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Mildly Interesting is a subsection of Reddit in which people share photos of things they consider to be sufficiently noteworthy, though not exceptional.
On February 4th, 2012, an image (shown below) was posted to the /r/WTF subreddit criticizing the recent posts on the subreddit at the time as being "mildly interesting," rather than evocative of WTF. In the comments, Redditor doginabathtub announced that he had created the subreddit /r/MildlyInteresting based on the hypothetical category and invited others to subscribe. In a comment the following day, doginabathtub described the subreddit as a place for “the pleasant, the slightly amusing, and the somewhat intriguing, sometimes.” As of January 2016, the subreddit has attracted more than 5,495,000 subscribers and is the 29th most-active subreddit.
The phrase “mildly interesting” has been used online since as early as July 2005 to describe things that are not completely captivating, but worth checking out. On July 10th, 2005, nostalgia site X-Entertainment posted a compilation of "mildly interesting" print ads found in magazines and comic books from the 1980s (shown below).
On August 22nd, 2012, internet culture blog Slacktory highlighted a collection of notable images from /r/MildlyInteresting, noting that the subreddit had accrued more than 40,000 readers in the first seven months. In January 2013, the subreddit was linked on MetaFilter and mentioned in a photo post on Odd Stuff Magazine. In March 2013, the Twitter account @MildInteresting was launched, reposting photos and text snippets from the subreddit’s front page (shown below).
There has been a glitch in the matrix: http://t.co/9QquTt16IV— Mildly Interesting (@MildInteresting) March 14, 2013
On June 24th, 2013, Business Insider published a compilation of 14 photos from the subreddit, which was syndicated via Yahoo! FInance later that same day.
As of January 2016, there are 37 derivative subreddits in Reddit's Mild Network, including /r/MildlyAmusing and /r/MildlyInterestingIAmA. Some of the most notable sureddits are listed below. In addition, there is a Tumblr tag for other images deemed mildly interesting.
The Mild Network
- /r/MildlyAmusing: A subreddit community for the curation of mildly amusing photographs.
- /r/MildlyAwesome: A subreddit community for the curation of mildly awesome photographs and news.
- /r/MildlyAww : A subreddit community for the curation of mildly cute photographs and stories.
- /r/MildlyClever : A subreddit community for the curation of mildly clever DIY ideas and comments.
- /r/MildlyConfusing: A subreddit community for the curation of mildly confusing photographs.
- /r/MildlyCreepy: A subreddit community for the curation of mildly creepy photographs.
- /r/MildlyDangerous: A subreddit community for the curation of photographs of mildly dangerous situations.
- /r/MildlyDepressing: A subreddit community for the curation of photographs of mildly depressing situations.
- /r/MildlyDisgusting: A subreddit community the for curation of mildly disgusting photographs.
- /r/MildlyDisturbing: A subreddit community for the curation of mildly disturbing photographs.
- /r/MildlyEnteristing: A subreddit community for the curation of photographs that would seem mildly interesting if you had just smoked marijuana.
- /r/MildlyImpressive: A subreddit community for curation of mildly impressive photographs.
- /r/MildlyInterestingMC (Minecraft): A subreddit community for the curation of mildly interesting screen shots and stories from the game Minecraft.
- /r/MildlyOffensive: A subreddit community for the curation of mildly offensive photographs.
- /r/MildlyPleasing: A subreddit community for the curation of mildly pleasing photographs.
- /r/MildlySatisfying: A subreddit community for the curation of photographs that leave the viewer feeling mildly satisfied.
- /r/MildlyStupid: A subreddit community for the curation of stories of Reddit users being mildly stupid.
- /r/MildlyUninteresting: A subreddit community for the curation of stories and facts from Reddit users that are mildly uninteresting.
- /r/MildlyWeird: A subreddit community for the curation of mildly weird photographs and videos.
- /r/MildlyWTF: A subreddit community for the curation of mildly confusing photographs.
 X-Entertainment – Mildly Interesting '80s Print Ads (unavailble)
 Reddit User – doginabathtub
 Reddit – /r/mildlyinteresting
 Reddit – /r/WTF: This isn't r/mildlyinteresting.
 Reddit – Yeah, so, I made a new subreddit for just this kind of stuff.
 Reddit – Hey, thanks for posting.
 Slacktory (via Wayback Machine) – Mildly Interesting: A Mildly New Subreddit
 Odd Stuff Magazine (via Wayback Machine) – As everyone Knows, It’s either r/gore or r/mildlyinteresting here.
 MetaFilter – Mildly Interesting
 Twitter – @MildInteresting
 Business Insider – 14 Things That Are Mildly Interesting
 Yahoo! Finance – 14 Things That Are Mildly Interesting
 Imgur – /r/MildlyInteresting
 Tumblr – Posts tagged "mildly interesting"
 Reddit Weekly (via Wayback Machine) – /r/MildlyInteresting
 Stattit – /r/MildlyInteresting
 Reddit – /r/MildlyInteresting: List of similar Subreddits and Mild Network. Message us if you think your Subreddit should be on this list or put it in the comments section!
 Reddit – /r/MildlyAmusing
 Reddit – /r/MildlyAwesome/
 Reddit – /r/MildlyAww/
 Reddit – /r/MildlyClever/
 Reddit – /r/MildlyConfusing/
 Reddit – /r/MildlyCreepy/
 Reddit – /r/MildlyDangerous/
 Reddit – /r/MildlyDepressing/
 Reddit – /r/MildlyDisgusting/
 Reddit – /r/MildlyDisturbing/
 Reddit – /r/MildlyEnteristing/
 Reddit – /r/MildlyImpressive/
 Reddit – /r/MildlyInterestingIAmA/
 Reddit – MildlyInterestingMC
 Reddit – MildlyOffensive
 Reddit – MildlyPleasing
 Reddit – MildlySatisfying
 Reddit – MildlyStupid
 Reddit – MildlyUninteresting
 Reddit – MildlyWeird
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