r/AskModerators Jul 28 '14

reddit 101


What is reddit, really?

  • Don't think of reddit as one giant community. This site is made up of "sub"reddits, which are all their own communities. Every single post you see on this site belongs to its own community, with its own set of users, and with its own set of rules. reddit provides you an easy-to-use interface for managing what posts you see by letting you subscribe or unsubscribe from certain subreddits.

  • By making an account, you are automatically subscribed to a set of "default" subreddits which are a set of highly popular communities that the administrators of this site feel would give the average person an interesting first experience.

  • Don't like one or more of these default subreddits? Use the "unsubscribe" button on the sidebar, and start customizing your reddit front page! Find subreddits that interest you. Many subreddits feature lists of "similar subreddits" that will help you find other awesome places to subscribe to. Looking for a subreddit but you just don't know its name? Try /r/findareddit! Finally, try setting up a multi-reddit to categorize your subreddit list even further!

Tips for your account.

  • See and change your preferences. Customize how many comments show up, what kind of posts show up, and more!

  • Verify your e-mail. If you don't do this and you lose your password, you will have no way to log back onto that account. Ever. Please do this!

  • Karma is a point system that lets you know how your submissions or comments are doing. The more karma your post has, the more people have upvoted it. Generally a higher karma count on a post means that the community of that subreddit found your post valuable and interesting. Your karma is logged on your user page on the top right. Please note that self-posts earn you no karma. Only comments and link-posts do.

What is the sidebar?

  • The "sidebar" is the list of information pertaining to a specific subreddit. At the top you will find a link to submit a post and a link to search the subreddit. It also contains the link to "subscribe/unsubscribe" from that subreddit. Underneath that it generally lists the rules, guidelines, relevant information, similar subreddits, etc.

    Note: many mobile reddit apps require you to press a certain button for the sidebar to show up. Every subreddit has a sidebar. Please don't forget to look for it even if your app doesn't immediately show it! Here's an image showing where to find it on common reddit apps.

  • You should always read the sidebar before submitting a post to any subreddit, and if you don't understand a rule message the moderators to ask. This ensures that your post stays on the subreddit, as rule-breaking posts will likely be removed.

  • Have a question about a submission to a particular subreddit? Ask the moderators there! Here's an image that shows you where you can typically find the link to message the mods.

Who are moderators? What do they do?

  • Each subreddit is a community with its own focus. The mods are volunteers who ensure the subreddit stays true to its purpose by enforcing set rules. For example, /r/android is a subreddit dedicated to discussion of the Android operating system. Anything not directly related to Android is removed by its moderators. Similarly, /r/apple is a subreddit dedicated to discussing Apple and its products.

  • Moderators have the power to approve or remove any comments or submissions made to only the subreddits they moderate. They can also issue a ban for users on their subreddit. Moderators enforce the rules laid out in the sidebar, so if you follow all the rules in the sidebar you should be good!

Who are admins? What do they do?

  • Meet the admins. The admins are like super-moderators. They have all the abilities of moderators across every subreddit plus more. They are paid employees of the site and they ensure that the site runs smoothly for all users.

  • The admins are generally hands-off when it comes to individual subreddits, letting the moderators and the community decide how its run. However, the admins will enforce the rules of reddit on every subreddit. Be familiar with these rules. Failure to follow these rules may earn you a sitewide ban, or the closing down of a subreddit.

What is reddiquette?

  • reddiquette is an informal set of guidelines to follow before commenting or submitting on reddit. As reddit has grown, certain behaviors have been frowned upon and other behaviors have been encouraged. reddiquette spells out these behaviors so you aren't left wondering why your posts aren't well-received. You might not be banned not following reddiquette, but you will probably be showered in downvotes if you don't.

Help! What happened to my post?

  • reddit is a huge forum with millions of users. Many posts are made here every day. Many, many posts are made with the intention to spam or harass other users. Other posts just don't fit the subreddit. Moderators have to filter through these posts every day to ensure their subreddit stays on topic and free of hostility. Some moderators use bots to help them report posts, some moderators do it all themselves. Every subreddit is different. If you find your post not showing up in the subreddit, your best bet is to ask the moderators there why it's not showing up. Please note: when you message the moderators, ALL moderators can read it! It's a shared inbox!

    • I can still see my post but others say they can't?
      Nothing is really removed from reddit, if a mod removes something it is de-listed for others to see. You can still see it with a direct link.
    • My post was removed because it was spam? What gives? Spam is a tricky subject, reddit has several base rules but much of it is left for moderators to decide. reddit's FAQ has a good section explaining it.

I have a great idea for a subreddit!

I have a great idea for reddit as a site!

What if I don't like the moderators or how the subreddit is run?

  • That's okay, reddit was built to handle just that! First though, make sure that you talk to the moderators of that subreddit just to be sure there aren't any misunderstandings, or if you can't just compromise. Otherwise, make your own community! Here is an excellent guide for starting and moderating your own subreddit.

  • Moderators are people, too, so if you want your voice heard consider messaging them politely with your concerns. We care about the communities we help run and would hate to see users leave because of something that we can help fix!

What if I need help with something else?

  • Try /r/help for general help on reddit. /r/askmoderators can also help you out if you need to ask mods about anything.

I think I found a bug.

  • Uh oh. If you are using an application or extension, most have a subreddit you can post in! (/r/RESIssues, /r/alienblue, /r/redditisfun). If you found a bug with reddit itself, post it to /r/bugs (more serious issues should be sent directly to the reddit security team: see the /r/bugs sidebar for contact information.)

Other Subreddits of Note

Read more about reddit and how it works.

Also, see the FAQ on /r/help!

r/AskModerators 43m ago

We had two /r removed none of which violated the rule intentionally


please help thank you

r/AskModerators 1d ago

how long?


hey, my friend just created a reddit acct & she wants to follow me. how long does 1 have to wait b4 they can follow another person?

r/AskModerators 1d ago

I'm trying to understand permalink in messages?


In my messages, on some messages, all I see is a 'permalink', and if I click on that in the message, it takes me to....the message again? Some messages have 'delete' in my messages..and some just have that 'permalink'. I don't get it. What am I missing?

r/AskModerators 1d ago

how to used reddit now since yall turned completely into pure toxicity?


well there i'm i got banned bcause i shared a opinion that a moderator didn't want then i go to my other account so i can be able to use reddit, guess what? he follow me to block it too. so basically moderator hobby now is to mistreat and persecute subs. now i have a new account i can't post anything on any subreddit because i don't have enough karma, so tell me Mr. how i'm my gonna get karma if i can't post on the first place?

r/AskModerators 1d ago

What did I do wrong? I am sure this has been posted 1M x, so I apologize In advance. But what can you do about a moderator who bans you for no reason?


I was just on r/legal and got banned for something so trivial. I didn't swear, I didn't attack anyone, I'm seriously beside myself on this. The moderator wouldn't let me explain and just muted me. Why is this ok? I feel attacked for doing absolutely nothing. I'd be more than happy to show screenshots of what I said. I also looked at their rules and I can't see where I broke any.

r/AskModerators 3d ago

I am a new mod in some small subs. I need to know how to make another user a mod as I’m the only one in those right now.


Title says it all. I recently made three new subs on here, all history related. I have recently gotten a buddy of mine on two of them and would like to make this person a mod as well to help me out but I have no idea how to do that. I also need help setting up my rules page. Any advice for either would be very appreciated.

r/AskModerators 4d ago

Confused about a subreddit


Hi there, so my issue is that there is a subreddit that I was part of (r/ADHD) and I cannot post anything on there anymore, and it is asking me if I want to join the subreddit while saying that there are zero members. Everytime I push the join button and refresh the page it resets like I never joined, but I can still comment to other posts. I have never been banned from a subreddit so I don’t know if this is how it looks like, but I didn’t get any message regarding a decision of the sort. It bugs me because I don’t understand what the reason was, and I even asked a mod about the issue, but they ignored my message. Do you have any idea about what happened, or if this is how a ban looks like?

r/AskModerators 4d ago

Why do some mods ban for dumb reasons?


I got banned from r/unitedkingdom for defending myself from people who were bullying me there. The mods accused me of being the actual bully. The same thing happened to me on r/supermanandlois. Some people bullied me there too but the mods accused me of being awful to people

r/AskModerators 5d ago

If someone sends me this message: "I think you are stupid and egotistical and possibly narcissistic and even more likely far too underage!"


Is it "normal" (acceptable) or should this be considered "harassment" under reddit's rules?

r/AskModerators 6d ago

Claiming a Banned Subreddit


Hello, is there a way to claim a banned subreddit? Is this the right place to go https://www.reddit.com/r/redditrequest/ - wasn't sure if this is only for inactive subreddits and there's a difference for banned subreddits. Thanks a lot!

r/AskModerators 8d ago

Why are some post posters suspended permanently but their posts are still available?


I would really like to know how that even happens. Where the poster is permanently banned but the post is still up?

r/AskModerators 8d ago

How to get unbanned from a subreddit?


i just got banned from the nofap community and searched up how to get unbanned and i saw this community to ask if i can get unbanned or something. Anything i can do?

r/AskModerators 9d ago

Can you please help?


Hi, someone put a private info on reddit, which is against the law. Can you please delete that video? Can you please contact me private?

r/AskModerators 12d ago

can I undelete a thread?


I accidentally deleted a old thread of mine can I get it back? I saw on Google that i can get the cache back but you need the url. I don't have that i think. What should I do?

r/AskModerators 13d ago

People who filter posts with automoderator, what are typical post requirements?


What post/comment karma and account age requirements are common? Are they different for posting and commenting? Is there any way to tell what they are on a subreddit if it doesn't say?

r/AskModerators 14d ago

Is it okay for a Moderator to ban someone who is following reddits rules


Basically i joined a sub called r/BaldAndBaldrDossier which is aimed at calling this youtuber a sex offender/predator etc (worst of the worst)

Now reading through the comments, the MAIN moderator has claimed "he suspects all belarussians to be connected to the lukashenko regime. and connected to oligarghs"

I pointed out how racist this was, as he made an assumption based primarily on Nationality and that there were multiple instnces of it on the sub not being punished.

Now i reported the moderator and he tried to ban me for rule 2 (which included racism) saying "i was spreading hate"

from reddit[A] sent 9 hours ago

Thanks for submitting a report to Reddit. Your report and the related content have been processed through our anti-abuse systems for review. It has been determined that the reported content does not violate Reddit’s Content Policy.

If you’d like to restrict contact from the account(s) you reported, you can block them in your Safety and Privacy settings. You can also hide any posts or comments you don’t want to see by selecting Hide from the “…” menu.

If you see any other site policy violations or continue to have problems, submit a new report to let us know and we’ll take further action, as appropriate.

Thanks again for your report, and for looking out for yourself and your fellow redditors. Your reporting helps make Reddit a better, safer, and more welcoming place for everyone.

If you think this decision may have been a mistake, you can send us a message from this link to request your report be re-reviewed.

For your reference, here are additional details about your report:

Report Details

Report Reason: it's promoting hate based on identity or vulnerability

Submitted on: 2022-05-08 09:35:27 UTC

Reported account(s): ArnoldLayne1967

Link to reported content: https://www.reddit.com/r/baldandbaldrdossier/comments/ukhh48/comment/i7qg502

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r/AskModerators 16d ago

Moderation policies of online social media sites e.g. Reddit, Quora etc


I recently saw on LinkedIn (not sure how true this is) that many social media sites can send info about you to the authorities, including what you post online. I think this has its benefits in terms of protecting people online. I've seen that sites like Reddit, Quora etc have a moderation policy, and rules that users must abide by to maintain a friendly environment that sparks debate and conversation without being inflammatory, abusive, or harmful, but under what types of circumstances would discussions be escalated/reported to authorities? E.g. If someone were to discuss admission to a low-level crime online e.g. smoking marijuana, shoplifting, speeding, drunk and disorderly behaviour etc) on a Reddit thread (I have seen a few of these), for example, would this cross the threshold for what would be reported to police organisations? Or would it be for more safeguarding issues such as fraud, domestic abuse etc? I read the 8 rules that Reddit has on its content policy and the action they take, and nothing mentioned the police/authorities, so I'm not sure if it's true?

r/AskModerators 17d ago

why is it acceptable to call people pedophiles?


Someone called me a "groomer" on here so of course I reported it, but I was told there was no violation of any policy. Why is it acceptable to call people pedophiles? Is this a USA thing? Where I'm from that kind of accusation should be taken very seriously, and not the kind of thing you just toss out randomly. It seems bad if it gets dismissed as just "meme talk".

r/AskModerators 24d ago

Why is the notification bell gone on PC??


Why... just why??

r/AskModerators 24d ago

OK. I had to change my user name, which was FlimsyDistribution58 to Tight-Item-9076 before I could tell you that somehow I have two user names.


OK. I had to change my user name, which was FlimsyDistribution58 to Tight-Item-9076 before I could tell you that somehow I have two user names. FlimsyDistribution58 is on my iPhone, and I'm fine with that, The other, Tight-Item-9076, is on my laptop, and I had to accept that one to get to this AskModerators form. I'm fine with FlimsyDistribution58 because I've had it for a few days, and Tight-Item-9076 just showed up today. How do I get back to one account?

r/AskModerators 27d ago

Banned from the Adventure Time Subreddit


Do you think you can help me get unbanned from the Adventure Time subreddit or not?

r/AskModerators 28d ago

Banned for completely disconnected reason. Mod is only offensive in response.


Can moderators really do whatever they want regardless of the rules of their subreddit?

r/AskModerators 28d ago

How do I get more members on the subreddits I am currently moderating?


Check my profile for more information if you want.

r/AskModerators 29d ago

I want to know what comment I made prompted a Redditor's concern


I recently received a message from Reddit Care Resources saying a Redditor was concerned with my wellbeing. It made me curious to know what comment I recently made that would throw a Redditor into such a panic. I understand the other Redditor should remain anonymous. That's good policy. It makes sense. But is there a way to find out the particular comment that so concerned them? Or is this just some new and ineffective way of prank "swatting" someone you don't agree with?