[FoRK] reddit: from Paul Graham's summer camp
Mon Aug 15 18:51:37 PDT 2005
Bring on the clones. I posted this here back in November:
"*What's Digg?* Digg is a technology news website that combines social
bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With
digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allowing an
editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do."
Hopefully we have a little head start on the way to critical mass.
>> What is reddit?
>> A source for what's new and popular on the web--customized for you.
>> We want to democratize the traditional model by giving editorial
>> control to the people who use the site, not those who run it. All of
>> the content on reddit is from users who are rewarded for good
>> submissions (and punished for bad ones) by their peers. You decide
>> what appears on your front page and simultaneously, which submissions
>> rise to fame or fall into obscurity.
>> What can I submit?
>> Anything. Well, almost anything. We'd like reddit to be the source
>> for everything that's new on the web: if it's linkable, it's
>> submitable. There is a caveat here, we presently only allow "work-
>> safe" material, which means no adult content.
>> What does the
>> on the right side of each headline do?
>> It hides the particular item (also known as the "rtm-button").
>> How is popularity determined?
>> Each time you promote
>> a submission, it boosts it closer to the front page. Conversely,
>> an item pushes it further down into oblivion.
>> How are "redditors" ranked?
>> When a particular item is promoted or demoted, the user who posted it
>> is either rewarded or punished--a system of editorial karma. In the
>> same way that popular submissions are voted to the top, the
>> individuals who post them get increases in karma. Each "redditor" has
>> an equal vote in rating submissions, regardless of his/her karma.
>> Although democracy isn?t perfect, this experiment should supply the
>> public with the information they demand while also rewarding those
>> who provide it.
>> How do I accumulate karma?
>> The exact formula is our little secret, but the easiest (and most
>> effective) way is by making good submissions: items that other people
>> want to read and will subsequently become popular. Those redditors
>> who best understand what people want to be reading about will be the
>> best rewarded.
>> Why should I try to accumulate karma?
>> This is the sort of personal question we try not to answer in a FAQ.
>> It may be worth getting at least a cursory understanding of the
>> concept, but reddit makes no guarantees about achieving Nirvana.
>> Our editorial karma works a bit differently. It is a way for you to
>> be ranked among your peers in order to reap the bragging rights
>> associated with such status.
>> Can anyone submit?
>> Yes, if you are registered. Submitting is highly encouraged because
>> the system is working at its best when people are contributing to it.
>> By making contributions deemed valuable by your peers, your karma
>> increases, which boosts your rank.
>> Who made reddit?
>> In one sense, if you've participated--you have. But that was probably
>> not the answer you were looking for. This site is brought to you by
>> two recent University of Virginia grads in an apartment outside of
>> Cambridge, MA. You can find us within the reddit community
>> contributing as spez and kn0thing (not our legal birth names).
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