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SO has become a good practical example of what happens under a pure democracy. The moderators have control by way of their votes which are given to them by the users of the site. They get to choose what is good or bad for ALL users. The interesting and fun parts of SO were killed off a long time ago. It's the same thing that happened at Digg and other group think type sites. I'm not big into reddit but I'm sure the same applies there to some degree.

Reddit has the advantage of having more subreddits than there are word definitions in a dictionary. I'm not sure a subreddit exists for people who enjoy posting videos of pimples being popped, but I'd be more surprised if it doesn't exists than if it does.

StackExchange is doing this a little as well, with many other sites being created. A good example of that is http://codegolf.stackexchange.com/

I would love to see a stack exchange for stackoverflow content, but with laxer rules. Good content will still bubble to the top of search results.

I'd like to see a stack exchange site where content like the link below will be loved and cared for, instead of tut-tutted. Or where I can have an open-ended "how might you implement this" debate without it being nanny-moderated to the scrap heap because it isn't a yes-no question, while the "new" queue sits filled with questions that are yes-no (so perfectly fine) but really should have been searched-for instead of asked. By the way, I'm not saying that I hate those questions, I just question a moderation process that leads to favoring mindless repetition over content that enriches us all. Of all the things to moderate away, the questions that provide insightful comment should be last.


/r/popping does indeed exist and it is full of really revolting things.

You just had to go and look that up, didn't you?

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