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Reddit is rapidly becoming my favorite site on the Web. I’m a latecomer to its powers of seduction, being a veritable n00b compared to some of the other writers here at MakeUseOf. But I’m keen to explore Reddit, learning its subtleties and gaining new insights from subreddits aplenty as I do so.

As it stands I consider Reddit to be one of the seven wonders of the Web 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without The World Wide Web (now more commonly known simply as the Web) has been with us for over 20 years now, and in that relatively short space of time it has unequivocally changed the world.... Read More , one of the pillars the whole community is based on and around. If you don’t buy into that belief then try the site out for yourself; just be sure to follow my advice for your first day on Reddit Your First Day On Reddit... Fixed Your First Day On Reddit... Fixed Reddit is emerging as a true force on the Internet, which explains its inclusion in our list of wonders of the Web. It's a source for news and interesting factoids, the instigator of many memes,... Read More .

After you have settled in you’ll want to find new subreddits to subscribe to. We have already suggested interesting random subreddits 8 Interesting Subreddits I Found Using Reddit's "Random" Button 8 Interesting Subreddits I Found Using Reddit's "Random" Button Everyone loves Reddit, and if you don't then it's just because you haven't found the right subreddit! There's one in there for everybody, and it's one of the Internet's largest communities. Reddit is at the... Read More , hilariously specific subreddits 8 Hilariously Specific Subreddits You Won't Believe Are Actually Active 8 Hilariously Specific Subreddits You Won't Believe Are Actually Active The letter g. Squirrels eating things they usually wouldn't. Pictures of animals without necks. The law of subreddits states that if something exists, a community can and will eventually form around it on Reddit. I've... Read More , subreddits to show off your creativity Show Off Your Creativity With These 8 Subreddits Show Off Your Creativity With These 8 Subreddits One of the hardest things about taking on a creative project is not having anyone to share it with when all is said and done. Although there's enough reason to just make stuff for fun,... Read More , and subreddits that will make your money go further Penniless Because of the Holidays? 8 Money-Stretching Subreddits Penniless Because of the Holidays? 8 Money-Stretching Subreddits A secret corporation doesn’t want you knowing that prices actually go up on average from Black Friday until the end of December. However, immediately following the West’s orgy of gift giving, prices become flaccid. How... Read More . And now it’s time to go meta with the best subreddits all about Reddit.

Best Of

Best Of Reddit does exactly what you’d expect it to do, which is feature the best posts and comment threads seen elsewhere on Reddit. The “best” of anything is invariably subjective, but what rises to the top of Best Of tends to be brilliant pieces of content that would otherwise have been missed by mainstream Redditors.

TL;DR The one subreddit you wouldn’t mind being stuck on a desert island with.

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Worst Of

Worst Of Reddit is the negative version of Best Of. But in a way it’s even more entertaining. This subreddit exists to hold up examples of trolling and bad behavior 5 Most Effective Ways To Deal With Arrogant Internet Trolls 5 Most Effective Ways To Deal With Arrogant Internet Trolls The Internet is without doubt a great invention. Unfortunately, no one so far has been able to develop and anti-troll device that will help to make it a more civilized place. You might have come... Read More , of people commenting in an aggressive manner to get a response, of threads that have quickly spiraled out of control.

TL;DR You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll avoid everyone involved.

Subreddit Of The Day

Subreddit Of The Day has a simple mission, which is to celebrate one subreddit every day. Some are popular and populist, others are small and niche, all are awesome and chosen for a reason. This is a great way to discover new subreddits 5 Ways To Find The Best Obscure Subreddits On Reddit 5 Ways To Find The Best Obscure Subreddits On Reddit Since its surge in popularity in 2006, Reddit has truly become the epicenter of social news and information. We're in an age where the newspaper is gradually inching towards extinction as more and more people... Read More , and you can also nominate a subreddit yourself.

TL;DR One new subreddit a day is featured, and everyone wins.

Circlebroke

Circlebroke exists to draw attention to the worst cases of circle jerking. In reality this subreddit consists of people getting very worked up about the behavior of some people on Reddit, especially when groups of Redditors start acting together like a pack of animals. It’s entertaining to read but isn’t for the faint of heart.

TL;DR Calling out individuals and groups for not playing nicely.

Subreddit Drama

Who needs to watch soap operas on television when Reddit provides all the drama one person could ever wish for? Subreddit Drama consists of the best action from across Reddit compiled into a central repository. Bullying, nasty comments, arguments, bannings, and conspiracy theories are the order of the day.

TL;DR Most of us avoid drama in our real lives, but you can watch it play out on Reddit.

Sh*t Reddit Says

Reddit is built on comments from the legions of Redditors who reside on the site. Unfortunately not all of those comments are pleasant and respectful. In fact, some are downright nasty. Sh*t Reddit Says compiles those comments that were upvoted despite being racist, sexist, creepy, or downright vile.

TL;DR The very worst opinions of Reddit highlighted for the world to shake its head at.

Meta

The Meta subreddit is perhaps the most meta of all subreddits. It exists to allow redditors to talk about things they like and dislike about the site, ask questions about how and why Reddit operates the way it does, and generally discuss the site in both positive and negative tones.

TL;DR While you’re on Reddit you may want to talk about Reddit. Reddit.

Conclusions

If this list of subreddits isn’t meta enough for you then I don’t know what would be. It should please all of those Redditors who want to travel deeper into the Reddit rabbit hole to discover what lies beneath the seedy underbelly.

I suspect there are some people reading this who don’t have a clue what Reddit is and why they would want to subscribe to subreddits. If that’s you then you should download the Reddit manual as soon as you finish reading this sentence.

What do you think of Reddit? Is it a site you’ve tried and given up on? Or is it the first site you head to each morning? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

As I explore Reddit in more depth I hope to write more articles about the culture of the site, what posts are likely to do well, and what the various acronyms and references relate and refer to. So Redditors, both n00b and veteran, should stay tuned to MakeUseOf.

  1. Lim3Fru1t
    April 17, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I just subscribed to subredditoftheday since i like to find new subreddits with interesting content. /r/subredditoftheday covers that need :P

  2. Roger Teople
    April 17, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Very disappointing to see you suggesting people read /r/ShitRedditSays. The subreddit is known for its constant downvote brigades and other nefarious activities. I think I will go unsubscribe from MakeUseOf now. :(

    • Florin Ardelian
      April 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Whoever wrote this article (*cough*Dave*cough*) doesn't know how shitty SRS is. And it's not just about the downvote brigades. It's about the crap that's infesting that subreddit - things taken out of context so bad that it's obviously done on purpose. And when you look at the comments, most of them take the submissions at face value.

      This isn't a reason worthy of unsubscribing from MUO. Just because you stepped in manure doesn't mean you have to burn down the field. Besides, the only thing I disagree (heavily disagree) with in this article is the reference to SRS, everything else is spot on.

      I'm surprised he didn't mention GW ;)

    • Dave Parrack
      April 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      I've found it an entertaining read so far, though I'm clearly not aware of the reputation this particular subreddit has. I'll read more deeply from now on.

      Thanks for your support. I agree with you, and like the analogy!

    • Dave Parrack
      April 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      I'm fairly new to Reddit and so am perhaps not as aware of some of the behind the scenes politics as you are. You don't SRS, that's fair enough, but it is a subreddit about Reddit, which is the justification for its inclusion in this piece.

      If you feel the need to unsubscribe from MakeUseOf then that's your right. Though I will never understand the desire to kill an association with a whole website over one small part of just one article.

    • Florin Ardelian
      April 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      You might be interested in /r/TheoryOfReddit and /r/help.

    • Florin Ardelian
      April 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Forgot to mention, for criticism against /r/shitredditsays, you can check out /r/srssucks to see how much they often take things out of context. For example: http://www.reddit.com/r/SRSsucks/comments/1chsrj/todays_episode_of_srs_taking_something_as_far_out/

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