|Type of business||Private|
Type of site
|Key people||Adam LaDine (founder)
Kek (co-founder) (pseudonym) arkitekt (co-founder) (pseudonym)carlosdangerslaptop (former employee) (pseudonym)
|Employees||3 (June 2020)|
|Registration||Optional, Registration is required to submit or vote on posts.|
Ruqqus is an American open-source social news aggregation and web content rating website based around free speech. It is funded through donations and by the developers. Registered users can submit text posts, links, or images that can be voted up or down by users. Posts are organized into user created boards called “Guilds” that cover a wide variety of topics. Submissions with more upvotes appear at the top of the guild and can appear on the front page of the site if it receives enough votes.
The site was originally created as an alternative to the social news website Reddit. It has rapidly increased in popularity due to recent bannings of popular Reddit communities, which some claim to be due to bias and censorship of opinions, while others think it is a crackdown on "misinformation". Ruqqus uses several tactics to combat moderator abuse and censorship: Posts can only be deleted by the users who made them, and an account can only moderate a maximum of 10 communities at a time.
All content on Ruqqus is posted by its users, including the developers. Users can cast positive or negative votes on posts that influence their visibility or discuss them in the form of comments. If a post gets enough positive votes, it may reach the front page of Ruqqus, known as the homepage. When a user's post or comment receives a positive vote, they earn points called "rep."
Posts by users are organized into communities "Guilds". Guilds are moderated by users called guildmasters, who can change the guild's appearance, "exile," or ban users, and move posts to "general," an unmoderated guild. If a guildmaster finds a post in general that would fit their guild, they can “Yank” it to move it to their guild. If all the guildmasters of a guild are inactive, a user can choose to take it over, called a "siege." A "Guild" is similar to Reddit "Subreddits."
Ruqqus has measures in place to limit moderator abuse and encourage free speech. Guildmasters can only moderate a maximum of 10 Guilds per account, and can't permanently delete posts. Ruqqus also doesn't have advertisements, eliminating the risk of financial influence. Adam LaDine, the founder of Ruqqus, said in an interview that "constitutional freedom of speech at the government level is not much use if you have been banned from the private platforms that enable speech in the modern digital age."
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