Decentralization is a tool to attain censorship resistance. The more avenues for debate, the better. Bitcoiners around the world depend on forums such as the popular Reddit.com bulletin board for candid, behind the headlines examination. In a year of striking all-time-highs, the subreddit /r/btc reached 100,000 subscribers this week. The ecosystem should celebrate the scrappy communication channel’s achievement, especially in the wake of campaigns to effectively shut it down.
Reddit.com/r/btc Shatters 100,000 Subscriber Ceiling
First mover advantages are darn-near everything when it comes to branding. Folks are creatures of habit, and when they imprint upon a source they tend to return to it. And so it has been a bit of an uphill battle for the two-year-old forum, /r/btc, to establish itself as a reliable source for Bitcoin-related crypto topics and information.
“Congratulations to the sub and the brilliant people here,” a subscriber enthused. “A shout out to the competent redditors, who day in day out reply with knowledge and patience to frequent trolls. I joined this sub, when there was approx 12.000 members and it has since become my favorite. This is the revolution and Bitcoin Cash is Bitcoin,” the subscriber said, ending with a contentious phrase known to get banned elsewhere.
Reddit is an aggregator, and it curates the web basically through ratings and discussion. Text, links, images, and votes are its main currencies. Subreddits run the gamut of fringe and funky topics, and bitcoin and crypto are often hot ones. It ranks 8th in the world in website traffic. The site has been around for more than a decade, and is an independent division of Condé Nast Publications.
Another subscriber remarked, “Back when this subreddit was the rebel subreddit of 5k subs I never imagined this was how things were going to play out. I’m so happy we’re such a large number to fight this unreasonable situation.” […]