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Reddiquette and What It Is

Updated on November 19, 2017
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Eric Farmer has loved computers and technology almost his whole life. He loves to learn about both.

What is Reddiquette

Netiquette describes the best practices for interacting with users online. I believe that if more people would follow netiquette guidelines, then the internet would be a better place.

Reddit is a social media website that allows people to follow and interact with the content they like.

Reddit is a collection of subreddits. Think of the subreddits like individual places where users can interact and post content.

What is Reddiquette? These are guidelines that describe how users should interact with content on Reddit.

I am going to over these guideline and how users can better follow them.

A picture of the Reddiquette guidelines
A picture of the Reddiquette guidelines | Source


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    Things to know About Subreddits

    One of the first things I do when visiting a new subreddit is read the sidebar. This usually contains the rules of the subreddit and how they expect users to behave.

    Some subreddits also have pinned posts going over rules and other important information. There are many rules and details a subreddit may expect users to know.

    This is why it is important to read these rules and guidelines. I get a feel for a subreddit and decide if I want to contribute to it. If I do not like how things are looking I usually just move on.

    /r/worldnews/ sidebar
    /r/worldnews/ sidebar | Source

    Examples of Common Subreddit Rules

    • No doxing - This is revealing the private information of a user like their phone number or where they live.
    • No brigading - This is suggesting going to another subreddit and downvoting, encouraging trolling, or any other type of negative behavior.
    • Some subreddits forbid links or require non participation links. There are done like like this
    • Some subreddits do not allow mentioning of other subreddits or linking to them.

    Be choosy on Reddit

    I have found it is better to not participate in a community I do not like. One of the best things about Reddit is that you get to decide what content to interact with. The front page only shows subreddits you subscribe to. There are also other ways to filter content on Reddit as well.

    Why Choosing Better Communities Makes Following the Rules Easier

    What does any of this have to do with Reddiquette? Better communities are moderated in a way that eliminates trolls and other annoyances. It is a lot easier to follow Reddiquette when I feel comfortable with the subreddit I am interacting with.

    Not all subreddits are created equal. Everybody has their own preference of course. personally prefer for a subreddit or an forum to moderated a little heavier than being lenient. While others maybe prefer a more open approach.

    Find what you want and what you like and stick with it is my advice.

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    Of Course Do Not Be a Jerk

    One of the more obvious netiquette practice is to avoid being a jerk. Insulting other users almost never will lead anywhere good and depending on the subreddit these actions may get you banned.

    This is also called flaming. One should avoid doing this at all or at the very least minimize these actions.

    Being a Jerk Just Does Not Win Arguments Period

    When it comes to disagreements and arguments online there are better ways to present yourself than flaming and using foul language.

    I personally just try to avoid drama and arguments at all as this is not why I use Reddit.

    Please Do Not Spam

    Also, lastly all of Reddit has rules against self-promotion and spam. If you have content you would like to share make sure the subreddit you would want to post to allows it. See what their rules are about this are.

    Communities frown about unwanted posting and doing this may get you moderated. Reddit guidelines state that about 90% of content should not be self-promotion.

    Being Shadow Banned

    Failure to follow these rules may end up in your account being shadowbanned. This is a state in which you are banned but might not even notice. You will happily go about posting content but nobody will ever see it.

    It is important to know what the submission guidelines of a subreddit are before you start to post content.

    Closing Thoughts

    As long you follow subreddit rules, avoid being a jerk, and avoid posting things that are not allowed following the Reddiquette guidelines and rules will be easy.

    After all the goal is to contribute good content and comment on things you like. Reddiquette describes how you should do this in a positive way.

    A Picture of One of My Favorite Subreddits

    Picture of /pcgaming/ subreddit.
    Picture of /pcgaming/ subreddit. | Source

    What Do You Think

    If you use Reddit what is your favorite subreddit? Answer in the comments.

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