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[-] Nobody@lemmy.world 368 points 6 months ago

I was looking for a Reddit alternative for years. I would have been cool with anything non-corporate, but figured it would take ages to build.

It’s incredible what Lemmy has turned into so quickly. A Reddit alternative went from being impossible to actually existing within a matter of weeks.

[-] Dark_Arc@social.packetloss.gg 208 points 6 months ago

As much as that makes a great story... The groundwork for lemmy goes back years. It's true that lots of issues were addressed and client apps were ported after Reddit started going down hill, but a ton of work was done beforehand to make that all possible.

[-] Empricorn@feddit.nl 38 points 6 months ago

client apps were ported after Reddit started going down hill

For me, this can't be overstated. I don't work in an office/at a stationary computer and 99.9% of my Reddit time was mobile. I checked out the "mobile apps" for Lemmy, and hated them. I probably wouldn't be active here at all if it wasn't for good dedicated apps like Sync.

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[-] _number8_@lemmy.world 69 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

Plus building it is kind of the easy part -- the hard part is getting people to migrate over and having enough active posts / users that people feel it's worth their time to stay and post as well. Migration will inevitably splinter communities as well, especially small ones, where not enough people move over (or don't move quickly enough). I've seen so many alternatives where the userbase was too small or not posting enough or just right wing trolls or the site was unusably buggy. lemmy managed to be good enough in all those categories at the perfect time - when reddit spat in the face of their users.

[-] Jeredin@lemm.ee 62 points 6 months ago

It's the niche topics that need more activity. I love science - mostly space/physics - and it's mostly a ghost town. Once the unique corners grow their activity, it's going to be great.

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[-] thethirdobject@lemmy.world 220 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

I know this comment could receive some negative feedback, but Lemmy lacks diversity in its userbase, compared to Reddit (or Tumblr in the old times). It's just a feeling, when I scroll through comments and posts on Lemmy, I picture most of the users as 16-46 yo white males.

EDIT: changed "45" to "46", see comment below.

[-] TORFdot0@lemmy.world 150 points 6 months ago

That’s the vibe I always got from Reddit. But yeah, the vibe I get from Lemmy is that there are two demographics.

19-45 white male tech enthusiast and 19-45 white trans female tech enthusiast.

[-] CertifiedBlackGuy@lemmy.world 49 points 6 months ago

I'm not sure yet which one I am ಠ_ಠ

[-] PugJesus@lemmy.world 34 points 6 months ago

Oh damn, your certification ran out?

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[-] fidodo@lemmy.world 79 points 6 months ago

That's how Reddit was for a long time too, and Reddit still is more like that than the other social networks. For whatever reasons that demo is more likely to be early adopters of this kind of platform. Diversity comes with growth.

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[-] Belgdore@lemm.ee 54 points 6 months ago

I get more of an impression that lemmy is full of far left leaning programmers. I think that is a good subset of people to have on a social media platform. But if we had more subs on other topics it should bring in other types of people.

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[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 178 points 6 months ago

It's worth stepping back a moment to appreciate that it's actually worked. Whether it will continue is another story, but Lemmy became a successful and viable alternative to Reddit. That's worthy of praise and celebration, and it couldn't be done without the admins and mods of .world who've made this place into what it is.

[-] Shadywack@lemmy.world 41 points 6 months ago

After seeing other potential alternatives, then seeing how LW and a few other instances took off, credit really goes to protocol devs, fediverse devs/admins, and LW is a standout for the praise you just mentioned as well. It's a culmination of so many things going right to make such a diverse and expansive community. We're already seeing the tech question help phenomena that Reddit has right here on LW, where some search engine queries can be magically made better by appending lemmy.

Let the migration continue! I haven't missed Reddit since coming here.

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[-] Aermis@lemmy.world 133 points 6 months ago

Lemmy is like 1/2 of what reddit was able to do for me. I haven't gone back to reddit since the exodus, I deleted all my posts and my account and never went back. But even now when I need information on anything from a community it's always reddit that pops up with the information that I need. I understand this is because of userbase and interacting with it but lemmy has not been able to do that effectively yet.

Granted I did post about a fish for my fishtank here and it was answered actually pretty quickly.

I think I'm just not understanding what instances and the feddiverse is. Most posts I'm interested in have like 1 or 2 comments, and half the time they're not useful interactions. It just feels kind of dead here. And again I understand it's because of the lack of interaction and userbase. But to say it's better than reddit or the best alternative is being a little frivolous.

[-] setsneedtofeed@lemmy.world 63 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

Feels kind of dead

The frustrating aspect is that it isn’t dead here. I’ve been on dead forums where you make a post and nothing happens. On Lemmy I’ve posted on seemingly dead or near dead communities, and received a flurry of response in the form of votes and comments. There are definitely people subscribed, and willing to comment, but very few people posting threads. It is a bottleneck to have users all waiting for somebody else to post something.

I hope anybody reading this comment understands that in a smaller ecosystem they can’t just passively wait for content to fill the feed. There needs to be more contribution in the form of posts, and hopefully posts that go beyond just memes (memes are great and fun, but Lemmy desperately needs posts that go beyond just that) or arguing about politics (politics are important, but exhausting). More activity on interest, and hobby communities, especially with original content adds uniqueness here.

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[-] cashews_best_nut@lemmy.world 40 points 6 months ago

Rather than trying to find a specific community to ask a question. Ask it in a general community. Specific subreddits were only born when generic ones became too big. But as the generic ones are much smaller it makes more sense to ask your questions and make posts there.

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[-] SorteKanin@feddit.dk 132 points 6 months ago

It isn't about "winning". Lemmy can coexist with any Fediverse application, and that's the beauty of it. Everyone on the Fediverse wins.

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[-] setsneedtofeed@lemmy.world 102 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

To the people who want Lemmy to be more active, if you want that, you have to be part of it.

The internet adage is that on any forum 10% of users comment, and 1% post. Lemmy needs to break out of that paradigm, and users should be disproportionately active compared to user/activity on Reddit.

People like posting in places where other people are already posting. It’s a snowball effect. That’s why meme communities have managed to take off; the 1% of users can pump out a huge amount of memes in a short time and make the place feel more lively than it actually is, which in turn kickstarts it and makes it lively for memes.

I make posts mostly in non-meme communities because I think Lemmy should have that too. Some posts are just links but a lot of them are original content. I think it adds value but I simply cannot, as one person, post the kind of volume that memeposters can. These more niche communities need people to post.

If you are subscribed to an interest community, I strongly encourage posting new threads there.


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[-] xan1242@lemmy.ml 100 points 6 months ago

This “the alternatives are great” gaslighting stuff has got to stop. We’ve all tried it and we’re all still here, for good reason. Reddit sucks but the fediverse sucks even more.

Oh the irony in this comment... The only person being gaslit is yourself.

And secondly - a lot of people don't know that you can now block instances individually and that defederation/blocking is not really that big of a deal anymore.

[-] mutant_zz@lemmy.world 56 points 6 months ago

Reading the comments in that thread made me realise how little I miss Reddit. The sub is RedditAlternatives and there's a whole lot of people in there whinging that people are talking about alternatives to Reddit. Lemmy has it's problems, but Reddit is toxic AF.

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[-] sour@kbin.social 53 points 6 months ago

if you think fediverse is worse than reddit you have issue

[-] LinkOpensChest_wav@lemmy.dbzer0.com 38 points 6 months ago

There's a certain demographic of people who crave a constant flow of outrage to fuel their social media addiction. I know because I've struggled with this myself.

Reddit has a slew of bots and artificially promoted posts to provide this to increase engagement.

I guess we have bots here too, but it's trivial to block them, and obvious spam/ads tend to be removed on sight.

There's far less outrage fuel here than on reddit, and also the comparatively slower flow of content encourages actual engagement and participation vs. merely consuming.

I can see why someone who's balls deep in reddit might be disappointed here.

I may also be completely wrong about some of this, but that's my observational take.

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[-] Shyfer@ttrpg.network 84 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

Honestly, there's a reason hype has died down. The site has all the same problems as other alternatives.

After the initial hype, it's only as big as a reasonably large individual subreddit. In fact, here are the top weekly posts of lemmy's federation partners and T_D's exodus site. The latter edges out the former slightly in upvotes and much more substantially in comments, and it's just a single community. Even in the fairly small category of "biggest extant reddit alternative", lemmy doesn't take first prize.

Same content problem as all the others: roughly half of the posts are politics of a uniform orientation, and the other half are reposted facebook memes.

Reddit's killer app is the presence of a sizable community for every little niche thing, and that's not there. Unless your only interests are politics (within roughly .3 standard deviations of the median Huffpo writer) or Facebook memes, it's not a viable alternative.

Competition: Sure, it's federated in theory, but the block-happy, drama-centric culture means that, if an alternative were to pop up with the userbase of 2012 Reddit (or even 2018 Reddit), it'd get defederated almost immediately. Open federation solves the "dozens of sites competing for the same thousand-or-so people" problem. Closed federation just pretends to do so.

This is basically all the same issue: not enough users. It's so dumb. "Lemmy isn't as good as Reddit because everyone isn't there yet. But ya, Reddit sucks." /face-palm Then come over and get users to come over instead of saying there's not enough people.

[-] Infynis@midwest.social 47 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

Hey, it's not all politics! Star Trek is doing great here! I just saw a post about how the Bell Riots are going to...wait...

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[-] jonne@infosec.pub 35 points 6 months ago

Lemmy right now actually feels like it's the same size as when I started using Reddit, before the Digg migration. It was so much better then.

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[-] Angry_Maple@sh.itjust.works 77 points 6 months ago

Some of the people in that reddit thread are unreasonably angry that some people moved to Lemmy.

I'll never understand loving a company so much that anyone who doesn't like it is automatically deemed a bad person. Why is a stranger's choice of social media so personal to some of these people? Why are they so livid?

I'm not even going to quote the specific comments I'm referring to just in case I get banned. One of them was comparing the entire lemmyverse to the subreddits that were banned over explicitly only having content about hating strangers for existing.

I'm happy I left if that what I'm "missing out" on.

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[-] buzz86us@lemmy.world 72 points 6 months ago

I love it because the apps are much better.. The regular reddit app has too many notifications, and red reader is too boring, and laggy. I'm using liftoff and it is so much better

[-] GladiusB@lemmy.world 52 points 6 months ago

Same. If they kept RIF I never would have known how crappy Reddit is and I left and never looked back.

[-] jonne@infosec.pub 46 points 6 months ago

Yeah, when RiF stopped working I just stopped using Reddit. I didn't want their app with their random irrelevant notifications, nft shit and all the rest.

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[-] Metal_Zealot@lemmy.ml 66 points 6 months ago

Everyone in that thread has Stockholm syndrome. They're so used to being force fed shit that they couldn't possibly believe that an online platform could be run any differently than Reddit.

And, everyones total misunderstanding of the fediverse. Yea, no wonder it's all tech people here, dumbass

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[-] pineapplelover@infosec.pub 55 points 6 months ago

When I was recruiting people during r/place and the protests, I found most of the issue being proper user guides to get people to sign up. Lemmy may be pretty confusing, especially to non-techies.

[-] thehatfox@lemmy.world 37 points 6 months ago

I still don't really get what people find so difficult about picking an instance. Most people seem to manage getting an email account, which requires picking an email provider like Gmail, Outlook, etc. Joining Lemmy isn't that much different.

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[-] TheFrirish@jlai.lu 51 points 6 months ago

I mean the sentiment in the comments in that thread is not at all positive. The damage the tankies/hexbear/lemmygrad has done to the reputation of lemmy is not negligible.

imho It's important to help people stear away from those places when they join lemmy except if that is their intention.

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[-] Corgana@startrek.website 50 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

I always have to laugh when I see an ostensibly pro-lemmy comment that says:

"Reddit mods are out of control"

Do these people understand that basically the whole idea behind a Federated system is that community owners have significantly more moderation power than they do on commercial platforms? If someone's main problem with Reddit was unchecked mod power, I have some bad news for them...

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[-] OpenStars@discuss.online 44 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

OMG reading through that comment chain - no not this one, the one on old-reddit.com - makes me remember what Reddit (outside of the tiny niche subs) is like, . Leadership flows down-hill, and it is not just spez over there, it is his entire empire of hate, small-mindedness, and bigotry. Who on earth would see what Elon did to Twitter and think, "me 2!" (then overthrow the mods who loved the communities that they themselves built, replacing them with scabs who ban the humans and upvote the bots)?

Edit: for those who cannot bring themselves to go THERE, I brought it here for your amusement - you're welcome:-P.


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[-] viking@infosec.pub 44 points 6 months ago

Leaving reddit was a good idea, joining Lemmy, I'm not so sure anymore.

The userbase here is not really diverse in itself, so the whole platform gets this large echo chamber vibe. And with "not diverse" I don't mean hostile or anything, just very homogeneous. Overwhelmingly left and far left on the political spectrum, embracing all things LGBT+, high nerd & tech factor; and if you don't belong to or identify with either of those factions, you get downvoted to oblivion, and worse yet, mod removed and banned for no factual reason.

What made reddit strong as a platform was that you had the right kind of diversity and a big enough userbase to not spiral out of control, unless the top management fucked up.

On Lemmy, instance admins are (or become) often the worst offenders, making any interactions with users on their instance tiresome, unless you regurgitate the same stuff that has been said there over and over and over again.

[-] Twelve20two@slrpnk.net 49 points 6 months ago

Well, in defense of Lemmy, it's nice to feel like I've got a lower chance of encountering Nazi rhetoric when in one of the anime/manga related instances

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[-] spiderman@ani.social 42 points 6 months ago

While Lemmy is gradually growing and the whole federation is a pretty good concept too I have one question about lemmy and it's future.

  1. Since it's just two devs maintaining the whole project (I know there are many open source contributors but the project is on them right?) what if they get tired of the project or go MIA? Can a fork be made and that can be maintained as a replacement of lemmy?

  2. How are and will be the SEO of the lemmy's instances? Reddit reached a wide audience due to that. It's nice to have a niche set of audience at the start but that should not be the case forever right?

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[-] PugJesus@lemmy.world 42 points 6 months ago

Jesus. Look at those comments. Reddit has gotten considerably worse since the exodus.

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[-] shredderdoitbetta@lemmy.world 37 points 6 months ago

Reddit sucked in 2008 and it sucks now. It only has value because people were too lazy to implement a proper openid system in any of the forum software packages over the years. There's no reason any community needs to be hosted on reddit. Forums SEO just like reddit when searching for answers except everyone has divested from the internet and given control to a handful of ruthless corporations who just want to hoover up all the data so they can train their live chat AI bots.

If you want lemmy to be better you have to contribute even if it means not being showered in validation and praise. The echo chamber era is over.

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[-] Kecessa@sh.itjust.works 35 points 6 months ago

calls Lemmy and Reddit a forum

As a forum user, please don't...

Forums are so much better than whatever Lemmy and Reddit are, the problem is none exist in the same "everything in the same place and people can create subsections" form.

[-] cosmicrookie@lemmy.world 34 points 6 months ago

Why don't we have federated forums then? The technology should be more or less similar.

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