So it happened. The clusterf*ck that is Reddit hosted Brian, The Points Guy, and it got run over by a steamroller. Ultimately, I’m somewhat happy about the end result. I don’t like bullying, and I feel that the AMA (Ask me anything) may have crossed that line, but I do like that there is a page out there that really spells out some big issues about that site.
Here’s the top 3 questions. Reddit users upvote these to create a list based on popularity.
Why this is awesome
Simply put, a consumer who stumbles upon that Reddit AMA will start asking questions. These questions are legitimate, and often washed over by those in the points selling game. A novice to it all might not even think to ask them, but once they do, it is a step in the right direction for everyone, it adds in a layer of transparency, and creates a more educated consumer. If everyone who went along to sites like The Points Guy knew the full story, and still got a bunch of credit cards there, then good for them, and I wouldn’t begrudge the owners making good money on that at all.
So were the masses being dicks by upvoting some questions and downvoting others? Certainly, but in doing so they stole a chance to show the world that there’s more than meets the eye to the points game. I’d say that was the perfect example of what Reddit is, curated content, by the people, for the people.