First, thanks to all the established contributors that help pull the curtain back on the circus. You know who you are.
Second, welcome to the latest wave of redditfugees. We're glad to have you.
I wanted to make a quick post to touch on what in considered "on topic" here at MoR. This is just a little FYI for the new folks and a quick refresher for the old ones. I'm going to put a few things in a bullet list because it's just cleaner that way.
- The primary topic of this sub is current events on reddit. Therefore things like, say, current events on voat are not on topic here. (OK, this one is kind of obvious.)
- Things that are related-but-not-actually reddit, like say imgur or that one strange looking Asian lady that used to be the CEO but is no longer are not on topic. The reason is, well, they're neither meanwhile nor on reddit. But if whatshername says some vapid shit on reddit, and you for some reason think it's worthy of sharing, then it's fine.
- Bloggers or journalists saying things about reddit on their blogs or corporate websites is not on topic. This one is the motivation for this post and is admittedly a little nuanced, so read on.
Incidentally, a recent tragedy sparked a well deserved (and rather typical) shitshow over there. A number of posts came in that were links to blogs and news sites commenting on it and I didn't remove them because they were at least talking a very interesting event (by which I mean the implosion of the news sub). However, after carefully considering it I realized that they are technically not on topic. The subtle point I'm trying to make here is this: It's true that these bloggers and journalists may in fact be talking about current events, but their reportings and opinions are not the point of this sub. When someone posts what someone else wrote about what's going on over there they are now filtering that information through the speech of the writer. However, the point of this sub is to give users information directly from the source (but since we want to avoid driving traffic to the source we like archive links).
At its core, this is and always has been a joke/circlejerk sub that aims to poke fun and expose the bullshit. When we start injecting information from third parties (mirrors are not technically third parties in this context) we also inadvertently inject the invariable bias (political or otherwise) that goes along with it. But MoR wants you to post your opinion, not that of others. If they want to be heard here, they can come and post it themselves as a text post.
Conclusion: I'm going start removing links to third parties talking about reddit. Please discuss, I am listening.