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Reddit politics site bans Gawker links

New Statesman | Betabeat | The Awl
Moderators on Reddit's highly trafficked politics site r/politics have banned links from Gawker Media properties. Gawker journalist Adrian Chen is reportedly planning to expose the identity of a Reddit moderator named violentacrez who organized Reddit pages "dedicated to, respectively, sexualised pictures of under-18s and sexualised pictures of women – frequently also under-age – taken in public without their knowledge or consent," Alex Hern writes.

"Reddit's attitude to free speech is a complex one," Hern writes: (more...)

Why Reddit is banning links from

Reddit links are not currently welcome at Reddit.

Reached by telephone, Reddit General Manager Erik Martin confirms the ban; he said "most of" the site's previously reported bans, which snagged domains like and, had been lifted. "Those bans were for a week or two at most," Martin said, noting that Reddit had been in touch with Reason and that "we still have more investigating to do."

Reddit bans sites "after a long period of coordinated spam activity from that domain, and often after admins contact the domain in question," Reddit user MrDubious, who seems to know a lot about the site's anti-spam activities, writes. "For a while, spam reports were showing up daily."

On the phone, Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie said Reddit is consistently one of Reason's "top 3 or 4 traffic referrers." Reddit, he said, "has been the site that puts stuff through the roof. When a piece goes big on Reddit it goes gigantic on Reason." (more...)

A journalist’s quick guide to Reddit, the next thing you have to learn

Reddit had a moment this week.

Sure, Reddit was already the unofficial “front page of the Internet,” the soul of all things meme, the secret sauce behind BuzzFeed’s viral posts, a breaking news curator and a Q&A forum for journalistsRead more


Is Reddit the future of news or the present?

Salon | Salon | TechPresident | Marshall Kirkpatrick
Apparently, the future of news is not conferences about the future of news. The future of news is debates about Reddit.

The flashpoint for this round was Michael Barthel's take on Mathew Ingram's piece about how people on Reddit covered the Colorado theater shootings. Citizen journalism such as what Redditors practiced, Barthel writes, is remarkably similar to the traditional type:
A large number of people are all working on a breaking story at the same time, seeing what information others have as it comes out (monitoring the Twitter feeds of other news orgs is like reading through a Reddit thread), and using their own resources to find out new information, eventually coming collectively to some sort of coherent picture.
The problem is those people are unpaid, so they'll likely pounce only on stories of obvious interest.
For all of their problems, one of the great values of journalistic organizations is that they have people on salary whose job it is to be aware of what’s going on in a particular area of society, every day, all the time. All the little, seemingly unimportant stuff gets covered that way, and when a big story breaks there’s someone with the expertise to put it in context. With citizen journalism, the only things that get covered are the ones with a critical mass of posters large enough to properly crowdsource the story on an amateur basis.
New York University prof Jay Rosen responds, saying Barthel's piece is a trend story in search of a trend:
The Matt Ingram article Salon uses here to suggest that there is a wave of hype actually makes a very modest claim. It says that citizens journalists “may not replace the traditional journalism we’re used to, but they are certainly going to help.” That’s hype? That’s excess enthusiasm?
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Reddit covers the Colorado movie theater shooting

In the early morning hours Friday, "Peener13" started a thread on Reddit called "Someone came into our theater at the midnight release of Dark Knight Rises and began opening fire. Who here on Reddit can help me calm my nerves?" In the hours since, others have commented and added what they know, and Peener13 has edited her post to answer people's questions.

As I write this, there are more than 4,000 comments on her post. Peener13 is handling the attention with community-stoking grace, writing, "While this is not the way that I would have liked to make it to the front page, I'm happy that reddit has reacted in such a way to keep everyone, including myself, up to date." And, this being Reddit, she's offered some dark humor: "At least I won't be able to leak any spoilers."

Another Redditor called "themurderator" says he was at the showing, too, and he uploaded pictures that, he says, show his wound and bloody T-shirt. "i’m actually reconsidering doing an AMA [Ask Me Anything, a Reddit feature]. i have a horrible feeling it would devolve into something i would not want to have anything to do with," he writes.

A user named quepasacontigo has replied to the thread saying he lives across the street from accused shooter James Holmes. He said a friend lives in the same building as Holmes and "hit me up as soon as the cops got there and started to evac everyone."

Quepasacontigo posted photos of police preparing to enter an apartment building. (more...)
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The Atlantic, other sites back on Reddit after temporary ban

The Daily Dot
In June, Reddit temporarily banned several sites, including The Atlantic, for spamming. The Daily Dot reports that in some cases the punishment was quite temporary:
The Atlantic returned nine days ago; Discovery News only suffered the ban for three days; and BusinessWeek returned after two days—a slap on the wrist, at worst. ...

Not all of the sites kicked off Reddit in the Great Spam Purge have returned, however. ... Science sites PhysOrg and ScienceDaily remain barred from the site.
Reddit's general manager tells The Daily Dot's Kevin Morris that the site lifts such bans when publishers address the problem.

Morris wrote in April that Jared Keller, The Atlantic's associate editor and social media editor, had been kicked off Reddit for spamming. Reddit doesn't prohibit users from sharing links to content that they have a vested interest in, Morris noted, but most users seem to think that shouldn't account for more than one in 10 links.
Keller relentlessly shared content from The Atlantic, frequently posting three or four articles in a single day, which, all told, added up to hundreds and probably thousands of links—so many, in fact, that clicking through 10 pages and 250 submissions worth of content takes you just three months deep into his submission history.
Correction: Although The Daily Dot reported that GlobalPost links are still banned from Reddit, a GlobalPost staffer tells Poynter that the punishment was lifted on Friday. Links have been posted since then.

Slate writer: BuzzFeed pillages Reddit for its viral photo posts

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Farhad Manjoo writes:
How does this one site come up with so many simple ideas that people want to spread far and wide? What’s their secret?

The answer, in short, is that BuzzFeed’s staff finds stuff elsewhere on the Web, most often at Reddit. They polish and repackage what they find. And often—and, from what I can tell, deliberately—their posts are hard to trace back to the original source material.

... Once you understand how central Reddit is to BuzzFeed, it’s like spotting the wizard behind the curtain. Whenever you see a popular BuzzFeed post, search Reddit, and all will be revealed.
It's not the first time BuzzFeed has taken heat for republishing other people's photos in lists like “33 Animals Who Are Extremely Disappointed in You.” Manjoo said BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti "concedes that some of its ideas have appeared elsewhere online, but he argued that there’s nothing wrong with that because few things on the Web are really original."

Grist writer Philip Bump, writing on his personal blog, evaluates Manjoo's case against BuzzFeed:
Where Manjoo's post hits hardest, I think, is when it suggests that BuzzFeed steals ideas. ... (more...)

Reddit bans links to The Atlantic, Businessweek due to spam

The Daily Dot | The New York Observer
Reddit has banned several domains, including some from Atlantic Media, from being submitted to the popular social news site. Such bans, Reddit general manager Erik Martin wrote on a discussion of the action, "are temporary," but they are a source of concern for publishers trying to benefit from the massive page views that can ensue when a link takes off there.

I can't find anything on Reddit saying exactly how the publishers allegedly gamed the site (though please note my understanding of Reddit comes almost exclusively from being thrilled when I notice one of Poynter's posts is getting traffic from there). An April story on The Daily Dot said The Atlantic's Jared Keller had been booted from Reddit, which informally bans submitting "a link to a site that you own or otherwise benefit from in some way," for allegedly spamming the site with thousands of links from Atlantic properties. Keller told The Daily Dot's Kevin Morris that he "tried to adhere to those standards."

New York Observer's Jessica Roy writes that several Reddit users are upset that no Conde Nast sites — that company, like Reddit, is owned by Advance Publications — have been banned for the same behavior. In a discussion of that point on the site, Reddit's Neil Williams says they could be banned, too. "Hopefully they know better," Williams writes.

Related: "Loving the Alien: How Erik Martin, King Bee of Reddit’s Hive Mind, Harnessed the Buzz" (New York Observer)

Ezra Klein opens up to Reddit: ‘Ask me anything’

Washington Post blogger and columnist Ezra Klein held an AMA (short for "ask me anything") thread on Reddit today. His intended subject was a new elections forecasting tool he developed. But of course, many of the more than 440 questions strayed. (more...)