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Title guidelines

Titles must:

  1. must convey accurate information

  2. must not ask for votes

  3. must not be about a "cake day"

  4. must not request a photoshop/edit

  5. must not ask for general information or feedback

  6. must not be "designed to elicit sympathy"

  7. must not be cliched/forbidden title, located at /r/pics/w/titles/forbidden

  8. must directly relate to the event in the picture.

  9. must not be addressed to other redditors

Concerns, questions, etc

If you have any feedback, questions, or concerns, please send us a message. We would be happy to clear your title before hand if you are not sure.

Rules of separation

A common helpful identifier for violation of guideline 6, is the "Two Steps of Separation" rule (coined by our mod Ramses).

As an example:

"I took this picture at Comic Con" is one step of separation, because it provides relevant information that can't necessarily be gleaned from the image itself.

"Conventions always bring out the best in people" is two steps of separation.

"My brother loved going to conventions. RIP, buddy." That's three steps, and also would violate guideline 6. Note that anything three steps removed does not automatically violate guideline 6, and titles under 3 steps don't automatically pass it. It depends in all situations. This is simply a good rule of thumb/thing to look out for.

Relation to events

Regarding guideline 8 above; pictures should generally relate to the title itself. While we do allow some leniency in this regard, you should be sure that the contents of your title match the content of your picture. Some examples of pictures that do violate this rule are below:

  • Portrait of a man smiling

    • This is Juan Deag, last week he saved 15 puppies from a burning building.
  • Stock photo of celebrity

    • <Celebrity> once did this amazing thing!
  • Generic image of random river in America

    • Water pollution is out of control!

For each example, the image should better relate to the title, either by changing the image to a relevant one, or changing the title.

This rule is intended to curb stock photo post, virtue signalling, etc.. This rule is not intended to punish good faith original content posters, however everyone still must abide by this guideline.


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