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Lienia henna
02-13-2014, 04:29 PM
Learn how to join the social revolution (Reddit.com)
Reddit is one of the most popular and influential social sites on the internet. Here's how you can be a part of it!
Reddit is an awesome site that brings the coolest things from around the internet and lets you browse through them in one simple location. However, it would be nothing without its army of users, who dutifully scour the web for the most interesting stories, funniest photos and most mind-blowing videos - and the best thing is that you can easily become part of this growing social phenomenon. You don't need to sign up and post to Reddit if you don't want to - the site is free for anyone to view. However, if you put time into posting, commenting and befriending other users, you'll see a whole new side to one of the most popular websites on the internet, and earn Reddit's social currency - otherwise known as karma - in the bargain. Being able to share things you like with the rest of the world is always fantastic, and Reddit - a place where the cream rises to the top - makes it easy and fun to do.

Sign up for Reddit
Open your web browser and head on over to www.reddit.com (http://www.reddit.com/) . On the top right-hand corner of the website you'll find text boxes - you can use these to enter your username and password to log into the website. Just above that is a rather small link that says 'Register: Click the link to begin the quick and painless registration process.

Create a new account
Now you'll see a new page where you can create a unique username for your account, as well as choose a password. You'll need to verify the password, and you'll also need to type in a string of random letters and numbers, which essentially tells Reddit you're human! Unlike most websites, adding your email is optional for Reddit.


Explore your account
Be sure to tick 'Remember me' - that way you won't need to log in every time you use Reddit (if you use a shared computer, don't tick it). Click 'Create account; then you can select your username to see updates - these includes trophies you've achieved by posting interesting links. You can click 'Preferences' to change your options at any time.


Submit a post
Click ‘Submit a post’ to create a new post on Reddit. You can choose whether to submit the post as a link to another web page, or as basic text. Give the post a descriptive title to rack up those all-important views, add the URL (web address) of the page you want to link to, and choose a relevant subReddit (category). This way, you'll ensure other users will find your post.


Vote for a favourite
Reddit works via a system of karma. If you like a post, click the up arrow to its left - it'll turn orange to indicate that you have up voted the post, giving the poster some positive karma for their efforts. If you don't like it, click the opposite arrow, which will turn blue. This system of voting ensures the cream rises to the top, while the worst and most misleading posts are quickly spotted.

Check out comments
Each post you see within a particular subreddit will have a number of comments made by other users. Just click on the grey 'x comments' link to find them and start reading. Just like the posts themselves, these comments are also ranked by karma, and just like a regular post, you can up vote or down vote comments you like or dislike.

Add your own comments
The box at the top of the comments page is where you can add your own voice, but it's not the only way to get yourself heard on Reddit. You can reply to a particular comment and get yours added after it in the thread by clicking the small 'reply' link below the comment in question. Try not to use too much formatting it's an etiquette no-no.

See much more
Comments below a certain karma threshold - or outside of the standard loading scope - will be initially hidden on the post itself. You can bring these up by clicking the load more comments' link at whatever tier of the conversation you're interested in. The link will appear again at the bottom of the page as well, so you'll always have access to further user comments.

Find new subreddits
The front page is initially restricted to a handful of default subreddits, which are Reddit's own individual forums. Type an interest into the search box at the top right of the Reddit interface and it'll suggest relevant subreddits for you to view. Select one of these suggestions, then click the 'Subscribe' button to add its posts to your own front page.

Remove defaults
Some of Reddit's default subscriptions are controversial and sometimes annoying - Atheism, for example, can be a little much. To remove them from your front page feed, click their subreddit name either at the top of the main interface or next to one of their posts, then click the 'Unsubscribe' button on the right to remove these posts from your Reddit experience.

Get a better Reddit
There are some things that Reddit does well, and there are some it doesn't. To get the best Reddit experience, we recommend running RES, the Reddit Enhancement Suite - it's a browser plugin that includes some excellent tweaks. Start by visiting the website at www.redditenhancementsuite.com to start streamlining your time with Reddit.

Install the RES plugin
RES doesn't work with Internet Explorer, but if you're using a different browser you just need to click the large orange button to get instructions on installation. Once the RES plugin is up and running, go back to Reddit and try the first big enhancement: infinite scrolling. Once you reach the bottom of the page, it'll automatically load the next selection.


Quick images
One of the key enhancements of RES is the way it handles images. There's now a button next to any image post with a small plus sign on it - click this and the image will display within the post itself, rather than taking you away from the page to see it. There's also a new tab at the top of the page: 'View all images; which does exactly what it says on the tin.

Filter out posts
Sometimes people post things to Reddit that are a little unsavory. It's a democratic system, people have free speech, but that doesn't mean you have to deal with all the nasty stuff. We recommend using RES to filter out the nasties. Hover over the cog icon at the top right of the screen and switch the NSFW filter to 'On'. Now you can enjoy Reddit, minus the dodgy stuff.

Change deep settings
Use the cog menu to get to the 'settings console' page, and you'll find a whole host of options which let you minutely (or considerably) tweak your overall Reddit experience. Many won't be obvious until you've used the service for a while, but it's worth spending some time with it to find out what you can change. click 'Save options' when you're done.

Enjoy Reddit!
Now you know how to use Reddit and all the secrets you'll need to make it even more useful- we're confident you'll have a great time in the world of posts, votes and karma. If you want to be on the cutting edge of the internet, Reddit is the perfect place to keep your finger on the social pulse. And if you just want to find something funny, you're sorted!