In the Reddit community all are invited, but few are aware of the mysteries which lie within the insanely popular forum. Never tread blindly again with this list of things most users just don’t know about Reddit!
Reddit Has an Official Blog…
Reddit has a blog detailing new user features and general news, and has since 2005. Not only do the writers post technical details concerning the site’s page views and submissions, they post updates regarding its various (and I mean various) philanthropic events and creative products as well.
If you’d like to keep up with Reddit’s blog posts, subscribe to the blog subreddit to keep track of the latest Reddit news. Or, you know, the RSS feed.
…An official Reddit YouTube Channel…
There is also an official Reddit YouTube channel which is updated regularly with funny and educative content, including video showcases of their popular AMA discussion boards and their Formative interview series where monumental figures in the Internet world speak about the formative events which lead to their success.
…And an Official Reddit Podcast!
Upvoted, a self-described “Redditorial Publication”, covers the ongoing news occurring on Reddit. Upvoted also has an official Reddit podcast wherein Reddit users are given the chance to tell their own life stories.
Reddit’s Written in Python
The change of Reddit code was a fairly large deal when first decided back in 2005, as Reddit went from being written in Lisp to being written in Python (among other languages). This was due to the foreseeable wave of future users which has since lifted Reddit to the top slot of Internet and media fandom.
In a blog post, a Reddit official wrote about the switch, saying much of it had to do with the well documented libraries available.
“One of the biggest issues was the lack of widely used and tested libraries. Sure, there is a CL library for basically any task, but there is rarely more than one, and often the libraries are not widely used or well documented. Since we’re building a site largely by standing on the shoulders of others, this made things a little tougher. There just aren’t as many shoulders on which to stand.” — Reddit
When responding to why Reddit chose Python of all programming languages, the answer was simple: “It’s fast, development in Python is fast, and the code is clear.” What’s more impressive than the prophetic shift is news from one of Reddit’s co-founders Aaron Swartz that Reddit was completely rewritten “in the past week. It was pretty much done in one weekend.”
There’s a Little Pi At the Bottom of Every Page
Seriously, there’s a little pi down there.
An inside joke stemming from a 90s movie named The Net, the symbol resides there to this day. There’s no added functionality to it, but you’ll know it’s there from now on.
You Can Read Reddit in…Pirate?
That’s right, there’s an option to read Reddit in Pirate among other languages like Latin, LOL, 1337 (leetspeak) and Esperanto. Head to the Reddit website, sign in, and click on Preferences. Continue on to interface languages and change the option to Arrrrrrr! [pir] to have all text on the user interface changed to pirate speak.
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Reddit Isn’t Just Funny Sounding
Where does the name “Reddit” even come from? The founders admit in their FAQ page that it’s “…(sort of) a play on words — i.e., ‘I read it on Reddit.'” also noting “…there are some unintentional but interesting Latin meanings to the word ‘Reddit’.” A quick trip to the Perseus Tuft Latin dictionary (thanks, college!) reveals a deeper meaning.
Considering the upvote point generated from the user community is called “karma” — after the belief that contributing posts and comments to the community warrants good vibes in return — the name seems less like a coincidence and more like divine inspiration.
Send Reddit a Postcard, Get Gold in Return
Although Reddit is completely free to use, it also has a membership program called “Gold” which can be gifted to other users — often as a present in return for quality content. Gold membership will cancel ads, allow Reddit themes, change user avatars and more.
The Gold membership costs $3.99 a month and $29.99 a year to maintain; what most users don’t know is that Reddit will give you a free month of Gold if you simply send them a postcard showing your thanks.
You can also view these heartwarming postcards as well.
Handy Reddit Address Tweaks
There are certain domain tweaks you can use to ease your Reddit-ing process. For example, why bother typing the subreddit you want to to view at the end like usual — e.g. reddit.com/r/aww — when you can add it to the beginning instead? Like so — aww.reddit.com.
If you’d like to view multiple subreddits in one address bar rather than creating a user multireddit and adding each subreddit individually, simply type the subreddit name + another subreddit — e.g. reddit.com/r/aww+puppies+teacuppigs — to view them all at once. Then bookmark it for future use.
Would you rather just view pictures than annoying text? Add a “p” after “Reddit” and before “.com” — e.g. redditp.com/r/aww+puppies+teacuppigs — to view a picture gallery composed from your favorite subreddits.
Reddit TV Exists
This is not exactly a replacement for Reddit given it’s partiality for GIFV, however televiso.net hosts a website where you can watch Reddit videos uploaded to popular subreddits for free. Simply enter the subreddit to begin enjoying what the visual r/documentaries, for instance, has to show!
You’re even given the same Reddit controls, like ordering the posts by popularity and time span, to ease the video watching process.
Show Some Love With Your Keyboard
Tired of pressing the little upvote button every time you approve of a post? Click a post area and tap A to upvote or Z to downvote. You can also run downward a post or comment listing by pressing J and upward by pressing K.
Reddit Users Are the Change They Want to See
In 2009, image hosting was off to a relatively slow start. Given the fact that the meme revolution hadn’t fully hit the Internet, most image hosting websites had several servicing and quality issues. That’s when Reddit user u/MrGrim decided that, as a gift to Reddit, he would create an image hosting service that, quote, “didn’t suck”.
Seven years later, Imgur is one of the most popular image hosting services on the Internet to date. Although it’s not difficult to note that Reddit prefers Imgur, most people don’t realize they owe their wild successes to each other.
You Can Download Reddit Online
Ever wanted to make a website with the same functionality and look of Reddit? Look no further than Github, where you can download the Reddit source code for the entire website with the few clicks of a button.
It’s also technically open-source, where users can submit errors to the developer subreddit — although any user bug fix must be approved first. The greatest aspect of having Reddit available online is the user spinoffs that come with an open-source website, such as…
Shroud Reddit in Work
You browse Reddit at work and everyone knows it. That is, until you use one of these trusty Reddit UI websites. These remastered versions maintain the content and functionality of Reddit but with a completely different UI theme. MSOutlookit changes Reddit to look like an email client.
Other websites, like CodeReddit, turn Reddit into an interactive coding UI for you over-worked and underpaid computer engineers out there.
There’s a Reddit Front Page of the Future
Blair Erickson, the now CEO of Jamwix, was once a lowly moderator of the popular, future-themed subreddit r/futurology when he decided to create a funny picture of what Reddit would look like in the year 3012. 4 years later, the hilariously astute Reddit 3016 is available online for your comedic pleasure. Filled to the brim with witty, self-made content, Blair put in a lot of time and effort into making his first creation into a reality.
This Reddit spinoff, although largely unknown, is testament to the great wit you can find in Reddit’s user community. There’s even an r/reddit3016 subreddit which keeps the futuristic fun going.
Move Over, Tay
Microsoft’s Twitter AI invention named TayTweets was a bold, new attempt to have AI bots create online content. That’s all well and good, except for one thing; Reddit has a full subreddit with continually updated content created entirely by bots; r/SubredditSimulator began as a script which would create random submissions and comments. It was then re-written to use Reddit data and Markov chains.
Although a large portion of the subreddit makes no sense, some gems make this particular experiment a fine example of the community’s creativity.
Reddit University for the Masses
Since it’s inception, Reddit was designed as a tool to educate and inform. Taking this mantra to the next step is UReddit, an official Reddit attempt at creating an online resource for high-quality learning and discovery. Reddit users can access the course curriculum easily by visiting the class page.
Once again, the Reddit community has gone above and beyond to provide great content for its user base. With a large selection of topics and subjects to choose from, I’d definitely recommend visiting UReddit to pick up a few lessons (and if you’re knowledgeable enough, to teach).
Reddit Supports the Classic Combo
Are you logged into Reddit right now? Do you know the Konami code? Simply press up + up + down + down + left + right + left + right + b + a + enter on your keyboard.
You can never have enough bacon, even if it’s virtual.
The Wonders of Reddit
As a long time lurker of Reddit’s hallowed halls, I find I can never know enough about the sometimes funny, sometimes serious website and its numerous subreddits. There’s no mistake about it; when it comes to the potential of Reddit as an interface for communication and idea-creation, the sky’s the limit.
What are some Reddit secrets you’ve been holding back on? Let us in on the “know” in the comments below!