Is there a term for such splinter groups? Any tips on how to grow in subscribers and numbers?*(=

I am referring to SubReddits like r/wallstreetbets2 that splintered off r/wallstreetbets, and r/antinatalism2 off r/antinatalism. These splinter groups have a hard time blowing up mainstream, because the parent captures the market and gets the attention.

Of all the xplainlikeim# or eli# SubReddits, I have long wondered why r/explainlikeimfive (at 21.4 million subscribers) has been the only one that popularized?

  • Welcome to Community Building! I'm not sure if this type of question is on topic here (though I would have a hard time thinking of the right SE site to post it).
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Oct 15, 2022 at 10:27

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Some psychologist or sociologist must have studied and researched this kind of question? Here are my thoughts, as nobody has answered this. Many groups splinter a result of a disagreement with the parent group.

Isn't r/explainlikeimfive one of the earliest Reddits? Anyone know their commencement date?

These factors influence a community's growth.

  • community settings and design
  • the mods, and their dedication seeding content and advertising. Many Reddits lack moderators as you can see from r/AdoptAReddit, r/ReClassified and r/RedditRequest.
  • timing
  • rules. ease of use
  • Do they trend? Does Reddit recommend them to users? Do Redditors recommend them to their contacts?

And why don't you add these to your list?

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