Use subreddit search, use this list of promotion subreddits, use subreddits like r/findareddit or Google.
What /u/Madbrad200 said is the best way. But there's also the old fashioned bruit force method of just typing keywords in the search and scanning what comes up to see if it's what you're looking for. A word to the wise though. There's a Reddit for everything! Some of that stuff may not be to your taste. I allow myself one risky click per day MAX!
Enjoy your time.
Edit: username typo.
The best way I found alot of mine is if you go on the desktop site, on the top left you'll find a drop down list that says "my subscriptions" and at the bottom of the list you'll see "edit my subscriptions." Click that and it will bring up pages upon pages of the most popular subreddits. You can go through tons of pages and hit the subscribe button next to any of the subscriptions that sound interesting.. It's very simple to subscribe from those pages, it's a list of subscription buttons right next to the subs name.
I also found alot of my favorite subs in the comment sections. I basically live in the comment sections:)
Otherwise you can always browse r/all or r/popular (they're the same thing) and you'll view the most popular posts from the most popular subs from that day. The subs are always changing on there so you'll most likely find new and popular subreddits there. Some people only use reddit to browse r/popular daily, it's kinda like reddits main collective "front page" unlike your front page which is the subreddits your subscribed to.
Reddit’s search feature is notoriously bad. Here’s how to search Reddit properly to get better, more relevant results.
Reddit is a huge website, containing thousands of posts and comments across numerous subreddits. As such, if you want to find a post that covers a specific topic, it's a good idea to get to grips with the different ways of using Reddit's search engine.
So, in this article, we explore how to search Reddit, including some unofficial ways to get better results.
1. How to Search Reddit for Subreddits, Users, and Posts
If you want to perform a Reddit search—whether you're looking for a subreddit or a post—you can use the search bar. If the term "subreddit" just flew right over your head, be sure to check out our guide on what Reddit is and how it works before reading any further.
The search bar is in different locations, depending on which kind of Reddit design you're using. If you're using the old Reddit design, the search bar is in the top-right.
If you're using the new Reddit design, it's at the very top in the middle.
Type what you want to see here and press Enter to search. When you use the search bar, Reddit will pull up subreddits, users, and posts that contain your search term. For example, if you search for "cats," you'll find the subreddit /r/cats, as well as every post on Reddit that has "cats" in the title.
If you want to search just subreddits, you can visit the subreddit page. This is used for managing the subreddits you follow, but it also comes with a search box exclusively for finding new communities.
How to Search Reddit Using Modifiers and Operators
You can also use the following modifiers as mentioned in Reddit's advanced search:
- title:[text] searches only post titles.
- author:[username] searches only posts by the given username.
- selftext:[text] searches only the body of posts that were made as self-posts.
- subreddit:[name] searches only posts that were submitted to the given subreddit community.
- url:[text] searches only the URL of non-self-post posts.
- site:[text] searches only the domain name of non-self-post posts.
- nsfw:yes or nsfw:no to filter results based on whether they were marked as NSFW or not.
- self:yes or self:no to filter results based on whether they were self-posts or not.
You can also use boolean operators to better refine your search.
- AND means you want both sides to be true.
- OR means only one side needs to be true.
- You can use parentheses () to group modifiers together in case the search query is a complex mixture of ANDs and ORs.
- You can negate/exclude certain modifiers by preceding them with – (minus sign).
2. How to Search Within a Subreddit
If you want to learn how to search in a subreddit, you can use the subreddit search modifier we mentioned above. However, there is an easier way that will save you a little bit of time.
For example, let's say you're browsing a subreddit and you're not finding what you want to find. Instead of browsing until you find it, you can search only within the subreddit you're on. How you do this depends on what version of Reddit you prefer.
If you're using old Reddit, click the checkbox under the search box that says "limit my search to [subreddit name]". When you hit Enter, only results from that subreddit will appear.
If you're using the new Reddit design, however, you won't see a tickbox. To search in a subreddit on the new design, take a look at the left of the search box. If you're currently on the subreddit you want to search in, you'll likely see its name to the left of the search bar. This means that, when you search for something, Reddit will only search that subreddit.
If you don't see this in the search bar, search as if it were there. Then, on the search results page, click Show results from [Subreddit] to narrow things down.
If all else fails, use the subreddit:[name] shortcut as we covered above.
3. How to Search Reddit Comments
You've probably noticed that you can't perform a Reddit comment search on the main website; at least, it can't at the time of writing. However, there is still a way to search Reddit comments; we just need to move away from Reddit and use third-party tools instead.
One of the best tools available is Pushshift Reddit Search. This website will let you search through Reddit comments, but as you'll see when you visit the website, that's not all it can do. If you get frustrated with Reddit's search engine, be sure to try this one instead.
To perform a Reddit comment search, ensure that you're on the "Search" category on the first row of options. On the second row, unselect "Posts" and select "Comments". On the third row, select the span of time you want to search in. Enter what you're looking for in the "Search Terms" box.
If you want to search a specific subreddit, enter it into the "Subreddits" field. The "Domains" field is looking for posts that link to a specific website, but you don't need to fill this out if you're looking through comments.
When you click on "Search," Pushshift will scour through Reddit and pull up all the comments that match your query.
4. How to Find Deleted Reddit Comments
Sometimes you're looking through a comment thread for discussion. You'll find a comment that says "[Deleted]," followed by a chain of replies discussing the matter further. The start to the conversation is lost forever—or so you might think.
There's a handy website called Unddit that stores as many comments on Reddit as possible. As such, if a comment is deleted, Unddit will "remember" it and show you what it used to say. Moreover, it will even let you know if the user deleted their own comment by marking it blue, or if a mod removed it by marking it red.
To use Unddit, navigate to the Reddit comment section that you want to check. Then, edit the URL so that the "reddit" part in the domain name becomes "unddit." There's no need to delete the whole domain name and re-type it; just change the "re" part of "reddit" to "un."
When you press Enter, you'll load the Unddit page for that comment thread. Unddit will look through its database and show all of the comments it has on file for that thread. If Unddit managed to archive the comment before it was deleted, you'll find it here in its former glory. Otherwise, if it got deleted before Unddit could see it, the website will show an error message instead.
Upgrading Your Reddit Experience
As you can see, there are various ways to search Reddit. You could even use one of the free alternative Reddit browsers. So, whether you're looking for a new community to join, or are trying to find that one funny meme you stumbled across weeks ago, you should be fine. Especially if you make use of the third-party options mentioned above.
The cool thing about Reddit is that you can subscribe to just the subreddits you like, and ignore everything you don’t. The smaller, more specialized subreddits are the best, but they’re harder to find. The new tool sayit helps you find them.
Sayit shows a network map of subreddits, judging their similarity by the number of mutual commenters. So if I look up r/seashanties , I see that it’s similar to r/IrishMusic and r/tinwhistle , because a lot of the same redditors write posts and comments on all of these subreddits. (It’s also “similar” to a couple of unrelated video game subreddits, just because those also share a lot of the same members.)
This is a great way to find subreddits that tackle the same topic in different ways. If you subscribe to r/rpg , the sayit graph recommends the subreddits for specific tabletop games like r/Shadowrun , r/DungeonsAndDragons , and r/Pathfinder_RPG . But it also links to:
- r/worldbuilding for building out fantasy worlds
- r/gametales for great stuff that happened in your game
- r/rpghorrorstories for bad stuff that happened in your game
- r/characterdrawing for art of RPG characters
- r/AskGameMasters for help, ideas, and stories about running a game
- r/DnDHomebrew for ways to make your own rules
Plus subreddits about specific settings, editions, and scenarios within D&D and other games. It’s not exhaustive—for example, there’s no link to the small but excellent r/rpghumor —but it can surface connections that you wouldn’t find on Reddit itself.
Click a subreddit to see some recent posts. Double-click a subreddit to start a new graph around it. If you open the r/rpg graph and double-click on r/magicTCG (a big subreddit dedicated to Magic: The Gathering), you’ll see subreddits like r/ModernMagic , r/custommagic , r/spikes , r/gwent , r/BadMtgCombos , r/magicthecirclejerking , r/CompetitiveEDH , and r/hearthstone .
With s ayit you can dig deeper into a topic with more specific subreddits, or find related topics that share a readership. You could look up a political subreddit and find others for people of the same political persuasion, or wade into ones at different points on the spectrum. Look up your city’s main subreddit, and you can find subreddits for housing, jobs, restaurant recs, local politics, or even specific neighborhoods. It’s like Reddit’s subway map.
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Reddit today is launching the first major change to its mobile app in over two years with the addition of a new Discover Tab, offering personalized recommendations, as well as a revamped navigation system that includes new Community and Profile menus where users can quickly access and reorganize their subscriptions or access their profile settings.
The company said it heard from users that they wanted a better way to explore their interests, which prompted the decision to introduce the Discover Tab.
Reddit today has more than 100,000 active communities, but many of them are still under-exposed, it notes.
“The big thing we’re really trying to solve for here is that it can be hard to find subreddits and communities that you want to develop a deep connection to,” explains Jason Costa, Reddit’s director of Product for Content and Communities. “Maybe something pops up in Reddit Search or Google Search…but it can take work. It’s not always the easiest thing to do. We acknowledge that — so we wanted to craft a new surface area to make it easier to discover lesser-known communities,” he said.
The new Discover Tab will now sit to the immediate right of the home button on Reddit’s mobile app for iOS and Android. In this section, you’ll be presented with a visually engaging, vertical feed of subreddit (community) recommendations, either based on popularity, if you’re a brand-new Reddit user, or based on your engagement patterns, if you’re an existing user.
Specifically, Reddit will take into consideration things like which subscriptions you already have and where you spend the most time, to make its recommendations. For example, if you subscribe to a lot of baseball subreddits and spend time in several football subreddits, the app may recommend other sports communities. If you’re a new user, Reddit will make suggestions of popular communities until it gains a little more signal about your interests.
Image Credits: Reddit
What Reddit won’t do, however, is leverage any sort of understanding of user demographics — like age, location or gender — for its recommendations.
As you scroll down the Discover Tab, you’ll see photos, GIFs and videos in small rectangular or square boxes overlaid with the name of the community they represent. This choice to use rich multimedia is meant to bring more “sight, sound, and motion” to the often text-heavy Reddit app, Costa says. The new feature will also allow you to refine your suggestions as you go by long-pressing on a tile then selecting options like show me more of this content, show me less of that content and hide that content.
Across the top of the new section are high-level categories — like Technology, Animals, Sports, History, Hobbies and many more — so you can explore areas beyond your current interests directly.
Not all communities will be showcased on the Discover page, we understand.
Costa tells TechCrunch the company won’t recommend any community that’s NSFW, based on its community content tags rating system. It also won’t suggest any community that’s been banned or quarantined at any point, as that’s a signal it may not be appropriate for such broad recommendation.
This decision would prevent Reddit’s more controversial communities from gaining further traction, even if they don’t reach the point of requiring a ban — like the bans enacted on the Trump-supporting communities The Donald and r/donaldtrump in previous years.
Image Credits: Reddit
Ultimately, Reddit hopes the new Discover Tab will help users find more communities to subscribe to, which would lead them to launch the Reddit app more often and engage with more content. This, in turn, could help boost Reddit’s bottom line. During tests over the previous month with a small subset of users, Reddit found that one in five people joined at least one new community after using the Discover Tab.
The new tab isn’t available on the web at this point, as Reddit will instead focus on the 70% of its user base who engage with its service via the mobile app (55% iOS/45% Android) or mobile web, versus the 30% who use Reddit on the desktop.
The addition also necessitated Reddit to rethink its navigation, as the tab is replacing the subscription tab that had previously been found on the bottom navigation bar. Now, subscriptions are tucked into the new Community menu on the left, where they can be sorted and customized. This Community Drawer will now include four sections: Moderating entry points; “Your Communities,” for your subscriptions; “Following” for the users you follow; and the “r/all” entry point.
On the right side, a new Profile Drawer will allow users to access and customize their profile.
The new features are rolling out now to Reddit’s global user base of 54 million daily active users across iOS and Android.
Reddit is a large community made up of thousands of smaller communities. These smaller, sub-communities within Reddit are also known as “subreddits” and are created and moderated by redditors like you.
There’s a community on Reddit for just about everything you could imagine, and several ways to find communities about the things you’re interested in or curious about.
- If you already know what you’re looking for, using the search bar will be the most direct.
- To browse communities when you’re not sure what you’re looking for, r/findareddit , r/newreddits , r/popular , and r/all are other good places to start.
- If you’re interested in browsing by categories, check out Top Growing Communities .
- If you’re on our app and want to explore different topics, swipe right or tap on the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner of your home screen.
If you find a community you like, join it so that its posts will show up in your home feed. Simply tap or click the Join button, and you’ll begin to see any new posts from that community in your feed. You can join as many communities as you want. However, on any given visit, your home feed will only show posts from around 250 communities and will refresh every 30 minutes.
To see the communities you’ve joined is slightly different based on what platform you’re on:
Click the Home dropdown near the top left of your screen and scroll down to the My Communities section. You’ll see up to 250 of the communities you follow there. To see all of the communities you’ve joined, you’ll need to head over to old Reddit .
Click MY SUBREDDITS near the top left of your screen. From the dropdown you’ll see up to 250 of the communities you’ve joined. To see all the communities you’ve joined, select edit subscriptions at the bottom of the dropdown menu, and click my subreddits .
On the iOS and Android apps
Tap the community icon next to the home icon at the bottom of your screen, and scroll down to the My Communities section. From here you’ll see a list of all of the communities you’ve joined.
If you have more questions that aren’t covered in these FAQs, check out r/help . Someone may have had the same question, or you can ask a new one and a Reddit administrator or one of your fellow redditors will help you out.
Oscar Gonzalez is Texas native who covers video games, conspiracy theories, misinformation and cryptocurrency.
What’s in your Reddit Recap?
Reddit joins Spotify , Instagram and YouTube Music in giving people a look back at how they spent their time on the platform in 2021. The Reddit Recap shows which subreddits you spent the most time in, how many awards you received and the amount of scrolling you did as measured by bananas.
Reddit released the Reddit Recap for 2021 on Friday, providing people with interesting stats accumulated throughout the year. This is the first time the social media platform compiled this info for users to see.
This just in: your personalized #RedditRecap has landed!
For the first time, you can see your top comments from the year, the communities you l̶o̶v̶e̶d̶ lurked the most & more! https://t.co/MpHpJhCoOm pic.twitter.com/5eePiHuxRB
— Reddit (@Reddit) December 9, 2021
How can I view my Reddit Recap?
You can visit the Reddit Recap 2021 page directly or check your Reddit inbox for a message with a link to the page itself. For those who use the official Reddit app, click on your profile and click on the “Recap” thought bubble above your avatar. Reddit says the app needs to be on the latest update in order to view the recap.
What’s in my Reddit Recap?
There are 12 points of information users will find in their recap with info obtained up to Nov. 30. They are:
- New communities you joined
- The amount of scrolling done as measured by bananas lying end to end
- What subreddit you helped to make popular
- What popular subreddit you began participating in
- How much time you spent on Reddit Public Access Network
- What popular post you were the first one to upvote
- How much karma you received (karma is Reddit’s measurement of the positive votes you get on posts and comments)
- What communities gave you the most karma
- Which of your post had the most upvotes
- What comment of yours had the most upvotes
- How many awards you received
- Which communities you spent the most time in
To finish things off, Reddit also shows a digital trading card with your stats and suggests three communities you may want to participate in during 2022.
There’s a popular saying in the recruiting world: You’ve got to go where your candidates are. For recruiters, that means going beyond mainstream job boards to source in nontraditional channels. And one of those channels is Reddit.
To get a better perspective on how to recruit on Reddit, we turned to Conor Duffy, VP of Business Development/Recruitment at Strike IT US. Duffy and his team hire for engineering and tech roles. His firm placed 111 hires from Reddit last year. (Full disclosure, my husband was one of them.)
Here’s a guide on how to recruit on Reddit:
Know the Reddit landscape
Get to know the popular news aggregator and online forum, which boasts hundreds of millions of unique visitors every month. The site is divided into thousands of mini-communities called “subreddits” where people congregate in forums dedicated to specific topics. These people may be potential candidates for your open roles, but you need to prove yourself before trying to woo them.
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Here’s a brief glossary of terms to familiarize yourself with on Reddit (For more on how to use Reddit, turn to Reddit’s own FAQ):
- Upvote/Downvote: A tool that allows a Reddit user to like or dislike a post, ultimately determining the post’s position on the site. They are up and down arrows on the left of a post, like so:
- Karma: A number on your profile that represents how much “good” you’ve done for the Reddit community. This includes submitting links and comments. Here’s an example of a Reddit karma score:
- OP: Short for “Original Poster.” Used in comment threads to reference the individual who created the original post.
- AMA: Short for “Ask Me Anything.” A Q&A subreddit with an individual who entertains questions about a topic specific to them. Sometimes, the subject of an AMA is a prominent person (e.g. celebrities, politicians, renowned industry professionals.)
- Cakeday: The day you signed up on Reddit (your Reddit birthday.) In recruitment, it may be used to gauge your authenticity in the Reddit community.
It’s important to note that some subreddits have their own sets of rules. Abide by these guidelines when connecting with these communities.
Here’s an example of the r/jobs subreddit rules. Screenshot via Reddit.
Here are some subreddits that may be useful to recruiters:
Build trust with your Reddit communities
Redditors detest spam and can spot fakers. Duffy takes this to heart. He instructs his recruiters to sign up for Reddit accounts to learn how to be active on the site. He advises them to subscribe to at least two subreddits:
- One on a topic they’re passionate about, unrelated to recruiting;
- Another subreddit about jobs to learn about recruiting (e.g. r/BostonJobs.)
The goal is to get them involved in the Reddit recruiting community in an authentic way.
“One of the issues and problems that can arise [in recruiting on Reddit] is faking it,” Duffy said. “Don’t go into a development community and pass yourself off as a developer. That’s the fastest way to alienate good, potential talent.”
His team establishes Reddit recruiting cred with potential hires by being involved in a jobs subreddit. They build Reddit karma: his recruiters will answer questions about how to search for jobs and provide users with resume and interview advice, free of charge.
“Set up the fact that you’re real, that you’re good at what you do and you can be trusted enough to at least have a phone call.”
Mind your Reddit job post language
The way you post a job on Reddit matters. Duffy says he sees many Reddit job postings list the job description verbatim. That approach may not pitch the open role in the best way. A long laundry list of qualifications can be visually displeasing and may repel skilled candidates who feel like they don’t fulfill every single requirement:
Screenshot via Reddit
When posting a job on Reddit, be honest and be detailed. If you’re wooing developer candidates at a startup, sell the culture. Language like “Maybe you’re stuck in a large company” ; “join a small but rapidly growing business” and “get a chance to see your code in action” will entice and engage potential developer candidates.
Job posts that are stripped of identifying information (e.g. by intentionally leaving out location and salary information) will raise suspicion about you and your post, and may discourage qualified candidates from applying.
Here’s an example of a job post from Duffy looking to recruit a developer:
Screenshot via Reddit
Successful social recruiting with Reddit is an investment in the community. The “spray and pray” method won’t get you far, but caring about your potential candidates will. Make yourself easily accessible once you post a job. And interact with candidates before directing them to fill out a lengthy job application.
Duffy believes in being a consultant not just for his clients, but for his candidates. This approach goes a long way with Reddit recruiting in particular and recruiting in general. Valuing your clients and your candidates equally will lead to better retention rates, happier employees and a stronger recruiting reputation.
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At Reddit, we’re always looking for ways to help people find more communities and make it easier to discover new content. Part of this is listening to feedback and acting on it to bring community, belonging, and empowerment to everyone.
Redditors told us they want an easier way to explore current and new interests, so today, we are rolling out our first new surface in nearly two years – the Discover Tab. This new navigational tool provides redditors with an engaging way to more easily find content and communities across Reddit.
During initial testing, we saw one in five people join at least one new community after using the Discover Tab.
“We’re ushering in a new era of discovery on Reddit, with images and video top of mind,” said Jason Costa, Director of Product for Content and Communities at Reddit. “We’re making discovering relevant content and communities more intuitive with the Discover Tab. It’s a great new way for people to explore and engage with hundreds of thousands of communities around the world.”
How Discover Tab Works
We’re able to tailor each redditor’s Discover Tab to surface what we think they’ll enjoy the most. What we show is based on communities they’re already a part of as well as time spent. For example, if a redditor subscribes to and spends a significant amount of time in football and baseball subs, Discover Tab will prompt them with other sports-related content.
To access the Discover Tab, redditors can tap on the new compass icon on the bottom bar – to the right of the home button. At the top of Discover Tab, redditors can filter the feed to a specific topic to find new content and communities. Underneath the topic filters is the feed where content is shown. To ensure that the feed improves over time, we’ve added feedback mechanisms that allow people to select: show me more of this content, show me less of that content, and hide that content.
From houseplants and pickling at home, to Golden Globe moments and Dungeons and Dragons memes, the new feed brings a rich variety of content to the forefront in a visually appealing way, and makes it simple to engage and enjoy spending more time on Reddit.
New Community and Profile Drawers
Once you discover and join new communities, how do you keep them organized in the app?
To solve this, we’re introducing new Community and Profile Drawers to make it easier for redditors to prioritize the communities they care about most.
By tapping the drop-down menu at the top left on the home screen, redditors can get to their communities and custom feeds faster than before. The Community Drawer is divided into four sections:
“Moderating entry points” in which moderators can see their mod feed, mod queue, and the subreddits they moderate.
“Your communities” where the communities redditors subscribe to can be sorted and customized;
“Following” which shows redditor accounts a user follows;
The “r/all” entry point
We’re also introducing a Profile Drawer where redditors can access their profile and customize it on the fly by swiping left or tapping on their profile icon at the top right of the home screen.
To learn more about Discover Tab and Profile and Community Drawers, visit our Help Center.
Reddit today introduced a new Discover tab feature for the official Reddit iOS and Android apps. The new feature curates pictures, GIFs, and videos in a scrollable grid to help Reddit users find new content and communities that they may be interested in, in a way that’s reminiscent of Instagram’s explore page or Pinterest.
The Discover tab replaces the Communities / Subscriptions tab in both iOS and Android as the second icon on the bottom, represented by a compass icon. While this means that now you can’t access a list of your subscribed communities from the bottom, fret not — you can still get to your subscribed community list by swiping in a drawer from the left (and yes, r/all is still there). There’s also a new slide-over from the right for your profile, where you can change your online status, look at your posts, and more.
“The corpus of content and communities on Reddit is pretty vast,” said Jason Costa, Reddit’s director of product for community and content. Costa described Reddit as traditionally having a heavy emphasis on text-based expression, yet Costa believes that there was an opportunity to showcase the rich multimedia content within communities as context. “[I]n particular, there’s not really a place on Reddit where you can go and easily discover great video content, great imagery content, great GIF content,” Costa said. Reddit was evaluating the use of the Communities button, and Costa said that’s how the location of the Discover tab came to be. Since the profile slide-over from the left already existed, the subscriptions list and favorites were moved there. “We think the community drawer is a real improvement over the existing tab,” Costa said.
Discover tab helps you find new communities using pictures / videos. You can scroll through topics on the top from left to right. Image: Reddit
“I personally think users are going to discover and join more communities as a result of this. And I think the old and new Redditors alike are gonna find really interesting and compelling content that resonates with them.” Costa said. In testing, users that tried the Discover tab subscribed to at least one additional community vs. those that didn’t use it, “which is exactly what we were hoping for,” Costa explains “they would discover, and. traverse the breadth of the corpus of content communities on the site. So you know, that alone, as a signal, gets us really excited for you know, what old and new users are going to do with [it].”
The Discover tab kind of feels like a replacement for r/all, but it turns out the longtime cumulative subreddit of all subreddits is sticking around. Costa confirmed Discover is not a replacement for r/all and that they will continue to coexist, saying, “I think Discover tab is a pretty unique and differentiated experience.” The Discover tab adjusts to your current interests, so If you subscribed to a lot of football subs and spend a lot of time in baseball subs, you’re going to start seeing more sports-related content in the Discover tab.
Finally, with regards to third-party Reddit clients like Apollo, Relay, and BaconReader, it looks like the Discover feature won’t make it there: “You know, I think we’re thinking through more broadly this year, what our developer platform strategy could look like. But for the Discover tab, specifically, no plans to expose an API at this time,” Costa said.