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What is a loop? A primer on increasing the likelihood of having your question approved.

Oh, hi! Didn't see you there.

Well, since you're here, you should read our updated intro to the sub! Occasionally we like to do little write-ups like this to help familiarize newer users or remind older users about how /r/OutOfTheLoop operates beyond the brief rules in the sidebar. This is that thing.

What's a loop?

This is a pretty obvious thing to address first, so we'll address it first!

As a team, we generally consider something a loop if it could fairly be described as a recent trend, meme, current event, notable occurrence, or a recent and inexplicable pattern of events or statements.

Maybe everyone is suddenly talking about that video game thing, or the funny thing a politician did; maybe they're all on about the latest South Park episode or what someone wore to the Grammys last night; even a trending Twitter hashtag could signify a loop.

Now that everyone is talking about it, you want the deets, the sitch, and the background info...because you' know...out of the loop.

Straightforward questions with straightforward answers are usually not loops!

Definitions, simple explanations, or further reading on general/widespread subjects are usually better suited for /r/nostupidquestions, /r/answers, or /r/explainlikeimfive. Some examples include:

  • What is socialism?
  • What is pokemon?
  • What is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?

Follow-up questions are sometimes acceptable and approved here, however it generally depends on the circumstances and the specifics of the topic itself. The same applies to confusing societal trends or preferences held by groups of people- both these categories are generally not suited for OOTL and would be better in /r/wherearetheynow or /r/wdp (why do people). Some examples include:

  • What ever ended up happening to so-and-so from that 2011 news article six people read?
  • What's that clownshoes Corey Feldman up to nowadays?
  • Why do people like rap?
  • Why do people hate cops?

As you may immediately notice, these types of questions generally don't show up in /r/OutOfTheLoop because they don't represent a recent event, story, meme, outrage, etc. It's worth noting the submissions we receive like these are usually disingenuous and they distract from the type of Question -> Answer -> Conversation format that makes this sub useful and informative.

Why wasn't my question approved?

There are a few potential answers to the question above, but the simplest and most likely one is: we probably didn't get to it yet.

Here in OOTL, our moderators try very hard to ensure everyone has an opportunity to get back in the loop in an objective, informative, and unbiased way (if possible!). Every submission made to /r/OutOfTheLoop goes into the modqueue for manual review.

We have a large moderator team here, but we aren't all in the loop all the time! This means you might see a more recent question appear before yours does- this could be from a mod working the queue and approving something they know about and know to be a "loop" and skipping those they aren't sure about or haven't heard of yet.

In that regard, here are some tips for your question/submission that may help it to be approved in a timely manner:


Maybe you saw a trending Twitter hashtag and are trying to figure out what it is, but you don't have 30 minutes to battle against SEO bullcrap. Check out these examples, where the first versions of each question clearly signify or indicate a trend/loop:

  • Why is #ootlmodsrule trending on Twitter right now?" > What is #ootlmodsrule?
  • Why are so many people tweeting about OOTLmods? > What is ootlmods and why should I care?
  • Why have I seen so many people talking about OOTL mods in the last two days? > Why do people love ootlmods so much?

Effort and Context

You are a person and, ideally, a functioning member of society. You are not a Confused Gandalf meme. Phrase your question in a way you might if you walked up to someone on the street. You wouldn't walk up to a person you just met and say "Aleppo?" or "Tic Tacs?" That person would probably cross the street just to avoid you. Also they wouldn't answer your question.

  • "OOTLmods?"

See- it doesn't work here either! Add context to the title of your question and/or the body of the post.

Context and examples not only help get you better answers, they help mods who aren't always in the loop as well. Links, screencaps, quotes, photographs- it all helps others see what you are seeing to better understand and address your question.


Political topics are...a special case. Nine times out of ten, we're going to send you to /r/ask_politics. Sometimes, in some cases, on some days, a submission that is political in nature is a big enough deal or topic that we allow it for the benefit of everyone. HOWEVER, this is always done at the moderators' discretion. There is no reliable way to codify this into our ruleset, and we continue to treat it on a case-by-case basis.

It wouldn't really do to provide examples for this, as it depends entirely on the specific circumstances and subject matter. So here are some examples of political things we NEVER approve:

  • Why are [libtards/republicunts] being little bitches about [whatever they're fighting about today]?
  • Why do people think [person whose opinions OP disagrees with] is all that and a bag of chips?
  • Why aren't the [republicunts/libtards] talking/believing/agreeing with [whatever garbage they inevitably put here]?

Politics are divisive for a reason, a multitude of them even, which is why political topics are usually not particularly well-suited for /r/OutOfTheLoop. It is nearly impossible to provide or receive a genuine attempt at an unbiased and informative answer on topics which are political in nature.

Common Questions and Concerns

That subreddit you just sent me to is too small, am I really expected to just go on my way?

  • Very sorry hypothetical person in modmail, but the answer is yes. /r/OutOftheLoop was once a small subreddit too! We're now a sub of nearly six hundred thousand strong- every place starts somewhere, and that somewhere is better suited for your question than here.

I don't have any examples, that's why I posted the question you dummies!

  • Sorry broheim! The thing is, you had to have seen it somewhere, so we know you can include some context and/or examples- you just have to believe in yourself. We believe in you too.

Your automod auto-removed my post. Why is /r/circlejerk doing [whatever circlejerk's doing at the moment]?

Got any hot tracks in there?

TL;DR: With just a few tweaks to your title, even you can get in the loop!

Feel free to ask any questions for clarification.

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Monthly Retired Questions suggestion thread - July 16, 2018

This thread is for everyone to suggest questions to add to the Big List of Retired Questions (BLORQ) in the sidebar.

Retired questions are questions that have a very good answer already, and have been asked frequently enough that it's time to retire them.

If you'd like to add a question to the BLORQ, add it here, and link to a thread that provides a solid answer for the question. For example:

Question: What's the "Ol' Reddit Switcharoo"?




Why did everyone love Croatia?

I know nothing about the World Cup except that it involves soccer and countries. Needless to say, I am an American.

However I did notice that many of my FB friends, none of whom (as far as I know) are of Croatian extraction, got very excited every time Croatia scored a goal or won a game. This phenomenon has been observed over some time—it was not just a reaction to yesterday’s final, in which case I would assume that they simply hated France. (This is America after all.)

So: Why do my friends love Croatia so much?

Edit: Thank you all, I am now in the loop.


What is wrong with using Skype nowadays?

So I just watched the trailer for Dark Web today and the top comment was something along the lines that the main characters deserved what was happening because they were still using Skype in this time. I don’t understand - what is wrong with using Skype? Has it become old or something?


Why is this the final Giftournament? I saw that this is the last one but no real reason behind it.


There are people calling France an African country. WHY?

Throughout this worldcup I have seen many comments all over social media such as, “Finally an African team has made it's way to the final'' or something else along these lines. Is this meant as a joke or is it something which happened in history?

I really do appreciate all these comments on here as i have learned a lot just from reading this thread. But I am also very sorry about the controversy I may have caused as that wasn't my intention.


What's the deal with the "TheMysteriousMrEnter" hate?

I'm not a super big fan of him, but it seems to be alot of people really hate him. I just watched Robobuddies live stream on it and they seem to have a chip on him before the stream started.

Did he do something really horrible or is it just that his reviews are just that terrible?


Why have people started using the word ‘falsehoods’ instead of calling it a lie or saying that it’s incorrect?

Especially in politics, instead of calling a lie a lie, it’s often called a falsehood. This seems to be a fairly recent development. Is it just a polite way of calling the statement incorrect?


What's the deal with bat flipping?

I was watching a segment on a sports show about a mlb player (mark canha I believe) who people are mad at for bat flipping. They showed the clip and it honestly just looked like he dropped the bat? Why is everyone so mad and what is bat flipping?


Who is Piers Morgan and why do people hate him?

I'm from the UK and I've seen his face on TV but I know nothing about him and a lot of people hate him. Why do they hate him so much? What has he done/said that is controversial?


What is going on with Guild Wars 2?

I've heard about a dev being fired, then writers, then the dev wasn't fired, then he was again. What's going on there?


What is this edit of the French flag in reference to?

I've seen a version of the French flag with a thin red stripe at the left side (so it's red-blue-white-red) floating around the internet the past couple of days This helps show what I mean

Edit: I have the answer I was looking for. It is because of a mistake during a Bastille Day air display. Thank you to everyone who replied.


Why’s Sacha Baron Cohen in the news?

I’ve been seeing a lot of articles about him, never really looking at them, but I saw a tweet yesterday along the lines of ‘When talking to someone make sure they’re not secretly Sacha Baron Cohen’ and it confused me. On his wiki, there are no recent controversies, what’s up?


What is so specific about the way Christopher Walken speaks?

I saw this video as top post of /r/videos and couldn't get why it had so many upvotes. Then I read through comments to see footage of how Walken pronounces "Foo Fighters" and to me there was nothing out of ordinary. What is it so funny about the original video from /r/videos that made it receive 65k upvotes? I understand that Dave Grohl might be exaggerating, but I also didn't find anything specific in the way Walken speaks. Maybe because I don't speak American English?

I also find this comment interesting - a redditor asks for audiobooks with Walken's voice.


What is roe v wade and why is it being talked about being overturned?

I was scrolling through reddit when I saw a post on r/twoxchromosomes talking about roe v wade being overturned after all these years.

Comments are locked

Why does everyone hate Scarlett Johansson at the moment?

I saw a post for the stand alone black widow movie, and alot if people said they wish scarjo wasn't widow. Why is that? People have had no problem with her before? Did she do something recently?


Was "DIY" a movement that came and went out of style? Why is it that every DIY project I search for, I end up at a site 2 years old or older?

Maybe this isn't the right kind of question to ask in this thread, but I'm wondering if anyone knows what happened to DIY? Maybe it was a movement and now it's on the downswing...? Almost all of the blog sites are starting to be 2 years old or older, and most of them from 2012. Is there some new platform where fresh new creative projects are being posted about?


Why has Kat Von D been labeled an antisemite?

I know she said she won't vaccinate her kid and all that, which is one thing. But alongside people mocking her for that, I keep seeing people label her an antisemite without explaining why. I know she got married recently, so people have been talking about her and bringing it up more. What did she say/do?


Why is everyone suddenly mad at Elon Musk?

Referring to #ElonExposed on Twitter:


What's with Kylie Jenner and GoFundMe?

I've seen memes about it but have no clue what there about


Where does the little black girl meme come from?

Seeing it all over instagram and facebook lately.


It has an "annoying little sister" theme most of the time I think


Why are diesel engines on cars on their way out?

I was recently looking to buy a car and preety much everybody was geving me advice to avoid diesel cars(im buying second hand), whats wrong with diesel engines?


Whats with the hate being thrown at "Momokun"?

This is all on Facebook by the way, but I believe it's happened all over the Internet.

I don't follow cosplay at all, it actually doesn't interest me at all either, but over the last couple of months I've noticed many pages and people commenting on and sharing "Momokun"'s work throwing mass amounts of shade at her, something about being hypocritical and disrespectful?

I'm asking this tonight as I saw another post of hers be shared, disrespecting her, on her post which appears meaningful and heartfelt. (Ive screenshotted the post and a few comments, view them here)

I'm not biased at all as to whether or not she deserves the hate, I am just confused and curious as to what is going on.


What happened to rage comics?

I used to see them everywhere and now it seems to have disappeared from this site.


Who is Lisa Page and Peter Strozk?

Who are they? Can't find any wiki article about them either.


What is the origin behind these japanese songs "a sardine grows from the soil"?


What’s with the “F” meme?

Where did it start and why do random threads just devolve into strings of F’s?

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