The actual political compass test was always shit because the the webmasters had such a libertarian bias and that even tankies have to actively try to get in the red quadrant, but the compass itself served as a good way to teach burgers about how small our overton window is and about how there are political ideologies that don't rest on economic liberalism. It should good despooking tool for burger libs, and while the test-taking algorithm has a notorious libertarian bias, the resources provided by the site about where contemporary and historical political figures are on the list are more or less accurate.
But good god, have the compass memers misunderstood the point of the compass. More specifically, the current, reddit-based compass memers who appear to have only popped up in the past year or two. The original compass memers, who congregated mainly on the PCM facebook page (Bat'ko was one of the co-curators of that page) and had memes contriubted from places leftypo (and even pol and chapotraphouse), all understand the point of the compass was to show the full global spectrum of politics. The new compassfags, however, appear to be burgers who lack the imagination or self-awareness to realize that their politics are too narrow to apply to the whole compass, and thus, these cunts have decided to project their burger biases onto the whole compass.
Anyone who understands what the compass is meant to be would know that any self-proclaimed American "centrist" would not literally be in the center of the compass, but would instead be in the center of the auth-right quadrant. The premise of all of the new compass memes relies on believing that American centrists are literally in the center of the whole compass.
My theory is that while the old memers knew what the compass was for, they skipped over the nuance for the sake of comedy, and the new memers learned from the old memes without knowing the context. The old memers would make Stalin jokes in the upper left and ancap jokes in the bottom right, while knowing that Stalin is just one part at the very top left and ancaps are just one spot at the very bottom right. The new memers seem to believe that the whole top right is different flavors of communist, with "tankies" (these people have no idea what a tankie is) at one spot, trots at another, etc., and then the bottom left is for the more "friendly" left idelogies, with succdems, who would actually be in the lower red quadrant, somewhere in there next to self-proclaimed neolibs (it should be noted that while neoliberalism has been the dominant ideology of global capitalism for forty-odd years, neither Reagan nor Thatcher nor Blair nor Clinton ever marketed themselves as self-proclaimed neoliberals. The notion of someone calling themselves a neoliberal is a very new phenomenon and I doubt most self-proclaimed online neoliberals were even old enough to vote for Obama or possibly even Hillary. They just saw the word go from its once academic-only status to something discussed more openly and saw it as an attractive identity, because the shopping mart of ideologies is pure idpol at its purest) who fully belong full square inches into the blue. "But they have liberal in their name so they must be on the left!"
The other worst crime the new memers commit is their insistence on plastering wojak edits all over the the compass.
Everybody on that subreddit deserves a lobotomy.