(Bonus Episode) Moderating Anxiety in Times of Crisis w/Rick Barber, Coronavirus Reddit Moderator

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Computer scientist Rick Barber, who previously worked in Silicon Valley as a data scientist for a healthcare analytics company and co-founded a venture capital firm, is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researching conflicts between people and the online platforms they use. (via https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/how-reddit-s-coronavirus-community-became-destination-n1162661)

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1:45 How mods operate on Reddit (keeping information quality high; removing trolls; locking potentially political posts; focusing on policy and not politics)

7:30 Advice for people seeking support/community on Reddit

9:45 Helping people in times of crisis; covid-specific projects

15:00 Managing anxiety in Rick’s own experience

23:15 Managing OCD/contamination content

26:45 How life has changed for Rick

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