Its fucking low-effort internet modeling shit.
If someone hand-crafts an impressive costume, then by all means, show it off. But most of the cosplay models that get posted on Reddit are essentially just your average instagram model chasing likes or whatever.
I'm pretty sure there are subreddits dedicated to that kind of thing where people appreciate it. But imo r/pics should actually be pictures worthy of merit. A cool shot taken at the right moment. A breathtaking view. Not engagment photos, instagram models, and pictures of alleged cancer survivors.
But I really don't get what my comment about what costume-play has to do with my gripes with r/pics.
I was entering a discussion of semantics regarding cosplay in general. I'm not really interested in having a broader discussion about what my arbitrary threshold for r/pics should be.