OC I love the chaos at the moment

I'm feeling a real positive energy and community spirit as a result of the sudden fragmentation of reddit's foundational use base.

And I love how chaotic it is! How there is so much to learn. How each new platform is separate yet somehow meshed in a way that will only become clear with time. I love the performance issues, even -- just because it feels new, like something exciting is happening.

It reminds me of what the net used to be like before everything became just variations of a single beige blob. Reddit's frontpage was essentially churn. There was value in its smaller subs, but after over a decade of use, everything became all too familiar. And looking back, I preferred reddit way more before they changed the up/downvote counter. But that's all in the rear view mirror now.

We're all participating in a huge shift, and it won't be the familiar, convenient, linear path we've all become accustomed to. And I love everybody's optimism and willingness to pitch in to build a better web for future generations.

BigVault avatar

Loving how raw this all feels too.

Even if all this ends up being a niche thing, I’ll still get my social fix with likeminded randoms on the internet, hopefully with less doomscroll.

I’ve certainly been more interested in commenting here vs Reddit, just because it seems far less toxic, the slight wrong thing posted on Reddit and the pile on was a real danger.

Seeing many, many posts where simple questions were asked by newcomers seeking help with the obligatory blind downvote is awful for newbies.

Interested to see where all of this leads to and very appreciative of what Earnest has achieved.

It might be rough but I’m sure ready.


Was a bit of a poweruser on Reddit for a bit, and yeah, commented less and less due to the growing toxicity. Here feels more like Reddit from years back - A more hopeful, friendly atmosphere where you can just post rather than think over your post, post, then delete it because, "Wait what if the hivemind buries it?"


I started my reddit main account in 2011. I used to be a highly active mod for a niche sub for about a year between 2012-2013, before bots were widespread to help moderate. But then from like 2014-2020, the number of times where I would start typing up a response for a default sub, then just deleted it all out of fear of the dogpiling eventually just drove me to being a lurker and very passively consuming content. In 2020, I finally started a new hobby and the became engaged and active with submitting new content and contributing some comments.

I already feel so much more empowered to engage here. This actually quite civil and highly cerebral culture really gives me the nostalgia for when I first started on reddit. I have questions though for what will eventually happen with the toxics and deplorables find a home here just to ruin it for everyone else.

CH3DD4R_G0B-L1N avatar

And shadow bans/karma limits. Had engagement actively stifled so many times from being unable to submit or those submissions being hidden.
Here, I make an account and I'm in here sharing the awe with everyone else. Simple as.


It took me a while to realise I was shadowbanned from a specific subreddit, which I was really bummed about because I'd never done anything to warrant this and it seemed like a really good community otherwise. It really limited my engagement with Reddit after that, because why bother if it's just hidden.

I'm looking forward to seeing new communities grow here and to be a part of them.

bee avatar

One of the things that bugged me the most about Reddit was how it felt like everyone was constantly engaged in this game of one-upsmanship to try and seem like they're the smartest but also the most cynical. I don't get that vibe here at all and it's really exciting.


Isn't that just human nature to 'one up' people? I find that IRL quite often too, it's not surprising you would find it online!!

kestrel7 avatar

Sometimes people can just be pointlessly combative. I remember I was asking for help fixing some stuff on my bike, and some guy was like "do you REALLY need to maintain your bike that much?" and it was just like... Well, I don't necessarily do this stuff often... But I do have to do it right now. So. Help or fuck off??

CynAq avatar

Either that or trying to be the first one to post the same meme reply to the same meme repost you've seen for the millionth time.

-Hey, what's a huge red flag on a first date?(nsfw)

-(oh oh!!! I know!!!) Being a dick to servers
_____-And retail workers

FixedFun avatar

I also want to do this... oh....

Bendersmember avatar

Ugh people just commenting "this" to every top comment and getting upvoted like crazy drove me batty. It doesn't add to the conversation and anytime I mentioned it on Reddit I'd get 100 people just replying "this" underneath... Hoping that one track mentality can be different here. It's one thing to have it happen once, but for it to be every single time someone brings it up is kinda a drag. Like ya hur dur we get it, but it gets old fast.



Bendersmember avatar

Sigh and it begins...

CoderKat avatar

Yeah. I kinda get it. It is a red flag and an obvious and agreeable answer. But oh jeeze it's so boring when every question even remotely along the same lines gets the same replies. I know there's always gonna be some people who are seeing it for the first time and that's okay, but there's kinda like a race to get to post that reply that will always get upvoted a ton even if it's not original or interesting.

One thing that's kinda depressing is how many Reddit threads would have some quippy pun as the top comment, then a few comments down might be some super insightful, interesting, and original comment. But it's not as easily digestible as a one line pun, so it isn't considered the best.

themadcodger avatar

I showed up to the fediverse last September (had tours around years ago but never stayed). Generally speaking, the fediverse is a very chill and accepting place as long as you're not a dick, and stay respectful of others. It really does remind me of the web in the old days before we handed over control to like 5 companies.

I encourage you to explore beyond this one corner when you feel ready. Maybe none of the rest of it will interest you, maybe it will. But it's a cool thing we're building!

CH3DD4R_G0B-L1N avatar

It didn't sink in until reading your words, but, yeah, 100% agree. It gives me the good vibes tingle thinking about being in the thick of a possible move from stagnation into something new and exciting for internet communities.

StaticBoredom avatar

This is SUCH a good post. I love the energy of embracing the new, even with its inconveniences, and perhaps especially with them.

I’ve felt for years that this drive for convenience at any cost not only helps create bland societies and exacerbate environmental and economic destruction, but it also makes each of us that much less adaptable every year.

I’m weak as fuck, but I still believe there is essential value to be had in some discomfort and inconvenience on a somewhat regular basis, and this also goes for community-building, which I feel very fortunate to be witnessing in real-time.


I've been on reddit for more than a decade and it was my social network. Not FB, not IG, not Twitter. I must have visited almost daily and I learned about so many thing that I would have not come across otherwise.

What's happening there right now is more than sad but I'm definitely feeling the excitement of a fresh start. Consuming less and contributing more, checking out magazines that I have never hear of before and mainly helping to build a new community.

Thank you for the warm welcome here!

themadcodger avatar

Consuming less and contributing more, checking out magazines that I have never hear of before and mainly helping to build a new community.

Keep that positive attitude! That's exactly what we need here. This is a new world that we're building, let's make it a good one!

PabloDiscobar, (edited )
PabloDiscobar avatar

Recently I couldn't get a single piece of information out of reddit. Whatever the message was, it was buried under a load of one-liners overused jokes. I spent more time hiding one-liners rather than reading anything useful. There are the specialized subs of course, but most of the tool is just noise. And you can feel that the posts are not genuine, it's so annoying.

Some subs celebrated the fact that they've reach a milestone in term of subscriptions (2 millions subs, wooo!). Well, seems like there is a thing called oversubscriptions. Yep.

tchambers avatar

Love this, talked it up over here:


Friend avatar

Thanks for the share!

Nepenthe avatar

Wanted to say that was appreciated. I've been wanting to talk on this today and I literally just now came from there.

I have my reservations about the rut some refugees seem to be in, in terms of the assumptions they're making about how social media "has" to be approached, but I'm nevertheless very excited to see this place turn into something good. If we play things exactly right we can reclaim what the internet used to be.

Ignacio avatar

Internet was like the jungle years ago, but it was free from investors and monetization. Then Facebook came, Twitter too, YouTube changed its model of service, and everything became a shit show where we're the most damaged.

Fediverse in general, and pages like Lemmy, Kbin, Mastodon, PeerTube, etc. in their capabilities, can change that, and return internet to the users.


Reddit has become too large for its own good. It’s in serious need of a fragmentation. I really hope this issue is the catalyst to do it. It would be ideal if there were several alternatives to fill that void. I know Reddit was convenient because we could essentially get everything in one place, but it’s just not worth it. Going back to smaller communities with more distinct cultures and environments feels very refreshing and something that I think a lot of us have sorely missed.

PositiveNoise avatar

It's like an internet version of Christmas Morning Madness, with strange new toys to play with, and happy kids diving into cool new stuff. I'm lovin it


Yeah, off we go to the next, better iteration of the internet!


@Friend heck yeah! That's how I feel right now. Its a growing, cooperative effort and I'm excited to be here in the somewhat early growth of it all, despite missing the fediverse's true infancy.


It’s unpredictable. It’s exciting. I’m learning my way around again. I feel like a kid in a candy shop. I’m finding something new around every corner….and looking forward to Christian coming up with an app to make it easy. ;o)

geeker avatar

I feel like Reddit died a while ago, and the people running it are trying to squeeze the ship for as much profit as they can before it finally sinks.

I have been ready to leave that place for a while. This is the perfect excuse to end it.

Cat avatar

It is surreal to see the posts in this mag. It is like I'm on reddit for the first time again... but instead of some other platform getting ripped on for bad practice, it is Reddit!

Its an odd sense of nostelgia.


Poor Kbin.

I mean, thanks guys, this is awesome and clearly you see folks are coming.

sorry about the weight on your servers. Didn't see this coming.

pfr avatar

I felt the same way a few months ago when Twitter imploded and everyone was migrating to Mastodon. It was so exciting to see so much more activity!
Mastodon is thriving now and soon so will lemmy/kbin and the rest of the fediverse.

I want more users on pixelfed!

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