Reddit Rules! Characterizing an Ecosystem of Governance

@inproceedings{Fiesler2018RedditRC,
  title={Reddit Rules! Characterizing an Ecosystem of Governance},
  author={Casey Fiesler and Jialun Aaron Jiang and Joshua McCann and Kyle Frye and Jed R. Brubaker},
  booktitle={International Conference on Web and Social Media},
  year={2018}
}
The social sharing and news aggregation site Reddit provides a unique example of an ecosystem of community-created rules. Not only do individual subreddits create and enforce their own regulations, but site-wide guidelines and norms may also influence behavior. This paper reports on a mixed-methods study of 100,000 subreddits and their rules. Our findings characterize the types of rules across Reddit, the frequency of rules at scale, and patterns of rules based on subreddit characteristics… 

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