Gymnaverse vs r/Gymnastics (Reddit)

If you are a Redditor… can you explain the differences between Gymnaverse and r/Gymnastics?

I really thought r/Gymnastics was huge and crazy… but looking at our discussion thread from last night… we seem pretty legit.

r/Gymnastics says it has 28.8k members… but most of these must not participate at all?

Below are the two threads… anyone participate in both on the fly?

Reddit’s interface makes it difficult to really engage in conversation, especially with live viewing.


29,000 members is quite small for a subreddit. For reference mid-size subreddits have around 500,000 members and the MMA subreddit has 1.5 million.

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With more members they can usually grab interesting insta or Twitter posts faster than here (and are buried just as quickly). If you are looking for days/weeks long discussions, gymnaverse is a better interface. The reddit threads work fine for a one day discussion but trying to follow what is new on a big thread takes extra steps.

I didn’t participate because I was inputting numbers into the spreadsheet and can only follow one discussion thread when I am doing that. Plus the gymnaverse commenters are generally more knowledgeable and funny, so I’d rather read here. I check reddit once a day to see if there is anything new, I check here multiple times a day.


So in those subreddits… is it basically the same where most of the people don’t really participate?

Is it just that Reddit makes it very easy to join a whole bunch of subreddits that you are only partially interested in?

Reddit’s both a content aggregator and discussion forum. Users subscribe to any subreddits that interest them and can see a variety of content on reddit’s front page. There are tens of thousands of subreddits and any user can create a new one. Users are automatically subscribed to a selection of them upon joining.

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I love reddit, but it’s only great for people who have strong but casual interests in a topic. You are going to find much more technical and on the insider pulse information on a message board which attracts smaller but far more knowledgeable members. Critical thinking tends to be at a premium.