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, 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.
After you have settled in you’ll want to find new subreddits to subscribe to. We have already suggested interesting random subreddits, hilariously specific subreddits, subreddits to show off your creativity, and subreddits that will make your money go further. And now it’s time to go meta with the best subreddits all about Reddit.
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.
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, 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 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, and you can also nominate a subreddit yourself.
TL;DR One new subreddit a day is featured, and everyone wins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.