When you sign up on Reddit you get a boatload of new privileges on the site.This includes participation in the comment system, the option to vote for posts, or the fantastic option to customize the start page of the service by subscribing to subreddits you are interested in, and unsubscribing from those that you do not want to be represented on your start page.
If you do not sign in to your account or do not have an account, for whatever reason, you are left with the standard selection of popular subreddits on the start page. This includes the several image groups that are usually well represented, as well as other groups that you may or may not be interested in at all.
What you may not know is that it is possible to create so called multi pages on Reddit. It is basically a mix of several subreddits that you specify. This multi group is displayed like the start page on Reddit, but with the advantage that you do not have to sign in to access it.
Multi Groups on Reddit
To create your first multi group on Reddit, do the following:
- Use the web address http://www.reddit.com/r/ as your base.
- Add the first group at the end of it just like you would do normally, e.g. http://www.reddit.com/r/technology.
- Instead of tapping on the enter key to load it, append a + character after the group name and add a second group to it, e.g. http://www.reddit.com/r/technology+microsoft.
- You have created your first multi group.
You can load that group right away, or add more groups to it using the same system (always separate with a plus character followed by the group name.
All selected groups share the same hot, new, rising, controversial and top listings based on Reddit's algorithm.
Note: Multi groups are not saved by default. The best course of action in my opinion is to add them to the bookmarks, or keep the page that displays it open at all times in your web browser of choice.
Handy side note: Imgur uses the very same system. Use http://imgur.com/r/ as your base url. Add picture groups to it to display them all at once on the site, e.g. http://imgur.com/r/pics+funny.
The multi feature on Reddit may come in handy if you do not want to sign up on the site, or cannot sign in at the time, for instance if you are using a public computer that you do not trust.