The name "Reddit" is a play-on-words with the phrase "read it", i. As of May [update] , there are over 11, active subreddits. Each subreddit has a front page that shows newer submissions that have been rated highly.
Redditors can also post comments about the submission, and respond back and forth in a conversation-tree of comments; the comments themselves can also be upvoted and downvoted. The front page of the site itself shows a combination of the highest-rated posts out of all the subreddits a user is subscribed to. Front-page rank—for both the general front page and for individual subreddits—is determined by the age of the submission, positive "upvoted" to negative "downvoted" feedback ratio and the total vote-count.
The site's logo and its mascot is a line drawing of an alien nicknamed "Snoo". Subreddits often use themed variants of Snoo relevant to the subject. Users Registering an account with Reddit is free and does not require an email address. As of June [update] , there were 36 million user accounts. Users with enough experience and accumulated points can also create their own subreddit on a topic of their choosing, and interested users can add it to their front page by subscribing to it.
Reddit comments and submissions are occasionally abbreviated and peppered with jargon , ranging from OP for " Original Poster "—the user who posted the submission being commented upon to NSFW for "not safe for work"—indicating the post has graphic or sexually explicit content. Reddit gold creddits are like gift certificates: Creddits confer status, not perquisites. They serve as a badge of honor for a user among their peers, although redditors have attempted to redeem points before.
These are called "self posts" or "text submissions". Many discussion-based subreddits allow solely text submissions such as "AskReddit"—where users are only allowed to pose broad, discussion based questions to the community at large.
Self posts at first did not accumulate karma points for the submitter. As of July [update] , however, these text-only posts also generate post karma. Reddit users voted en masse to name the whale "Mr. Splashy Pants", and Reddit administrators encouraged the prank by changing the site logo to a whale during the voting.
In December of that year, Mister Splashy Pants was announced as the winner of the competition. Cake day adds an icon of a small slice of cake next to the user's name for 24 hours. The Reddit community socializes at meetings held at local parks and bars around the world,  and many localized subreddits for local in-person meetings exist. Originally, there was a primary "main-reddit", and other areas were "subreddits".
There is no longer a single main-reddit. Initially it was replaced by a group of "default subreddits". As of June [update] , an introductory page was substituted prompting users to customize their "subscriptions".
There are over 11, active total subreddits to peruse,    including the former default set of 50 subreddits. In an interview with Memeburn , Erik Martin, Reddit GM, remarked that their "approach is to give the community moderators or curators as much control as possible so that they can shape and cultivate the type of communities they want".
It displayed a button and a second countdown timer. User accounts created before that day were eligible to participate. A user could only click the button once, or opt not to click it.
If a user clicked the button the timer was globally reset to 60 seconds,  and the user's "flair" an icon next to the user's name changed color. Colors were assigned based on a gradient from purple to red with purple signifying up to 60 seconds and red as low as 0 seconds.
The countdown reached zero several times due to technical problems but eventually expired without further problems on June 5, , after which the subreddit was archived.
After clicking a titular button, an IRC -like chat window was opened with one other user, and allowed a certain time to pick among three options, "Grow," "Stay" and "Leave". The subreddit contained a collaborative pixel art canvas, where a user could place a pixel every five minutes the timer was temporarily ten and twenty minutes for a few hours on April 1. Often subreddits would come together as a group to add a graphic from that community to place. Place was closed on April 3, at 1: While each user received one personal circle, they could join or betray any other user circles.
Clicking the "join" button on another's circle would cause the owner's circle to grow bigger, while the "betray" button would cause the owner's circle to no longer function having "betrayed" the owner's trust. The experiment ended on April 6, It's also possible to endow comments or submissions of other users and thereby give a gold membership to them as an anonymous present. Redditmade closed in February Ellen Pao , Reddit's business and partnerships strategist replaced Wong, becoming the interim chief executive.
The tool allows a user to hide posts and comments from selected redditors in addition to blocking private messages from those redditors. In , Reddit had about employees. The Python web framework that former Reddit employee Swartz developed to run the site, web.
In early , Reddit started using jQuery. There are several Reddit applications for iOS. For example, the University of Reddit, a subreddit that exists to communally teach, emerged from the ability to enter and leave the online forum, the "classroom", at will, and classes ranging from computer science to music, to fine art theory exist.
In gaining popularity in terms of unique users per day, Reddit has been a platform for many to raise publicity for a number of causes. And with that increased ability to garner attention and a large audience, users can use one of the largest communities on the Internet for new, revolutionary, and influential purposes.
Its innovative socially ranked rating and sorting system drives a method that is useful for fulfilling certain goals of viewership or simply finding answers to interesting questions. User sentiments about the website's function and structure include feelings about the breadth and depth of the discussions on Reddit and how the site makes it easy to discover new and interesting items.
Almost all of the user reviews on Alexa. However, others raise the negative aspects of the potential for Reddit's communities to possess a "hive mind" of sorts,  embodying some negative aspects of group interaction theories like crowd psychology and collective consciousness. Philanthropy Reddit and its subreddits have conducted multiple charity projects, some short-term and others ongoing. In early October , a story was posted on Reddit about a seven-year-old girl, Kathleen Edward, who was in the advanced stages of Huntington's disease.
The girl's neighbors were taunting her and her family. Redditors banded together and gave the girl a shopping spree   at Tree Town Toys, a toy store local to the story owned by a Reddit user. In early December , members of the Christianity subreddit decided to hold a fundraiser  and later members of the atheism subreddit decided to give some friendly competition,  cross-promoting  fundraising drives for World Vision 's Clean Water Fund and Doctors Without Borders , respectively.
Later, the Islam subreddit joined in, raising money for Islamic Relief. For the Holiday season, 92 countries were involved in the Secret Santa program. The donation spree broke previous records for the most money donated to a single cause by the Reddit community and resulted in an interview with Colbert on Reddit. The site has been used for a wide variety of political engagement including the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
Reddit has become a popular place for worldwide political discussions. March for Science The March for Science originated from a discussion on reddit over the deletion of all references to climate change from the White House website, about which a user commented that "There needs to be a Scientists' March on Washington".
In advance of legislation that endangers these redditors typically set up pages to organize protest, create or curate content, call responsible authorities and inform about their issues and e.
On January 11, , Reddit announced that it would be participating in a hour sitewide blackout in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act. Drug liberalization A majority of the site's users seems to support legalization of marijuana. Redditors don't want to advertise for you, they want to talk to you.
Slashdot effect Also known as the " Slashdot effect", the Reddit effect occurs when a smaller website has a high influx of traffic after being linked to on Reddit. Because Reddit is such a large site, the traffic is immense and can easily crash smaller sites. In order for users to see crashed websites, several Reddit bots have been created that take a snapshot of the website before large amounts of traffic flood the affected website.
Half a million people pretending to suspend all rational thought in unison. It'll feel like San Francisco in the late 60s, only we won't be able to get any acid. Controversial Reddit communities The website generally lets moderators on individual subreddits make editorial decisions about what content to allow, and has a history of permitting some subreddits dedicated to controversial content.
Those who break the rule are subject to a site-wide ban, and their posts and even entire communities may be removed for breaking the rule. Users telephoned his home and he received death threats. Matt eventually proved that he was genuine by uploading his doctor's records. The cause of death was not immediately known, but authorities said they did not suspect foul play.
Salon reported that "the section's moderators explained in a post on Tuesday, the goal is 'to reduce the number of blogspam submissions and sensationalist titles.
This was done in protest of the recent firing of Victoria Taylor, an administrator who helped organize citizen-led interviews with famous people on the popular "Ask me Anything" subreddit. Organizers of the blackout also expressed resentment about the recent severance of the communication between Reddit and the moderators of subreddits.
Before deleting his posts, he stated that Ellen Pao dismissed him with one year of health coverage when he had cancer and did not recover quickly enough. She also apologized on behalf of the other administrators and noted that problems already existed over the past several years. Included in the ban was lolicon which Huffman referred to as "animated CP". The video reached the top of the website's main feed. Previously, on April 22 of that year, the same Redditor had announced his plans to do so.
Church officials commented that the documents did not contain anything confidential.