Reddit Digest: January 6, 2012

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 than90,000 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.

  • Earlier this week, I wrote that Reddit will be flooded with politicians and political groups in 2012. First up: Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer is doing an AMA. (/r/IAmA)

  • Roemer’s got some competition at /r/IAmA, however. “IAmA Former Crack Whore! AMA!” writes Crackizwack, who provides verification. (/r/IAmA)

  • In case you missed it: Reddit surpassed 2 billion page views in December. That’s more than double the numbers from 2010, when the site registered 829 million page views, and eight times the January 2010 total of 250 million. Unique visitors jumped from about 12.5 million in December 2010 to 35 million last month. (r/blog)

  • This discussion about reddiquette in /r/TheoryOfReddit takes an interesting turn: Why not get rid of public karma numbers? Won’t that improve discussions and get rid of karma whores? Maybe. But as others point out, those public numbers gamify Reddit, and are a big part of the site’s growth. (/r/TheoryOfReddit)

  • Collecting “thousands of pounds of pre-1983 U.S. pennies” in the hope of melting them down someday for profit is probably not the best get rich quick scheme out there. (/r/Economics

  • An interesting question and discussion in /r/askscience: “If someone is paralyzed from the neck down, why do his or her organs below the neck still function?” (/r/askscience)

  • Today I learned Nick Cave wrote a script for the sequel to Gladiator. Unfortunately it got scrapped because Maximus time-traveled, fought Nazis, and got reincarnated by Roman gods. (PS, here’s the script.) (/r/todayilearned)

Kevin Morris

Kevin Morris

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