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What Is Reddiquette? 8 Things You Should Never Do on Reddit

Ben Stegner 18-10-2018

Reddit is one of the internet’s premiere places for the latest news, memes, and anything else you can think of. While you can get plenty out of Reddit just by browsing, after some time you may decide it’s time to create an account and actually get involved.


Before you start posting, though, it’s a good idea to go over some basic rules of Reddit etiquette for the site—often called “Reddiquette.” Let’s talk about some of the things not to do on Reddit. Avoid them, and you’ll be on your way to a more pleasant experience.

1. Don’t Jump in Right Away

If you haven’t browsed around Reddit much, we don’t recommend you start submitting content right away. You should first have a look around the site to get a feel for how it works, check out the rules for your favorite subreddits, and see what kinds of Reddit posts hit the front page How to Consistently Hit the Top Page of Reddit I've decided to dig deep into what Charles Chu had discovered, looking for insight into what it takes to craft a popular Reddit post that readers can't help but engage with. Read More .

After some time looking around, reading the rest of these tips, and catching up on Reddit’s FAQ, you should be better equipped to start posting.

2. Don’t Beg for Upvotes


To decide which posts are the best, Reddit allows users to upvote or downvote content. Obviously, the posts with the best scores rise to the top. However, this must happen organically.


Starting your post with “Upvote this if…” or including phrases like “Can we get this to the front page?” are not allowed. As the warning says when you create a new post, doing so is a “violation of intergalactic law.” Doing so will likely result in a moderator removing your post.

Instead, submit content that’s interesting on its own with a clever title, and upvotes will come naturally. And if they don’t, then your fellow Redditors have deemed your content not good enough.

3. Don’t Repost Content

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A common issue on Reddit is reposting—sharing content that’s not new. Sometimes people do this in order to signal boost great content. After all, not everyone is online at the same time, so you might miss one of the highest-rated Reddit posts The Top 10 Highest-Rated Reddit Posts of All Time Here are the highest-rated Reddit posts of all time that clearly resonated with Reddit users! Read More . This type of reposting is acceptable at times, but there’s another, worse type.


Many reposts involve people simply stealing someone else’s picture or video and pretending it’s their own. They wait a few months after a post goes viral, and share it again (sometimes with the exact same title). Often these receive a lot of upvotes again, but you’ll see people calling out the repost in the comments. The above is an example.

Don’t bother with reposts. It’s better to share fresh content than trying to repeat past successes.

4. Don’t Leave Worthless Comments


Reddit comments are the place to dive deeper into the linked article, make jokes about the image, or go completely off-topic in a long thread. All of these are fine, but you should avoid low-quality comments.


Leaving comments like “this”, “lol”, or “Came here to say this” are tired and not at all useful. You can show your agreement with a comment by upvoting it; only leave a comment if you have something worthwhile to say.

5. Don’t Downvote Content You Disagree With

It makes sense that you should upvote content you think is solid. But the downvote button is often misunderstood. It’s not intended as an “I disagree” button. Rather, you should only ever downvote content that’s low-quality, off-topic, or otherwise shouldn’t be on Reddit.

So if you click a link and it goes to a spammy site, downvote it. If a post doesn’t follow the rules of the subreddit, downvote it. But don’t just downvote because you don’t personally agree with the article or content being shared.

6. Don’t Self-Promote

ITAP of my brother fishing in the fog during the golden hour. from itookapicture


For the most part, Reddit despises self-promotion. As it’s designed as a place where you can share cool online content you’ve found, putting in your own content is frowned upon. Thus, you should avoid submitting links to your own website or YouTube channel, or promoting a cause How to Promote Your Cause on Social Media In an online world full of people vying for attention, it can be hard to make your cause stand out – but these seven tricks should help your campaign to cut through the crowd! Read More you’re personally involved with.

However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t share anything of your own on Reddit. You’ll find several subreddits dedicated to sharing your artistic work, such as /r/ITookAPicture and /r/MusicCritique. But in general, don’t post just to drive clicks to your own content.

7. Don’t Share Anyone’s Personal Info

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Reddit is open to nearly all content, but it’s never OK to share someone else’s personal information (doxing) How Doxing Continues to Be a Threat to Online Privacy Disregarding online privacy can lead to your personal details being shared online. This is known as "doxing" and can be an extremely painful experience. How can you stop doxing from happening to you? Read More , or posts links to such info. If you post a screenshot of social media, blur out people’s names and profile pictures. Avoid linking to someone’s Instagram page if you recognize them in a picture on Reddit.

Your intentions may be innocent (or accidental), but you never know who could end up finding that post and harassing the person.

8. Don’t Be a Jerk

It’s tempting to speak rudely on Reddit, especially with the level of anonymity involved. However, it’s wise to remember that there’s a person behind every username you interact with.

While you don’t have to agree with everyone, you should try to avoid being vicious, overly critical, or similarly negative. Nothing on Reddit is worth ruining someone’s day over. And if you find the site toxic overall, check out the kindest Reddit communities The Kindest Communities on Reddit There are a lot of really great people on Reddit – here's where you can find them. Read More for something a little more positive.

Reddit Etiquette Explained

In this article, we’ve looked at what you must avoid doing on Reddit to improve your experience a well as the overall quality of the site. After all, Reddit is nothing without its users commenting and submitting content, so how you behave on the site matters a great deal. Most longtime Reddit users should already know these rules, but it’s always good to have a refresher.

Now that we’ve got the serious business out of the way, for some fun, check out these awful Reddit posts you won’t believe became popular 15 Awful Reddit Posts You Won't Believe Were Popular Reddit is home to all kinds of awesome content. But it's also full of people looking to exploit the average user for some quick karma. Here are 15 awful posts that somehow soared to the... Read More .

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  1. George Bush
    June 11, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Here's a quick independent fact check of the article:
    1) True - You should probably just avoid the site altogether
    2) Partially False - Can't do directly but can be done indirectly (Ex: 'lets make this the top google result when you search for X')
    3) False - Reposting top posts from 6+ months ago is extremely effective way to gain karma
    4) False - Comments such as 'this', 'thanks satan', 'oh my sweet summer child' contribute nothing, require no effort and are extremely popular
    5) False - Overwhelming majority of reddit uses the votes as like/dislike
    6) Partially False - Rule gets thrown out if you add Autistic to the post (Ex: ITAP of my Autistic brother doing X = upvotes)
    7) Partially False - Once the mob rules the individual is dislikable enough doxing is inevitable and popular

  2. frontncenter
    February 24, 2020 at 5:23 am

    Reddit is full of idiots. Who gives a damn about what Reddit users think?

  3. Free
    October 13, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    At the end of the day, Reddit is an online community. Like any community, members need to build relationships and trust. Logging on to Reddit solely to push your product will only result in community members shunning your attempts and rebuffing any future relationship. Posting information and material isn t enough; you also need to read what fellow redditors post and comment on articles with your own expertise and information. Join fellow posters in discussions and arguments. Get involved.

  4. JohnASommer
    October 25, 2018 at 5:33 am