REDDIT USERS are in for a retro treat as the site starts rolling out live chat-rooms as a public beta to more subreddits on a daily basis.
Reddit Chat is aimed at fostering closer relations between Redditors and the original private beta was a way for the company and moderators to get to know a group of testers and let them get to know each other.
A new user called u/reddit_chat_feedback was added to participants lists, which as ityoclys points out, is a bit like Tom from MySpace (ask your granny).
After initial tests, the implication seems to be that chatting live and one-on-one is, for the most part, less likely to be troll-ridden, and that 'most people are actually quite nice'.
For those that do troll, the instant feedback has made it easier to talk the troll round to being a bit more reasonable, rather than the stilted and inadvisable back and forth of a conventional Reddit.
At this stage not every subreddit will have a live chat option and not every moderator/community will want one, it's entirely optional.
Everything is anonymous - no real names, no personal data, and no avatars - everyone has a picture of Snoo the Robot, and that's just fine.
What is noticable in these live chat rooms is a reminder of a days-gone-by version of the internet - a more innocent time when trolling didn't have a name and we were all in it for the LOLs.
The other thing is that it serves as a timely reminder of the things that make us all the same. Stripping out our preconceptions of each other means starting on a level playing, which is kinda nice.
Whether or not it's easy to keep the trolls at bay is another matter which we'll only see when the feature has matured. μ
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Laptops, TVs and gadgets could face some stiff competition
But other than that, it's hardly any different