Users of the popular Reddit service may have found their regular haunts and favourite sections — called subreddits — sparse, or whole feeds missing this week, as huge numbers and many of the all-important moderators downed their virtual tools and stayed away as part of a planned three-day protest that kicked off on Monday June 12. 

Despite its nickname as the front page of the internet, I’m always tempted to call Reddit “niche” because — unlike Facebook — everyone and their moms are not regular users with their own accounts. But, with 57-million daily users, Reddit is actually built together from a plethora of niches, a subreddit for every possible topic, interest, position, and theme — or, in their own terms “a network of communities”. There are more than 100,000 active communities, and many more inactive ones that remain accessible, all adding up to 13-billion posts and comments — a deep lake of user-generated content and knowledge that really demonstrates the power of the ...

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