Reddit used to be one of my favourite sites. I could spend hours on it just mindlessly browsing. I don't know if things have changed, or if I have just woken up, but browsing r/all makes my blood boil now. Everything I see there falls into 3 categories.
I've grown to hate politics. Every single day I have to look at American politics. I don't care about them, they don't affect me. The different presidents have made 0 difference in my life. I don't care about the way that Trump walks, or the way that Nancy Pelosi tweets. To me its just noise in the wind. But if you even slightly deviate from the political hivemind you get severely downvoted and accused of being a nazi. And its like a hydra. For every subreddit that became political I had to block, two more would turn. A subreddit dedicated to pictures of Bulldogs? "My dog hates Trump so much! Here's a pic of him ripping up a picture of him!". American politics has seeped into everything, and you are forced to pick a side. I'm sick of it.
I'm so sick of wholesome posts. I've sat through what feels like thousands of "I overcame my depression" or "everything is so quirky relatable" posts, and I'm sick of it. Not everything in life is "wholesome 100" and it feels bad to wade through this forced positivity.
About half the front page is unfunny memes. I think it all comes from the massive proportion of the site thats under 18. Most of these memes are sterile, lowest common denominator shit, that appeals to everyone. Because when a sub gets massive, it has to appeal to everyone. This leads to memes that require no though, no introspection, and no prior knowledge. I don't think I've seen a funny thing on a reddit meme sub in months.
I've tried to mitigate this by keeping my homepage well curated and by removing any sub that gets on my nerves. I don't know if its the recent ban wave and changes to the rules, or just a pressure thats been slowly building over the past few years, but I'm sick of reddit. I've spent all day looking at alternatives to reddit, and picked my favourites. Sorry about the long rant, but I needed a place to voice my complaints. I hope that Saidit can grow and become something great in the future.