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copy pasta on why this forum is shit

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[font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]replace 'subreddit' with 'forum'[/font]


[font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Meme comments by their nature attract upvotes easily, because they are short and can be read quickly, are funny and clever at first, inspire an 'in joke' sort of feeling (if you're cool and get it, you upvote). We'll call this LOW-EFFORT CONTENT. Longer, more insightful comments, the kind that makes this one of my favorite subreddits, take longer to read, you don't always agree with them, and in general require much more effort from the reader to earn upvotes. We'll call this HIGH-EFFORT CONTENT.[/font]
[font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]So to begin with, even in a community that is naturally biased against memes, they have a competitive advantage over interesting comments. So even if most people in the subreddit are against memes, they can still rise to prominence, because it's just easier to read and upvote them.[/font]
[font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Second, this effect is greatly exacerbated when new users who don't get the ethos of the subreddit join. They are far more likely to engage in low effort upvoting behavior. Once a subreddit reaches a certain critical mass, low effort content beats high effort content, every time. It sucks, but that's how it is. So you have to make a choice about which you would rather have.[/font]
[font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]As a subreddit gets diluted with more new users, the high-effort, mind expanding comments are overwhelmed by low effort jokes, and valuable contributors become discouraged and stop contributing as much. Once they start gaining a toehold, people writing and reading mind-expanding comments are going to look elsewhere, and as the size of the subreddit expands people will spend more time contributing memes, because that's what works. All of a sudden you have a crap subreddit.[/font]


[font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]its over, go ER etc [/font]
 
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