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The karma system does weird things to your brain

Reddit is an addictive website for sharing and discussing media. It consists of user curated subforums. People can vote links and comments to decide what is shown near the top for about one day. Users receive worthless points (karma) in proportion to the votes they receive.

A downside of the karma system, as noted by many, is that it tends to result in group think by effectively censoring views divergent from the mainstream via downvoting. Redditors are conditioned to crave the upvotes, and can easiest achieve this by parroting the latest mindless memes or by virtue signaling. The quality of larger subreddits is mixed to very bad. Some subreddits can be entertaining and useful though.

Incel-themed subreddits and bannings[edit | edit source]

Reddit hosted some of the largest incel forums, most of which have been memoryholed for "bullying" and "harassing" of women, presumably out of fear of bad advertiser relations and upon pressure of anti-incels.

Below is a list of prominent incel Reddit forums. In the archives on, one can sometimes access /top/?sort=top&t=month or /top/?sort=top&t=all to see some of the top posts.

List of incel forums on reddit
Name/link founding date banning date
/r/Incel [] 17th of May, 2010 24th of April, 2017
/r/Incels [] 2nd of August, 2013 7th of November, 2017
/r/TheIncelPill [] 22nd of July, 2016 17th of June, 2019
/r/IncelsWithoutHate 9th of April, 2017 --
/r/IncelTears (an anti-incel forum) 19th of May, 2017 --
/r/Braincels [] [Full Archive] 21st of October, 2017 30th of September, 2019
/r/Celouts [] 6th of September, 2018 17th of October, 2019
/r/DepressedVirgins 28th of September, 2018 --

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