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Using Reddit

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Reddit is an online discussion and content sharing site that has been called the "front page of the internet". In general the signal-to-noise ratio on Reddit is low (lower than on sites like Quora or LessWrong) but since many more people use Reddit than Quora or LessWrong there is possibly still more total opportunities to discover interesting content or connect with smart people there.

On this page we describe some general considerations on how to get the most out of Reddit.

  • Although a single account allows you to contribute to all parts of the site, each subreddit still acts as a separate community. This sort of division is somewhere in between what you see on Quora (people are extremely "fluid" across topics) and Stack Exchange (very discrete communities; separate account registration for each site).
    Given the somewhat discretized and extremely numerous communities of Reddit, finding the most interesting content often means finding the right subreddits to browse.
  • There is enough content on Reddit that a domain-restricted search can turn up useful results. On search engines like Google and DuckDuckGo, preface your searches by
  • Since most people post under pseudonyms, and since many people also quickly change accounts (e.g. by using throwaways), identity is less important on Reddit than on sites like Quora or LessWrong.