- Rule 0 - Videos Only
- Rule 1 - No Politics
- Rule 2 - No Personal Information
- Rule 3 - No Witch-Hunting
- Rule 4 - No Police Brutality/Harassment
- Rule 6 - No Porn/Gore
- Rule 7 - No Solicitation of Votes or Views
- Rule 8 - No Hate Speech
- Rule 9 - No Malicious Assaults or Abuse of Animals
- Rule 10 - No Third Party Licensing
- Rule M - Mod-Post Exemptions
- Rule S - Self-Promotion
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.
Rule 0 - Videos Only
Self-explanatory. Audio over a static image or slideshow may also violate Rule 0.
This is /r/Videos!
Rule 1 - No Politics
A post constitutes 'politics' and is therefore removable under Rule 1 if it satisfies any of the following conditions. If it does not satisfy one or more of these conditions, then it should not be removed under Rule 1:
(1) The video features or involves an active politician in any country.
(a) 'Active' is defined as a politician who has been active in a government position or party political position in the last 10 years.
(b) Videos where an active politician is played by another person also count under this section.
(2) The video focuses heavily on a political topic. Common examples include (but are not limited to):
(a) Geopolitics: Immigration, Refugee Crisis, Syrian Civil War, Political Economy.
(b) Gender Politics: Feminism, Men's-Rights.
(c) Racial Politics: Black Lives Matter, Race Relations, White Power.
(d) Social Politics: Social Justice, Safe Spaces.
(3) The video is looking to garner support for a petition of any description.
(a) This includes videos where people commentating on the fact there is a petition ongoing addressing a particular issue.
(4) The video relates directly to state governance in any country.
(a) This may include where politicians ask people to provide feedback on a bill currently in senate/congress/the House of Commons etc.
The above examples constitute a non-exhaustive list of topics which Rule 1 addresses. Other topics not listed here may still be removed for promoting a political or sociopolitical agenda, and you will be directed to post in /r/PoliticalVideo instead.
We're starting with what is perhaps our most frequently-contested rule. People like political videos. We like political videos. But Rule 1 exists primarily because, without it, we would have to change our name to /r/PoliticalVideosAndNotMuchElse.
Political content—particularly when it is about a contentious issue, or is in some way partisan—tends to create comment sections full of nothing but arguments, name-calling, and worse. Quite aside from being overrun with it, we firmly believe that /r/Videos would be a worse place for allowing it. There's a reason it's Rule 1, and it's been in place since at least November 2008 (check the page title!).
Rule 2 - No Personal Information
Such as names, Facebook pages, phone numbers, addresses, etc. This can also include contact information of public officials or groups (see rule 3). This is grounds for an immediate (and likely permanent) ban, so consider this a warning.
'Personal information' can be quite a complex issue, and requires that users act with common-sense when determining how far is too far.
As moderators, we have to look at PI on a case-by-case basis. For example, if a video depicts something which has appeared in the news, the names of those involved may be common knowledge. It is highly unlikely that you would be banned for using the name in the comments in this instance, but there are other instances in which names are enough to constitute a violation of the personal information rule.
This is vague, we realise, but that's because it is an extremely context-dependent rule. The best advice is to apply the following test: 'could anyone of malicious intent use the information I'm about to provide to in any way harm the person whose information it is?' If the answer is 'yes', then don't risk it. If it's 'maybe', then don't risk it. And if you're ever in any doubt, message the mods to save yourself a potential ban.
This is actually one of reddit's site-wide rules (which you'd know if you'd stopped by The Rules linked to above, not that we're bitter or anything). The thing about videos is that they can be hugely provocative in a way that text certainly can be, but simply isn't with the same frequency: seeing someone do something awful is usually a far more visceral experience than reading about it.
As such, outraged redditors will sometimes try to enact 'internet justice' on the perceived wrongdoers. This does not turn out well, and is not the correct way to go about things. It can seriously jeopardise the safety of real people who, no matter what the video shows them having done, do not deserve vigilante justice. Families may be put at risk, and all in all it's a situation we don't want arising. That's why breaking this rule carries serious penalties: you could end up being banned from reddit altogether, not just /r/Videos.
Rule 3 - No Witch-Hunting
Or incitement to witch-hunt. This means no demanding "Reddit Justice" in any way in post titles or comments. This also includes posting contact information of public officials or groups in an any manner that could be seen as an attempt to get users to contact them.
This rule is very closely link to Rule 2, our No Personal Information rule. Witch-hunting is defined loosely as 'attempting to encourage users towards taking action against someone'. In some cases, it can also extend to organizations.
The form that the witch-hunting can take can vary quite a bit, but standard examples include:
- Encouraging users to uncover the identity of someone so that they can enact 'justice',
- Suggesting that users contact the family, friends, or employers of a target,
- And any other attempt to direct redditors en masse towards in some way negatively affecting someone's life.
This should be fairly self-explanatory, and the reasons which account for Rule 2 also account for this rule.
It is important to remember that reddit is not a police service, a detective agency, or even a network of latent superheroes waiting to strike. It is a messy array of people from all walks of life, and that's how we like it. Encouraging users to band together to work towards a single goal can be a great thing—charitable acts are a weekly occurrence across the site—, but when that same force is used to enact a warped sense of 'justice', it can only cause trouble. Not least of all for professional agencies whose actual job it is to enforce that justice.
Rule 4 - No Police Brutality/Harassment
Consider submitting those to a different subreddit, like /r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut or elsewhere.
There isn't a great deal of grey area to speak of here. If it's a video about the police abusing their power, it's almost certainly not suitable for /r/Videos.
That said, we don't ban all police footage. You're welcome to post videos of arrests, or other police activity, provided that they have not over-stepped the limits of the law. Please note that this rule does not prevent you from posting videos which portray the police in a negative light, just those which show brutality or harassment.
Policing is a sensitive issue on the internet, and on reddit especially. This causes two problems with our pre-existing rules: firstly, videos of police harassment and abuse are often indistinguishable from political propaganda for one side or the other; and, secondly, the public nature of their office means that the police are often trivially easy to doxx—a term which means 'reveal the personal information of', typically for the purpose of witch-hunting. As you'll see from the above sections, this manages to break all three of our rules so far, and is something with which we have had huge problems in the past, leading to verbal warnings from the admins.
As the outrage sparked by these kinds of videos leads invariably to multiple infractions of our rules against personal information and witch-hunting—as well, often, to the rule against videos of assault—, we do not allow them on the subreddit. There are, as the rule says, subreddits designed for the sole purpose of housing this kind of content, and, as we'll discuss in our breakdown of Rule 9, the size of /r/Videos means that we have to ensure that our content is suitable for as many of our subscribers as possible. Violence of any kind is difficult to reconcile alongside this requirement, and so we try to minimise it where possible for the most part.
Rule 5 - No Indirect Links
No web pages that only embed Youtube or Vimeo videos. No URL shorteners. No links to playlists or to channel pages.
Again, fairly self-explanatory. Ask yourself 'is this the most direct way to link to this video?', and if the answer is anything other than 'yes', you're probably submitting the wrong link.
That said, it isn't always wrong to submit a website with an embedded video, rather than a direct YouTube/Vimeo link. For example, some news websites have their own video players which embed videos into articles, and this may be the only place hosting that particular content. In those instances, linking to the website is fine, as the 'is this the most direct link' test has turned up a resounding 'yes'.
In an effort to make /r/Videos as streamlined as possible, we greatly prefer for users to be able to view content without having to leave the page, sift through playlists, or otherwise be subjected to indirect links.
Sometimes, people try to get advertising revenue for their website by embedding a popular YouTube video into it and then linking to that. It doesn't work, and you shouldn't try it.
Rule 6 - No Porn/Gore
There are many other subreddits for such content.
Nudity is not necessarily banned on /r/Videos, providing that the appropriate NSFW tag is used to indicate it. 'Gore' refers to any graphic display of injury, mutilation, or harm such that it is visible during the video. Footage which immediately pans away from an incident without showing the aftermath would probably not be considered gore. It's not just human gore: animals also fall under this rule, and it is important to note that the fact that a video depicts something no longer alive does not mean it is exempt from being gory. Educational videos may be exempt from this rule.
The thinking behind this rule is fairly straightforward. We are a very large subreddit, catering to a huge audience of varied individuals, many of whom will not want to have to worry about accidentally stumbling upon something either inappropriate for their current setting (NSFW), or unsettling to watch (gore). It simply isn't content intended for a large audience, and many subreddits exist to cater to the needs of those who wish to see it.
Rule 7 - No Solicitation of Votes or Views
No solicitation of votes or views, asking for votes, or sharing submission links on or off-site (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Violations can lead to permanent ban of accounts and video channel.
This should be fairly self-explanatory, especially as it's such a long rule. Asking people to upvote your content, to like your video, or otherwise artificially inflating your submission by asking followers on an external site to support it is disallowed.
Title's for posts should not try to influence users to view or upvote it. Views and upvotes must come organically. Examples of this include: "this person deserves more views" or "not enough people watch this person's channel" or "show him some support" etc.
Reddit disallows brigading—the practice of encouraging hordes of people to vote on content in a way that they may not otherwise do. It disrupts the entire voting system, and undermines the idea that good content will rise to the top.
Views and upvotes must come organically.
Breaking Rule 7 may lead to channel bans, as it is a serious breach of site-wide and subreddit rules.
Rule 8 - No Hate Speech
You are free to offer your opinion respectfully, but comments intended to demean a group, acontextual expressions of bigotry, and the pejorative use of slurs is disallowed.
The use of (racial, religious, ethnic, sexual, etc.) slurs of any kind is disallowed provided that the intent is negative. We would not, for example, remove a comment which quotes song lyrics that include a slur, or a discussion about the etymology of a term, but remember that we aren't robots, and can tell if you're using one of the above methods to attempt to bypass the anti-slur rule.
By 'acontextual expressions of bigotry', we are referring to blanket statements of hatred such as 'X people are disgusting' where X could stand for terms like 'gay', 'black', 'female', 'Muslim', or any other group of people.
When it comes to 'content intended to demean a group', this is a matter of your common sense and our discretion. If we judge that something which you intended as a joke crosses the line and creates an atmosphere of hostility towards a certain group, then it will likely be removed. Any comments which create a detrimental atmosphere to the subreddit by unduly targeting a group may be removed at any time.
This does not, however, mean that we will remove content which adds to the discussion, or which expresses controversial beliefs or opinions in a respectful manner. You are entitled to your opinion, and you are free to provide it respectfully.
It should be fairly self-explanatory. We want to create a good atmosphere throughout /r/Videos, and this can be difficult to achieve given the visceral reactions felt by many to some of our popular content—especially footage of wrongdoing. All too often, comments extrapolate from the actions of a few people in a video to make sweeping, inaccurate, and bigoted generalisations against groups as a whole. This is damaging for all concerned.
If ever you feel your comment or submission has been unfairly removed—perhaps we've misinterpreted your tone, or are otherwise mistaken in our conclusion that you have violated Rule 8—you are welcome to start a thread at /r/Videos_Discussion with the [Removal Appeal] flair. This promotes transparency, as it is an open conversation for all to see.
Please note, however, that moderators are working from an extensive, dynamic piece of internal documentation to avoid as much subjectivity as possible. Rule 8 is not applied arbitrarily, and repeat offenders may be removed from the subreddit.
Rule 9 - No Malicious Assaults or Abuse of Animals
This includes raw videos of fights.
To put it simply, if a video involves a non-scripted, real-life fight, assault, or attack, /r/Videos is not the place for it. Even if the fighting is not the primary focus of the video, it may be disallowed for its inclusion in it.
This rule also covers instances of child abuse and animal cruelty (whether humans abusing an animal, or, for example creating circumstances under which animals are forced to fight), which is also removal-worthy.
The same thinking motivates this rule as is behind Rule 6. We want to ensure that /r/Videos is the home to video content which the largest possible number of our subscribers can enjoy. Fight videos are a niche which is well-catered-for across reddit (and the internet at large), but which can be distressing for people who don't want to see them.
Due to the visceral nature of this kind of footage, the comment sections are frequently found to break other rules (such as personal information sharing, witch-hunting, and our hate speech rule), and, as such, this kind of content does not contribute positively to /r/Videos as a whole.
Rule 10 - No Third Party Licensing
No videos that are licensed by a third party. Videos that become licensed after they are posted will be removed.
Additional Information: Please see this thread for a more detailed explanation.
Rule M - Mod-Post Exemptions
Mod-Posts are for subreddit announcements which may involve rule-changes, requests for feedback, or similar meta-business. As such, Mod-Posts are exempt from Rules 0 and 5 as they serve a separate purpose to the sub as compared with regular video submissions.
Rule S - Self-Promotion
If you wish to post OC on this subreddit your total OC posts on reddit must be 10% of your total submissions. This is not a sub to blindly spam or promote your channel. If you wish to do so you need to participate elsewhere in reddit or on this subreddit and have a 1:9 ratio.
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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