Why Reddit Isn’t As Bad As Some People Would Make You Believe [Opinion]

Joshua Lockhart 13-12-2011

why reddit is awesomeIn recent times, 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 has been labeled as a kind of Internet cesspool – a place where only the most vile and disgusting individuals go. Granted, this may come from a general misunderstanding of how the website works, and with that being said, I can understand the confusion.


Today, I’d like to give just a general overview of how Reddit works. I’m not making excuses for the bad parts of Reddit 3 Types of Reddit Commenters That Drive Me Nuts Based on some of my past articles, you may already know that I hail from the online community of Reddit (and so do a couple of my fellow writers). However, as with any online community,... Read More – of course not – but I do want to keep you informed. The more you know, right?  Oh and don’t forget to read Dave’s informative manual on Reddit The Awesome Guide to Reddit Wonder how your friends always find cool stuff on the Internet before you? They're probably using Reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet". Read More too.

What’s Bad About Reddit?

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Contrary to popular belief, Reddit is not a site devoted to child porn and degradation of women. That would be 4Chan 9 Hilarious Websites To Visit When You Need To Kill Time Read More , and if this was the case, I wouldn’t be using it. I’m not at all a proponent for things such as these, but I’ll admit that there are a lot of ugly things on Reddit that are pretty close to the items mentioned, such as:

GoneWild: A subreddit where users post fairly-sexualized nude pictures of themselves, desensitizing the human race to the beauty of sex and giving those who post misdirected praise.

Obnoxious Religious Debate: Militant believers and militant nonbelievers tend to duke it out on the main page of Reddit – something that should be relatively unbiased, methinks.

Exploitation of Teens: There are a few subreddits that depict teenagers in a rather sexualized way – not pornographically, but close. There is the possibility that the pictures found on these subreddits are routed through Facebook, but I will explain how these sections of Reddit are completely within themselves later on in this post.

These are just a few of the bad things about Reddit, and there are quite a few others. I’m not kidding. However, you have to understand how Reddit works before you form an opinion of it.

How Does Reddit Work?

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Let’s imagine a place where the entire world is connected through computers. People are able to create pages that can be read on a screen, and other people can read them and even write on them to the people that have created them. These pages eventually become large communities of people reading and writing, and they range from discussion about cats A Brief Overview of Internet Memes & How You Can Quickly Create Your Own Read More to ramblings about faith all the way to videos of pornography. However, each person chooses to go to the page that interests them the most, so the people that go to the page about cats do not go to the page with pornography.

You may say, “Josh, we already have that – it’s the Internet!”

I say, “No, sir. It’s not the Internet that I’m describing. I’m describing Reddit.”

What amazes me is that the people who bash Reddit are actually users of the Internet – a place that is full of discussion about cats, ramblings about faith, and even videos of pornography. With that being said, Reddit is divided into communities – called subreddits – just like the Internet, so at the core, Reddit is like a miniature version of the Internet itself!


Basically, here’s what I say to a person that bashes Reddit – you wouldn’t automatically say someone looks at jailbait just because they get on the Internet, right?

Should Reddit Censor Itself?

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In my opinion, Reddit should censor itself to some degree. It’s technically a private website created by individuals looking for profit, so it’s fine with me if they choose to censor items. However, the question always arises, “What kind of stuff should they censor?”

Well, for me, that’s anything to do with jailbait, and yes, there are Reddit communities devoted to this (by all technical means, they are not pornographic, but they are still disgusting). So most importantly, young children and even young teenagers do not deserve to be viewed in a sexual manner whatsoever. Furthermore, it puts a bad mark on the other users of Reddit, for other people do not understand that the site is divided up into communities, and typically, those communities do not ever see each other except for when an individual chooses to go to them.


When it comes to trivial things such as porn and religion (bet you never thought you’d see those two in the same sentence), I don’t think they should be censored. However, as someone who is adamantly against pornography in general (but prefers to use discussion rather than force to get his point across), I’d rather not see it at all.

Fortunately, there are methods to censor Reddit on your own, such as the Reddit Enhancement Suite Use Reddit Like A Boss With This Combo Package Today, we're going to take a look at a couple of browser extensions that will enhance your Reddit experience. One of them is an old fogey, so you might of already heard of it by... Read More . I use it to block anything NSFW, and I also block out keywords that float around the site. Pretty useful tool, and I recommend it to anyone.


Maybe I didn’t make a good case for Reddit, and that’s kind of hard to do when writing just a blog post. In that case, I’ll just leave this other blog post here.

What other support can you give for Reddit? What are the things about Reddit that you don’t like?  What can it do to improve?


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  1. oo
    April 8, 2015 at 3:42 am

    " I’m ( you J. Lockhart) not at all a proponent for things such as these (child porn and degradation of women ), but I’ll admit that there are a lot of ugly things on Reddit that are pretty close to the items mentioned, ... if this was the case, I wouldn’t be using it."

    Thanks. that is useful to know that you are OK with content that is pretty close to child porn and degradation of women.

  2. Bben46
    December 14, 2011 at 4:31 am

    My biggest problem with reddit:  Every topic - every single one - instantly goes off topic and you may have to scroll through several pages of crap just to find one or two on topic posts. And the idiots consistently up vote those off topic posts.

  3. Gust Test
    December 14, 2011 at 2:44 am


    • J. Lockhart
      December 14, 2011 at 3:07 am


      • Aibek
        December 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm

        oooh, thtu thsgere? )

        • Mark O'Neill
          December 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

          why are we all talking like Chewbacca? Shouldn't we be leaving for Alderann?  Oh...wait...

        • Aibek
          December 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm


  4. Whytie
    December 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Can you elaborate on how 4chan is  "a site devoted to child porn and degradation of women"?

    • J. Lockhart
      December 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      That was apparently a poor attempt at humor. Look through the comments on the article that I linked to. I can't vouch for 4Chan seeing that I do not go to it, but I have heard some rough things. Granted, I couldn't legitimately write about it based only on the limited knowledge that I have.

      • Anonymous
        May 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

        It seems a bit hypocritical to tell people not to judge reddit based off what they have heard yet you judge 4chan without having any experience with it.

  5. Nick
    December 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    My biggest complaint is that ALL of my posts in a subreddit get marked as spam because maybe 10% of them are links to sites that have ads on them along with good content I feel like sharing. Then people (in the same subreddit) will post a link to an ad (no real content, just the option to buy a product) and it gets upvoted.

    • J. Lockhart
      December 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      It's odd how that happens. I've never seen a legit ad get upvoted, but I have seen some ridiculous things get to the top.