Nature is one of the world most prestigious science journals.
One of Reddit’s busiest subsections is r/science. The subreddit has more than 4,000,000 subscribers. At this very moment, some 2,000 are active on the site. They congregate there, every day, and link to and chat about science news from all over the world. Often, that news comes from Nature.
Editors at Nature took notice of these conversations, and sometimes participated. They’d help to explain a story they had written, answer questions that readers had, and direct people toward additional materials. Now, a new collaboration between Nature and r/science, adds a bit of formality to that routine, giving Nature editors and reporters little status markers (known as flair) next to their names that will identify their role at Nature, which, the journal’s chief online editor Ananyo Bhattacharya explained to me over email, “gives our reporters and editors some prominence while clearly signaling that we have chips in the game.”
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What does Imgur, one of the most highly-trafficked sites on the web, want to be when it grows up? Television.
“Stupider than France is not where we want to be on tax policy,” Grover Norquist says matter-of-factly in the interview above, for Atlantic Video’s Ask Washington Anything series. Norquist, who founded and runs Americans for Tax Reform and was once called “the most powerful man in America” for his influence over Republican politics, shares many quotable sound bites as he tackles a series of questions submitted by members of Reddit’s NeutralPolitics forum earlier this week.
Striving for “evenhanded, empirical discussion of political issues,” the community asked about topics like loopholes, capital gains, and Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Although he answers these questions with gusto, the Republican has his suspicions about some users’ mysterious names, asking with a raised eyebrow whether this interview might be like a scheme to fell Superman by tricking him into pronouncing a hidden word.
"What’s the most prevalent myth about fitness and nutrition that stands between us and a healthy population?" Reddit user AllLift asks Sam Kass, the head of the first lady’s Let’s Move! program, in an interview for Atlantic Video’s Ask Washington Anything series.
The 33-year-old former White House chef puts on a puzzled face and cocks his head toward the wall behind him. “So many to choose from!” he exclaims, pretending briefly to be overwhelmed before offering his thoughts on misconceptions around calorie counting and exercise. In the 20-minute video above, Kass fields questions submitted by Reddit’s 3-million-strong Fitness community, covering topics like nutrition policy, sugary beverages, and the true meaning behind the name “Let’s Move!”
"Hello Reddit! Let’s get started," Senator Joe Manchin says cheerfully before diving into a list of questions for Atlantic Video’s Ask Washington Anything series. Earlier this week, 3 million members of Reddit’s Politics community had a chance to submit and vote on questions for the lawmaker. Manchin tackles the top ten in the 20-minute video above, covering gun control, drugs, coal mining, and more.
One of the few remaining moderates in an increasingly polarized Congress, Manchin approaches these wide-ranging issues seeking what he calls “balance.” Although he’s in favor of developing renewable energy sources, he points out the country’s ongoing reliance on his state’s coal industry. When asked about his thoughts on gay marriage, he is frank: “I was raised in little Farmington, West Virginia, and I don’t believe in any aspect of discrimination. With that being said, I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I know that might be [different] from other people, but that’s my view.”
We’re excited to announce a new series called Ask Washington Anything, produced by Atlantic Video in partnership with Reddit. Inspired by the social media site’s popular “Ask Me Anything" question-and-answer sessions, we’ve reached out to politicians and other Washington insiders to field queries from Reddit users. Our first three videos feature Manchin; Grover Norquist, president and founder of Americans for Tax Reform; and Sam Kass, Executive Director for Let’s Move! and former White House chef.
Stay tuned for new posts throughout the coming days with the videos.
The Atlantic teams up with the social-media platform Reddit to interview politicians and other Washington insiders.
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on what he learned from rejection
Save this for the next time you find yourself trying to explain the weird hubbub of one of the web’s biggest and busiest sites.
If you’re the type of person who reads blogs on the Internet, you’re probably already familiar with Reddit. The online community driven by user-submitted content made headlines after hosting “Ask Me Anything” Q&A forums with folks as powerful and established as NPR’s Ira Glass, Cory Booker and yes, even President Obama. With its democratic voting system controlling the prominence of content, Reddit has long been seen as a place that values the insightful.
But among the good content also lurked a darker corner trying to inch its way into the broader Reddit community: r/niggers. Through the recent banning of r/niggers, one of Reddit’s most offensive communities, it seems that the site’s leaders are making a conscious choice to keep Reddit a place where the insightful wins out over the hateful.
Reddit’s About section proclaims the site a “free speech place.” In the past, General ManagerErik Martin has said that he sees Reddit as a place where anything goes, so long as that anything doesn’t break the law. That attitude may have worked well back when the site was still finding its footing, but as it’s skyrocketed in both popularity and legitimacy, it no longer seems sensible to cling to an “anything goes” policy.
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