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Why have Japan related subreddits on reddit become so terrible?

Snicket

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I don't know how many people on here have used or use reddit but if you have, would anyone agree that the quality has freefalled to the floor? There's a couple different subreddits (forums basically) with Japan being the main one, Japan life (living in Japan), Japan travel, and moving to Japan among the bigger ones. Honestly the moving to Japan one is probably the most helpful of the bunch but the rest are just unusable.

The main Japan forum doesn't allow any posts or discussion regarding any topic covered by the other forums, so can't post about travel there or moving or life within the country. This causes it to be nothing more than posts about news articles and tabloid articles. The general environment in the the forum is of extreme negativity and constant, incessant complaining about everything related to Japan. While I don't pretend that anyone needs to like everything about Japan, the users there do the opposite. Everything is problematic about the place - the food, the culture, the customs people have at work and in private life, the Olympics, the politics (I've never seen people more involved and concerned about japanese politics than the non Japanese citizens on he Japan subreddit who just constantly crap on the LDP for whatever reason), behaviors of people, work life , etc etc etc.

And the worst part is that the other forums are so overmoderated and the moderators are so controlling that you can hardly post anything anywhere. For example the Japan life forum has a rule that only those living in Japan can post. While my wife and I don't live in Japan, half her life is still in the country and she lives in the country half the year and half the year in my home country. When asking questions regarding taxes, my post was deleted and I was banned because I didn't physically live within Japan, even though my family has to deal with issues of someone living in Japan. Doesn't make any sense. Just today I made a post asking people recommendations on placed to visit in Yamanashi prefecture and my post was deleted because Japan guide exists and I can find information there. So why even have a forum?? The forums used to be really great 6 years ago when they weren't so overmoderated but I feel like they're just useless now.

Is it just me or has anyone else been driven away from these subreddits and reddit as a whole because of nonsense with these moderators and general negativity and complaining from users?
 

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Thanks for making the effort to write that very interesting post. The quality of moderating on Japan related sites varies enormously and it has a strong influence of the quality of the site. There's a well known news site about Japan that is moderated to death and I gave up posting on it after I received multiple emails where I was made to feel like an eight year old boy being told off for being naughty by his least favourite aunt.
Of course, please ask away on this site. If in the highly unlikely event that you get less than impeccable answers, the Tokyo Expat Network page on Facebook is very helpful - and also well moderated!
 

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Thanks for making the effort to write that very interesting post. The quality of moderating on Japan related sites varies enormously and it has a strong influence of the quality of the site. There's a well known news site about Japan that is moderated to death and I gave up posting on it after I received multiple emails where I was made to feel like an eight year old boy being told off for being naughty by his least favourite aunt.
Of course, please ask away on this site. If in the highly unlikely event that you get less than impeccable answers, the Tokyo Expat Network page on Facebook is very helpful - and also well moderated!
Thanks for our reply. I've found a long great info on this website and in the past when I've asked a question I've received friendly and informative answers. Very happy to be here. And yes the Facebook groups surprisingly seem to be really good. Just recently we had to navigate the labyrinth of covid regulations coming into Japan and the "return to Japan" Facebook group was incredibly helpful.
 

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Thanks for our reply. I've found a long great info on this website and in the past when I've asked a question I've received friendly and informative answers. Very happy to be here. And yes the Facebook groups surprisingly seem to be really good. Just recently we had to navigate the labyrinth of covid regulations coming into Japan and the "return to Japan" Facebook group was incredibly helpful.
Thanks! There's a good ethos of 'be kind!' on the Japan related FB groups. If someone makes a request about Olympic tickets, people who are against the games are encouraged to scroll on rather than launch into a tirade about the games.
 

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This place is great but it's just missing the critical mass of participation it needs. These kinds of forums have mainly been co-opted by Facebook but each FB forum depends heavily on the administration which often veers into complete dictatorship. All of these groups require moderation to be effective but heavy-handed moderation can really kill them as you noted.
I was on one FB forum which was dedicated to historical photos then all of a sudden one day it changed into an anything goes site for memes or other bizarre pics after the owner snapped. His post:

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