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    New Reddit Rules - Beef or Bust?

    I realize the new rules aren't really rules yet; more than anything they're scaffolding for future rules.

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    New Reddit Rules - Beef or Bust?

    But regardless, in light of Adi Robertson's article, "New Reddit rules will crack down on some hate communities, leave others standing," I'm wondering what folks think of the new rules that Steve Huffman announced.

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    New Reddit Rules - Beef or Bust?

    In practice, it looks like Reddit will alternate between shutting down the worst subreddits and trying to quarantine them. In addition to existing warnings for NSFW content, there's a new section for "content that violates a common sense of decency," apparently a catch-all term for all the worst parts of Reddit. This will be allowed to stay up, but users will have to log in to see it, won't appear in search results, and "will generate no revenue for Reddit."

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    New Reddit Rules - Beef or Bust?

    I say beef. This seems to strike as good of a balance as Reddit was ever going to be able to strike. On the one hand, they want to retain their moniker of being the "bastion of free speech." Despite the fact that Huffman denies that it is a full fledged, unregulated community, it's clear that part of the allure of the site is the fact that people can discuss whatever they want in almost any way they want. But at the same time, there must be limits.

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    New Reddit Rules - Beef or Bust?

    On the other side of the scales is the fact that Reddit wants to make money. They aren't just a company in someone's garage. They have a huge audience with a huge number of page views. They have to find a way to monetize those eyeballs, and advertising is the way to do it. If Donald Trump has taught us anything, it's that advertisers don't want to be associated with inflammatory or offensive things. Reddit's reputation isn't just that it is a place with a lot of eyes, and that it often has a hand in breaking news stories, but also that it is a place where truly heinous, offensive, and sometimes threatening behavior occurs. Say what you want about Trump, but he's a good business man and has his hands in a lot of profitable businesses. Even so advertisers pulled their money from one of this profitable ventures, the Miss America Pagent. That shows that it doesn't take much for them to back away.

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