome post should be stickied when you join.

Welcome aboard.

usuallymatt  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ok, I still don't get it. If I click feed I see stuf I'm following but also stuff that's tagged, e.g., #uspolitics · #feelthebern · #sillyseason There's a post titled "Dear America, get your head out of your ass about Bernie Sanders" in the feed right now with those tags. I'm looking to just see my followed tags. I don't follow any of those. Come to thin of it I'm not following #newtohubski either. Are those Badged posts?

Is there a way to select my followed tags anywhere? I don't see a way to go to those easily.

kleinbl00  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hmmm.

So if you click this you'll see the content I see on Hubski. It should be different than what you see [(which is this)](https://hubski.com/feed?id=usuallymatt).

I can click on this and see your profile. from that, I can tell by clicking on "followed tags = 12" (under stats) that you're following #minecraft, #linux, #google, #android, #news, #internet, #humor, #askhubski, #technology, #movies, #philosophy and #comics.

I'm guessing that you're following badged content (it's a default choice, you can change it) by the fact that you see the bernie Sanders post. It was badged, as was one of its comments.

All the places you see #newtohubski you see that they have also been tagged #askhubski, which you are following.

Make sense?

nuance  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

How do I unfollow badged content? I've tried everything I can think of but can't find anything that'll unfollow it.

Also, from what I can gather, the wheel in comments is a vote and on posts is a share. Is that correct?

snarfy  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I figured it out. 1. Click on your username. 2. click on settings. 3. toggle the "follow badged content" to off.

voila!

usuallymatt  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah i think I get it now. Thanks.

jherazob  ·  1236 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Dunno if you can see this yet (the 48 hour thing), but your presence single-handedly made me decide to create an account here. I remember your posts from long, long ago when Reddit was younger (i still share your "Implants Are Bad!" post once in a while).

I'll stick around, at the very least this site will sate my desire for in-depth discussion.

kleinbl00  ·  1236 days ago  ·  link  ·  

"Ignore" is not the same as "mute." You still get replies from ignored users. I think. I may have undone that preference. Not sure. Company until midnight last night, 8am call this morning, and I'm a default mod so DRAMA.

Either way, I appreciate it. Thanks.

Has_Xray_Glasses  ·  1236 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks. I appreciate it.

snarky  ·  1244 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hey, I know you from that other site. This is seriously great. I've been reluctant to dive into hubski for the longest while because I knew it would be a learning curve, but your comment is helpful.

kleinbl00  ·  1244 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Are you wearing pants?

snarky  ·  1244 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Unfortunately, yes. But on the bright side, I'm putting in my two weeks notice with work on Tuesday and taking off about 6 weeks before starting my next job since I'm moving cities and going on a 4 week honeymoon to Europe. There's plenty of pantlessness on the horizon.

kleinbl00  ·  1244 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Nice. Enjoy. /r/realestate misses you.

snarky  ·  1244 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oh yea, that wasn't me, I mod the music defaults. I recognize you just from DM, modtalk, and always bragging about being a lawyer. I married one so I know how it goes.

kleinbl00  ·  1244 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Never once have I so much as hinted I'm a lawyer. ;-)

Gimme a hint, though.

snarky  ·  1244 days ago  ·  link  ·  

If you go to L2T with sub styles enabled, my username appears in pink comic sans.

My wife is right in the middle of barbri with the exam at the end of next month. Any wisdom to share with her?

kleinbl00  ·  1244 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ah ha! copy that. Yeah, I don't think we've interacted at all.

I'm not a lawyer. Never have been, never will be. From what I've seen, my wisdom would be "study hard."

snarky  ·  1244 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thank god she's the kind of person who can power through shit endlessly. I had to pass the CPA exams a couple years ago and could have used her work ethic. Her dad's a successful lawyer, so it's like she doesn't know anything else.

scrumpylungs  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was completely discombobulated by the whole layout here but this one post is incredibly well explained, so thanks!! Now that I have an idea of how it works I really like some of the ideas behind it. I'm not "unhappy" with reddit, as to be honest most of these big blow up dramas go right over my head, but was interested in checking out the alternatives for the hell of it and this post has definitely enticed me to stay a bit longer!

oozzo  ·  1257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for the warm welcome. I've been less active reddit for the past few months because of the toxic atmosphere that's been spreading around the subs. Despite their banning fat people hate, the conversations are far from "authentic." It's mostly just memes and inside jokes sprinkled with bigotry and hate.

I appreciate the tutorials you offer as well. It really helped me understand what your site is all about!

koreth  ·  1235 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    There are no downvotes and "sharing" is NOT the same thing as upvoting.

Can I suggest that the dot point to a URL other than "/vote" to emphasize that fact? Until I saw your post, I actually thought it was the same thing as upvoting, purely because I saw "vote" and "dir=up" in my browser's footer when I moused over it.

mk  ·  1235 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not a bad suggestion.

kleinbl00  ·  1235 days ago  ·  link  ·  
Ezana  ·  1236 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for this!

jug  ·  1236 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for the informative and helpful post! There is a lot to digest but I like the welcoming vibe here, the site features look interesting, and the goals with the site aligns with why I went to look around in the first place. Too bad I never got into Zork -- loved Monkey Island, though.

Larso  ·  1236 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    9) There are no downvotes and "sharing" is NOT the same thing as upvoting. When you click the dot, it means "I want my friends to see this" not "I approve."

Wait - but how do I tell someone over the internet that I want to STAB THEM IN THE FACE?

I'm kidding (nervously laughs), but coming from the adversarial reddit community, how do disagreements play out?

Quatrarius  ·  1236 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Arguments should work out like this:

Person 1 and Person 2 disagree on a topic. They both explain why they disagree, citing various pieces of evidence to support their positions. If the argument remains peaceful, one person either changes their mind on the topic or the two people agree to disagree.

If not, there's always the chance for drama. Just don't burn bridges. Apologies are good ways of smoothing over past nastiness.

If that fails, there's always muting.

mifuyne  ·  1236 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's pretty jarring to see this process explained. It made me realize how damaging reddit's karma system can be [to discussions] :(