The new Reddit CEO Steve Huffman aka u/spez made the announcement on July 15 that a new content policy will be implemented. Here is a quote:
"There is also a dark side, communities whose purpose is reprehensible, and we don’t have any obligation to support them. And we also believe that some communities currently on the platform should not be here at all."
Following, I attempted to put together a list of subreddits which by his words and past actions and comments by the admins might not be considered wonderful, creative, funny, smart or silly and so get the boot.
He will be doing an AMA on Thursday, July 16th, 1 PM PST which should clarify the policy changes. But I think it's safe to say that at least a few of the subs listed below will not survive the purge.
NOTE: Not all the entries in this list are 100% serious and some of these reprehensible subs also are inactive, possibly only created for the shock value of their name.
If you consider subs which are not on the list as threatened by the coming purge, please add them in the comments below, if possible archiving the front page (paste the url into the top field of https://archive.is and click 'submit url').
You are documenting a piece of internet history which might be gone after Thursday!
The First Round: 5 Subreddits are banned in the 'The Fattening'
Will there be more rounds? Here are some possible candidates to receive the chop by the Reddit admins:
Communities whose purpose is possibly reprehensible
Communities whose purpose is possibly hurting fee fees
Communities whose purpose is possibly brigading
Communities whose purpose is possibly propagating hate
Edit 15 July 2015 18:15 GMT: Added list with subreddits mentioned by users in the comments.
Edit 15 July 2015 18:50 GMT: Added 'The Famous Five' banned on the 10th of June 2015 as part of 'The Fattening'.
Edit 15 July 2015 19:30 GMT:
I'm calling it a day, thanks to everyone for their contributions. Tomorrow I will go through the comments again to see if I missed some chop candidates and add them to the list.
So the stage is set and we wait for the curtain to lift on 1 PM PST Thursday the 16th of July 2015. Let's just hope that the Reddit troupe does not disappoint after all the hype and anticipation they generated in the last few days.
So Reddit, please don’t let us down!!!
My money is on /r/Coontown and the 'Chimpire'. Apart from that I have no idea.
Edit 16 July 2015 15:00 GMT:
A how to verify your Voat account as belonging to a (possibly former) Reddit mod:
Edit 16 July 2015 18:00 GMT:
This list has grown from those likely to get banned to now encompassing all the communities that go from mildly annoying to probably deeply hated by the admins, the power mod cable, the fempire and the SJWs of Reddit. But such a list is also good to have.
It now encompasses three parts:
- This post with the subs listed above
- The post by u/Ohhrubyy who thankfully took it upon himself to list and archive the 'Chimpire' and some rape subs
- My comment listing user contributed subs because I ran out of space here
So thanks again to all that contributed.
What I also learned while compiling this list is that some of the 'consensual sex-practices communities' like BDSM, Bondage … no longer consider the atmosphere on Reddit as inclusive and safe for them and are anticipating that they will be banned.
And if you have time to bridge untill the AmA in three hours, you might read this recap of 'The Fattening' from the popcorn guys of SubredditDrama: https://archive.is/V57rp