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What is Reddit?
Social news platform Reddit has just secured $50m in funding from venture capitalists and investors including actor Jared Leto and hip-hop star Snoop Dogg, and is preparing to give 10% of the new shares back to the website’s users…. But what exactly is it?
- Reddit is a source for what’s new and popular on the web. Users provide all of the content and decide, through voting, what’s good and what’s junk by giving it an upvote if they like it and a downvote if they don’t.
- Links that receive community approval bubble up towards #1, so the front page is constantly in motion and filled with fresh, interesting links.
- Anyone can submit a link— all you need is an account! However, to prevent spamming, there is a cap on the posting rate.
- A submission’s score is determined by the number of upvotes minus the number of downvotes. If five users like the submission and three users don’t it will have a score of two.
- There is a number next to a username called ‘karma’. This reflects how much good the user has done for the Reddit community. The best way to gain karma is to submit links that other people like and vote for.
- Look out for its mascot called Snoo – the funny looking alien / bug thing next time you’re online!
Information taken from http://www.reddit.com/wiki/faq
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