Here on NMR’s Weekend Edition, we’re always looking for the weird stuff on the web — and on Saturdays, we like to focus on one of the best sites for weird content: Reddit.
Reddit is sort of a catchall of the web — all the world’s information, disinformation and cat pictures filter through there and users of the free site upvote or downvote the information based on how interesting they find it. This usually winds up in some pretty strange stuff being upvoted to the front page. But to get REALLY WEIRD you have to crawl down into one of the thousands of subreddits out there.
(Caution: Some of the stuff found within might be VERY NSFW depending on the subreddit we explore. If it’s an entirely NSFW or nasty subreddit, we will warn you below.)
You know how you have that friend who always tells some crazy convention story from “back in the day.” Prolly you should check r/TalesoftheConvention after they spin their yarn to see if it really is their story — or if they acquired it here. The home base for all sorts of wacky cosplay-influenced chicanery, you get a more well-rounded festival experience from pitching a tent in the corner (not like that, you weirdo) and listening to all the experiences. Of course, you can also get the gist from hearing me say “Most of the stories are about why someone did or did not get hit on.” That and “F**k Trekkies.” Of course that’s not in the spirit of Reddit Mystery Spot, so make sure you really get in there and spend at least an afternoon becoming engrained in this fun niche community. And if you’ve got a convention story to tell, by all means drop it here. Then you can laugh when your buddy tries to tell your own story back to you.
Totally riddled with NSFW: Since the Furries went off and created their own subreddit for convention stories, it’s been pretty much squeaky clean.
Violent, morbid or outright evil: Quite the opposite, mostly its just good folks sharing an experience in a community that can relate all too well.
Okay for kids: Kids would just be bored here.
Number of members: 3,482 readers
Is it active: I’d say it ebbs and flows with conventions, but there are ALWAYS conventions. Instead, it seems to be a here and there mentality, but months will go by without a new post. Maybe they should get the Furries back?
Friendliness of community: It’s a very PC sort of community, with everyone worried about stepping on the toes of others. And then, occasionally, you get the dickhead who just doesn’t understand the vibe.
Funniness of comments: Not funny, more empathetic or sensitive. If you need a virtual hug, you’ll probably find it here.
Subreddit’s best feature:
Admittedly, it’s sort of refreshing to see non-negative comments online. You get stories from people who just want to share experiences and have positive discourse. Judgment-free sharing is rare even on the nicer subreddits.