6 Unwritten Rules For Posting Content On Reddit [Opinion]

Joshua Lockhart 14-03-2012

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Today, I’ve got only six of the billion unwritten rules that exist on Reddit 5 Best Subreddits To Learn Cool Stuff Reddit is more than just a time sink where you can look at pretty girls, read about nerdy stuff, and procrastinate as you build a memory of random trivia. Reddit can be used to learn... Read More , and trust me, I’m doing you a favor if you don’t frequent the site very often. Take them with a grain of salt, because some of them are pretty ridiculous. Just know that I don’t make the rules. I don’t enforce them either. I just write about them.

Don’t Repost. Ever.

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Alas, the battle wages on over reposts on Reddit, and a major portion of the population seems to utterly ignore the site’s official stance on the issue – don’t complain about it. However, the unwritten Reddiquette 3 Types of Reddit Commenters That Drive Me Nuts Based on some of my past articles, you may already know that I hail from the online community of Reddit (and so do a couple of my fellow writers). However, as with any online community,... Read More states that no one should repost. Also, heaven help you if you repost something that was posted on the same day (even if it was unintentional).

Truth be told, coming from my point of view, whining about reposts is pretty silly. Lots of people come to the site daily, and not everyone sees everything. Also, I’ve seen multiple analogies as to why reposts are wrong – I just simply don’t care.

Avoid Posting Self-Created Content

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It’s true. Do you have a blog post you wrote? A video you made? Don’t post it on Reddit. Only post stuff you didn’t make.  Actually, do post it on Reddit. Sometimes the really good stuff do very well, but it’s like any TV talent show. The criticism is going to be harsh.

There is an alternative to posting your own content without saying it’s your own content, though. You could do something along the lines of, “Check out my brother’s blog? 5 Tips For Starting Your Personal Blog [Opinion] As an occasional personal blogger, I have seen a lot of other folks in the blogosphere who just want to write personal publications that are not exactly meant for making money. I really like that,... Read More The kid hardly has any views” or “Will you look at the video my sister and her band made?” This will totally work.

The Exception To The Above Rule Is Cat-Related Content

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Well… about that avoiding posting self-created content rule. Pictures of cats 4 Android Apps For Cat Lovers (Nyan and Beyond) Here at MakeUseOf, we’re huge fans of cats. So today, we would like to present you with a small collection of apps for your Android device that would let you show the world how truly... Read More are okay. It’s totally fine to post cats – especially your cats. Cats sitting in awkward containers…cats freaking out…cats half asleep….cats mauling your neighbor’s wife. Really. All of these are totally fine to post on Reddit, and it actually helps to state that it is your cat. What makes it even better is if you post it on your Reddit birthday (the anniversary of the day you joined Reddit).


Another exception to the rule is pictures of cool stuff you made or did. I know that this is a really fine line, but trust me, you can tell the difference when you see it. Actually, ignore the rule altogether – just expect to be chastised at first.

Usernames Must Be Included

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Got a picture of something really cool you did (that totally contradicts what I said about posting self-created content)? You best be holding up a piece of paper with yo’ username on it and the date. I don’t care if the picture is of you waterskiing on an elephant’s back – this picture is moot if you aren’t balancing things out and holding up that piece of paper. Imagine all the lost karma…

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Backstories Are Not Optional

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Speaking of posting those kinds of pictures, you really should provide a backstory as to why you were on the elephant’s back. Reddit loves context 5 Tips On Keeping Sensitive Information Out Of Your Chat Logs & Emails So you’re talking to someone online and you need to share a password or another sensitive piece of information - what do you do? Send it in an email or instant message? Your sensitive information... Read More , and when it doesn’t get any, it becomes like a sixteen-year-old girl whose boyfriend broke up with her for some vague reason (that likely included his “hot neighbor” despite what he says.)

Basically, a nice quip about what you were doing the day you took the picture would be nice. Else, you look like one of those people that just likes to post funny pictures (which inherently you are).

There Is Only One Opinion That Matters On Reddit – Reddit’s

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The final unwritten rule you need to know about Reddit is quite simple. You may have your own concepts, ideas, and opinions 5 Things I Like and 5 Things I Hate About Google Plus When Google + finally came out, I actually avoided using it for up to a year. Not only was I skeptical, but I've been an initial user of a social network before, and it's absolutely... Read More , but in the end, there’s only one that will matter to Reddit, and that’s Reddit’s opinion. It’s a hive-mind mentality at times, and often, it changes just like the flavor-of-the-month. Some days, Reddit might agree with you, and others, it might not.

However, despite what other initial opinions you may have had prior to being on Reddit, you may find yourself actually challenging them if you’ve been logged on for a while. It’s crazy, man. Crazy.


There we have it, ladies and gents – six rules to make your Reddit travels a little bit safer. It’s a wasteland of old and new content, each creator trying to make it to the top, and you should just be aware of the laws of the land. Granted, I wish it were a little bit different.

What other unwritten rules do you know about on Reddit? Do you agree or disagree with the ones here?

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  1. michaeljones
    February 26, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    It was an honest opinion.

  2. Chris Hoffman
    March 16, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Yup, not posting self-created content seems like a good rule. I had a blog post I wrote elsewhere go viral and hit the front page of Reddit a few weeks ago -- I didn't have to submit it, someone else did.

    If you have good content, someone else will probably submit it. Of course, there's an element of lightning striking there too...

    • Joshua Lockhart
      March 19, 2012 at 7:49 am

      I didn't reply to you. My apologies.

      Yep, I believe that's the trick – having someone else do it. The problem that tends to happen is some folks may not have redditors see their material (which is good). What else can they do? Getting your stuff out there is easy, but having people take the time to look at it is tough.

      Also, congrats on hitting the front page. That is definitely an accomplishment.

  3. Oreto31
    March 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Actually reposting something means you are simply a retard, I'll explain...

    On the top-right hand of the Reddit page there is a field that says, "Search Reddit".

    If you want to post something, start by pasting your URL in that box and hitting enter.  By doing so you will IMMEDIATELY find out whether the URL you want to post has already been posted or not.

    It's so damn simple it makes re-posters look like morons in my book. Period.

    • J. Lockhart
      March 16, 2012 at 6:00 am

      You need to take into consideration the variety of subreddits, but I'm aware of this function on the site.

      • Joshua Lockhart
        March 19, 2012 at 7:50 am


        No, really. Since we switched comment systems, I didn't know how to sign in properly. This is the real Lockhart.

        • Dan
          June 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

          I'll only believe it if you post a picture of yourself with a piece of paper saying 'hi, makeuseof', or something to that effect.

        • J. Lockhart
          June 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm


  4. Seppedijkmans
    March 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Just started using Reddit, I think it is awesome: it's different from other social websites.

    • J. Lockhart
      March 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      I agree. I just think it depends on where you go, though. Some parts I like... Some parts I don't. 

  5. shvelo
    March 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I don't use that stupid site.
    Reddit sucks!
    Facebook & Pinterest FTW

    • J. Lockhart
      March 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

      I was not aware the site had gained sentience. However, I should look at Pinterest. I haven't yet.

    • Guest
      March 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      It's a great site; simply not for everyone.

      • J. Lockhart
        March 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        Very true.