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[–] Tallest_Skil 4 points 9 points (+13|-4) ago 

I have an idea: GET RID OF THE FUCKING UP AND DOWNVOTES AND LET A GODDAMN CONVERSATION HAPPEN, FOR THE SWEET EVERLOVING MOTHER OF FUCK. Copypasta time.

There is one main difference between Reddit and /pol/: equality.

On Reddit, you are forced to make a username to contribute. While you don’t have to connect it to an e-mail, you have to do so to comment more than once per few minutes. So, really, you have to connect it to an e-mail. This creates an identity that a user develops over time and craves to make “important.”

All the individual identities on Reddit crave one thing: Upvotes–for comments and posts. This means that a Reddit user is willing to sell a part of who they really are in the quest for more positive votes. This identity is no longer a true representation of who they really are (were). It is a pseudo-reality that only exists in the world of Reddit. Their ideas, comments, postings, and even language has been influenced and changed all for the sake of the coveted upward pointed arrow.

/pol/ is void of this. I can be who I want to be, post what I want to post, and say what I want to say without having to think about what you fucks think. Your opinions don’t do anything. /pol/ has given other users no way to devalue my identity. Reddit, by its nature, explicitly gives other users a way to devalue who and what you really are, what you really think, and what you really want to say. Reddit, while claiming to be for “content,” is really against it. One poster on Reddit even showed a part in the basic coding of Reddit’s popularity system where votes over time earn the “front page” status quickly. What gets looked at more over a short period of time: the interesting post about something everyone should know, or some stupid fucking cat? The cat, because it’s easier to see, easier to read, and easier to process. It’s a joke.

Sure, Reddit has some positives, but it all boils down to this: Reddit allows other users to have the power to alter your way of thinking for the sake of favor among them. /pol/ does not. Oh, and one more thing. Reddit’s administrators censor and delete anything with which they do not agree. Not only are other users altering your beliefs, the site owners are, as well.

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[–] Lord--Gaben 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

That's not entirely true. User's on pol have an incentive not to dissent because (You)s feel good. This can also be achieved by bait, but it's not quite the same as dissent.

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[–] Tallest_Skil 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

If (you)s feel good to you, you don't belong on /pol/. Anyone who falls for that sort of psychological conditioning is retarded.

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[–] gopluckyourself 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I actually love this idea.

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[–] thrus 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

While I can see the perks to not having voats at times it is nice to have the crap hidden away at the bottom so you don't have to see the people just listing insults because they can. or to have a simple correction to the headline drug to the top so you know when people are working off a wrong assumption from the title, especially nice if you haven't read the linked content yet or can't access it behind firewalls.

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[–] Vladimara 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

/pol/ and other image boards also make everyone a nameless figure, who you cannot ever possibly connect with, which is great for those without a sense of personhood or the sense of self. They're also inefficient for searching for content, and their content deletes over time when it hasn't been interacted in a while or it hits the post/bump limit making it even more enificent.