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tacocat  ·  705 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Internet was a mistake

Twitter is definitely toxic but I occasionally find myself in intelligent, endearing conversations on there. It's the exception not the rule. I still point at Chan culture as the problem. I think I clearly remember when 4chan invaded reddit and made it terrible.

kleinbl00  ·  705 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's not so much that they invaded as emigrated. Once they discovered that they could get magic internet points for f7u12 cartoons they packed their things and forwarded their mail. Then, once they discovered that they could get magic internet points for anything as low-effort as an f7u12 cartoon they proceeded to colonize like botulism in a petri dish.

Reddit Inc didn't care what grew so long as it kept clicking. The rest is just death throes.

tacocat  ·  705 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm not saying you're wrong but there was a definite point where digg shit the bed for one reason or another and reddit became worse almost instantaneously. There was always the Chan subsection of reddit and then digg imploded and that subsection became the norm.

kleinbl00  ·  704 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Digg was a different culture. It was a lower-effort culture but as maligned as Digg was, it was still the place you went when you wanted to know what Wired articles were worth reading. What was going on with Gizmodo today. What dumb political thing you could be outraged about in 3 minutes or less. It wasn't the place for people who lacked the attention span for Twitter.

Digg did not improve Reddit but it didn't drag it into the sewer the way 4chan did.

tacocat  ·  704 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You're not wrong. I just seem to remember a flood of those low effort users to reddit after digg did something to piss them off

kleinbl00  ·  704 days ago  ·  link  ·  
tacocat  ·  704 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I swear it happened multiple times and that was the worst