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  1. I agree with you, too bad everybody (me sometimes included) starts thinking AFTER a problem occurs…

  2. >The community are of the opinion that submitting your own content is spamming

    If that’s **all** you do, and you do it multiple times, even to different subreddits…yeah, you’re a spammer. Sorry.

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    No, sorry, I don’t accept that.
    For something to be spam, it has to have some sort of monetary gain for the person posting it. There’s none here at all. Never has been. If you can define someone writing original content and freely posting it as spam, then your definition is fundamentally broken and needs review.

  4. Mark,

    Reddit is schizoid because its purpose is to make people money through spam. The successful spammers there post a whole lot of articles that agree with a very narrow view of the world (single, lonely, dysfunctional, socially alienated, week-willed people in their 20s whose “ideology” consists of equal parts self-pity and revenge on the more successful) and then link to affiliate programs and blogs they don’t PERSONALLY own yet are benefiting from. This is why Reddit is so evasive and capricious about the accusation of spamming.

    Don’t get me wrong — the original community there were some stand-up people. Their goal was to start a dot-com and make millions. To do that, they pander to the people I described above. That means that Reddit is dripping with pretense of being goodwill-to-all-humans when in fact it’s about profit. The audience of people who go to Reddit are generally burnt-out American losers, so they’re not actually a valuable audience, but in the meantime, the money is rolling in for clickthroughs.

    The people like yourself who go there to try to actually, you know, communicate are doomed. You’re seen as outsiders, and if there’s anything a herd of low self-esteem people likes, it’s a common enemy. That enemy does not have to have actually done anything wrong. You’re different, and that’s bad.

    The software and admins are what makes Reddit great; the community, a.k.a. the hivemind groupthink, are disgusting. Perhaps 1% of the users there are intelligent, but the rest are purposeless people who are there to waste time throwing around memes and feeling superior to non-Redditors. You can see that attitude in what the weenies are posting in these comments.

    You might want to check out hubski — it’s not yet infested with the herd mentality as badly.

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