“So you want to go to r/politics but aren’t sure where to start?” that’s how one user named “Derek” started out with the subreddit.
“What I want to do is learn all the basics of politics.
If I can’t do that, I’m not interested in politics at all.”
Derek and a group of friends started a thread asking for advice on how to get started with r/political.
The thread, which was shared more than 4,000 times, featured an extensive list of questions and tips, including how to read the news and find out about upcoming events.
“I can’t get my head around what r/Politics is and I’ve never read any of its content, so I thought I’d share a few tips,” Derek wrote.
The questions and suggestions were all helpful, and Derek ended up going on to become a member of the subreddit over the next two years.
The subreddit was launched in August 2018, and the community grew quickly in the years that followed.
“Within two months, we had over 3,000 subscribers, and by the end of the year, we were up to over 10,000,” Derek told Business Insider.
But the growth did not last.
“It started out slow, but as time went on, we started to slow down and we weren’t able to maintain it,” he said.
“People started getting discouraged.”
“When people get discouraged, they just want to get lost in the crowd and they don’t know how to navigate around that,” he continued.
“When you have a community of like-minded people, it’s like a tribe, but there’s no real leadership.”
In January 2020, the subreddit was officially shut down by Reddit, along with its subreddit-specific content.
However, the community has remained online.
“There are many, many threads and links in the subreddit,” Derek said.
The subreddit’s users still post news, politics, and other relevant content.
“This subreddit was a great tool for people who were in search of news, but not necessarily for news consumers,” he added.
In an email to Business Insider, Reddit said that the site will be reviewing all of its policies and policies regarding how the subreddit works and how it interacts with other subreddits to determine how to “make it more welcoming and inclusive for all.”
In an interview with Business Insider in February, the site’s general manager, Andrew Tung, said that r/news has been a great platform for users to share news, commentary, and opinion.
“We don’t want this subreddit to be a place for the trolls, the haters, the brigaders,” he told Business Insiders.
“For us, r/News is the news, and it’s the best way to see what’s happening.”
Tung also said that Reddit will be updating the site to address the negative effects of political commentary.
“At this point, we know that r /Politics is an important forum for many people to discuss and express their opinions, so we will be continually reviewing the way that r [Politics] works and the way it interacts in general,” he wrote in an email.