Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating subreddits, part of Up and Running with reddit.
- In this movie, we're gonna talk about subreddits. Subreddits are focused topic areas in Reddit where you can find content on a specific subject. The Reddit front page can be nice for finding random, unexpected posts but I prefer to spend more time in subreddits where I can focus my attention on the topic that I'm really interested in. So, I wanna start here on the front page of Reddit. I'm just here at www.reddit.com. And I'll find a post that looks interesting. Let's take a look at this one which I clicked on in the previous movie.
This is a link to an article about a meteor crater in Antarctica. But this time instead of clicking on the headline I wanna look down here at this. Below the headline there's this thing that says /r/science. This is the subreddit where this post exists. Every post on Reddit is categorized by one or more subreddits. Since the front page is a mix of everything we see postings from several different subreddits. Here's a subreddit for pics.
Here's a subreddit for funny. A subreddit for gaming and so on. But this one is in the subreddit called Science. Instead of clicking on the headline, if I click on this link to the subreddit that will take me to a page that shows me just content in that subreddit. So, this is the science subreddit so all of these posts relate to science. Let's take a look around and see what we're dealing with. It looks a lot like the front page. And the navigation works the same for reading posts and comments.
I can click on the headline to read the main post or follow that link, and I can click on the comments link to see just the comments for this particular post. But take a look up here at the address for this page, www.reddit.com/r/science. This is the format for the address for a subreddit. It's always gonna be reddit.com/r/ whatever that subreddit is. In fact, sometimes if you're interested in a specific topic you can take a guess and find the subreddit for it.
So, if I were to go here and type in Reddit.com/r/unicycling for example. Now I found a subreddit for unicycling and all the posts here relate to unicycling. Let's check out another one. I'm gonna go to /r/history and this is the history subreddit. The history subreddit is a good one because it has all the typical subreddit features that I wanna point out. Not all subreddits work the same but I wanna check out some of the things that you're usually going to see.
On the right side we see the search field and the buttons to submit new links or posts. Both of these are things we'll be talking about later on in the course. Below that, we see a nice description of this subreddit. This description tells us what this subreddit is and what sort of information you should be able to find here. Below that, is a link to read information about this subreddit followed by some rules for this subreddit. If you click on that introduction link you get a full page dedicated to those rules.
Now, these rules apply to what sort of content can be published to this subreddit and any limitations, if there are any. When people post content to this subreddit they should follow these rules, otherwise their post might be deleted. So, who enforced those rules? Well, I'm gonna take a step back and I'm gonna keep scrolling here on the right side. So, I wanna go all the way down to the bottom where we can see a list of moderators. You can't expect employees of Reddit to moderate and enforce the subreddit rules.
There's just way too much content and way too many subreddits for that. So, these moderators who are just normal Reddit users, have volunteered to take on that responsibility. Usually, these are the people who created this subreddit to begin with but not always. In here, there's a link where you can send a message to the moderators if you have a concern. But you will need to be logged in as a registered Reddit user to do that. So, that's the basic structure of a subreddit. So, how do you find the subreddits for topics that you're interested in? Well, there's the guessing technique which I mentioned before.
You could just type in reddit.com/r/ whatever you're interested in and you might find something. But that's not always so reliable. In the next movie in this chapter, we're gonna be talking about the search tool which you can use to search for content which in turn may lead you to a subreddit that you like. You can also do a good old fashioned Google search. There are websites that rank subreddits and lots of technology blogs post articles like the ten best subreddits and stuff like that. So, you might do a search and see what you can find.
Also, I want you to take a look at the very top of the Reddit page. You can see all these little tiny links up at the top. This is a list of popular subreddits, commonly known as the defaults. The defaults are simply the twenty most popular subreddits. You can click on any of these and check them out. So, clicking on the link for the Space subreddit takes me here. Now, looking up here at the top on the very far right and it's a little harder to see with this black background, but I'm looking for this link that says More.
If I click on that, I see a much longer list of popular subreddits. If you're logged in with an account you can subscribe or unsubscribe to any of these subreddits. But since I'm not logged in right now, I can't make any changes to the subscriptions. So, don't worry about these subscribe and unsubscribe options unless you've set up an account and we'll get into that in chapter two. Finally, if you're anywhere on Reddit, anywhere at all and you wanna go back to the front page, you can go back to these links all the way up here at the top and find the button for front and of course, now we're at the main front page which is where we started.
However you go about discovering subreddits you should make sure that you remember the ones that you like. I think it's better to remember or bookmark or subscribe to the subreddits that you like then you don't have to both with the chaos of the Reddit front page.
- Reading articles on reddit
- Searching reddit
- Using the Reddit Enhancement Suite
- Posting content
- Commenting and voting on content