Campus Society

Author: Daniel Sobey-Harker

Westminster Fresher’s fair! The Campus Society Family Grows Evermore.

Today Soraya, Kim, Rafaela, Oliver, Feroze, Adrian, and myself all made it to Marylebone Campus for the Fresher Fair to introduce Campus Society.

We met a lot of the societies that will be running this year and we’ve talked to everyone about what it is we’re looking to do and how we can help them grow. As such the Campus Society grows bigger and stronger thanks to these awesome teams, causes, and societies coming on board!

The Ice Challenge Game was a massive success. Kim & Rafaela watched people suffer all day. 

One thing that was getting a lot of attention was the Ice Challenge game we were running for people to get the chance to get either a voucher they can exchange on their Campus for £4 towards food, drink, or supplies – and better yet if they got the lucky 7 ball they got a Campus Society T-shirt which highlights our #FightWithWords campaign!

Showing off a few of the t-shirts with students. Kim looking fetch.

 

Something we’re keen to do on Campus Society is focus on discussion and have people challenge specific views and perceptions. Our t-shirts will feature different standpoints each time we run an event so this time we had the following:

“Entry Level Job – 18 years experience required”

“Guys and Girls can’t be just friends”

“British Food Sucks”

“Size does matter!”

“A philosophy  degree is soooo useful”

 

A better look at what we’re running round in

 

So if you want one of these t-shirts you can grab one tomorrow at Harrow Campus as we’re running our stall there too! As an added bonus we’ll also be giving out free drink tokens too at the Student Union Bar.

One of the players of the game working feeling back into their arm.

So if you want the chance to win some swag and some frostbite come see us!

If you want to see what else we’re getting up to you can follow us on Twitter & Facebook to keep in the loop!

Bonus: Adrian ducking for missing numbers.

A few months ago we invited Victoria Taylor, formerly of Reddit, to join Campus Society. It was equal parts sticking our noses up at Reddit for what we perceived as a genuine injustice and sincerely trying to bring someone on board who really understands how online communities really work. While we’re unlike Reddit in that we don’t just let anyone join, as you have to be a student, we do allow anyone to create a channel and do what they will with it. We’re a platform to advocate discussion, collaboration, and education. If you’re interested in learning more or want to sign up you can do so here. 

On the 18/09/2015 Victoria Taylor of We Work came and visited our Campus Society HQ in London to share with us some of her accrued knowledge from working with one of the biggest communities in the world.

We got sandwiches from Jimmy’s while we traded stories (Soraya’s probably on instagram).

I have to say first hand, as a community manager and redditor personally, it was incredibly insightful and brilliant to meet her. It’s easy to see why she has handled so many AMAs in a flawless fashion as she’s genuinely a competitor for the title of “Most Interesting Woman in the World”. We also had the opportunity to meet her husband Peter who also possessed keen observations on how we can improve our ability to help students in disadvantaged educational backgrounds connect with those in more established ones. No one prior to us has bothered to take the time to build a community around not just the UK and the U.S but the Middle East as it’s not seen as profitable.

But as we’re a young startup the 50,000+ users we have pose various challenges as they’re from all over the world.

We took a break to chat about Victoria’s majestic cat, The Tiny.

It was great to have to that fresh set of eyes on us too to let us know whether we’re on the right track. With no corporate interests and private funding we’re able to really explore what makes us great and what will take us from the position of startup to a nationally known community. With support already being rolled out to U.S colleges and universities hopefully we can have some impact there and make a difference.

On a side note you should visit Sos & TheTiny’s own subreddit if you’re interested in adorable cats being cats in /r/sosandthetiny. 

You can tell I’m genuinely happy when my eyes almost disappear.

It was also a lot of fun! Victoria is genuinely one of the sweetest people I’ve met and while I’m usually a bit of a cynical grump I have to say it was fantastic all round to spend some time with her and pick her brain on everything from Monty Python to fiction novels.

Victoria with one of our founders, Rashid, donning the Campus Society badge as she joins our family.

We have hundreds of new students join our family every day so to have Victoria join us is quite the honour. It was the perfect day to meet us all in all as it coincided quite nicely with our first ever Campus Society Social in which we went out for drinks in London with the team and other people we work closely with.

We also took the chance to respond to /u/ScottishInGermany‘s wager on whether we were genuine. We’ll take the video on Vime, Vimeo, or Youtube please and thank you. Perhaps even .mp4 if you’re so kind.

Our new starter Jennifer (far left) also got a chance to prove she’s a real person.

The socials are now going to be a monthly deal with the next one on the 23rd of October. If you’re interested in getting involved and meeting the team please get in touch with soraya@campussociety.com and she’ll drop you an email with the details but you can also keep an eye on our Twitter & Facebook.

We simply had to pop down the pub as is required by UK law.

If you rock up wearing one of our coveted pin badges your drinks are on us all night! The only way to get one of those pin badges at the moment is to be the first person to get your onsite GPA to 4.0 or to do something spectacular for Campus Society like /u/korotano, /u/thebritishredditor, Kim Corti, or Rafaela Izzo have done for us. 

And of course just before Victoria & Peter took off for the night I had to get a quick selfie in.

So all in all the social was a great success and we’re looking forward to meeting more of you!

So thanks for reading and thanks for the continuing support! Those of you who want to learn more about Campus Society can do so here.

Let us know in the Reddit channel or Ask the Devs Channel what you think or in the comments below!

Weekly update #6

The monday update is here!

Now I know we don’t always get these right but we’ve got some exciting news! The @Mentions feature has now been implemented throughout the website and we’re proud of how Jamie, Abraham, Gleison, and Feroze have smoothly rolled it out under our noses.

We’re pretty excited to be honest so expect to be tagged in things that Soraya and I think you might like.

Here's our tech team working on some sweet new features.

Jamie pondering over something beyond our comprehension, probably.

@Mentions – The @Mention feature a lot of you will be familiar with from a few other social sites will allow you to tag users in your chat messages and in post/resource comments. This will send them a notification if they’re online or an email informing them if they’re not.

More work will go into this feature to help with usability but as of its first release you can tag anyone on the site. Including myself or Soraya if you need help in the community.

Line breaks – Another snazzy little feature that may be overlooked is the fact you now have line breaks in posts. Making it clearer to make your wall of text rants and raves. It’ll also mean that you can have discussions in detail without things looking cluttered.

Working hyperlinks – Ok so this may sound basic but now hyperlinks will display properly in chat and in posts. Sorry about that but in fairness to the team they’ve been working very hard on the app and other bigger features.

Weekly Summary – We’re rather excited to have everyone posting and chatting but we’ve noticed it’s getting harder to keep up to date. To make sure you have a general awareness of what’s going on we’ve introduced a weekly summary so once a week you can see how many people have liked your posts, followed you, and which of your subscribed channels have had new posts for you to browse.

Bug stomping – Without going into too much detail a few of the load error bugs have been fixed and classes now display properly.

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In unrelated news Soraya and I went around to Westminster and met the student union team to get a better idea of what Freshers Fair will be like next week. With over 6000 students this year it’s certainly going to be a busy one.

We mingled a little and chatted with a few but Soraya’s main goal was the student buffet table stocked with pizza, chicken wings, and tortilla crisps. With the buffet demolished, a few names exchanged, we’ve made it back to the office in time to tell you about all these lovely new features.

If you go to our instagram you can see Soraya drinking apple juice and playing with a Japanese kanji stamp.

TL;DR: We’re going to tag everyone in everything because it’s new and we’re getting carried away. 

What I learned from sending 132 pizzas across the world, while drunk.

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Long story short a week or so ago I sent pizzas around the world while slightly intoxicated. The following day to show that we’re people of our word here Soraya and I used the rest of the bitcoins to provide pizza to over 132 people.

It took a bit of time but I thought I’d collect all the information relating to what we’ve started referring to as our drunken act of pizza which you can read about on Reddit here.

To those of you who are new to our little community we really appreciate your support.

We’re a little British start-up and we never dreamed we’d have this amazing community surrounding us and pushing us forward to achieve bigger and better things. If you’re interested in taking part of our beta please signup here or just want to meet like-minded people. 

Finally, welcome to all our new American users as we’ve added support for you too!

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We're coming to America! But we're bringing a pint of peace as we've opened our site to American users!

We’re coming to America! But we’re bringing a pint of peace as we’ve opened our site to American users!

Thanks for reading! If you need more information I’m /u/sobeyharker on Reddit and Daniel Sobey-Harker on Campus Society.

Like sites like Reddit? Here are 52 other websites you can waste time in a handy list (all on one page).  

My ultimate list of Reddit Alternatives

What constitutes a ‘Reddit Alternative’?

In my eyes essentially a community where you can post content, have discussions, and feel a sense of community. Reddit may be the undisputed champion when it comes to sheer numbers but there’s a lot of viable alternatives worth checking out.

Campus Society www.campussociety.com

This is purely aimed at university and college students so this won’t be of any appeal those who aren’t attending. You’re grouped into channels where you can instant chat / post content with other students in your classes and university. This went live on Monday so it’s very new in beta but there’s also groups you can join similar to subreddits where you can chat / post and it’s proving popular in London for a way of meeting new people who are at your university but haven’t met yet.

It doesn’t rely on upvotes / likes to determine user score but a ‘GPA’ system which goes up if users respond well to you and down if you’re inactive over a long period of time or get reported by other users.

Full disclosure I’m part of the team here but if you have any questions I’m happy to answer them! (If your university isn’t featured let me know and I can check that out)

Stacksity – www.stacksity.com

I think the concept of Stacksity is pretty great.

it’s really simple looking but it’s obviously well put together. Subreddits here are ‘stacks’ and while these stacks aren’t moderated the better content does rise to the top and you can explore various areas fairly easily once you have an account and subscribe to those that you’re into.

On the landing page though you can only view the one piece of content so I can see why some people aren’t a fan of browsing it because it’s very image centric in a similar fashion to Tumblr.

However nothing gets removed as far as I can tell and it’s new so we should really cut it some slack and see how it grows. I’m looking forward to seeing how it expands.

I must admit I do find the $ prefixing everything fairly obnoxious though.

Voat – www.voat.co

Voat is essentially the biggest Reddit clone – and that’s OK. They have a karma system and the community is nice and welcoming and very open to discussion. It’s very basic looking and if you’re familiar with how Reddit works you’ll be familiar with Voat works.

They get a lot of grief for being down often but it’s run by a small but dedicated team who take donations to try and keep the servers up so it’s rather admirable that they’re doing as well as they are as whenever Reddit messes up people throw it around to immediately jump ship.

It’s fun and fairly light though and as they’ve got investors looking into them it seems that Voat may actually become a viable alternative in the future.

Snapzu www.snapzu.com

Snapzu is a much more polished looking link aggregator than your average Reddit clone.

You can post ‘snaps’ which are links/content to various channels that they call ‘tribes’ and it has a wide variety of subjects for you to explore. There’s a rep system which accumulates over time with titles for you to get – but it does mean that those who have signed up earlier get more perceived clout than those that are new. At the moment you have to request an invite to join BUT they tend to dish those out quickly enough.

I have to say though it’s not as…strongly opinionated as Reddit which is a good and a bad thing as it lends to very passive comments in the default spaces. However the community does have a lot of passion and love for the platform  and personality is formed over time and I imagine that this will change as it grows.

Aether  www.getaether.net

An app based community however it’s on the otherside of the coin. While Wechat is a hyperactive platform where you use your real name etc this is much more private scene which uses anonymous posting.

They’re not likely to go down anytime soon though because their infrastructure does not rely on a centralised server setup but p2p. Their goal originally was simply to be a purely anonymous reddit so if you’re privacy orientated this might be interesting for you but as it’s links and not images etc most people might not find it that interesting – especially as it’s in dire need of content and as anyone can pretend to be you it’s hard to build any sense of community.

Yik Yak www.yikyakapp.com

An interesting concept but the execution leaves something to be desired for the most part. It being app based only is a bit of a downside in my eyes too.

Recent changes have improved the flow of conversation though which is good as you can identify who you’re responding to and the community has taken steps to help cut down on abuse which was a problem early on. Yaks with -5 are deleted so the community polices itself.

Yaks are text based though and very short form so this might not appeal to everyone but it can be rather lighthearted and interesting for localised content. There’s no images or links however.

The Student Room www.thestudentroom.co.uk

This is an old school forum really primarily focused on UK students but it’s got a wonderfully dedicated moderation team and a strong core community who are extremely helpful. Like most forums it is broken down into a wide variety of subjects/interests and users build rep through going their posts liked etc.

It’s rather solid but it is definitely focused more on the UK student crowd so this won’t appeal to anyone in the U.S unless you’re curious to know about the state of affairs here.

Stumble Upon www.stumbleupon.com

This is how I found Reddit originally about 5 years or so ago.

Stumble Upon is rather simple in its approach but it’s a great way to view all types of content. Simply signup, select your interests, then click the Stumble button and it’ll randomly select you a tagged page/article/video based on what you selected. The community isn’t really that big on commenting and what not, per se, but there is certainly something very addictive about clicking that button for new content.

Honestly I had so much love for this website I fear to go back.

Hacker News news.ycombinator.com

This one is more for the tech-oriented crowd and despite the overly abused ‘hacker’ title it’s a great site for keeping in the loop with changes in the tech industry and for new and upcoming sites and startups.

After /r/technology took a tumble in quality I ended up just going back to Hacker News for quite awhile to be frank as it’s simple, practical, and the community is very informed and helpful. It can be quite severe to ‘fanboys’ though so be careful not to show any discernable love for anything at all.

However my favourite thing about HN is purely the amount of content that I can view at a glance.

Product Hunt www.producthunt.com

This is a dedicated community focused on sharing and talking about the latest apps and startups. It’s invite only if you want to discuss/post but you can vote until PH decide you’re worthy of commenting. Some people complain of them being a tad elitist but I’ve met the team firsthand and they’re pretty dedicated to focusing purely on making a platform that’s about showcasing the latest and greatest.

Recently they’ve added ‘Games’ as a section so you can also see what games of note are worth playing or at least keeping an eye on too.

Though it does get a bit dull seeing the same people leaving comments and the discussion can be pretty thin. You also have to sign up using Twitter if you do want to vote.

Tumblr www.tumblr.com

I’m expecting a bit (see lot) of flak for suggesting Tumblr but if you stay away from the echochambers of angry ranty people and explore some of the more popular tags you’ll find that there’s a whole wealth of quality content worth reading.

They’re more into their TV/Film fandoms and so if you’re not able to stomach that kind of thing you might want to pass but for lighthearted content it’s not that bad. It’s also got the NSFW content down so if you’re looking for organised adult stories and pictures it has your back there.

Personally the community is not to my liking but it’s a viable alternative that while hated on will more than likely have something that will cater to your taste. I tend to also find that the community of Tumblr is overtly partial to hyperbole and incredibly specious reasoning but there we go.

Just bewarned that /r/shittytumblrgifs exists for a reason.

Newsvine www.newsvine.com

I really liked Newsvine but since it has been picked up by ABC though I’m not entirely sure how I feel but hey let’s plod on regardless. It  focuses on linking out news but it’s nowhere as extreme as /r/worldnews and the community is rather interested in current events providing they are American or controversial.

Discussion is small/limited however so you really have to put some effort in to generate discussion but it can certainly be worth it if quality and not quantity of replies work for you.

Commenters however do tend to lean either far left or far right with little middle ground so keep that in mind.

Frizbee www.frizbee.co

I really dig how Frizbee are with anonymity and theirgeneral mission. Their mods are vocal but friendly but best of all they’re against censorship and really want to see their community grow in line with that.

Which pretty much lends well to open discussion. They’re in beta and while the site could do with some fine tuning it’s a great experience despite the lack of polish.

Reddit Contact: /u/compute_

Slicer www.slicer.io

This is small and ran by a single person, as far as I’m aware, but I quite like to lurk on it and have a nosey around. Terms of use are pretty standard but I’m looking forward to seeing how this evolves as there’s steady traction and I’m not entirely sure if the admin has made a decision on how he wants to grow his site.

It can be a little messy though as the default page throws everything into “Any” as opposed to a space, which function like subreddits, but I kinda do like that as it reminds me of how /r/all used to be.

Seriously though props to this guy if it’s just the one person as it’s really well done.

Plag www.plag.com

The concept behind this is rather cool.

It works like a virus. When you create a post (card), it goes to several users closest to you physically, they could spread it further to next several users (if they like it) or not spread it. So basically interesting and relevant things can spread all over the world.

I’ve not had much chance to play around with this much but I’ll definitely come back and explore it in more detail.

Reddit contact: /r/plag_network/

Linkibl www.linkibl.com

Fairly clean and responsive reddit clone with a small but friendly enough community.

Signup is encouraged to manage your personal feed (similar to Reddit) and the default feed is selected posts to appear from various subreddits in the same as Reddit.

Wykop www.wykop.pl

A polish Reddit.

I was asked to include this by a Polish Redditor so I thought I’d link it in case it was useful for anyone else but to be frank I can’t tell you anything about it firsthand.

Hubski www.hubski.com

Hubski quite a lot of support in /r/redditalternatives for a good reason.

Decent content, good community, and stable enough so you don’t have to worry about downtime too much.

It’s very minimal and I quite enjoy that – the lightweight look has a lot going for it when it comes for consumption of content but being a Brit in his late twenties there’s not a lot going on for me here day to day.

Reddit Contact: /u/theNgreen

Empeopled www.empeopled.com

It’s like a moderator-less Reddit but with a BitCoin/voting relationship that I don’t fully understand beyond the fact that you earn a few bitcoins every time you upvote something.

I don’t know how that’s going to play out in the long run but what I do know is that Empeopled does have an active commenting community who are very much invested into seeing the site grow.

Which as a community manager I think is awesome – it’s always good to see an active online community actively discussing the site and plans for the future.

The site features a level up system too so over time you gain more experience based on your posting/interaction and these are tied to topics (subreddits) you’re active in.

Piroot www.piroot.com

Yet another Reddit clone.

In all honesty the community here is going to have to grow before we see any real sense of personality as it’s all a bit hollow at the moment. I imagine it’s just the one admin running the show though so I really do need to cut them some slack.

On the upside though there’s good posting diversity but if you’re a user there I’d recommend you speak up more and comment otherwise you’re never going to grow as you’ve a lot of competition.

Fiction Hub www.fictionhub.io

I really really like Fiction Hub. I can’t even go into how much I’ve started to enjoy perusing it as you can tell how half-hearted I’ve been with most of these on the list if I did.

While it’s pretty much “Writing Prompts, The Website” I really like the personality and  flair the community have here.

If you’re into short stories and fun fiction I definitely recommend you have a look – some of the stories here are rather well done and feedback is always helpful and encouraging which I love to see when people are exploring creative writing.

A to b www.atob.xyz

Now A to B, or atob, is an interesting little site. It’s an anonymous chat engine in which you can discuss whatever you fancy and upload images. Chatting generates a random colour so you can tell who you are, and who is responding to you, but there’s no usernames and it reminds me of a chan board with the terminology that is thrown around.

Except there’s a very friendly vibe around and people are generally quite helpful.

Also as an added bonus, and I’m not entirely sure what triggers it, you randomly get ‘Burtled’ by a lot of little turtles after you trigger something. Whether it’s you chatting or something triggered by other users I’m not sure but it’s definitely a fun little site.

Now excuse me while I go get burtled again.

Upriser www.upriser.com

There’s definitely a strong anti-Reddit feeling from the admins on here whenever I notice Reddit being mentioned but that aside it’s not a bad little news aggregator.

There’s a lurking community that seems to be more interested in digesting content then discussing it. Something that makes me wonder why so many users who vote and interact with the posts rarely bother to comment on them.

It’s pretty clean and easy to use though with very little confusion to be had when it comes down to navigating the site.

Maybe a little too much angry highschool editor with those headlines though…

Infobitt www.infobitt.com

Now Infobitt say they’re trying to be what ‘Wikipedia is for articles, with the news’ and I imagine with this they mean by actually sourcing things as opposed to rampant edits for the sake of humour.

Which to be honest is a rather admirable goal.

I’ve started using this passively for news content because having multiple sources for those too-good-to-be-true headlines is actually a great idea. I can’t comment on the community at large though as I’ve not signed up and casually lurking doesn’t give me an impression that you can actually comment.

 

Stations www.stations.tv

A quick little look around Stations reveals a chatroom with the ability to post videos so you can discuss them. What I’ve found it really nice for though is for sending a video to a friend and watching it while they do – so you can chat as things happen.

Which makes it pretty awesome for game release footage and announcements.

The community is alive though rather small but I expect this will change over time but there is a lot of potential here. I can see the /r/games community enjoying this for the same reasons I did.

Hereshot www.hereshot.com 

I have an android phone so I’ve no idea if it’s any good but someone PM’d me to check it out.

So if anyone can give me a heads up and let me know that’d be great as it is only on the list because I want to know more about it.

Gameiki www.gameiki.com

A reddit clone that is focused purely on the gaming community. This could eventually become a viable little home for gamers if it focused a bit more on on commenting and posting content than just voting however.

While I don’t see it beating out /r/games & /r/gaming just yet it has a small but dedicated team who really want to see it succeed so I imagine it might do well further down the line.

Karrmic www.karrmic.com

You know I’m pretty much adding this one out of pity. It’s like one guy, posting all these links from Reddit, just so you don’t have to be on Reddit.

Seriously I went back a few days and didn’t see any comments and I’m pretty sure if I signed up and PM’d him it’d make him the happiest person alive because there’s a lot of effort going into this.

Topical www.www.topic.al

I tried checking this out awhile ago. No joy. Tried today. No joy.

One day I will get on here so I can give you my 2-3 lines on what I think about it.

Zeefeed www.zeefeed.co

Nice little Reddit clone which has a small but commenting community. The creator is rather dedicated and responds quickly to any and all queries which is nice and appears to be active on /r/redditalternatives. I imagine as this grows so will the features but for now it certainly does well enough as a light Reddit replacement.

Reddit Contact: /u/zekeboy22

Peruza www.peruza.net

So here you have a link aggregator  of sorts you can organise by various aspects of how it makes you react. You can either filter by any ‘junk’ or have a more ‘cultured’ set of results come up. Though not sure why choosing ‘LOL!’ with ‘Cultured’ comes up with Satoru Iwata’s death.

The content itself is tagged via other users who can vote/tag based on what they think it is.

There’s no commenting community though based on what I’ve seen however so that’s a bit not great.

Commentum www.commentum.io

As opposed to upvotes having weight comments do instead. Which means discussion is the driving force between what gets popular here.

Which is good and bad really as that means dissenting opinion gives rise to posts as opposed to those that everyone agrees on gets to the top. This does however mean you’ll always see posts with the most discussion going on.

This voting momentum also works with comments so comments with the most replies rise to the top. I can only assume as this gets bigger you’ll see more people arguing in posts as opposed to thoughtful comments but as the community get used to this I imagine they’ll suss a way to deal with that.

It’s clean, fast, and works though so I viable alternative if you’re able to live without your beloved voting and karma.

Reddit Contact: /u/DAMN_it_Gary & /u/capn_krunk

The Artifice www.the-artifice.com

OK so for geeky interesting content The Artifice seriously gets my vote. I just want to say I really enjoyed checking this one out purely for the fact that it appears to have a well curated front page based on content that’s trending in several different subject areas.

Articles are well presented, quick to load, and honestly very good. It reminds me of Planet Ivy in the sense of that you have a lot of talented contributing writers pulling together to form a powerful community and I must admit I’m truly impressed by what they’re doing here.

The commenting system is fairly basic but in all honesty it’s all you need. The community are great too and you can actually find worthwhile discussion to glance over as opposed to quite a few on this list

So if you’re needing a fix beyond Medium for long form articles I highly recommend it.

Fark www.fark.com

A classic site where you can post a link in various subject areas. Plenty of commenters and very easy to use and while it looks dated it really does fall neatly under the idea of a Reddit replacement.

You can even get ‘Total Fark’ if you fancy chipping in money and getting bonus features a la Reddit gold. Which also allows you to jump in first with comments as they’re based on the old ppb forums approach as opposed to voting like Reddit.

I’ve used Fark a lot in the past though and as the community is slow to react to comments I don’t find it as satisfying as a few of those I listed here.

Slashdot www.slashdot.org

I’m equally surprised and impressed that Slashdot has persisted so long but then it’s a given really as the community has always been centred on diehard technology enthusiasts.

The site is still ugly, unfortunately, but the community have never cared about what it looks like as it just works. You’ll see a lot of commenting and personality seeping out but as it has a longstanding community you’ll see a few cliques here and there.

I’m actually surprised to recall a few usernames myself from years gone by.

Press Rise  www.pressrise.com

This is essentially what would happen if 0.0001% of /r/news moved into a dedicated Reddit clone. Not a lot it seems.

I’ll assume this site is rather due to the lack of activity but the subreddits are focused essentially around satirical news and cats.

The latest onion piece was an amusing one at least.

Dojo.press www.dojo.press

So essentially we have a very quiet little community focused purely on combat sports and martial arts. Which as a martial artist I quite like.

If it picks up this could quite easily replace /r/martial arts – which suffers unfortunately from a lot of armchair martial artists and McDojo black belt holders.

But as I’ve said it’s a quiet little community so while it does have a fair amount of posts it lacks from commenters or even voters.

The admins here though seem to be planning events though so it’ll be interesting to see if it picks up.

Panjury www.panjury.com

The premise here is to give your opinion on pretty much any given topic. While it’s suffering from the same problem a lot of these new sites have, which is an active community, it is an interesting concept.

It’s certainly quite clean and responsive too – it did take me a little time to suss it out though.

But what I do like to is being able to see the trending of each topic over a long period of time, it reminds me of Google Trends,  and it’s something that once a few core users make their own that could really take off.

PushdUp www.pushdup.com

You have yet another Reddit clone here! However it’s going for those little personal touches as it looks like the admins are encouraging you to use your real name here and write a short bio.

Which isn’t that bad a thing if you think about it.

I know a lot of people aim for anonymous boards with pseudonyms for various reasons but people tend to be a tad callous when hidden away. However there’s nothing stopping you from signing up with an anonymous name if that’s your thing so do that too.

Reddit Contact: /u/uberrust

8chan www.8chan.net

Well you’re probably wondering why not 4chan, if I’m going to recommend a chanboard, and while this isn’t a recommendation as such it’s more of a ‘this exists’ comment. It functions in exactly the same way 4chan did but anyone here can create a board.

It has a very active community though and while things kinda go all over the place and you know exactly what to expect from channers and @ch users there’s plenty of good to be found there too.

Just be forewarned if you’re new to this don’t pop on if you have a weak constitution or browse the web at work. Things can range quite quickly past NSFW straight to NSFL.

Imgur www.imgur.com

I’m always surprised when I read firsthand people asking about upvote gifs with green arrows because it means they don’t realise that Imgur has a rather active and thriving fanbase.

While it might have been born on Reddit it has long since made its own name through an active commenting and cat posting community. There’s plenty of comments though never really longform. I would honestly put it more akin to people reacting and making amusing statements than active discussion.

Still if you want a replacement for /r/funny (you can do better than that anyway) it should be your first choice.

Plus it’s also hosting all these images on this blogpost – they’re rather reliable these days don’t you know?

Votable www.votable.com

‘The new home page to the internet’  it says.

Well not yet you’re not, but you may be on the way as you’ve got the same kind of fluff we all know and love. I’d fob it off as a 9gag-esque site but you can actually find healthy discussion if you look for it but it is usually between the same usernames from when I had a quick glance.

Images and videos though take the primary focus so don’t expect your text post to get noticed.

9Gag www.9gag.com

Do you have that one friend who doesn’t spend much time online but when he finds something funny that you’ve seen weeks ago he’ll post it on your wall, maybe comment in all caps about funny it is, then start tagging other friends who he thinks it’ll ‘relate to’?

Yeah this is pretty much that site.

Because they start doing that around about 13 and those people who post and comment seem to perpetually be that age.

So maybe this will do if /r/funny is all you’re subscribed to.

Digg www.digg.com

Digg has changed, for the worse, as we know. It’s not essentially a news portal on which I have no idea how to vote or comment on but hey I just wanted to end the list on this. Because we all know that it was the big Digg exodus that made Reddit what it is today and by that Reddit should know if it falls one of these sites could easily take its place.

Because it’s really not the site that matters but the moderators and users that set the tone and success of a place.

Honourable mentions (Probably down/wouldn’t load):

NotReddit www.notreddit.co

Phez.co www.phez.co

Strims www.strims.co

Cillo www.cillo.co

Eerii www.eerrii.com

Something Awful www.somethingawful.com

Sorrit www.sorrit.ml

BitTech forums.bit-tech.net (Anyone used to read the demotivational thread years ago?)

Anyway I hope this is helpful to you, whoever you are reading this, and I’d love to hear about any new ones that are coming out or that you love. I’m really into how the social dynamic of online communities work since the IRC/BBS days as a kid so if you’ve anything I’ve missed do let me know.

Campus Society – Weekly Update #1

Hello!

Starting from today we’re going to be giving you a weekly update on what features we’re going to be working on. These updates will feature a brief rundown of what features you can expect to see by the following Monday.

We have collected a staggering amount of feedback over the weekend and the team is thrilled to have your input as it means we can make Campus Society more useful to you.

Here's myself and Soraya reading how much everyone hates the pop noitification sound.

Here’s myself and Soraya reading how much everyone hates the pop noitification sound.

Persistent Notifications – As you may have noticed our notification engine is rather temperamental. It’s only a week old, in fairness, but our next update will improve how you receive notifications and it’ll mean you won’t have to worry about losing your notifications when you logout or refresh the page.

Performance – This isn’t that glamorous but let’s face it without it we don’t have a site that can live up to what we all want it to do. The lesson we learned on Friday was no matter how well we think we’ve built something Reddit will come along and just kick it to the ground anyway.

We suspect, and when I say we I mean Feroze, Jamie, and Abraham, that we have identified some of the key issues that were occurring when under very high loads on Friday when the tidal wave of curious people hit.

This will lead to better load times and less down time.

Signup Process - We got a lot of feedback on our signup process and we’ve taken the hint that you found it rather taxing. To save on new users going through this hellish induction we’ll make sure it’s less soulsucking.

To put it simply we’re going to strip out a few of the steps and required options before you join. However we can’t remove everything because we need some of that information to put you into the right areas on the site.

Polls – These shouldn’t be too much trouble to fix but we’re opting to get these resolved because then we’ll have an easy way to ask the community what changes you want to see next.

 

Getting up close and personal with Adrian while the rest of the team are fixing bugs.

 

So there you have it.

This is what the development team will be working on for the next week with Campus Society and we hope these updates are to your liking. Keep an eye out for next Monday for more exciting updates.

TLDR: We’re updating things. Next week we’re updating things. Every week we’re updating things.

An Open Letter to Victoria, previously of Reddit. Become Victoria, of Campus Society.

Join our Reddit Channel and discuss what's happening. Or not.

Join our Reddit Channel and discuss what’s happening. Or meet Soraya our kinda Victoria. 

Hello Victoria,

We’re recently under the impression from events that have unfolded overnight that you’ve been mistreated. Which based on the years of service you’ve provided for one of the biggest online communities in the world we find that absurd. While we don’t know the details under why this has happened, and we wouldn’t want to presume, we do know for a fact you are someone that passionately cares about the community you work with.

There are countless examples of times you have gone out of your way to provide more than you were obligated to for users of Reddit. The response the community has shown to your dismissal is more than testament to that and quite frankly moving.

Campus Society is a startup, we’re small, we’re located in London and to be honest the weather here is terrible. But what we lack in fancy offices and a scandalous CEO we make up for in pure tenacity. On Monday we launched our site and today one of our team made a small and innocuous post on reddit.com/r/redditalternatives which turned our easy Friday “Let’s-go-for-a-pint” finish into a massive, frantic, frenzy to try and keep things together. We’ve had a 700% increase in signup over the past hour alone and we’re a little bit afraid as we didn’t plan for such attention so early on for our site but we’re plowing on ahead regardless!

While we do have a fresh and talented team of people who care about the site and our mission to connect students via their universities, campuses, and interests we are certainly new to the community management side of things. Here’s where your recent situation comes into play really – would you like to work with us?

The management of Reddit might not have love for you but we certainly do and we could do with the help in managing our community here. We’re seeing amazing growth and a lot of interest here in London, UK, but amazingly the rest of the world too. As a newly funded startup – you could help shape something great.

We feel that you’d be a brilliant addition to the team and are definitely the kind of person who could lead Campus Society forward to where we want to go. This would be a fully paid role, one that would blow away any community, and we’d love to pay for you to fly out with us to explore the opportunity and allow us to show you what we’re about.

Probably go for a pint too as it sounds like after today you could do with a drink.

So come take a short holiday, visit London, and see if you would like to become Victoria of Campus Society.

Kind regards,

Daniel Sobey-Harker

If any users wish to discuss this letter you can do it in the Reddit Channel on Campus Society. 

daniel@campussociety.com / @sobeyharker

Campus Society

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Campus Society Community Team Assistant

I’m Daniel and I’m the CMO of Campus Society.

I’m looking for a self-motivated individual who has a passion for social media to join our team in Green Park, London!

As of last Friday we’ve seen exciting growth of our platform across the world and as such we need help responding to this massive influx of users.

That’s where you come in – we need your help to do that. We need you to help us maintain our small existing community and to help it blossom into something much more.

I want to be able to give you a task and have complete faith that not only will it be done but you’ll make it your own. Because I’ll be trusting you with more than just posting to Facebook or Twitter but representing a community that’s gathering some serious attention. So essentially you get my back and I’ll get yours.

Job Details:
Position: Community Team Assistant
Starting date: 08/08/2015 – Onwards
Remuneration: London Living Wage.
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 Monday – Friday

Responsibilities: You’ll be responsible for social media engagement, monitoring, moderation, and outreach. You will be taught how to use various CRM tools and how to seek influencers and communicate with affiliates in a tone that belies our mission to bring the campus experience online. You’re also going to be responsible for responding to a lot of emails with user queries and questions so if you enjoy solving other people’s problems this could be the role for you.

There’s a lot of additional work you’ll have alongside of that including that occasional bit of admin and reporting. So as you can imagine it’s rather hands on.

Requirements: It’s a given that you need to be driven but you also need to be self motivated and keen to get hands on. I need to work with people I can rely on. You need to understand social media beyond the point of “Getting it”. You need to be interested in it. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

I don’t expect you to have a degree in English but I do expect you to be grammatically sound for when it counts and you certainly need to be fluent.

Desired:
– Related degree or experience in marketing.
– Bilingual (Arabic/French/Spanish – in fact any additional language is always nice with a social network)

Location: Green Park, London

So if you’re interested send me your CV and cover letter. I know, I know. Editing your cover letter for each job can be a chore but I’d appreciate it that if it is a copy and paste job it’s a damn good one. You can send these to Daniel@campussociety.com

Impress me.

There’s a lot of people looking for work out there and I don’t want to miss someone who’s rather fantastic for this role just because you didn’t put your best foot forward.

Campus Society Version 1.01 Update

We’re alive! 

Campus Society version 1.01 is now live and as you can see we’ve changed pretty dramatically. The new wall allows you to navigate beyond your Campus and you can now see the best of your country and the best best posts of the world!
Campus Society

 

As you can see we’ve also revamped the overall design and everything is generally much faster and much more responsive. You can now imbed Youtube videos, news articles, and other media types.

We’ve also opted to change up the formats to be a bit more clearer so you can view more posts without things being confusing. Responsive design also means that while you’re browsing Campus Society you can do so across your mobile, your tablet, or your computer without any headaches.

However nothing is perfect so please keep giving us your feedback and let us know what you think of these changes!

 

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