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:sciencejak: r/science: Study finds roughly 1 in 7 Reddit users are responsible for "toxic" content, though 80% of users change their average toxicity depending on the subreddit they posted in. 2% of posts and 6% of comments were classified as "highly toxic". :!marseysnoo:

https://old.reddit.com/r/science/comments/wrm8ux/study_finds_roughly_1_in_7_reddit_users_are?context=8

The actual study: https://peerj.com/articles/cs-1059/

Since this study focuses on users and their content, we cleaned our user collection by dropping any deleted or removed users (i.e., users with a removed or deleted “author” field).

Probably not very accurate if you leave out likely jannied users :marseyxd:

I tried to find what they consider toxic but it got way too :marseylongpost: so I only have this table

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More than one in eight Reddit users publish toxic content, according to an analysis of more than 2 billion posts and comments on the social news aggregation platform.

Hind Almerekhi at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar and her colleagues gathered a data set of Reddit posts and their comments from between 2005 and 2020. They looked at any Reddit user who has posted on one of the 100 most popular subreddits -- akin to forums on the site -- as well as another subreddit. That filtering resulted in a total of 2.2 billion posts and comments from 1.2 million users across more than 100,000 subreddits.

To judge the toxicity of the comments, the researchers hired people through a crowdsourcing platform to manually label the toxicity level of a sample of 10,000 posts and comments. The team gave them very clear criteria on "what we consider highly toxic, slightly toxic and not toxic", says Almerekhi. Each comment was assessed by at least three workers.

The resulting data set was used to train a neural network to categorise the toxicity of the remaining posts.

The algorithm found 2 per cent of posts and 6 per cent of comments were highly toxic. A further 7 per cent of posts and 11.5 per cent of comments were slightly toxic, with the remainder of posts and comments classed as not toxic. Highly toxic posts included direct insults and swear words, slightly toxic posts included milder insults (such as "hideous"), while not toxic posts contained neither.

Overall, around 16 per cent of people in the data set were responsible for toxic posts and 13 per cent for toxic comments. However, that behaviour could and did change depending on the community. Four in five people showed changes in the average amount of toxicity in their posts, depending on the subreddit they posted in.

Savvas Zannettou at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands says that the analysis only focuses on the mainstream side of Reddit. This means it's likely to understate the impact that a user who visits a fringe web community -- which could be more toxic -- will have, he says.

A Reddit spokesperson told *New Scientist: *"The study in question confirms our own research and insights: that the vast majority of content on Reddit is healthy, and users tend to positively adjust their behaviour in accordance with community norms." They added that some of the data was approaching 20 years old so does not encapsulate how Reddit's policies on speech have changed.

Journal reference: PeerJ Computer ScienceDOI: 10.7717/peerj-cs.1059

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2334043-more-than-one-in-eight-reddit-users-publish-toxic-posts/


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Dramachads entering a comments thread to make those 6% of comments

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14% of users cause majority of internet toxicity...

Dramatards are the BIPOCs of the Internet.

Das rite :chadblack:

:marseysoypoint:

!blackjack100

Anti hate researchers entering a thread to reportmaxx those bad faith actors

:#gigachad2::#gigachad2::#gigachad2::#gigachad2:

:soyjackwow:

Anti evil engineers deploying their Hivemind AI to automatically remove hate speech

:#gigachad3::#gigachad3::#gigachad3::#gigachad3:

:#marseysoypoint:

!blackjack691

:marseynotes: !blackjack691

We should call ourselves 6%er. :#gigachad:

If you wanna see the real toxicity, visit one of the conservative subreddits!

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one of the conservative subreddits!

I want to ask, which one of the conservative subs? in 2022 AD what "conservative" subs remain on reddit? zxe might be talking about "any sub that I dislike", because to the redditor, disagreement = bigot bad faith troll chud, the only two remaining Conservautist subs that I know of are:

  1. /r/Conservative is a Facebook grandpa-tier literally who sub that has been allowed to remain because of how impotent and irrelevant it is, they are not the pepe-posting hackers known as 4chan like how lebbit would think.

  2. /r/KotakuinAction might be rightoid r-slurs, but they do not fit the standard "conservative" classification, because they love porn and anime children, they are more "MUH WOKE SJW FEMINISTS CENSORING MY LOLIS :marseysoycry:" anti-SJW type, who still live in 2015 and have been allowed to remain on plebbit because they are as pathetic as the average redditor.

HAHAHA HA this is fucking awesome! How have I never heard of this? Why doesn't sf have this?

if you want the highlights of that sub, i’ve taken the liberty of doing that for you: https://rdrama.net/post/93954/seattle-literally-has-an-active-subreddit

/r/timdillon

Detrans lives matter

You're back! :marseylovedrama:

Houseless Persons are a protected class :marseyagree:

:#marseychad:

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You have no idea how much r cons existence causes massive amounts of seethe every day

R/4chan is one of the few good subs left because it's OG and still has the same irreverent vibe that hasn't been Jannied

Incidentally, how I found /r/drama because of basicallyadoctor and his sperging tismposts

You forgot to mention /r/politics which is full of neo nazis pretending to be woke cringe leftists

Does rcon even count anymore? It's brigaded so hard it looks like rlibertarian.

All these r-slurs see different opinions as brutal oppression. Solution? Real, brutal oppression.

Nazbolism forever

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Remember when LeopardsAteMyFace attacked a guy because he wore a pro gun T-shirt before his daughter was shot

Not toxic, that was karma and that dumb bitch deserved it

:#marseyinvisiblepat:

:marseyghost:

Uhm sweaty if you compared US to europoors democrats would be considered right wing extremnists so reddit is 100% toxic

"Meghan Foxx is less hot to me because I heard she's a fucking cunt."

Seriously that's their example for "Most Toxic" comment, calling a vapid celebrity a fucking cunt? Reddit is so gay.


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To judge the toxicity of the comments, the researchers hired people through a crowdsourcing platform to manually label the toxicity level of a sample of 10,000 posts and comments.

They hired the AEO sexy Indian dudes for this study. :marseyclueless:

The AEO are not sexy Indian dudes, they are an US company whose name I can't remember

:#marseyhammersnoo:

As far as I'm concerned all "toxic" means nowadays is "fun".

This. I honestly don’t get how these people function in the real world. I hear worse stuff than everything on that list every night in the bar.

"80% change toxicity depending on the sub"

No shit, I'm gonna be more likely to call someone a fucking pussy on a trades sub compared to a 3d-printing sub


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Nerd.

3d printing is legit, fight me you fucking pussy


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Trans lives matter

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So did this study count commies who despise white people as toxic or no?

Also, that is not a rigid methodology. God knows what kind of r-slurs volunteered.

>So did this study count commies who despise white people as toxic or no?

:marseydisagree:

It's a study from Qatar, so who knows?

On the other hand they might be okay with people wanting to gas the Jews.

:marseygigachad:

About 5 years ago there was some very scientific :marscientist: study that showed which subreddits were full of wicked "raiders" who were responsibility for all the toxicity on the site and /r/drama made the list. Someday we'll be acknowledged in science journals again.

>SCIENCE JOURNALS

I’D RATHER BE POSTED IN A GAY BATH HOUSE BATHROOM WITH SPERM AND BLOOD

Detrans lives matter

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Absolute rookie numbers

!blackjack100

This study is garbage. The fact that they had too hire people too manually label the toxicity of posts and comments is proof enough that this study is not accurate.

TRANS LIVES MATTER

@bbbb what happened, man? you used to be cool.

:marseymalding:

TRANS LIVES MATTER

They looked at any Reddit user who has posted on one of the 100 most popular subreddits – akin to forums on the site – as well as another subreddit.

If this is their dataset they absolutely included a lot of adbots and inactives. Realistically a lot more than 1/7th of reddit's userbase is toxic and will need to go.