Community Focus - Reddit
A lot of great Destiny-related sites have popped up over the last few years. Some of them keep you informed, others help you connect with other Guardians. Destiny even has a place on the Front Page of the Internet. While Bungie.net is the undisputed center of our universe, the Destiny subreddit has been a great place to collect and discuss Destiny content. We’ve featured their leadership before. That was before Destiny was even playable in Alpha. These days, the sub has a new staff and around 200,000 more followers.
Even with the recent exit of their roguish commander (yours truly), the Moderation Team has done an excellent job of continuing to make improvements. Let’s see what they have been up to.
As far as the Destiny Community goes, what would you say you do here?
K_Lobstah: The Destiny subreddit is a platform for sharing and discussing news, ideas, strategies, user-created content, and essentially anything else related to Destiny. We have a digital cornucopia filled with information, guides, lore discussions, and whatever else you could want in a gaming forum, all nestled neatly under the relatively flexible platform that is Reddit. Destiny Reddit is a community in and of itself. While it may seem intimidating or confusing to a first time user, we have thousands upon thousands of subscribers who are always willing to answer questions, give you feedback on an idea, or steer you in the right direction should you need it.
Where can we find you on the World Wide Web?
What is your favorite memory from your time moderating the subreddit?Mods: You can find us here, or at DestinyReddit.com. We're a subsection of reddit.com, which is a collection of communities discussing everything from cats to global politics. We can also be found on Twitter at @DestinyReddit.
Norse Fenrir: I can sum this up in two words. Gjallarhorn Day. Subreddit user /u/Wracketeer captured the essence of the day perfectly with this one post. I had pretty much been a Mod for a week or two, and we all went on vacation for a day and let the subreddit run wild, and that was when I discovered that our subscribers were absolutely freaking hilarious. I convinced some dude to shave his head. Fellow Mod MattyMcD sticky posted a picture of his dog. Good times all 'round.
Fuzzle_hc: There is no definite favorite memory, it's the little things I like to remember. Like a kinderguardian being confused about some aspects of the game and hundreds of people sharing advice and welcoming him to the community. Or a user that thanks us for keeping the sub clean after removing one of his posts due to a rule violation.
Aaron-il-mentor: Definitely Gjallarhorn day. The penguins wielding Gjallarhorns raining from the banner had me in tears. If I had to give another, it would be the tripmines sticking to engrams phase. People just kept making videos, each one better than the last. It was like a small competition.
What has been the biggest challenge with maintaining a large online community?
Rlight: Growth. It seems like ages ago, but there was a time when only a few thousand of us we were speculating about the Beta. It was a major hurdle to try and maintain our own sense of community as we exploded in numbers. You now see our subscribers almost speaking a different language with inside jokes, acronyms, and shorthand. We still feel very much like a community, and that's fantastic.
MattyMcD: I think the main issue is the sheer number of users that come by. We have grown increasingly larger over the years. One of the aspects that most people forget (or don't realize) is that we are not paid to moderate a subreddit. It's all volunteer work. Balancing our personal time is challenging, but we get it done.
Do you guys have any big plans for the future of the subreddit?
Clarkey: We won't spoil all the secrets, yeeeeeess? Actually I do have some insight! We are looking into altering how the banner on the subreddit works, which should be great. And we may be changing up some of the flairing system soon, so keep an eye out for that.Squeagley: We're currently looking into a coalition of sorts with Club Penguin, exciting stuff.
What would you say your greatest accomplishment has been with the DTG subreddit?
MisterWoodhouse: The Community Twitch Roster. We wanted a way for our users to find community-vetted Twitch streamers without incurring a flood of posts advertising Twitch streams. After gathering a mountain of feedback from our users about possible solutions, I worked with /u/AndyGMB to modify his existing Twitch roster bot to fit our needs, then D0cR3d implemented it. Now, we have a wiki page that shows which community members are currently streaming Destiny on Twitch.D0cr3d: MisterWoodhouse and I have put together some pretty awesome bots to automate a lot of our tasks. For instance, all of the Weekly Reset Thread, Daily Reset Thread, and Xûr Megathreads are all automatically generated with the help of our friends and DestinyTracker.com.
What would you like to add or change about Destiny?
Notliam: There aren't enough Dinosaurs. Also a ranked PVP would be excellent.MikeyJayRaymond: If I could wish for one thing, I'd wish for a greater reason to explore the worlds we visit. Hidden caves, side quests, you name it. Expanding each area to include something more than the standard world events and story missions.
MetalGilSolid: So I believe I was promised the Ass of Oryx to wear as a hat. This has yet to drop for me...but in all seriousness, private matchmaking would be nice. Seems a shame that Rumble is the only way I can play against my friends.
If you are wanting to give us feedback on how to improve Destiny, the #Feedback forum is still the best place to share your ideas, but our friends at Reddit do have their own list called BungiePlz. One of the great things about our community is that there are so many different ways to experience it. If you haven’t already, go check out what they are saying on Destiny Reddit. They usually have some funny jokes in their sidebar stats, and they tend to have a great conversation going on all things Destiny.