The Right Way to Search Posts on Reddit
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As of 2015, Reddit had accumulated over 190 million posts across 850,000 different subreddits (or communities), plus an additional 1.7 billion comments across all of those posts. That’s an incredible amount of content, and all of it can still be accessed on Reddit.

Trying to find a particular post that you saw the other day (or month or year) on Reddit can feel like searching for a lost needle on a beach. And to make matters worse, Reddit’s search engine is notorious for being inept, inaccurate, and ineffective.

There’s nothing you can do to solve the inherent problems of Reddit’s search engine, but you can improve the quality of search results by using a handful of different advanced search modifiers.

  • title:[text] searches only post titles.
  • author:[username] searches only posts by the given username.
  • selftext:[text] searches only the body of posts that were made as self-posts.
  • subreddit:[name] searches only posts that were submitted to the given subreddit community.
  • url:[text] searches only the URL of non-self-post posts.
  • site:[text] searches only the domain name of non-self-post posts.
  • nsfw:yes or nsfw:no to filter results based on whether they were marked as NSFW or not.
  • self:yes or self:no to filter results based on whether they were self-posts or not.

Feel free to use multiple search modifiers if you want. In fact, you should! And you can also use boolean operators to make clear the intent of your search query.

  • AND means you want both sides to be true.
  • OR means only one side needs to be true.
  • You can use parentheses () to group modifiers together in case the search query is a complex mixture of ANDs and ORs.
  • You can negate/exclude certain modifiers by preceding them with (minus sign).

Another option is to switch to Google and use Google’s search operators to limit results to Reddit by adding to your search query.

Going forward, we also recommend that you start using the Reddit Enhancement Suite to really kick your Reddit experience up a notch, and don’t forget these tricks for using Reddit productively to prevent the site from sucking all your time.

Got any other tips or tricks for navigating Reddit’s massive collection of posts? Share them with us in the comments below!

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  1. Kannon
    February 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Thanks for the tips Joel! I had no idea Reddit supported Boolean-like operators!