- The Rules of /r/Politics:
- Be civil
- Submission Rules
- The /r/Politics On Topic Statement
- Disallowed submission types:
- Domain whitelist
- Articles must be published within the last calendar month.
- No Paywalls Allowed
- Do not create your own title
- Ensure that you are using the original source
- Spam is Bad!
- Disclosure of employment.
- Do not flood the new queue.
- Do not resubmit "Already Submitted" Content.
- All submissions must be in English.
- AMA-Specific Rules
- Additional information
The Rules of /r/Politics:
/r/Politics is the subreddit for current and explicitly political U.S. news.
Site-wide rules and reddiquette
Please read and familiarize yourself with redditquette.
Vote on quality, not opinion
Political discussion requires varied opinions. Content is often worthwhile and important for discussion even if you disagree with it. Downvote only if you think a comment/post does not contribute to the thread it is posted in or if it is off-topic in /r/politics. More Info.
No Unapproved Bots
This is a subreddit for people to have conversation. Bots without prior moderator approval will be banned on sight. Message the mods requesting bot approval first before activating your bot on the subreddit. The bot must improve the quality of the subreddit.
No Hateful Speech
No racist or sexist speech in comments or submissions. Also no abusive speech based on religion, sex/gender, or sexual orientation. These are not rules against swearing; they're not rules against expressing political opinions.
About user flair
Mods have verified the identity of politicians and other public figures with flair.
All politicians and public figures who wish to engage the users of /r/politics should message the mods so that we can confirm your identity. Once the account has been verified, we will add a flair to the username confirming that the account is legitimate.
Users may select their own flair
Please be civil and constructive at all times.
The topic of politics is generally one that is very contentious and one that people are very passionate about. People who visit /r/politics have a variety of opinions and beliefs that span the entire political spectrum. As such, there are many opportunities for you as a user to be exposed to ideas and ideology that may seem foreign or difficult to accept.
It's important to mention here that we don't censor people due to their opinions. People are completely allowed to post an opinion that is not factually true, or that you believe is incorrect, or that you find unacceptable for whatever reason. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions even if you disagree with them - in these instances, remember to debate civilly and focus your efforts on explaining why you disagree. Attack the argument and not the user.
These rules apply everywhere in this subreddit, including usernames. If you notice any violations of the following rules, please let the moderators know by clicking on the report button under the appropriate comment or submission, or by messaging the mods directly.
Do not make threats or advocate violence
Do not threaten anyone in any way. Do not advocate violence or harm to anyone in any way. Making explicit or implicit death threats or threats of violence is never acceptable.
It doesn't matter if it's directed at a public figure, or someone "hopes they'll hurt themselves." Users who engage in this behavior will be banned.
Do not expose personal information
Posting personal information about anyone that isn't a public figure will earn an instant ban. This includes but is not limited to: names, telephone numbers, street or email address. Hinting that you have this information of other users may also earn a ban.
No witch hunting
Do not make calls to action directed at non-public persons. Users are not allowed to post information with the purposes of causing harm to or harassment of other people.
If you have evidence that someone is a shill, spammer, manipulator or otherwise, message the /r/politics moderators so we can take action. Public accusations are not okay.
Do not use a username mention, regardless of context. These may get removed.
No trolling, baiting or flaming
Trolling of any kind are not welcome here. This includes shock, spoiler, title, novelty accounts and all other "creative" forms of trolling you can imagine.
If you disagree with someone, don't try to bait them into behavior that they would regret. If you think you are the victim of flaming or baiting use the report button and move on. Don't engage in personal attacks because someone is flaming you.
Being the victim of trolling, flaming or baiting is not an excuse to break other rules. Report the behavior instead of responding.
No Personal Attacks
We understand that sometimes debates get heated, but we ask that you attack the argument and never the user. Personal attacks such as name calling and ad hominem will not be tolerated. Users who break this rule will be warned and/or banned.
Do not use demeaning and inflammatory remarks that are vitriolic like "Libtard" and "Teabagger".
It doesn't matter if your insult is sarcastic, creative or absurd, personal attacks and pejoratives are against these rules. This includes, but is not limited to:
direct name-calling (you idiot. You're a moron)
demeaning terms ("grow up, kid" "you're so naive" )
ridiculing argument and implicitly the user ("only people who live in fantasy worlds believe that")
sarcastic insults ("oh genius, enlighten me!")
"not understanding" ("I didn't even understand what you're trying to say it's so dumb")
you're a shill/troll/douche/ an asshole etc.
"creative", demeaning terms (libtard, teabagger, rethuglican, Hitlary Cliton, etc.)
insults based upon a political affiliation and/or political beliefs (this does not apply to discussion exclusively about elected officials)
Note: Even a well-written comment will earn you a warning or ban if you include a personal attack.
The /r/Politics On Topic Statement
All submissions to /r/politics need to, at a minimum, include an internal discussion or focus about current US politics. This means that if a subject has political implications but does not directly discuss US politics, it is most likely off topic. Submissions must be articles, videos, polls, or sound clips.
To be political, submissions should have a focus on one of the following things that have political significance:
Information and opinions concerning the running of US governments, courts, public services and policy-making.
Private political actions and stories such as demonstrations, lobbying, candidacies and funding and political movements, groups and donors.
This does not include:
The non-political actions of otherwise political figures. (ex. Donald Trump wore a turquoise shirt instead of a blue one)
Relatives and associates that do not have political significance. (ex. Diane Feinstein’s Father, Predator, Attempts Murder of Arnold Schwarzenegger)
International politics unless that discussion focuses on the implications for the U.S. (ex. How US-Chinese trade deal will affect the EU)
Discussion of the media that does not have explicit political connotations (ex. CNN fires Wolf Blitzer)
Disallowed submission types:
/r/Politics is a serious political discussion forum. To facilitate that type of discussion, all submissions must be articles, videos or sound clips. The following are also disallowed:
Satire or humor pieces. These belong in our weekly "Satire Sunday" megathread or /r/PoliticalHumor.
Links that solicit users (Active petitions, signature campaigns, requests for money, surveys or polls).
Links to social media, such as Google+, Facebook or Twitter.
Personal Blogs. All blogs submitted must be affiliated with a reputable news source.
Political advertisements as submissions. Advertisers should buy ad space on reddit.com if they wish to advertise on Reddit.
Articles must be published within the last calendar month.
Old content is often misleading because the political landscape changes rapidly. We therefore require all submissions in /r/politics to be published within the last calendar month. For example, if the date is January 29 and the article submitted was written before December 29, then the submission is out of date.
No Paywalls Allowed
Articles that require users to take a survey, or to enter any information in order to view material, or to become a paid subscriber are not allowed.
Do not create your own title
Submissions must have titles comprised of the exact copied and pasted headline from the article. Do not add, remove or change words - with the following required changes::
Don't use the word "BREAKING" or other time sensitive words in your submissions - you must remove it if the original title contains it.
Have commentary like "watch now" "read this" etc. - you must remove it if the original title contains it.
Don't write titles in ALL CAPS - even if the original title is capitalized. If a title contains one or more words in ALL CAPS, it will be removed. Exception: Acronyms and initialisms may remain in ALL CAPS.
No Emojis, use text only. Please remove any emojis from the title prior to submitting in accordance with the above guidelines.
If the moderators remove for having a user-created title, you are encouraged to resubmit with an appropriate title.
The most objective way for the moderation team to avoid inserting political bias into how submissions are handled is not to give exceptions and make judgement calls on whether slight changes are "okay" or not. We therefore enforce the title rules consistently even if that means removing articles for minor title changes.
We are aware that websites update their articles and change their titles. The mods will try to keep that in mind when examining articles, but these changes can be hard to follow. If a post is removed where the title was appropriate earlier, please message the moderators.
Ensure that you are using the original source
Those who create content we share on the site deserve the credit for the content they have created. It is therefore essential that we remove any content that is posted from sources that are not the owners and creators of content.
Please refrain from posting:
videos from news networks rehosted on youtube or similar sites
articles comprised of content from other sources without original analysis or reporting
blogs and webpages rehashing content found elsewhere
articles that rely on chunks of text from external sources to make an argument.
Any content posted with a shortened link or via a redirect.
Because the whole of Reddit relies on content produced by others, we have to protect the interests of content-creators or the quality of free content that we can share will drop.
Spam is Bad!
We will ban spammers in /r/politics. We ban for both comment and submission spam. As a rule of thumb, if you have more than 33% of submissions from a single domain (excluding Imgur), we will ban you from /r/politics and ask for you to diversify your submissions before returning.
If you are banned for spam and you didn't realize that you had crossed the line, then please diversify your submissions and message the mods to appeal your ban. We will take diversified posts to outside subreddits into consideration during your appeals process.
Disclosure of employment.
r/politics expressly forbids users who are employed by a source to post link submissions to that source without broadcasting their affiliation with the source in question. Employees of any r/politics sources should only participate in our sub under their organization name, or via flair identifying them as such which can be provided on request. Users who are discovered to be employed by an organization with a conflict of interest without self identifying will be banned from r/politics. Systematic violations of this policy may result in a domain ban for those who do not broadcast their affiliation.
Do not flood the new queue.
Please make sure that you allow at least 10 minutes to pass between each submission, and submit no more than 5 articles within a 24 hour period. This is so that other Redditors have the opportunity to submit content and have it visible to /r/politics users. Deleted posts are included in this rule. Moderator removed posts are not. Queue flooding will result in moderator action against offending accounts.
Do not resubmit "Already Submitted" Content.
In order to ensure that a large variety of articles have the opportunity to be seen in /r/Politics, we have strict rules on what constitutes acceptable reposting.
A piece of content may be re-submitted if all of the following are apply:
All earlier duplicates are at least three days old
All earlier duplicates have a low vote score
There are no more than two earlier duplicates
In other words, a piece of content may have up to three attempts to achieve a threshold vote score, and these attempts must be spaced at least three days apart.
(note that if a submission is removed due to breaking another rule, it does not count as an "earlier duplicate" for the purposes of the reposting policy.)
All submissions must be in English.
All submissions must be primarily written in the English language.
In order to make sure that AMAs are enjoyable events for all involved, AMA threads are more strictly moderated. The following additional policies apply to AMA threads:
- Top level comments should be a question or statement for the AMA host to respond to.
- "Meta" discussion about /r/politics or moderation policies is not allowed.
- Memes, jokes, and low-effort replies to the AMA host are not allowed
- Requests for personal favors from the AMA host (ex. "Can you send me an autograph?") are not allowed.
- Creepy/offensive comments with no possibility of a real answer from the AMA host are not allowed.
- "I bet OP won't answer this" type questions are not allowed.
- Repeating the same question multiple times is not allowed - this will be treated as comment spam.
Additionally, incivility towards the AMA host will not be tolerated. Although we normally permit incivility towards politicians, AMA hosts within their AMA thread will be considered "redditors" rather than politicians, and accordingly will receive benefits from the comment civility rules.
How do I contact the modteam?
Please send a PM to the /r/politics modteam if you have any questions or concerns.
Please do not message individual moderators directly with questions about /r/politics.
Why can't I see my post / Why was my post removed?
please check near the title to see if the mods have tagged it with the sidebar rule it has violated.
If your post isn't showing up in the new queue and it is not tagged then it has probably accidentally fallen into the spam filter. Message the mods with a link to the comments section of your post and we will investigate.
Some domains are filtered because they are spam or other types of inappropriate content. In addition to reddit-wide domain bans, /r/politics also has banned several domains for spamming, vote brigading, rehosting content, or other types of inappropriate content.
Why do I see content that break the rules on the front page?
As moderators we strive to ensure that all posts that violate our rules are removed because this is the most fair and consistent way to conduct the business of moderation on this subreddit. The issue is, there are a lot less of us than there are of you. We get a lot of mod mail (which we don't mind) as well as spam submissions (which we do mind), and that takes up a lot of our volunteered time. We rely on the community to report posts or comments that violate rules to the moderators. If you see rulebreaking content, please send us a message.
Where is the whitelist / Can I request new domains to be added to the whitelist?
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