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Reddit's default front page swaps politics & atheism for earthporn & books

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Lurkers who visit Reddit’s front page of community-powered popular links without signing up for an account will find that the content is considerably less godless and political.

The reason? Reddit’s management team decided to update the list of default subreddits (aka categories of user submitted links and discussions based on a single topic) displayed for people who aren’t signed in with a Reddit account. Submissions from the /r/politics and /r/atheism subreddits will now no longer be displayed on the front page. (Of course, anyone who regularly logs into Reddit and customizes their front page content shouldn’t be affected.)

This wasn’t a move to tone down controversial or sensitive content that appears on the site. Reddit is a very politically active company and is no stranger to standing up for things it believes in.

Instead, the decision to remove those two subreddits was more about pushing the best subreddit content to the top, Reddit told its community of users today.

“[The politics and Atheism subreddits] just weren’t up to snuff,” wrote Reddit general manager Erik Martin in a blog post. “Now, don’t get us wrong, there still ARE good parts about them. Overall, they just haven’t continued to grow and evolve like the other subreddits we’ve decided to add.”

Some of the subreddits that made the new default list include /r/gifs (humorous animated images in the .GIF file format), /r/earthporn (beautiful photos of nature), /r/television, and /r/books. But perhaps the most unique addition to the list is /r/explainlikeimfive, a subreddit that offers answers to complex questions that are simple enough for a young child to understand.

The new default subreddit list is hardly the biggest change Reddit has made to its front page content in the last few months. Back in May, the site rolled out a new multireddit feature that let some users group loosely related subreddits together.

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