Sorry Reddit, I F^$&ed Up

Today u/mattthr made a post on Reddit.

And it got downvoted.


War and Peace and Board Games

You can tell that it’s a boil over of frustration from trying to use Reddit to generate discussion and interest in their website. Which, as an aside, is a great board game website, and doing 10x better than Roll to Review.

One of the interesting points brought up in his rant is the rich get richer issue of the subreddit. Whereby popular bloggers and reviewers get talked about more, then become more popular, and therefore get talked about more. We see this a lot with Dice Tower and SUSD.

This isn’t a problem for the people. Only a problem if you’re a minnow content creator.

So I understand his frustration.

He then goes on to talk about how his efforts to integrate with the community weren’t rewarded, and his content went unnoticed. At this point we diverge in opinion.

When it comes to Reddit, or practically any form of social media – I’m a lurker. Which means I’m the creepy guy with binoculars who hides on the hill of the nudist beach. As while I do post to Reddit. I get a lot more out of it than I put in.

In this way, the subreddit rewards me with game recommendations, and gameplay discussions on a daily basis.

If you’re interacting with this community, this is the attitude you have to take. You need to manage your expectations. As people by and large don’t owe you anything.

And they will let you know this.

So I think he messed up with this post from a branding perspective. As if r/boardgames wasn’t vindictive enough already. Look out! But from the sounds of it he’s obviously getting frustrated with the forum, so he probably should take a break regardless.

That’s my hot take on the issue. What’s yours?

Chester is sitting this one out!

There’s still a review coming this week – hopefully when I get time over the weekend. There is also going to be a birthday haul post. As this year it was absolutely mental. And half the reason this wasn’t a review was because I was too busy reading rules.

Curse you Mottainai!

David Norris

Lover of dogs, books, comics, movies, anime, television, video games and most importantly board games. My site is all about the latter, and my journey through the glorious hobby.

4 thoughts on “Sorry Reddit, I F^$&ed Up

  1. Yeah, that is the sad reality.

    I haven’t been over there much as it doesn’t seem to be a place that’s very welcoming overall.

    However, it is also a place where you have to be already established for your content to really get distributed there. Since you can’t self-promote, you have to have others do it. Which means you need content that engages them enough that they want to post it there (because having somebody do it for you intentionally is just as bad as doing it yourself).

    I haven’t really bothered with it. I occasionally skim the threads, but not very often.

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    1. It has it pros and cons for sure.

      For instance, there’s not enough board game news. I have to go to other sources to find out information about the latest releases. Which you’d think for a forum board about board games – they’d be all over it.

      It’s also so very cliquey.

      Anyways, if you have any tips to make content engaging enough to share, be sure to let me know the secret. Haha. 😉

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