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This article was published on March 29, 2011

How to read Reddit at work and not get caught

How to read Reddit at work and not get caught

As the social news, links, and community website Reddit continues to explode in popularity, it is slowly catching the attention of beady-eyed IT pros everywhere. This is leading to a crackdown on the site’s use in many workplaces, something that we have deemed an affront to the Internet.

Happily, as it the case with nearly everything, where there is a will, there is way.

Yes, you can read Reddit at work and not get caught. We can nearly guarantee it. If you are not lucky enough to have a job in which reading sites like Reddit is actually part of your daily work (like blogging), we don’t want you to miss out on all the fun. After all, what would a day be like without the occasional digital smoke break?

Without further ado, say hello to everyone’s favorite tool, CodeReddit:

At first glance you are probably wondering why we are showing you a page of code, but if you read carefully, a full Reddit experience awaits. The text in red is the title of a story and a hotlink to the content. Below the title is the current vote tally for the story, and the comments section follows.

As the actual content is so obscured, anyone who ganders at your screen will assume that you are deep into something important, not trying to find cute pictures of cats.

This is what a comment thread looks like, sporting similar tools of sheer obfuscuation:

Now, it will take some getting used to, but if you want to enjoy the glories of Reddit without anyone staring over your shoulder, or your boss getting huffed, CodeReddit is your new best friend.

Just make sure you get something done, ok?