16 votes

How could I tailor my Reddit experience better?

I've been using Reddit for about 4 years. I'm mostly using it for academic subs that I've founded, moderate, and interact with.

In all this time I never took the time to figure out how to tailor Reddit the way in which I'd like to use it.

Basically, I just want to have a feed that shows me the posts/activity in the subs that I'm active in as explained above.

What are your recommendations for setting this up?

30 comments

  1. [7]
    thykka
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    The most important part is to unsubscribe from all the default subreddits, so they won't show up on your front page. You can do this here. Another thing that can greatly improve reddit, is to...

    The most important part is to unsubscribe from all the default subreddits, so they won't show up on your front page. You can do this here.

    Another thing that can greatly improve reddit, is to revert to the old layout from your preferences (uncheck "Use new Reddit as my default experience"). Alternatively, you can navigate to https://old.reddit.com but this isn't persistent.

    Thirdly, you may want to install Reddit enhancement suite - a browser plugin which brings in many QoL improvements to old reddit's interface. For instance, it allows you to globally hide posts from subreddits you don't care about.

    I assume you're already using uBlock Origin?

    15 votes
    1. [4]
      KapteinB
      Link Parent
      I use a browser extension to always redirect to old.reddit.com, even when I'm not signed in. New Reddit isn't all bad though, it's mostly us cranky old-timers who object to it.

      Alternatively, you can navigate to https://old.reddit.com but this isn't persistent.

      I use a browser extension to always redirect to old.reddit.com, even when I'm not signed in.

      New Reddit isn't all bad though, it's mostly us cranky old-timers who object to it.

      4 votes
      1. petrichor
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        Here's a one-liner for anyone using Greasemonkey or similar extensions. // ==UserScript== // @include*://www.reddit.com/* // @run-atdocument-start // ==/UserScript==...

        Here's a one-liner for anyone using Greasemonkey or similar extensions.

        // ==UserScript==
        // @include					*://www.reddit.com/*
        // @run-at					document-start
        // ==/UserScript==
        
        window.location.replace("https://old.reddit.com" + window.location.pathname);
        
        2 votes
      2. [2]
        mightychicken
        Link Parent
        I hate reading comment threads in the new reddit layout. Maybe I am just a cranky old man, but it seems objectively less compact and harder to follow. Is it the children who are wrong, or is it me?

        I hate reading comment threads in the new reddit layout. Maybe I am just a cranky old man, but it seems objectively less compact and harder to follow. Is it the children who are wrong, or is it me?

        2 votes
        1. nsz
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          It's so annoying when I Google a problem and it takes me to a tread with 3 top level comments but the information is hidden behind a whole bunch of "show me the full thread" buttons. It's absurd I...

          It's so annoying when I Google a problem and it takes me to a tread with 3 top level comments but the information is hidden behind a whole bunch of "show me the full thread" buttons. It's absurd I need to reload the page 6 times just to follow a 20 comment discussion.

    2. Saigot
      Link Parent
      I'm pretty sure default subs aren't a thing anymore. Reddit now just recommends a bunch of trending or popular subs doesn't it? To add on, block reddit awards using your adblocker (see here). They...

      I'm pretty sure default subs aren't a thing anymore. Reddit now just recommends a bunch of trending or popular subs doesn't it?

      To add on, block reddit awards using your adblocker (see here). They add absolutely nothing and are a way to spend money to promote a post.

      4 votes
    3. MonkeyPants
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      An alternative to subscribing in, is to filter out. Go to https://old.reddit.com/r/all/top/?sort=top&t=day and filter out the more popular meme/ insult/ freakout subreddits.

      An alternative to subscribing in, is to filter out. Go to https://old.reddit.com/r/all/top/?sort=top&t=day and filter out the more popular meme/ insult/ freakout subreddits.

  2. [4]
    nothis
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    To get a bit more specific about un-subbing (IMO the obvious solution, as most people in here pointed out): I didn't, for a long time, because I thought I needed some "fun" content in my life,...

    To get a bit more specific about un-subbing (IMO the obvious solution, as most people in here pointed out): I didn't, for a long time, because I thought I needed some "fun" content in my life, leaving on a bunch of silly subs for quick laughs. And it felt harsh to unsubscribe all of them. But the thing is, I never looked back. I never missed them. I don't miss /r/funny, pics, comics, aww, all the funky meme subreddits, any of it. Certainly not any of the politics/news ones, I get my world news elsewhere, thanks.

    Reddit's primary use is having a lot of people to send activity even into rather niche topic subreddits. A lot of them still suck, of course, but it's often the best place on the internet to keep up to date with a specific topic that doesn't have a big website elsewhere. What you need are subreddits with strict moderation that don't let any fluff content through. A good indicator is commenters complaining about their content being removed and "censorship", that's how you can tell it's well moderated. Basically, though, the only reason I still have reddit is /r/games, it's the best place to get gaming news. And look who founded that subreddit...

    10 votes
    1. Gaywallet
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      Alternatively, I pretty much only browse Reddit for memes.

      Reddit's primary use is having a lot of people to send activity even into rather niche topic subreddits.

      Alternatively, I pretty much only browse Reddit for memes.

      2 votes
    2. suspended
      Link Parent
      Our Tildes overlord, of course 😉

      And look who founded that subreddit

      Our Tildes overlord, of course 😉

      1 vote
    3. elcuello
      Link Parent
      This is so important with all tech right now! Notifications, feeds, mails everything. Somehow we've been convinced that we need this but we don't. Seriously. You WONT regret it.

      But the thing is, I never looked back.

      This is so important with all tech right now! Notifications, feeds, mails everything. Somehow we've been convinced that we need this but we don't. Seriously. You WONT regret it.

  3. [5]
    KapteinB
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    I assume you've already subscribed to all the subreddits you're active in? Other than that, I'm not sure how much else you can do. If you haven't already though, I recommend you look into...

    Basically, I just want to have a feed that shows me the posts/activity in the subs that I'm active in as explained above.

    I assume you've already subscribed to all the subreddits you're active in? Other than that, I'm not sure how much else you can do.

    If you haven't already though, I recommend you look into multireddits. It is, in my personal opinion, one of the best and most overlooked features of Reddit. It basically lets you create several homepages tailored to more specific needs and wants.

    8 votes
    1. [2]
      Eabryt
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      Multireddits really are great. I don't understand why they aren't talked about and pushed more.

      Multireddits really are great. I don't understand why they aren't talked about and pushed more.

      2 votes
      1. rish
        Link Parent
        Deleted my earlier comment that said multireddit creation is not supported in redesign. Reddit has revamped multireddits to custom feeds

        Deleted my earlier comment that said multireddit creation is not supported in redesign. Reddit has revamped multireddits to custom feeds

        2 votes
    2. suspended
      Link Parent
      Thanks for the helpful multireddits wiki link. I've got that set up now and I love it.

      Thanks for the helpful multireddits wiki link. I've got that set up now and I love it.

      1 vote
    3. MonkeyPants
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      I tailor multi-reddits based on votes. The smaller subreddits get drowned out by the larger ones, so if you get under 1,000 votes you go in the smaller multi-reddit.

      I tailor multi-reddits based on votes. The smaller subreddits get drowned out by the larger ones, so if you get under 1,000 votes you go in the smaller multi-reddit.

  4. [3]
    elcuello
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    Unsub, unsub, unsub. That's my advice. Be very critical. Cut to the bone and don't expect reddit to be an overall solution to your information hunger because that hole doesn't have a bottom. Look...

    Unsub, unsub, unsub. That's my advice. Be very critical. Cut to the bone and don't expect reddit to be an overall solution to your information hunger because that hole doesn't have a bottom. Look elsewhere when you feel that you're missing something. I also use https://old.reddit.com and reddit enhancement suite and i VASTLY improves your experience.

    8 votes
    1. [2]
      Chrozera
      Link Parent
      If they ever take old.reddit offline I'll stop using reddit, its unusable ohterwise imo.

      If they ever take old.reddit offline I'll stop using reddit, its unusable ohterwise imo.

      10 votes
      1. Eabryt
        Link Parent
        I have a few alts on reddit, and I use the redesign on those accounts. It's gotten slightly better since they first released it, but it's still so incredibly bad compared to the old original...

        I have a few alts on reddit, and I use the redesign on those accounts. It's gotten slightly better since they first released it, but it's still so incredibly bad compared to the old original design.

        To me, an apt comparison is Google Play Music vs Youtube Music. Youtube Music launched and was trash. Sure it's getting better, but it's still not nearly as good as Google Play Music, so people are jumping ship as they shut GPM down.

        All that to say, I agree.

        3 votes
  5. [5]
    acdw
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    All these recommendations to unsub are good, but I want to throw my experiences in as someone without enough self-control: I unsubbed from all the defaults, and subbed to stuff I was interested...

    All these recommendations to unsub are good, but I want to throw my experiences in as someone without enough self-control: I unsubbed from all the defaults, and subbed to stuff I was interested in. However, my front page doesn't update enough now for my monkey brain, and I end up browsing r/all most of the time. Which is trash, of course, but it feeds the monkey.

    Just a warning from a sad man.

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      thykka
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      The trick is to subscribe to an insane amount (200+) of niche subreddits, and to participate instead of just consuming. Put some content on those slow subs! Then there's also IRC, which to this...

      The trick is to subscribe to an insane amount (200+) of niche subreddits, and to participate instead of just consuming. Put some content on those slow subs!

      Then there's also IRC, which to this day has a decent bunch of people discussing and linking interesting stuff 24/7. It can help bridge the gap, without having to resort to trash content. Eventually you won't even want to see the memes from r/all...

      4 votes
      1. acdw
        Link Parent
        Hell yeah, IRC till the death of me :P That's a good idea, to just sub to more niche subreddits. Thanks!

        Hell yeah, IRC till the death of me :P

        That's a good idea, to just sub to more niche subreddits. Thanks!

    2. [2]
      suspended
      Link Parent
      Sometimes I get squirrelly and will browse r/all for shits and giggles.

      Sometimes I get squirrelly and will browse r/all for shits and giggles.

      1 vote
      1. acdw
        Link Parent
        Oh, that's me, like all the time. I'm a squirrelly guy apparently.

        Oh, that's me, like all the time. I'm a squirrelly guy apparently.

        1 vote
  6. WMWMWMWMWMWMWMWMWMWM
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    Unsub from anything over 5K. If it's an important interest, find a smaller sub about it.

    Unsub from anything over 5K.

    If it's an important interest, find a smaller sub about it.

    1 vote
  7. [5]
    pew
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    What's the right way to sort subreddits by? Best, hot, new, rising, controversial and top. I can make sense out of new, controversial and top. Are the other one's generated by some sort of algorithm?

    What's the right way to sort subreddits by? Best, hot, new, rising, controversial and top. I can make sense out of new, controversial and top. Are the other one's generated by some sort of algorithm?

    1 vote
    1. Deimos
      (edited )
      Link Parent
      I'm not 100% certain that this is exactly how they work any more, but it should be close: Hot - Only includes posts from the last 24 hours, and ranks by a combination of age and score. If I...

      I'm not 100% certain that this is exactly how they work any more, but it should be close:

      • Hot - Only includes posts from the last 24 hours, and ranks by a combination of age and score. If I remember right, the method used to be that a difference in age of 8 hours was equivalent to halving/doubling the score. So for example, a post with 51 points will be ranked just above one with 100 points that was posted 8 hours earlier. One with 26 points would be ranked just above one with 100 from 16 hours earlier.
      • Best - A somewhat new variant of "hot" that also tries to automatically hide posts that it thinks you've already seen. This can be decent if you're looking for fresh content, but you should never use this if you're interested in following ongoing discussions, because posts uncontrollably and randomly disappear.
      • Top - You have to select a time period, and it will show posts with the highest scores from inside that period.
      • New - Shows the newest posts first, but has special treatment for posts that got stuck in the spam filter, and treats the time they were approved by a moderator as the time they were submitted. So it's more like "most recently became visible" than "most recently submitted".
      • Rising - Tries to show posts that have recently been rising in score quickly (within the last hour or two, I think). I've never thought it worked very well, doing "top" and choosing "last hour" as the time period usually works better.
      • Controversial - Posts that have a similar number of both upvotes and downvotes, so the highest-ranked posts will usually have scores near zero with a high number of both up and down votes.
      6 votes
    2. [2]
      Gaywallet
      Link Parent
      Best and top are often indistinguishable. I'm guessing awards given to the post is what gives some behind the scenes oomph to comments now. Hot is points divided by time.

      Best and top are often indistinguishable. I'm guessing awards given to the post is what gives some behind the scenes oomph to comments now.

      Hot is points divided by time.

      1 vote
      1. KapteinB
        Link Parent
        I think top used to be upvotes minus downvotes, and best used to be upvotes divided by downvotes. I'm not sure if they've changed it after they introduced awards.

        I think top used to be upvotes minus downvotes, and best used to be upvotes divided by downvotes. I'm not sure if they've changed it after they introduced awards.

        1 vote