22 votes

There's now a "News" section on new.reddit.com

Tags: reddit, news

Link: https://new.reddit.com/news (only available on redesign).

I quickly searched for anything announcing this on Reddit, but didn't find anything. Seems there was an iOS beta a few months back and I guess now they've fully rolled it out. Thoughts? Personally I can't see myself using it.

28 comments

  1. [9]
    MimicSquid
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    The only thing I'm still on Reddit for is smaller, specialty communities that ~ isn't big enough to support yet (/r/paradoxplaza, /r/woodworking, /r/bookkeeping). Once ~ grows enough that I can...

    The only thing I'm still on Reddit for is smaller, specialty communities that ~ isn't big enough to support yet (/r/paradoxplaza, /r/woodworking, /r/bookkeeping). Once ~ grows enough that I can have all the conversations I want over here, reddit will be relegated to the same tier as Quora or Yahoo Answers as a site that sometimes shows up in search results. Any feature development Reddit can provide is dwarfed by their failures on a social level.

    32 votes
    1. [7]
      thisonemakesyouthink
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      Problem is, some of my favourite subreddits will never exist on tildes because of the nature. For example, r/HaveWeMet which could never exist unless @Deimos decides to open groups like subreddits...

      Problem is, some of my favourite subreddits will never exist on tildes because of the nature. For example, r/HaveWeMet which could never exist unless @Deimos decides to open groups like subreddits and I don't see or want that. Another being r/gamingcirclejerk which also doesn't have a reason to exist here (although ironically r/gamingcirclejerk gets a lot more real discussion than say r/gaming).

      7 votes
      1. [6]
        apoctr
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        A fork of Tildes intended for/permissive towards fluff could be interesting for that.

        A fork of Tildes intended for/permissive towards fluff could be interesting for that.

        11 votes
        1. yellow
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          Exactly! I have been thinking that since Tildes is open source, it would be very easy for forks to pop up that are not as serious as Tildes it. People use Reddit for social stuff, memes, and...

          Exactly! I have been thinking that since Tildes is open source, it would be very easy for forks to pop up that are not as serious as Tildes it. People use Reddit for social stuff, memes, and sharing content. These uses can also be done on non-profit, well-administrated sites.

          6 votes
        2. Adys
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          But saying "a fork of tildes" vs "a fork of reddit" really only makes a difference at the design level, which matters very little for content. IMO what Reddit has right now is administration and...

          But saying "a fork of tildes" vs "a fork of reddit" really only makes a difference at the design level, which matters very little for content.

          IMO what Reddit has right now is administration and incentive problems. Things like "the redesign" are symptoms (eg. the redesign brings in various ad-driven decisions which suck for the users, but it's not inherently bad overall). Protecting the worst communities, not trying to push the site in a healthy-discussion direction, those are administration issues. If those were fixed I would much prefer staying on Reddit for the small communities than trying to find new forks.

          The biggest problem with small communities is always discovery. But at least on Reddit there is some amount of Discovery possible... with forks, it's not like you have a listing of them somewhere. (Hm, that gives me an idea..)

          5 votes
        3. [3]
          Comment deleted by author
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          1. [2]
            apoctr
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            I wouldn't call a fluff-oriented fork of Tildes social media, I don't think the site lends itself well to that. But Tilde's tagging, structured grouping and group moderation mechanics spring to...

            I wouldn't call a fluff-oriented fork of Tildes social media, I don't think the site lends itself well to that. But Tilde's tagging, structured grouping and group moderation mechanics spring to mind as valuable features. Once fully matured/fleshed out, I can't think of any existing site that allows better content filtering. Besides that, I've just really grown to like the Tildes UI and wouldn't mind it on other sites :P.

            6 votes
            1. KapteinB
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              Well, it's probably a bad idea to form Tildes now while it's still under heavy development and experimentation. Until it's had a chance to mature, I would rather look into existing alternatives....

              Well, it's probably a bad idea to form Tildes now while it's still under heavy development and experimentation. Until it's had a chance to mature, I would rather look into existing alternatives.

              One Tildes-like site I know of that has very good content filtering while allowing fluff is Hubski. Might be worth a look.

              3 votes
    2. Askme_about_penguins
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      There are really obscure things that Reddit can help you with, while no other site can. I don't think I'll ever truly leave reddit. At least not for many years to come. Sure, with time I...

      There are really obscure things that Reddit can help you with, while no other site can. I don't think I'll ever truly leave reddit. At least not for many years to come. Sure, with time I consistently leave the bigger subs and go look for smaller ones. But Reddit, despite all its BS, is still an incredibly useful platform for me, personally.

      6 votes
  2. [18]
    Deimos
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    I think it must still be an A/B test that only works for some users, that address just shows a blank page for me. Someone posted a screenshot of it a little while ago though:...

    I think it must still be an A/B test that only works for some users, that address just shows a blank page for me. Someone posted a screenshot of it a little while ago though: https://i.redd.it/hwukqtwix5p11.png (from this thread in /r/redesign)

    30 votes
    1. [5]
      Lynndolynn
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      That's a little... disturbing? I don't know, it looks a lot like the kind of thing you'd see on aol.com before logging into your email. It feels really weird to see that next to the Reddit logo.

      That's a little... disturbing? I don't know, it looks a lot like the kind of thing you'd see on aol.com before logging into your email. It feels really weird to see that next to the Reddit logo.

      20 votes
      1. [4]
        SuperGracchiBros
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        There's been rumours that Reddit was trying to shift away from link aggregation/forum to a social media model for a while now. I think this pretty much confirms it.

        There's been rumours that Reddit was trying to shift away from link aggregation/forum to a social media model for a while now. I think this pretty much confirms it.

        17 votes
        1. [4]
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          1. [3]
            KapteinB
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            Why do you consider the redesign less inviting for discussion? I can't say I've noticed that myself.

            Why do you consider the redesign less inviting for discussion? I can't say I've noticed that myself.

            2 votes
            1. [2]
              Algernon_Asimov
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              There is a group of moderators of discussion-oriented subreddits who have discussed this at length (I was a participant in those discussions for a brief time). The use of pop-up boxes to display...

              There is a group of moderators of discussion-oriented subreddits who have discussed this at length (I was a participant in those discussions for a brief time).

              The use of pop-up boxes to display threads discourages people from posting comments. The interface works best for link-based posts and less well for text-based posts. The use of the "best" sorting algorithm means that posts don't re-appear on your front page after you've seen them once (if there's further discussion there after your first view, you won't see it).

              And so on.

              It has focussed on being a link-displayer, rather than a discussion-enabler.

              6 votes
              1. Amarok
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                Yeah, and that's having a noticeable effect. I filter out a ton of stuff on /r/all but still browse it - dozens of filtered subs (mostly politics, fluff, and gaming) and a long list of filters for...

                Yeah, and that's having a noticeable effect.

                I filter out a ton of stuff on /r/all but still browse it - dozens of filtered subs (mostly politics, fluff, and gaming) and a long list of filters for image hosting sites so I never see image posts.

                Used to be when scrolling with RES I'd see maybe 8-12 posts per page of 25 that my filters didn't kill. Now, just today I noticed I got seven consecutive pages that were fully filtered. I checked and it was almost all images. The type of content that gets high up on /r/all has shifted towards images with the recent changes.

                8 votes
    2. [2]
      tomf
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      it's working for me. It's a lot of the same stories, but overall it could be handy as a quick morning glance. https://i.imgur.com/zatXr5u.png If you're already using the redesign, try...

      it's working for me. It's a lot of the same stories, but overall it could be handy as a quick morning glance.

      https://i.imgur.com/zatXr5u.png

      If you're already using the redesign, try https://www.reddit.com/news. The new.reddit.com/news didn't load for me.

      6 votes
      1. cain
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        Yeah, I haven't used the news on desktop, but I really like it on iOS for sports. It's been on iOS for a while and the sports tab is my go to as that's the only thing I still use reddit for. When...

        but overall it could be handy as a quick morning glance.

        Yeah, I haven't used the news on desktop, but I really like it on iOS for sports. It's been on iOS for a while and the sports tab is my go to as that's the only thing I still use reddit for.

        When I get the option to see it on desktop sports news will probably be my new reddit bookmark.

        5 votes
    3. [4]
      Wes
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      Oh boy. Please tell me that "Crypto" here stands for cryptography, and not "crypto currency".

      Oh boy. Please tell me that "Crypto" here stands for cryptography, and not "crypto currency".

      4 votes
      1. [3]
        Deimos
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        Oh, it's definitely cryptocurrency. Reddit's been trying to position themselves as a source for cryptocurrency news for a while. They changed it recently, but the official Android's app's name in...

        Oh, it's definitely cryptocurrency. Reddit's been trying to position themselves as a source for cryptocurrency news for a while. They changed it recently, but the official Android's app's name in the Google Play Store for a long time was "Reddit: Top News, Trending Memes & Crypto Updates" and it had a whole paragraph in the description devoted to it (probably mostly so the app would come up when anyone searched for any of these symbols):

        Bitcoin and All the Crypto
        Join the crypto revolution!
        Learn all about bitcoin, btc, eth, xrp, bch, eos, ada and other digital currencies. Did you hear about trx, neo, alt, ltc, xlm, nem, xmr, iota or dash? Check them out at r/ CryptoCurrency.

        10 votes
        1. [2]
          Wes
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          Yeesh, it's like they cherry picked my least-favorite aspects about the site. And yeah, that definitely reads as keyword stuffing. Ironically /r/Crypto has a permanent sticky to this website:...

          Yeesh, it's like they cherry picked my least-favorite aspects about the site. And yeah, that definitely reads as keyword stuffing.

          Ironically /r/Crypto has a permanent sticky to this website: https://www.CryptoIsNotCryptoCurrency.com/. I imagine they got sick of it too.

          8 votes
          1. Exalt
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            I thought something seemed odd about it so I checked coinmarketcap and it's almost exactly the order of the top coins.

            And yeah, that definitely reads as keyword stuffing.

            I thought something seemed odd about it so I checked coinmarketcap and it's almost exactly the order of the top coins.

            6 votes
    4. [5]
      Algernon_Asimov
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      There had better be a more useful localisation model than just the "US/World" options currently displayed on that screenshot.

      There had better be a more useful localisation model than just the "US/World" options currently displayed on that screenshot.

      2 votes
      1. [4]
        Kenny
        (edited )
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        That's not even localization, that's a category. The current categories available in the beta are US/World Politics Technology Science Sports Sports Gaming Entertainment Business Crypto Each...

        That's not even localization, that's a category. The current categories available in the beta are

        • US/World
        • Politics
        • Technology
        • Science
        • Sports
        • Sports
        • Gaming
        • Entertainment
        • Business
        • Crypto

        Each category has a few sub categories. The US/World one is choosing if you want US news or world news - that's it.

        7 votes
        1. [3]
          Algernon_Asimov
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          Exactly. And I'm saying that there had better be a more useful set of choices for this localisation selector than "US" and "everything else".

          The US/World one is choosing if you want US news or world news - that's it.

          Exactly. And I'm saying that there had better be a more useful set of choices for this localisation selector than "US" and "everything else".

          11 votes
          1. [2]
            Askme_about_penguins
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            Reddit so far has always been US/World. I doubt that's going to change any time soon.

            Reddit so far has always been US/World. I doubt that's going to change any time soon.

            3 votes
            1. Algernon_Asimov
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              I know. That doesn't mean it should retain that classification in the future. It is possible to improve things when you change them.

              I know. That doesn't mean it should retain that classification in the future. It is possible to improve things when you change them.

              2 votes
    5. apoctr
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      Ah, I was logged out when I came across it so I assumed it had been fully released.

      Ah, I was logged out when I came across it so I assumed it had been fully released.

      1 vote
  3. tiz
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    A "news" tab has been in beta for a few months now for select iOS users.

    A "news" tab has been in beta for a few months now for select iOS users.

    2 votes