Why Reddit is Anti-Content

By Deane Barker on June 29, 2012

[…] what changes would you make to fit Reddit?: Here’s a great critique of Reddit’s voting algorithm, which is really a microcosm for the entire web, frankly.

[…] submission time matters hugely (new threads push old threads off the page aggressively), and upvotes are counted logarithmically (the first ten matter as much as the next 100). So, new threads get a boost, and new threads that have received 10 upvotes quickly get a massive boost. The effect of this is that anything that is easily judged and quickly voted on stands a much better chance of rising than something that takes a long time to judge and decide whether it’s worth your vote. Reddit’s algorithm is objectively and hugely biased towards fluff, content easily consumed and speedily voted on. And it’s biased towards the votes of people who vote on fluff.

The web is by natural ephemeral, and link aggregation sites just make it more so.  Things that require any thought process are drubbed into irrelevancy by the collectively minuscule attention span of the Net.

The link I saw to this comment called Reddit “anti-content.”  I like that description of things that cause us to be stupid — “Anti-Content.”