Reddit's not the worst thing in the world, but make no mistake, we're headed there.
I'm not happy about this :/
Metafilter did a smart thing by forcing users to pay to join. It's also got the most anal modding of any civil site I've ever seen. Cortex will remove entire discussions if he doesn't like them.
Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the Reddit community - I've expressed this here on HN in the past.
Recently there have been some pretty clear racist undertones running throughout the site (anti-Muslim, in particular). Reddit prides itself in being a community of self-ascribed liberals and progressives - but I don't see it at all in the behaviour of its userbase.
Nowadays I mostly only go to the photography subreddits, that are still generally populated by reasonable people willing to discuss as opposed to fight. Niche subreddits may be the only places left on the site that doesn't make me mentally throw up every time I try to read it.
Of course, I don't spend much time reading the threads themselves. But ... I just don't see how horrible Reddit is.
I haven't seen serious discussion like this there, either. But that's hardly enough to condemn the site entirely. (Of course, maybe I'm one of the negative influences here; I do have a tendency to enjoy off-topic posting.)
I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not looking for more venues to argue politics, but that I wouldn't find it a good idea to argue politics here, either. (Although I just got 70 karma for doing just that, this week. So plainly I have no idea what I'm doing.)
>Recently there have been some pretty clear racist undertones running throughout the site (anti-Muslim, in particular)
This is a good example. You'll probably find as many anti-Israel comments as anti-Muslim.
I'm not saying that's a good thing. But it is a scale that balances in the end. One thing that keeps it interesting is that the reddit community doesn't seem to have run for the middle as part of its groupthink, instead it runs for stark polarity.
I wouldn't mind subscribing to your whitelist.