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 2d ago

Can I report a mod who permad me and told me to “go suck political dick somewhere else” simply for explaining why a video was removed?


Title says it all. Someone asked why the video they posted was taken down, I explained. Mod hit me with a perma ban without reading into any context. I explained said context this was his reply: “I can’t access the video, if I could I would have known that but you still brought politics in to it. Go suck political dick somewhere else”

When literally all I said was: “they removed the video because of the antivax videos he made recently”

Feels like a great amount of bias and power abuse here.

Obviously i still have the messages for proof

r/AskModerators 3d ago

R/legal banned


I don’t understand why I was banned. I had 8 positive comments 20 votes with an award for seein all. Please check this out.

r/AskModerators 7d ago

Can I delete 4200 spammed comments?


I had a user on the sub I mod spam 4200 comments on a post. All the comments are from unique users and they all consist of just "xx". Is there a way to delete all of this spam comment stuff? I tried removing the post and hiding the comments but they keep showing up in my moderation que. Anyone have any way I can just delete all this mess all at once?

r/AskModerators 11d ago

How long does it usually take for the mods of a larger subreddit to respond?


I was banned from a sub with no explanation, but they linked one of my comments which may have been the reason to my ban. However, it was a longer comment so I don't know which part they're reffering to. I have already sent them a message 2 days ago as to ask what exactly have I said wrong in order to better myself and in order to, if possible, remove or reduce my ban. Would it be reasonable or too much for me to write them another message?

r/AskModerators 15d ago



Hi. Would you please tell me why I can't post anything anywhere? I'm new to Reddit, have done nothing wrong, and on't understand why I can't post. Thanks.

r/AskModerators 16d ago

If I have a YT video that can contribute heavily to a discussion in a sub, would posting the link be considered self-promotion? what are the Reddit site-wide rules on YT links?


r/AskModerators 17d ago

One person is trying to mass-downvote every post on a subreddit I moderate (/r/OnlyBrownPunk) for over a month. Have you had this problem before, and how did you solve it?


UPDATE: This is hilarious. I created a post on the subreddit itself itself about this problem, and even that was downvoted almost immediately. :)

Someone really has nothing better to do with their life, it seems.

It's kind of sad, really, but I would think that being able to protect a subreddit from abuses of the downvote button would be a simple and necessary feature, wouldn't it?

The simplest way would be that if a moderator could see the downvoters in a subreddit (or if individuals could see who has downvoted them), it would be simple to ban a mass-downvoting user -- or a mass-downvoting bot, since Reddit allows bots to harass people automatically as well -- instead of having to ask the admins for help every time something like this happens.

Especially for newer and smaller subreddits, one person could just constantly downvote everything, all the time. That's exactly what's happening here (on /r/OnlyBrownPunk) for over a month. It's perplexing that there seems to be no response from Reddit administrators, and no-one else has given any idea how to solve the problem (aside from "contact the admins").

It's no problem to take the subreddit private (which I was thinking of doing, anyway), but it's really an issue of Reddit being built to allow harassment instead of prevent it. Smaller subreddits (and those for marginalised people, who are specific targets of abuse on cisgender/hetersexual, white male-dominated sites like Reddit) shouldn't have to hide away just to avoid constant harassment that's actually against the site's rules in any case.

Again, I personally don't care about taking a subreddit private (several other subs I moderate are already private due to the number of creeps/stalkers/incels/racists/misogynists/homophobes/transphobes operating with impunity on Reddit), but it's just a bad thing overall that the Reddit admins turn a blind eye, and the site itself enables bigots/jerks to operate without any reliable way to fight back against them.

I've already created a topic on /r/ModHelp, and (you can read more here), so I wondered if anyone here has solved this problem.

This doesn't seem to be a "ignore it and it will go away" problems since the downvoting has continued for over a month.

Manipulation of votes will lead to a person's account being banned according to the Reddit help page (here), but I wonder if they enforce their rules, and how often they do.

Really, I'm curious if Reddit's admins have any interest in helping their users at all (not really optimistic), so have you had any success dealing with a problem like this in the past?

r/AskModerators 18d ago

Is there a subreddit where I can post my local cleaning services?


Thank you

r/AskModerators 18d ago

I was banned from r/questions, but was given an invalid reason


So I posted this on r/questions and the mods said I broke the rule for being impolite where the post probably broke the rule about nsfw stuff. I didn't know and I never get a response from the mods when I appeal. Mods suck lmao. Link to the banned post

r/AskModerators 20d ago

How come I can't see my gilding on my profile?


I'm not sure when this happened, but I can't see the gilding I've received for giving out gold. I worked hard for that. Where is it?

r/AskModerators 21d ago

Why Does Reddit Allow Subs for Clear Scams?


Browsing through Reddit I've noticed an overwhelming number of subs that are clearly for scams. They're so blatant that if you even mention the word scam in the subreddit/users profile, link an article, etc., the mods will ban you instantly. Why is this allowed on Reddit with no way to report the subs to admins? Seems as though Reddit is passively encouraging their users to be duped.

r/AskModerators 21d ago

Invisible Followers?


Not here that long but I have searched for answers. My profile says I've two followers, I click on the > and it says "sorry you have no followers, we'll let you know when you do". Am not loving this, can anyone explain? If its since deleted accounts do they still appear as following me cos I don't get that?

r/AskModerators 22d ago

Best third party apps for moderating?


Like the title says, currently modding via the official app is hot garbage. I currently use Sync for my moderating duties when I'm away from a computer However the issue with Sync is that the queue is just a feed of all the subs I moderate as opposed to breaking it down by individual subs.

r/AskModerators 22d ago

how are bans lifted?


Ten days ago I got banned in a subreddit for posting disturbing content, which was commuted to a temporary 14 day one after an appeal I made. With that being said how are temporary bans lifted after the specified amount of time?

r/AskModerators 23d ago

Banned from a subreddit a few years ago. Asking to be unbanned and receiving zero response from the mods. What gives?


Is there not a way to escalate or appeal? Also on a different instance, I was banned for saying something unknown and when I asked the mods why I was banned they said "Looks like you don't actually want to talk about the reason you were banned" and then muted me for 28 days lol. Is this actually how Reddit moderation is run...? Can anyone help?

r/AskModerators 28d ago

Do you stop getting Karma/being visible while your account is suspended?


I mean temporarily banned. I tried asking this at r/help but the question keeps getting deleted for some reason.

r/AskModerators 28d ago

New to Reddit


I'm aware of the rule where that most sub reddits do not allow advice. Though I was wondering if my question falls under that category and if not, where I should post it. (Note: When I say new I mean I've only spent about 30 minute to an hour on reddit so far). I've been experiencing a lot of body aches at a young age (Teen). I'm not looking for advice but I was wondering about others experiences with body aches or conditions they might have so I can look into it and bring it up with my doctor since I don't have the money to visit regularly.

r/AskModerators 29d ago

Is It Okay for mods to use user flares and their own subreddit?


Is it okay for mods to use flares? I know I sounds stupid but I'm wondering what most people think about this.

r/AskModerators 29d ago

How do I contact r/historymemes mods?


I was banned for 15 days from r/historymemes for saying you discriminating against all southerners and calling us confederates is not okay. Moderator bans me and says “don’t equate the two things” refusing to tell me what rule I broke, muting me 3 days, and then when I ask again he mutes me 7 days. It just ended today, I send a new message to mods, and the same guy mutes me 3 more days on my original message. The second message I sent today went to a different moderator, but now I can’t respond since the first one muted me. Is there any other way for me to contact a moderator?

r/AskModerators 29d ago

Distinguishing between spam filters and moderator discretion.


Newer accounts often have issues posting and commenting (example: the user can see a post/comment on their own profile, but other users can’t see them). Is this mostly due to spam filers focused on newer accounts? Or is this likely moderators behind the scenes?

r/AskModerators 29d ago

Help please.


How do I change the name of my subreddit. If I can.

r/AskModerators Dec 21 '21



When a user has violated no rules and has posted things of value to the community, what recourse do users have when a mod abuses the automod functionality?

I am being unfairly targeted by a mod who, frankly, is acting like a child.

I shared helpful, value added responses to questions and yet none of those responses have been allowed through.

Is there recourse when a user is being unfairly targeted?

r/AskModerators Dec 20 '21

How to properly advertise/get people to join


I'm trying to figure out how to get the name of my subreddit out there while still not being rude or acting like spam. (if you get what I'm saying) Basically I'm trying to figure out how to properly advertise my subreddit and get its name out there.

r/AskModerators Dec 19 '21

Post To


How do you delete subReddits that show up in “Post To?”