Registered members submit content to the site such as links, text posts, and images, which are then voted up or down by other members. Posts are organized by subject into user-created boards called "subreddits", which cover a variety of topics including news, science, movies, video games, music, books, fitness, food, and image-sharing. Submissions with more up-votes appear towards the top of their subreddit and, if they receive enough votes, ultimately on the site's front page.
Despite strict rules prohibiting harassment, Reddit's administrators spend considerable resources on moderating the site. As of FebruaryReddit had million monthly visitors million unique usersranking as the 3 most visited website in U. As of AugustReddit operated as an independent entity, although Advance was its largest shareholder. The site is a collection of entries submitted by its registered users, essentially a bulletin board system. The name "Reddit" is a play-on-words with the phrase "read it", i.
As of May [update]there are over 11, active subreddits. Each subreddit has a front page that shows newer submissions that have been rated highly. Redditors can also post comments about the submission, and respond back and forth in a conversation-tree of comments; the comments themselves can also be upvoted and downvoted.
The front page of the site itself shows a combination of highest-rated posts out of all the subreddits a user is subscribed to.
Front-page rank—for both the general front page and for individual subreddits—is determined by the age of the submission, positive "upvoted" to negative "downvoted" feedback ratio and the total vote-count. The site's logo and its mascot is a Sexual harassment at work reddit real girls drawing of an alien nicknamed "Snoo". Subreddits often use themed variants of Snoo relevant to the subject. Although most of the site functions like a bulletin board or message boardeach subreddit has the option of having an associated wiki that can provide supplementary material like instructions, recommended reading, or collaboration for real-life events.
Registering an account with Reddit is free and does not require an email address. As of June [update]there were 36 million user accounts. Users with enough experience and accumulated points can also create their own subreddit on a topic of their choosing, and interested users can add it to their front page by subscribing to it.
Reddit comments and submissions are occasionally abbreviated and peppered with jargonranging from OP for " Original Poster "—the user who posted the submission being commented upon to NSFW for "not safe for work"—indicating the post has graphic or sexually explicit content.
Users earn "post karma" and "comment karma" points for submitting text posts, link posts, and comments, which accumulate on their user profile.
Reddit gold creddits are like gift certificates: Creddits confer status, not perquisites. They serve as a badge of honor for a user among their peers, although redditors have attempted to redeem points before. Reddit allows submissions that do not link externally.
These are called "self posts" or "text submissions". Many discussion-based subreddits allow solely text submissions such as "AskReddit"—where users are only allowed to pose broad, discussion based questions to the community at large.
Self posts at first did not accumulate karma points for the submitter. As of July [update]however, these text-only posts also generate post karma. Reddit communities occasionally coordinate Reddit-external projects such as skewing polls on other websites, like the incident when Greenpeace allowed web users to decide the name of a humpback whale it was tracking. Reddit users voted en masse name the whale "Mr.
Splashy Pants", and Reddit administrators encouraged the prank by changing the site logo to a whale during the voting. In December of that year, Mister Splashy Pants was announced as the winner of the competition. On the site, redditors commemorate their "cake day" once a year, on the anniversary of the day their account was created.
Cake day adds an icon of a small slice of cake next to the user's name for 24 hours. The Reddit community socializes at meetings held at local parks and bars around the world,  and many localized subreddits for local in-person meetings exist.
Reddit entries are organized into user-created  areas of interest called "subreddits". Originally, there was a primary "main-reddit", and other areas were "subreddits".
There is no longer a single main-reddit. Initially it was replaced by a group of "default subreddits". As of June [update]an introductory page was substituted prompting users to customize their "subscriptions".
There are over 11, active total subreddits to peruse,    including the former default set of 50 subreddits. In an interview with MemeburnErik Martin, Reddit GM, remarked that their "approach is to give the community moderators or curators as much control as possible so that they can shape and cultivate the type of communities they want".
It displayed a button and a second countdown timer. User accounts created before that day were eligible to participate. A user could only click the button once, or opt not Sexual harassment at work reddit real girls click it. If a user clicked the button the timer was globally reset to 60 seconds,  and the user's "flair" an icon next to the user's name changed color.
Colors were assigned based on a gradient from purple to red with purple signifying up to 60 seconds and red as low as 0 seconds. The countdown reached zero several times due to technical problems but eventually expired without further problems on June 5,after which the subreddit was archived.
Sexual harassment at work reddit real girls April Fools' Dayanother experiment was launched involving the "Robin" chat widget. After clicking a titular button, an IRC -like chat window was opened with one other user, and allowed a certain time to pick among three options, "Grow," "Stay" and "Leave".
The subreddit contained a collaborative pixel art canvas, where a user could place a pixel every five minutes the timer was temporarily ten and twenty minutes for a few hours on April 1. Often subreddits would come together as a group to add a graphic from that community to place. Place was closed on April 3, at 1: While each user received one personal circle, they could join or betray any other user circles.
Clicking the "join" button on another's circle would cause the owner's circle to grow bigger, while the "betray" button would cause the owner's circle to no longer function having "betrayed" the owner's trust. The experiment ended on April 6, It's also possible to endow comments or submissions of other users and thereby give a gold membership to them as an anonymous present.
In OctoberReddit announced Redditmade, a service which allowed moderators to create merchandise for their subreddits. Redditmade closed in Sexual harassment at work reddit real girls Ellen PaoReddit's business and partnerships strategist replaced Wong, becoming the interim chief executive.
Reddit launched a new blocking tool in an attempt to curb online harassment in April The tool allows a user to hide posts and comments from selected redditors in addition to blocking private messages from those redditors. InReddit had about employees. In AprilReddit rolled out a new website design. The old design can still be accessed at old. Reddit was originally written in Common Lisp but was rewritten in Python in December The Python web framework that former Reddit employee Swartz developed to run the site, web.