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Your First Day On Reddit… Fixed

Dave Parrack 11-04-2013

reddit tips and tricksReddit is emerging as a true force on the Internet, which explains its inclusion in our list of wonders of the Web 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 . It’s a source for news and interesting factoids, the instigator of many memes, the popularizing force of many viral videos, and an all-round entertaining place to hang out online. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone, though there will inevitably be some people who decide it isn’t for them.


I’ve been a lurker at Reddit for a long time, mainly using Scroll Reddit to keep the content manageable. But I recently took the plunge and actually created a user account in order to vote content up and down, post comments, and perhaps even submit my own content for perusal.

The first day as a new Redditor is kind of like your first day at a new school or in a new job. There are a lot of people all eyeing you up suspiciously, and you’re not sure what you’re supposed to be doing. In other words, there’s a distinct learning curve. What follows are five key pieces of wisdom that should help all new Reddit users find their feet.

Edit Your Experience

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Reddit is highly customizable, so everyone’s Reddit experience is unique to that individual. You’re presented with an account sporting the default settings and subreddits, but a little tinkering can transform your usage of the site in a major way. This is the first thing you should do, and something you should return to every so often.

Start by clicking on ‘Preferences’ and adjusting all of the various options to suit your own personal needs and wants. Then click on ‘Edit’ in the top right-hand corner in order to adjust which subreddits make up your front page. For now just unsubscribe from those that don’t interest you… finding subreddits 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 that do will happen over time.


TL;DR: Make Reddit your own in order to gain more from the site.

Take Your Time

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Patience has long been seen as an important virtue to possess, and that’s just as true online as it is in the real world. In terms of Reddit it’s the key to not making an epic mistake which will put you off returning to the site, or, at the very least, see you wanting to create an alternate account.

Most people will want to make their mark on Reddit as soon as possible, either by commenting on an existing post or creating their own. While there is nothing wrong with this approach it may lead to you reposting content that has already appeared on the site or otherwise blotting your copybook.


Before you do anything of note, acclimatize yourself with Reddit and the way it works. Visit the wiki, read the FAQs, and take note of the Reddiquette. Also make sure you know what the various acronyms mean and understand what the current memes represent. Then and only then should you dive right in to the action.

TL;DR: Understand what you’re doing before you do it.

Considerate Commenting

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Commenting is the lifeblood of Reddit. If no one commented the site would be a dry, dull place with random content being thrown around for no good reason. The comments are where most of the action happens; where news events are discussed, images dissected, and new tangential conversations are started and finished on a whim.


Most comments on Reddit have a purpose. They will add something to the conversation, be witty enough to make someone reading it laugh, or make a serious point worth noting. Follow that lead, thinking about what you’re writing and why you’re writing it. Don’t be rude, ignorant, or otherwise trollish The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 1] How many Internet arguments have you witnessed? Or better yet, how many Internet arguments have you participated in? I visit a number of forums and communities on a daily basis, and I see arguments all... Read More .

TL;DR: Don’t be that person, you know the one.

Disheartened By Downvotes

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Voting is the other key component of Reddit, sitting alongside comments as the oil that keeps the wheels turning. You can hand out upvotes and downvotes to posts and comments as you see fit, and in return everything you do on the site will be subject to the same judgments.


Downvotes should be used sparingly, only being applied to posts, links, and comments you really don’t appreciate for whatever reason. In the same way that (in real life) praising people when they do well gets better results than criticizing every little thing they do wrong, upvotes are a better use of your time than downvotes.

TL;DR: Be positive rather than negative with your votes.

Ignore The Idiots

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Like any online community, Reddit has its idiots. They may not think they’re idiots but they are. These are the people who insult and ridicule people they take a disliking to, who cast more downvotes than upvotes, who spend their time bitching from the sidelines rather than playing the game fairly.

The same rule applies to these people on Reddit as it does everywhere else across the InterWebs. Ignore them. They want attention, they want you to react, they want to cause arguments and aggravation. Don’t help them on their way by rising to the bait. Instead just rise above it all.

TL;DR: Trolls and troublemakers only triumph when you feed their egos.


This is only intended as a rough guide for those just starting out on their Reddit adventure. It should get you through the first day, but to prosper beyond that you should read the MakeUseOf guide to 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 by Dave LeClair. You’d also do well to read 5 things you should know about Reddit 5 Cool Things You Should Know About Reddit Read More , learn about the unwritten rules for posting to Reddit 6 Unwritten Rules For Posting Content On Reddit [Opinion] Every society and/or community has their own unwritten rules of proper etiquette, courtesy, and communication. Granted, I'm not going to say every set of rules is perfect, but I will say that they do exist.... Read More , and take heed of Danny’s informative suggestions on how to use Reddit like an old pro How To Use Reddit Like an Old Pro There are plenty of online communities which can be found on the Internet - Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube are easily the most popular and recognizable ones. However, there are plenty of other gems online... Read More .

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  1. Gary Volk
    April 18, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Thanks for the info. Looked at reddit a few times before but never cared for it. Never saw that you could register and customize what you want to see. Been reading for the past hour or so.

  2. Keith Swartz
    April 13, 2013 at 5:54 am

    I loved the article! Thanks Dave. Reddit sounds like a great website to 'hone' and improve one's skills or to have the like of them revealed to one!

    • Dave Parrack
      April 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      It's a valuable source of information and content, at least for those who take the time to invest something in the site. I'd say that investment is worth it, though I'm sure others would disagree.

  3. macwitty
    April 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    No not on Reddit, yet. As most things it take time to get in to and understand a service to get the best for one self. Maybe it is time to digg into it.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      I love the irony of you typing "digg" rather than "dig!" :)

  4. Scott M
    April 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I visit Reddit several times a day and find some of the most interesting articles and facts on some of the most wide ranging topics to be found anywhere.The site could use some design work though.It appears just put together and rather dated.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      My GF said the same, that the design puts her off despite the often-awesome content. I kinda like the simplicity myself.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        April 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        To me it appears cluttered

    April 12, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Thanx for the article. I have just started using Reddit and was looking for some help. Your article will certainly help me.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Let us know your experience. And, of course, whether these tips for those starting out helped or not :)

  6. Henk van Setten
    April 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    What's the hidden wisdom behind the bold "TL;DR:" I see in this (and many other) MUO posts? Is it a code that's supposed to generate some kind of bullet? If so, it clearly isn't working...
    In this article, its in front of every summarizing bottom line. For example:
    TL;DR: Trolls and troublemakers only triumph when you feed their egos.

    • Martin Ristovski
      April 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      TL;DR means "Too long;Didn't read"

      • Henk van Setten
        April 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm

        Thanks for enlightening me!

        • dragonmouth
          April 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm

          Another interpretation is "Can't be bothered with details; just give me the punch line" or "Just give it to me in 140 characters or less"

        • Dave Parrack
          April 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm

          There's no question it's for people with short attention spans. But why not cater to them as sure as cater to those who like to read lengthy pieces?

    • Dave Parrack
      April 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Someone beat me to it but yeah, it's Too Long; Didn't Read. I use it quite a lot as I know people are busy and tend to scan long articles. This gives them something to focus on and they can read more if it piques their interest.

  7. Amrik Virdi
    April 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Great post! I never dipped my toes inside reddit. But I think I need to start it. Can you tell me how can I generate traffic from reddit to my blog?


    • Dave Parrack
      April 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      You should definitely give it a spin, it's a great site once you get the measure of it. In terms of sending traffic to your blog you'd have to submit content and hope people click through. I warn you though, Redditors see through spam very easily, so you may be better off building a reputation first.

      • Amrik Virdi
        April 12, 2013 at 10:09 am

        Thanks for the tips. I will sure keep this in mind before submitting my content on reddit.