Given the recent complaints about offensive language on Reddit, you wouldn't think the infamous social network would be pretty. But then, you haven't seen the graph made this week by a Reddit user that shows how all of the site's subreddits are connected.
The graph, made by redditor Sharkbait784, maps the site by making each subreddit a point, and connecting those points when a redditor posts more than eight links from one subreddit onto another. The results, Buzzfeed notes, looks like a "diagram of connected neurons."
In the center of the graph, there is a cluster of all the subreddits that are most likely to post links from other subreddits. Leading the pack are TrueRedditDrama, which collects threads where redditors have come into conflict with each other, and DepthHub, which gathers "in-depth submissions and discussion on Reddit." The subreddit RisingThreads, which catalogs Reddit links that are trending, is not far behind.
Fringe clusters around subreddits like Minecraft and My Little Pony light up the edges of the graph's center. Detached from the center are the outliers: clusters of subreddits about topics like hockey and role-playing games, which connect to related subreddits but don't link to the larger Reddit community at all.
The graph's most prominent flaw is that Sharkbait784 cut out all subreddits that linked to more than 75 other threads, which took out a lot of the extremely popular subreddits. The redditor justified the choice when the graph was published on Github. "Since these subs are likely to link to a wide variety of topics, an association with one of these subs is not particularly interesting to us," the redditor wrote.
But in comments posted with the graph this week, Sharkbait784 admits that might have not been the best choice: "Looking at the data, I think I may have cut out too much." The cuts do visibly impact the impression the graph gives of Reddit; for instance, Worst Of Reddit, one of the most-linked nodes on the graph, is in reality far outpaced by Best Of Reddit, which has so many links that Sharkbait784 eliminated it from the graph.
Still, for a fun way to explore what has been called "the front page of the Internet," you could do worse.
Earlier on HuffPost:
A subreddit dedicated entirely to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/floorgasm">very pretty pictures of floors</a>.
Random Acts Of Pizza
A subreddit where <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Random_Acts_Of_Pizza/">redditors ask for pizza, and other redditors buy them pizza</a>.
A subreddit dedicated entirely to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/pokemonconspiracies/">conspiracies within the Pokemon game series</a>.
This subreddit is for <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/mildlyinteresting">things that are mildly interesting</a>. Not incredibly interesting, but mildly interesting. Like straws with more than one scrooble.
Animals Without Necks
A subreddit dedicated entirely to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/AnimalsWithoutNecks/">photographs of animals without visible necks</a>.
What Is This Thing?
A subreddit where <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/whatisthisthing">redditors post images of unidentified objects, and other redditors identify them</a>.
Fuck You, I'm A Shark
A subreddit dedicated entirely to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/fuckyouimashark">photographs of sharks, often in unlikely places, looking ferocious</a>.
Chemical Reaction GIFs
A subreddit dedicated entirely to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/chemicalreactiongifs/">GIFs and videos of chemical reactions</a>.
<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/ggggg/">This subreddit</a> is solely dedicated to pictures with the letter "G" in them. Its companion subreddit, <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/gggg/">gggg</a>, is for strings of text that are made up entirely of G's.
Trees Sucking At Things
<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/TreesSuckingAtThings/">A subreddit</a> dedicated entirely to photographs of trees being bad at things, like boating.
A subreddit dedicated entirely to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/">discussing thoughts one has in the shower</a>.
The Stop Girl
Stop Girl, a GIF that <a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/stop-girl">went viral</a> in May 2011, shows a girl at a football game who screams "Stop!" when she realizes she's being filmed. This subreddit is dedicated to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/TheStopGirl/">finding situations that are appropriate to react to with the Stop Girl GIF</a>.
A subreddit dedicated entirely to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/MegalithPorn/">very pretty photographs of megaliths</a>.
I'm 14 And This Is Funny
A subreddit dedicated entirely to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/im14andthisisfunny/">mocking preteen humor</a>.
A subreddit dedicated entirely to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/WPLockscreens/">Windows Phone lock screens</a>.
A subreddit dedicated entirely to a <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/cablefail/">failure to treat cables properly, and the results</a>.
A subreddit dedicated entirely to discussing the sometimes-delightful, sometimes-dubious <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/GamePhysics/">physics of video games</a>.
A subreddit dedicated entirely to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/sadcomics/">finding and disseminating sad comic strips</a>.
A subreddit dedicated entirely to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/showerbeer">the joys of drinking beer in the shower</a>.