Reddit Randomnes and Wayward SPAM

A few days ago a link to one of my posts was placed on Reddit, a site like Slashdot that is dedicated to reviewing other peoples articles. Instead there was no ‘review’ as such. Just a bunch of flames back and forth over whether the link was to be considered SPAM or not. Apparently, because the Wayward Weblog is on MSDN, the post was thought to be just a product placement for Microsoft. I am left to only chuckle at the inanity of it all. Wayward == Marketting?  Uh. Sure.

Eventually, the link was removed as I guess they finally concluded my post was indeed SPAM and was not worthy of any discussion at all. But then again, this is Reddit, where there crowd is still trying to get over the stigma of not being Slashdot. 

I read Slashdot? Sometimes. It’s one of the only places I can find out what’s going on at Microsoft. They spend some much time bashing MS, at least half the articles are in some way related. So they end up doing the dirty work of finding the Microsoft related articles on the web for me. It’s like the ultimate web search engine for Microsoft related stuff. You just have to ignore most of the fuming resentment and then its all cake.


Comments (2)

  1. Derek says:

    Reddit is not any more anti-Microsoft than any other site on the Internet. The crowd in particular seems quite willing to upvote content from Microsoft employees when it’s worthy (yes, including Some examples:

    If you click `details’ you’ll see that most of the votes are positive. I think Wes’s posts are especially popular because he focuses on teaching concepts. He occasionally will mention a Microsoft product, but it’s typically only to provide context.

    Now, your post (which was _not_ removed[1]) was actually quite well received. The person who called your post spam was downmodded into oblivion. Almost twice as many voters went up than down, which is pretty impressive for a post that was more backstory than technical geekery.


    Something tells me this post won’t be quite as well received …

  2. I stand corrected.  Actually, I sort of sit slouched over at the keyboard.