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.
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're...you know...out of the loop.
Straightforward questions with straightforward answers are usually not loops!
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
That subreddit you just sent me to is too small, am I really expected to just go on my way?
I don't have any examples, that's why I posted the question you dummies!
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.
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"?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.