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comment by Pharnaces
Pharnaces  ·  3048 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Floodgates

Yeah, I know. It just seems much more tedious and unreliable as a content aggregation service than Reddit and I think that could be improved with the ability to follow tags or at least put them in the sidebar as bookmarks.

    Why is it that you're so concerned with the "trash content" that you have the power to remove from your personal feed?

Well, in general if a site is mostly dedicated to "trash content" then the average user will come here for the lowest common denominator entertainment instead of the thought-provoking discussions the admins want.

There's a picture of a quote that goes around on /v/ (and maybe 4chan in general) from time to time (link:

   Any community that gets its laughs by pretending to be idiots will eventually be flooded by actual idiots who mistakenly believe that they're in good company."

   Rene Descartes
It's ironic because the painting in the background is of Voltaire, not Descartes, and Descartes never said anything like that, but despite that it actually is quite relevant to our conversation. If the community here comes here for something other than thought-provoking discussions then eventually the purpose of the site will no longer be to provide them.