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Since Lemmy was originally advertised on Reddit, you’ll see a lot of overlap obviously.

I made an account back when they started lemmygrad (then communism.lemmy.ml lol), and I finally moved here for good after Reddit banned me for the second time. To borrow from someone I read on lemmy.ml, I’ve never seen a website so hostile towards its own users. Moderators are expected to perform free labour, and new users can’t integrate because they don’t get how it “works” – the environment the users have created over the year. You create an account to participate in a discussion you saw, and no, you can’t comment, because all subreddits now have an age and karma threshold. Actually you can comment, you just have no idea you can’t until you try to publish. And you think your comment went through, but when you reload the page, it didn’t. None of this is explained so you just wasted 30 minutes writing a comment that got eaten by the system.

People are dicks for no reason, you meet fascists in the wild while just browsing a main subreddit, and all the while the admins don’t do anything because they have literally 0 idea what it means to be a mod. When some showed them the type of abuse they got, an admin was actually surprised. They don’t even use their own website, but they’ll suspend you for the smallest infraction – a user was suspended for telling a fascist he hopes he stubs his toe. Imagine that.

So I said fuck it and moved here when they banned my second account. Way less fascists and the people are more chill. It was a great move too, because my mood is much better now.

Frog of War
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I was asked to help administrate Lemmygrad in its infancy, so I came over because of that.

But, I left Reddit because I was fed up with constantly being hounded every time I looked at the site by western narratives, anti-communism, and the rampant surge of right-wingers in all the popular subreddits. Pair that with Reddit banning communist subreddits without giving reasons, while sleeping on banning fascist subreddits that were arguably far worse - and then only getting around to banning them because sponsors wanted them to - I just didn’t see doomscrolling Reddit as beneficial anymore. I stopped using it fully shortly after Lemmy started to get a lil more popular, and between coming to Lemmy (which is when I stopped using Reddit for politics) and migrating fully over, I mostly just used Reddit to look at lewd images and memes.

I don’t like that the main branch of Lemmy has become popular with techbros, but what-a-ya-gonna-do-bout-dat?

@pimento
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Besides the reasons that others mentioned, there are two main things that I dislike: I feel like Reddit has fewer and fewer interesting comments where people share their opinion, instead the same boring jokes are repeated over and over. Probably because there is less risk of being banned or harrassed that way. The other thing is that the site is completely dominated by USians, and they assume that everyone else is also from their country.

These problems have existed since I first came to Reddit years ago, but I guess I’m more and more bothered by them.

@CriticalResist8
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Probably because there is less risk of being banned or harrassed that way

That’s an interesting and probable cause, but I feel also Reddit places so much emphasis on karma when it means absolutely nothing (except for the thresholds to start posting, and even then there are more powerful tools to stop people from using your community). I’ve never cared about my score on lemmygrad, though we’re still a small, mostly tight-knit community, so I also know when I post how it’s going to generally received.

@nour
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It’s also more convenient than Reddit, IMO. Reddit’s new interface (well, it was new two or so years ago, when I left Reddit) is absolutely awful.

@yogthos
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Yeah, I find new Reddit redesign completely unusable as well. I find open source platforms tend to have much better UI experience because they’re not trying to monetize the users. You don’t have trackers, ads, and all other kinds of garbage. So, the only features that get added are the ones the user ask for.

@CriticalResist8
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For real, I recently installed Lemmur (the third-party android app to browse lemmy) and it’s blowing me away. Feels like a proper 2021 app, maybe even 2025.

@yogthos
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Oh yeah, I use Lemmur as well and it’s great. At this point I feel that Lemmy has a strictly superior user experience to Reddit.

RED Vulpix
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Because leftists are here

@T34
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Because y’all are here!

Reddit strangled or killed off its leftist sub. It sucks now for anything but memes if your politics are to the left of Biden.

@Slatlun@lemmy.ml
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I never joined reddit in the first place, so lemmy isn’t an alternative for me unlike the other posts so far. I just liked the setup and the low privacy admittance fee.

@yogthos
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I wrote a whole article on the subject :)

@7BloodXVI
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Kinda got fed up of Reddit tbh and wanted to be in a website with more leftists.

@Windows97
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Between this and hexbear I get just about the same content but it’s less toxic and with the plus of privacy and being libre software

/r/GenZedong, but on Lemmygrad!

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