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Default subreddits protest at influx of new Reddit users

Reddit’s new group of defaut subreddits are hitting back at the unwanted publicity that has come as a result of being featured on the front page of the front page of the Internet.

Some of the worst hit have been r/TwoXChromosomes, r/dataisbeautiful, and r/listentothis, which have all had to cope with a litany of graphic posts, spam and posts that don’t conform to the strict rules of each subreddit.

"There were a few trolls and ignorant people on here before but most people on here were serious subscribers and there were enough of us to counteract them with downvotes and report. Not anymore. We can all say goodbye to a safe place on reddit for women. I know I won't feel comfortable here anymore,” KaylaS, a of TwoXChromosomes, told The Guardian.

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That subreddit is the site’s most prominent community for women and as such was dominated by graphic posts about menstruation and toilet habits that were actually a result of a protest from regular users unhappy at the influx of new contributors.

The proof is in the pudding as TwoXChromosomes had just 180,000 members at the back end of last week and is now in prime position on a Reddit front page that sees 100 million unique users every month.

Reddit decided to change up its subreddits last week when it increased the number of defaults from 25 to 50 and the moderators of each one were consulted as to whether it wanted to be a part of the top 50. Some declined but others, like KennysConstitutional on r/listentothis, is happy for the moderators to shoulder the responsibility to make sure everything runs smoothly.

"I know that a lot of people are afraid of the defaulting of the sub, but… we have very dedicated moderators who are resourceful and determined to keep this place from going to s***,” wrote the poster.

r/listentothis has been using a large number of automated moderation tools to keep abreast of its rules and r/dataisbeautiful has stipulated that contributions cannot be made by anyone not subscribed to the subreddit.