Rules for r/news

Rules that visitors must follow to participate. May be used as reasons to report or ban.

Not news

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Reported as: Not news

A story that is over a week old, does not properly report a story, or is not noteworthy. Self posts and meta posts without moderator approval (live update threads, major breaking news, and megathreads are usually exempt) should go to /r/InTheNews.

Opinion/analysis or advocacy piece

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Reported as: Opinion/analysis or advocacy piece

Opinion and analysis should go in /r/InTheNews or another relevant subreddit. This includes articles with editorial opinion, personal conjecture, or otherwise. Press releases with an editorial slant, and analysis of news events (rather than reporting on the event itself) are not allowed. Both articles and domains regarding advocacy for a certain point of view or ideology rather than objective reporting should be reviewed under this rule.


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Reported as: Politics

News concerning politics should be posted in /r/Politics or another appropriate subreddit. Politics in this case primarily means rhetoric pieces, so notable substantial events within political institutions (eg. supreme court decisions in the US, denouncement of actions by a government body, etc.) are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Title not from article/editorialized title

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Reported as: Title not from article/editorialized title

Editorialized titles, written by the posting user or the domain, are not allowed. Titles should be unbiased and strictly factual. When the article itself is titled appropriately, the submission title should be directly sourced from the title or lead paragraph of the linked article.

Don't plug other subreddits in the title; adding cross-post references is not suitable for /r/news.

Paywall or is blogspam/steals content

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Reported as: Paywall or is blogspam/steals content

Domains which require the user to purchase a subscription or register an account in order to read the full article are not allowed in /r/news. All users should be able to access the article. Domains which are stealing or reposting content from other news sites, or simply rehash another article without adding substance, are not allowed, and users are encouraged to post the original source instead.

Covers an already-submitted story

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Reported as: Covers an already-submitted story

This rule is in relation to already submitted stories which are being rehashed on multiple domains. If a popular story is being submitted while the same event is covered in another post on the front page, or one with sufficient upvotes at an earlier date, it may be subject to removal. If a story was already submitted but did not become popular, then the rule is not applicable. Spamming a story until it reaches the front page is in violation of reddit's sitewide rules and is not allowed.

Racist, sexist, vitriolic, or overly crude

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Reported as: Racist, sexist, vitriolic, or overly crude

Comments containing racist, sexist or bigoted slurs are subject to removal. Comments which promote racism, sexism or bigotry (including a viewpoint in relation to those) are subject to removal, and users whom engage in posting such comments may be banned at the mods' discretion. Overly crude comments which add nothing to discussion are also subject to removal. These include inappropriate or inflammatory comments, personal attacks, etc.

Unnecessarily rude or provocative

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Reported as: Unnecessarily rude or provocative

In conjunction with vitriolic and crude comments, a comment that is unnecessarily rude (inflammatory comments, personal attacks) or purposefully provocative (baiting) are subject to removal.

Cheap or distracting joke or meme

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Reported as: Cheap or distracting joke or meme

Jokes, memes, puns, and overall low quality comments are subject to removal, especially in the top-level comments.

Breaks sitewide rules, witchhunting

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Reported as: Breaks sitewide rules, witchhunting

Any thread which violates reddit's site-wide rules or invokes a witch-hunt is not allowed in /r/news.

Contact information publicly advertised by the person or organization in question is allowed so long as it is not being used to incite personal harassment, and doesn't contain personal contact information (home phone number, information of non-public family members, etc.) To ensure that such comments aren't removed, provide a link to the official page where this information is contained.