Aww, cripes…

I didn't know we had a wiki. I guess I better write some stuff. How many words is that so far, like a hundred? Well let's get started.


Here are the six rules of /r/mildlyinteresting. In addition to the rules below, we expect users to follow the sitewide rules and reddiquette.

Rule 1. No memes

This includes references in titles of your post (e.g. "banana for scale," "potato quality").

Meme references in the title break rule 6 for being fluff. We don't want people upvoting a post because of a title rather than the content. We aim for plain titles. If a phrase in your title can be found on, it breaks the rule.

Images that are just a meme, such as those in /r/adviceanimals, break rule 4 for not being OC photographs and having overlaid text.

Submissions that otherwise follow the rules, but contain a meme as the subject of the image (e.g. There is a meme in this advertisement/on these shirts/in my math textbook, etc.) are also not allowed. Memes are not uncommon in day-to-day life. They're a part of pop culture. These submissions were highly overdone and generally unpopular.

Posts that acknowledge, "one-up," or relate specifically to another post are not allowed (e.g. "I see your X and raise you Y")

If you've ever been around when something relatable gets popular, you'll know exactly why this rule is here. Although it may be mildly interesting to see graphite stuck in one person's hand, the three-dozen follow-up posts are much less interesting. These types of response posts should be put in the comments!

Rule 3. No x-posts or reposts

Do not post something that has been submitted anywhere on reddit before (including here), even if you were the one who posted it.

Exception: If a post is removed for breaking the rules less than one hour after being submitted or receives less than 100 upvotes, we allow the submitter to resubmit a fixed version of the post.

We want only fresh new content, and hopefully you do, too! In the past, /r/mildlyinteresting has often become the fallback for if somebody's post wasn't that popular elsewhere, or perhaps it did get popular and they want to try their luck here, too. This rule was added in an effort to develop our own niche (users post here when they find something mildly interesting as opposed to when they're trying to karma whore) and to not become /r/pics lite.

Rule 4. Original [OC] photographs only

a. All submissions must be non-animated photographs.
b. All submissions must be original content. If you didn't take the picture, don't post it.
c. Overlaid text, arrows, scribbles, and other substantive edits are not allowed. You may censor personal information per Reddit-wide rules.
d. Side by side images are okay if they adhere to the rest of the rules.

Arguably any image found on the Internet or elsewhere can be described as mildly interesting. Allowing any post (as opposed to only OC) leads to /r/mildlyinteresting becoming a "catch-all" subreddit, and a subsequent decline in quality submissions.

By having rule 4 and limiting posts to OC only, submissions stay true to the name of the subreddit. They are only photos taken when a user finds something truly mildly interesting in his/her day to day life.

Rule 5. No screenshots

We define a screenshot as a screen grab (including a picture) of a television, phone, or computer screen. Try /r/screenshots!

Screenshots are disallowed for several reasons.

Software glitches, typos, and other mildly interesting digital flukes are incredibly common. Our subreddit would be flooded with these types of submissions without this rule.

The content in screenshots are incredibly easy to fake. Photoshopping text can be done in minutes, and Inspect Element allows users to change content written on a webpage.

Before screenshots were disallowed, common posts were (1) having identical amounts of link karma and comment karma on reddit, and (2) similar/identical posts lining up on reddit. Rather than choosing which types of screenshots to allow or disallow, a blanket ban on screenshots was easier to enforce, and significantly improved the quality of subreddit submissions.

Lastly, screenshots are often low quality and generally uninteresting submissions.

Rule 6. Titles must be an exact but concise description of the content

a. Titles must not contain jokes, backstory, or other fluff. That information belongs in a follow-up comment.

b. Titles must exactly describe the content. It should act as a "spoiler" for the image. If your title leaves people surprised at the content within, it breaks the rule!

c. Titles must not contain emoticons, emojis, or special characters unless they are absolutely necessary in describing the image. (e.g. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), ;P, 😜, ❤, ★, ✿ )

Still confused? For more elaboration and examples, see here first and then message the mods if you still have questions.

We want our titles concise. We don't want to hear your life story. We don't want to know your thoughts, reactions, what you have seen, think, know, or any of that stuff. We want posts to be judged solely on how mildly interesting the content is, as opposed to how sensationalized or "clickbaity" the title is.


Submissions may be given a flair by a moderator. The text written on the flair should sufficiently explain what it means. If you require further explanation, read on.


This post is a quality submission and truly mildly interesting. Click "See Quality Posts!" on the sidebar to see a moderator-curated selection of the best /r/mildlyinteresting submissions.


This post does not break the rules and has not been removed, but has been posted about a million times in the past. Here are some examples of overdone posts:

  • Missing wafers in KitKat bars
  • Double yolk eggs
  • Wet floor signs resembling a banana
  • Taco Bell sauces that are blank
  • Mileage numbers on your vehicle's dashboard

Removed: Rule 1/2/3/4/5/6

This post was removed for breaking the rules. The flair indicates which rule(s) it broke.

Moderation Policy

Three-strikes rule

This subreddit operates on a three-strikes rule. Here's how it works:

  • Each rule breaking post counts as a strike.
  • Three strikes = permanent ban.

That's it – pretty simple.

Here are some less important details:

  • As of December 2016, we no longer give warnings after two strikes. It's up to you to keep track of your strikes!
  • Intentionally misleading others by claiming a non-OC image is your own results in two strikes.
  • Troll gimmick accounts and users posting shock links will be banned instantly.

Mods have the final say

If a post is removed, even if you don't think it breaks the rules, it remains removed.

Appealing a ban

You must wait 30 days after your ban was issued to appeal it. Here are the steps for appealing:

  1. Take some time to read through our rules and understand why your posts were removed.

  2. Reply to your ban message with three submissions which break the rules and have not yet been removed. You must also explain why each post breaks the rule(s). There is no time limit on this, so take as long as you need.

After following the steps above, your ban will be lifted.

You may appeal a ban only once. No opportunity to appeal will be given if a user is impolite. (This includes rabble rousing about the mods in other subreddits. Getting other users to send angry messages on your behalf is very unlikely to change our mind.)


My post breaks the rules, but received many upvotes. Can it be restored?

No. The rules apply to all posts equally. It would be unfair to apply the rules to one post but not another simply because it received more upvotes.

We try to remove rule-breaking submissions early on, but sometimes they slip through to the hot page.

If I ask in advance, can my post be granted an exception to the rules?

No. We do not grant exceptions for posts.

Messaging us to make sure your post will not violate the rules, however, is encouraged. We're happy to help!

I was using a mobile device and unable to view the sidebar. Can my strike be removed?

No. Using reddit on a mobile device is not an excuse for breaking the rules.

Every reddit app and the reddit mobile site allow users to view the sidebar.

Mobile users viewing the desktop version of our subreddit can tap a button on the sidebar to expand the rule dropdowns.

Furthermore, the rules can be viewed in many more places, such as (1) this wiki page, (2) the sidebar page, and (3) the rules page.

My post doesn't break the "spirit" or "intent" of the rule. Can it be restored?

No. If a post breaks the rules, it remains removed.

Whether a post violates the spirit of a rule is highly subjective and to moderate and remove posts based on whether they violate the spirit of the rule would be impossible to do so fairly.

Does an x-post from a private or gold-only subreddit break rule 3?

Yes. Private and gold-only subreddits still count as part of reddit.

Does a repost of a previously removed or deleted post break rule 3?

Yes. Removed posts were still submitted to reddit at one point.

However, we have one exception.

The Exception: If a post to /r/mildlyinteresting is removed less than one hour after being submitted or receives less than 100 upvotes, we allow the submitter to resubmit the post.

Can my post be removed for being too interesting?

No. We don't remove posts based on whether we think they're too interesting.

Similar to above, whether a post is too interesting is highly subjective and to moderate and remove posts based on whether they are too interesting would be impossible to do so fairly.

Why am I banned?

This subreddit operates on a three-strikes rule and you have three strikes.

If I can't post in /r/mildlyinteresting, where should I post my image/link/text?

If you want to post a gif, try /r/gifs.

If you want to post a video, try /r/videos.

If you want to post an interesting website, try /r/internetisbeautiful.

If you want to post a screenshot, try /r/screenshots.

If you want to post a picture with backstory, try /r/pics.

There are many other subreddits in the Mild Network.

If you still can't find a fitting subreddit, you can search for one here or in /r/findareddit.

How does your Automoderator detect screenshots and other rule breaking posts?

Magic, mostly.

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