Everyone who posts something to Reddit secretly (or blatantly) hopes to get voted to the site's cherished front page. It’s online exposure beyond belief—the chance for your article or Scumbag Steve meme to reach millions of people.
But what about Reddit’s back page? What happens to the quantifiably worst content on the social news site? (Sure, a lot of crap ends up on the front page, too.)
Currently, there’s no direct link to the page that would give redditors a glimpse of the site's least-upvoted stuff. Redditor pearson530 took it upon himself to seek it out. He shared his results with meta-Reddit hub TheoryOfReddit on August 15.
By altering the URL to each day's content, pearson530 was able to view 25 heavily downvoted posts from the past day, week, month, year, and even of all time.
While we couldn't get the code to work with the same success, we were able to view the absolute worst content from the past day. Here are some of the contenders.
- Being Atheist = Believing in shit you can't prove = Being Religious (r/atheism)
- How do I control myself as a 14 year old playing this game (r/GuildWars2)
- Guess who's got Black Mage and White Mage names?! (r/ffxiv)
- Hey guys guess what, Darren Young is gay! (r/SquaredCircle)
- Why doesn't North Korea have their own Dota2 team? (r/DotA2)
And this perplexing image macro, via r/OliviaWilde:
The Daily Dot's subreddit, r/dailydot, highlights the most interesting and important discussions from around the social news site every day.
- SCIENCE! /r/AskScience is once again a default subreddit. (/r/AskScience)
- A man suffering from dementia puts up a website before committing suicide. (/r/WTF)
- Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the creative geniuses behind *Robot Chicken,* hosts an AMA. (/r/iama)
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Illustration by Mike Fenn