I was like all of you. Addicted to reddit. Constantly scrolling /GC. Cackling in unladylike ways at hilarious memes from r/TrollGC.
And then today. Once and for all, it was proved that #reddithateswomen and the only homes I had on that site were gone.
What, am I going to stick around for /r/pics? r/funny??? Seriously?
I know that I'll be horrified to learn of how much ad data reddit collected on me over the 10 years I used it under various handles. And honestly, it's my fault for being complacent and easily amused. But I'm glad that them banning the only reasonable corners of that site led me to find this one.
I remember when I joined reddit (2007!), and the only reason I stayed was because community was varied, vibrant, and expressive - not endless, repetitive circlejerks of the same tired jokes after every post. That was back when reddit looked like this site looks. Seeing this beautiful, open-source code makes me so nostalgic... and also oddly hopeful.
Maybe this will turn back into a weird corner of the internet. Maybe I'll still be able to find unusual and interesting people to follow. I can't wait to see what comes out of people when the downvote buttons are taken away and the experience is mostly ad-free.