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Reddit Digest: February 1, 2012
Today on Reddit, a Gawker fail, a Facebook fraud, and the Northern Lights seen from the wing of a plane.
With 30 million unique visitors and close to 2 billion page views a month, it’s safe to say a lot happens on the link-sharing and discussion site Reddit every day. There are more than 90,000 sections on the site; a single discussion alone can sometimes attract more than 10,000 comments.
How can anyone keep track of it all? Our daily Reddit Digest highlights the most interesting or important discussions from around the site—every morning.
Gawker’s Adrian Chen did an AMA, and man was it horrible. Not because it became a nasty battleground in some supposed Gawker-Reddit feud, but because it was so boring. Chen is a smart and witty writer, but his responses on Reddit were exceedingly dull. Redditors are claiming it was a link-baiting stunt, but Chen is smart enough to know an interesting AMA will draw way more traffic. So what gives? Did he just get bored? (r/IAmA)
Is this the first image of “the redditor’s wife”? “Six years ago I joined reddit, and soon after, my then gf, made this drawing to complain.” (r/pics)
A supposed charity with 55,000 followers on Facebook has attracted the scrutiny of r/AskReddit, where most users are claiming it’s a fraud. The charity’s page has now disappeared. Did Facebook shut it down, or was it deleted by the owner? Facebook PR does not comment on individual accounts, so we may never know—though it sounds like one redditor may have alerted his/her friends at Facebook of the fraud. (r/AskReddit)
I already knew about Oregon’s 2.5 mile-wide fungus, and what I love about r/todayilearned is, you know, learning new things. But the monster fungus is such an awesome example of nature’s infinite weirdness that I have no problem with it being one of the top posts in in the subreddit today. (r/todayilearned)
Sometimes r/subredditoftheday really finds some gems. Today, they highlight r/ExplainLikeImCalvin. If you are a Calvin and Hobbes fan, you probably remember Calvin’s father and his completely fictional answers to Calvin’s many serious questions. That’s what this whole subreddit is about; redditors answer questions the same way Calvin’s father would. It’s highly entertaining. (r/subredditoftheday).
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