The new feature should attract users to more areas of the site
Reddit is finally starting to promote the subreddits better. If until now they were rather hidden, now they appear right on the homepage.The feature has been around since 2008 and has been one of the reasons why the site became famous. Basically, they’re places where you can meet people who like the same things you do. Anyone can build one and as long as things don’t go too crazy, no one will mind or interfere.
While they’re extremely popular, few users actually bother discovering new ones after they’ve settled on a handful.
Well, now, Reddit has introduced the “trending subreddit” feature, which appears on the homepage. The site will now select half a dozen non-default subreddits each day, working through those that have gotten a bit more activity lately.
The company calls this algorithm “Secret Formula” and promises to only ever show subreddits that have content that is safe for work. “Serious business: The formula for subreddit choosing is completely subject to change and contains anti-cheating controls. Users attempting to game a subreddit into the trending list will be banned,” the site threatened.
For the most part, users seem happy with the changes, although some did mention some other things they’d rather have instead of this new feature.