As Reddit has grown steadily from a small community with a few people to an intersection of conversations and news with massive traffic a question comes to light. What should be displayed on the front page of the site? Similar to the Google search results, the results that will come on top will get more views that the less popular ones at the bottom.
With time the site got so big that the larger subreddits began to outperform the new ones that were cropping up. Keeping this in mind, Reddit admins assigned a group of default subreddits that will fill up the front page, this way choosing what type of content logged out users will get to see. To avoid this editorializing, they’ve started anew with a fresh concept: r/Popular.
This new function will fill up the first page with popular content like the old r/ used to do. This won’t affect the logged in users as they will see the content from their subscribed subreddits. Upon visiting r/popular you will be shown an extensive collection of material from broad and recognizable communities but with some new and upcoming content in between.
Reddit had been looking for a solution for a long time to find a way to present the users with quality content instead of just forcing some irrelevant content in front of them. The r/all was not a perfect solution as it gave the users the ability to filter out the content they didn’t like. r/popular more hands-off for administrators, there will still be a palatability check.
So if you got something to post on that new subreddit, first let us know your views about it just down here in the comments.
Source: forum announcement