mk was right on this, following tags would only result in another reddit, I'd say give this a try for a bit longer.
Subreddits are the only thing that kept it usable
But only for a short period of time, anytime you get over ~10k subs or so it just degrades into what we don't like about Reddit.
Just gave up on reddit myself, the entire community of smart, thoughtful, intelligent commenters is now replaced with the teen aged boys from digg. So its done.