Welcome to the /r/Videos Wiki.
A Note to New Users
Hello! Welcome to Reddit, and, more specifically, to /r/Videos.
If you're new here, there are a few places which you may want to visit before you leap into the action:
Next, take a look at Reddiquette, the informal expression of Reddit's values, and a general overview of how you are expected to behave whilst on the site.
If you're confused about anything to do with using the site, check out /r/help. If you don't get a reference that keeps on popping-up, are wondering who Unidan is, or just want to immerse yourself in Internet Lore, then /r/OutOfTheLoop is the place for you.
We hope you enjoy your time on Reddit, and, more specifically on /r/Videos. Stay safe, and keep watching the skies.
/r/Videos is a default subreddit—one of the 50 or so communities to which all users are automatically subscribed when they make a Reddit account. (N.B. This may be changing as Reddit alters its new-user experience!)
As you can probably guess, we're all about collecting the best videos from across the internet. Usually, if a video hits the frontpage of /r/Videos, you can be sure that it'll be picked up by other media sources (and subsequently posted all over Facebook and Twitter) within the next few days. As a subscriber, you often get to be ahead of the curve in this regard, and can forever annoy your friends by telling them that you've already seen it.
What a time to be alive.
The Rules in Detail
We don't have many rules, but the few which we do have we take very seriously. They are in place to ensure that /r/Videos is an enjoyable environment to spend time in, attracts high-quality, varied content which is suitable for an audience as large as our subscriber base is, and maintains an atmosphere of respect where possible. Here is a little more information on each, complete with a summary of the rationale behind the implementation. These are not catch-all summaries, and further detail can be provided as required by contacting us.
A full breakdown of the rules, the rationale behind them, and their impact is located here
Although we try our best to make everything as clear as possible, some aspects of /r/Videos (and Reddit in general) are fairly obscure. Here's a collection of a few tips you should know to get the most out of your experience:
Choosing your title carefully can make or break a submission, and titles which are considered 'clickbait'—'This woman sees injustice and decides she's had enough. What happened next will change your life.'—are one of Reddit's least favourite things in the world. It helps to be descriptive, concise, and not to spoil the joke!
If your submission hasn't appeared in the /new/ queue after a few minutes, chances are it has been caught in our filters. You can get in touch with us to find out why, but sometimes your post will receive an automated comment from AutoMod, or we'll get in touch with a reason as to why it is not suitable for /r/Videos. Remember to include a Reddit.com permalink to the submission if you contact us!
In the event that your video is removed by a moderator, don't delete it! It can cause all sorts of problems later on, and deleting your submissions is often considered suspicious behaviour as it's something we see a lot with spam accounts.
Fancy a chat? Click the 'Join Discord' button in the sidebar or click here to open up the /r/Videos Discord server. You can chat to the moderators, as well as many of our /r/Videos regulars, all of whom are (mostly) quite nice.
Sometimes, when you try to submit a video, you'll be brought to a submissions page for the same link which may have been submitted several months earlier. Don't worry, we don't disallow reposts, and you can just press the 'Submit it Again' button to post your content. That said, if the same video has been posted several time that week, or has already hit the frontpage recently, there's not a great deal to be gained by reposting it.
Any content which could get you in trouble if your boss saw you viewing it at work should be tagged as NSFW. With submissions, there is a button to do this on the submission itself. With comments, you'll have to write NSFW to let people know not to open your link in sensitive situations.
We require accounts to be at least 7 days old and to have a minimum of 10 link and 10 comment karma before posting. We may waive the latter if the account is suitable old, or demonstrably not a spammer.
Points Flair & Rewards
Or, "Why do some people have numbers next to their names?"
A little while ago, we posted a sticky announcing the introduction of a system we're calling Points Flair.
The idea is simple enough. The community already does a great deal to support the moderators in keeping /r/Videos free from submissions and comments which break our rules, and so we thought we'd provide a little reward in return, and an incentive for those who don't already report violations which they come across.
How it Works
Every time you come across a post or comment which breaks the rules, simply send us a message. If we remove it, we'll send you a cryptic message in return which tells our Magic Robot (/u/roger_bot) to give you a point. Those points appear next to your name whenever you post or comment in /r/Videos, and it's our way of distinguishing users who take time out of their lives to help us keep the subreddit ticking over.
Please note that you can also earn points for General Helpfulness. This could range from alerting us to a broken bit of CSS, coming up with a suggestion in /r/Videos_Discussion which gets put into place, or alerting us to any mistakes in this very wiki!
Aside from having a fancy number next to your name, we also have a few rewards in place for those of you who hit certain milestones. Here's a list of the current rewards on offer, and if you have any suggestions for further additions to the list, let us know over at /r/Videos_Discussion!
|Level 1||1-9||You'll get a rather special purple flair which indicates how many points you've received so far. Expect PMs and comments asking what the numbers are all about.|
|Level 2||10+||Purple was so last rank. You're upgraded to blue. The colour of tranquillity, peace, and (blue) whales.|
|Level 3||20+||Why have blue when you can have green? A question we've all asked ourselves on a near-daily basis.|
|Level 4||50+||Wikipedia says that, in China, they associate the colour yellow with wisdom. At this level, you can also contact us to receive a special flair to accompany your numerical one. What a world.|
|Level 5||100+||After 50 more points, yellow must be getting old. Try its favourite cousin, orange, and get in touch with us if you would like to be featured in our Special Thanks page alongside a small biography of your life achievements.|
|Level 6||200+||We get it. You're great. Have some red flair, and set it off next to an image of your choice (within reason). Think of the possibilities; think of the promise; think of Level 6.|
|Level 7||500+||We are pretty sure no one will make it this far. If you do, you'll get a month of Reddit Gold on us, pink flair, and more stuff if we can think of it.|
Believe it or not, /r/Videos was not built in a day.
Here are some of the people who played a big role in the subreddit, and who have since moved on to other things. We are greatly indebted to them for their help in making /r/Videos what it is today!
The Best of /r/Videos
Each year, we like to run a contest for users to vote for their favourite videos of the year across various categories. The winners get a little prize, everyone else gets a list of the best-regarded content of the year. We all win.
For previous years, see /r/Videos/wiki/bestof
Unfortunately, this contest has not been run for the years 2016 & 17.
(Special thanks to /u/skizlmanizl for this section!)
Disclaimer: The Wiki is subject to changes and updates as and when required, but is intended always to reflect the current state of /r/Videos.
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