We want members of /r/ffbraveexvius to recognize how best to share off-site content in this subreddit, without engaging in unsavory "self-promotion," so we've put together some guidelines and posting rules.
It is not our intent to limit or censor contributions. However, it's important to distinguish between posters that improve our community with quality content, and posters that "use" those contributions to take advantage of the community for personal gain.
Self-promotion is scrutinized by all moderators on a case-by-case basis, since no one rule is sufficient to cover everything. If you think you may need clarity on this topic or aren’t sure if your post/comment breaks these guidelines, feel free to message the mods.
TLDR: Linking or mentioning off-site content should be only (A) a low percentage of your total participation or (B) limited to "once every week or two" if you aren't very active in comments. Donation links in posts or comments are not allowed.
What is self-promotion on Reddit?
Self-promotional activity is linking to any off-site (non-Reddit) content, where one individual or group could stand to benefit. Benefitting does not necessarily mean monetized. For example, social metrics like YouTube and Twitch subscribers, or likes on Facebook, fall under self-promotion.
Reddit provides their own rules and Reddiquette regarding self-promotion. Here are the 3 key takeaways:
- "It's perfectly fine to be a redditor with a website, it's not okay to be a website with a reddit account." - Confucius
- Don't just spam out your links, and don't blindly upvote your own content or ask anyone else to!
- Why? Because reddit is a community, not a platform for self-promotion.
Is self-promotion allowed on this subreddit?
Linking to other platforms or media is natural part of any thriving gaming subreddit. Creators should be able to share relevant content freely. But when contribution moves away from helping people towards benefiting one individual, then self-promotion becomes problematic and the moderator team will begin to take action.
Dos and Don'ts
- Limit quantity of off-site links and mentions
- About 10% or less of your posts/comments link off-site (we're flexible on this)
- Create content well-received by the community (tools, guides, information, etc.)
- Create thoughtful and well-crafted content ideally engaging in discussion as well
- Get it approved by moderators and discussed if you’re unsure
- Use descriptive titles related to content, not promotion
- Do not spam or rehash the same off-site links/content over and over
- Do not solicit people to perform actions (donate, vote, subscribe, like)
- Do not add donation links on your posts, keep them off-site
- Do not ask for upvotes, downvotes, anywhere, period
- Do not use secondary/proxy/shill/friend accounts to promote content
- Do not spam low effort comments to buffer obvious promotional activities
- First-time posters may not submit a link to their off-site content as their first contribution to the subreddit. It will be removed as spam.
How does the moderator team identify and measure self-promotion?
When we look at self-promotion, it's usually obvious to us when there is a problem, or potential future problem. But to better help you understand our criteria, we'll categorize them into 3 parts: content-oriented, limited in frequency, and inclusive to everyone. Once these values are measured, it ultimately comes down to an assessment of “Do we feel this user is taking advantage of the community or pushing their own agenda?”
Let’s break down “content-oriented, limited in frequency, and inclusive to everyone. “
What do we mean by “content-oriented?”
Good contributions focus on content first to the subreddit, which means it is (A) related to Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and (B) provides thoughtful substance for the community.
Posting activity should NOT be about hawking a "brand" or monopolizing content supply. Whether its macros, guides, or anything FFBE-related, the focus should always be on the content, not the person or username. If you are providing content locked to your "brand", not in the spirit of open-source and free contribution, moderators may take action.
For example, creating a post about “How to chain Fryevia manually” with a video link and high-effort description text is considered good contribution. However, if you proceed to tell people to “Like this video and subscribe to my channel!" or just keep rehashing the link as a comment reply, then it becomes a problem.
What do we mean by "limited in frequency?"
Reddit has a guideline that your contributions should outweigh any promotional activity by 10:1. We loosely refer to this guideline as a way to diminish "spam". We want users to contribute and engage the community rather than solely use the subreddit as a way to promote their own content. Participate in discussions and there won't be a problem.
If you comment infrequently, off-site links should not be submitted more than once every week.
“Inclusive to Everyone” means EVERYONE
Content should be made accessible to everyone, which means discussion must also invite the entire community and not just a small subset of users.
If you’re promoting content hidden behind a paywall, subwall, friendwalls, perkwall, or any other kind of wall you will notified that it’s not OK. You may be asked to clarify the ways in which people can participate.
The maximum you can ask of anyone, ever, is to reply to your comment. Giveaways or offers should have the maximum “ask” of commenting. Directly asking for donations, likes, follows, etc. is prohibited.
This section contains a few example comparisons that illustrate what we consider Acceptable versus Unacceptable self-promotion.
||Titles should be content-oriented, not channel-oriented or clickbaity
||"Chaining Edgars - The Dreadnought ELT"
||"Watch me feed 10 Trust Moogles to Cyan on [my stream]"
|Main Post Text
||Descriptive text should be content-oriented and very infrequently self-promote. Just providing a link isn't enough, give context.
||(Video URL) + Ample description of gameplay, mechanics, units used, etc.
||(URL) (Little to no descriptive text)
||Links should redirect to specific content, not an entire channel, donation pages, PayPal, etc.
||"See the 12:00 timestamp where it happened on my Twitch" (URL to VOD)
||Here's my Twitch link! (URL)
||Comments on any posts should not further promotion; they should be on-topic and relevant to readers. Don't force people to click or go somewhere else to get to the meat
||"As shown, Minfilia's Protection of the Gods stack multiplicatively, not additively"
||"Watch my video of Minfilia to see how PoTG stacks!"
||Secondary parties should link to your content if it's on-topic and fits discussion, not promotion.
||"FFBE Gamer made a video of OHKO Titan in action: (URL)"
||"Hey, check out FFBE Gamer's channel here! (URL)"
||Content should be accessible to all; not behind a perk system, follower scheme, etc.
||"Reply on this Reddit thread to enter the giveaway"
||"I'm taking requests on my Facebook friend's list"
||Your stream events, giveaways, physical/live events should be well-prepared, informative, inclusive and not clickbait. Obviously this rule may exclude official FFBE events.
||"FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS Live Stream E3 Edition" "FFBE Twitch Streamers Unite for Charity"
||"Come watch my Twitch stream for free lapis giveaway!"
FAQ Section (Updated regularly)
What if I contribute a lot to the subreddit, can I do more self-promotion than others?
No. Everyone must strictly abide by the self-promotional policies and guidelines listed above, no matter who you are, including everyone from regular users, power users, game designers, and moderators.
Can I have a Donate button or link on my posts or comments? Can I mention it?
No. If you accept donations on your off-site page, there should be no mention of it or any solicitation made on Reddit.
What happens when other people are promoting my content?
The same guidelines and rules will apply to them (content first, limited, inclusive), and will not count against your “frequency” of posts unless it becomes apparent that they are proxy-promoting for you. Their actions only implicate you if they have an obvious vested interest in your content, (moderators of your Twitch/Discord, admins on your site, brigaders upvoting your content, etc.)
Does artwork fall under the self-promotion category? Yes. Although these guidelines don't specifically target art, your posts may be removed if they are too frequent, low effort, or attempt to promote heavily.
Can I link referral links, card discounts, or sell goods/products? Contact the moderators before posting any commercial or 3rd party resellers. "Deals" from known and legitimate direct providers (e.g. Amazon, Google, Apple) are allowed.