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Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 9 days ago · Stickied comment

Locking the post.

It has been answered well already and is now just gathering a large number of rule breaking posts

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 5 months ago · Stickied comment

Hi folks - just a very quick reminder of our rules about top level comments (i.e. replies directly to the OP):

Rule 3. Top-level comments must be written explanations

Replies directly to OP must be written explanations or relevant follow-up questions. They may not be jokes, anecdotes, etc.

We've removed a lot of comments about people's own experiences with this phenomenon, which don't necessarily form an explanation in their own right. You're welcome to post these as replies to other comments, but please don't reply directly at the top level if you're not writing an explanation.

Cheers!

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 7 months ago · Stickied comment

This topic is generating a lot of low-quality attempts at explanations, and a lot of off-topic discussions about Russia. If that can't get reined in, the topic will have to locked. Those discussions are important to have, but ELI5 isn't the place for them.

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ELI5:Bitcoin FAQ & Megathread

As a reminder, we've covered bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency several times in this sub.

Help answer common questions.

  1. What is bitcoin?

  2. What is bitcoin mining? Why are ASIC and GPU or video cards used instead of a more general purpose CPU?

  3. What is block chain? and how is it used?

  4. How is the value of bitcoin determined, and what backs the currency?

  5. What is a fiat currency, and how is bitcoin different from it, or currency backed by hard commodities such as gold?

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

Hi, everyone!

This thread has already run its course. We're locking it to prevent more answers breaking the rules and uncivil comments.

Cheers!

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

Despite the reminder, the thread has is being inundated with very low-quality comments and, more importantly, very uncivil behavior.

Just to be clear, here is a sampling of what is being removed. You aren't missing much.

Unfortunately, we have decided to lock the thread. Please remember to follow the posted rules, including Rule 3:

Replies directly to OP must be written explanations or relevant follow-up questions. They may not be jokes, anecdotes, etc. Short or succinct answers do not qualify as explanations, even if factually correct.

Jokes are fun and anecdotes can add a lot to the explanations being given, but please remember to save them for replies to explanations in the top-level comments.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

Despite the mostly positive discussion, due to the volume of reports coming from this thread and the declining quality of additional comments, we've decided to lock it.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment · edited 1 year ago

We are locking this thread because of the high number of off-topic and soapboxing/argumentative posts.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

After internal discussion, this thread has been locked. The OP has received several good explanations, and at this point the thread is now only serving to attract trolling and other low quality content.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment · edited 1 year ago

Hi, everyone!

We're locking this thread because the comments are becoming less and less civil and the thread has served its purpose. We've had to remove comments for violating our #1 rule: Be nice, and we've even had to ban users.

Cheers!

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

It's fairly obvious that the OP of this thread posted solely so they could get on their soapbox about a pet subject.

This is not what ELI5 is for.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

Please remember Rule 3 - top level comments (i.e. responses directly to the original post) must be explanations.

We've removed a bunch of personal anecdotes about people's own flat feet - if you want to talk about your own experiences, then please do so in reply to another comment and not at the top level.

Thanks.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

We've removed a number of top level comments from this thread. Please remember Rule 3:

Top-level comments must be written explanations

Replies directly to OP must be written explanations or relevant follow-up questions. They may not be jokes, anecdotes, etc. Short or succinct answers do not qualify as explanations, even if factually correct.

Many of the top level comments in this thread are just posters telling us what their personal birthmarks look like, which does nothing by way of explaining the concept.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

We've now locked this thread - thanks to everyone who made a positive contribution.

Unfortunately, a lot of the comments in this thread are now just users throwing abuse at each other because of their stance on the matter - we've let it run for a while, intervening where appropriate, but it's now getting excessive.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

We've removed this thread as it refers to a current or future events. This is essentially a what-if type question, and these can't always be answered truly objectively.

This discussion should be taken to a current events or politics subreddit.

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2 points · 1 year ago

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ELIF means to dumb down a more complicated answer to the point a 5 yo would understand it, not questions a 5 yo would ask.

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Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officially1 point · 1 year ago

See the side bar

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officially1 point · 1 year ago

Rule 1 - be nice

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

A quick reminder of our rules - especially Rule 3:

Replies directly to OP must be written explanations or relevant follow-up questions. They may not be jokes, anecdotes, etc. Short or succinct answers do not qualify as explanations, even if factually correct.

We've removed a large number of comments at the top level that are just recollections of personal experiences, rather than an attempt to explain the concept behind the thread.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

This question is going to get too many debate/discussion/opinions/half truths/half lies.

Take it to /r/changemyview.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

Please note that many of these answers refer to the US. There are millionaires and billionaires subject to different jurisdictions where the rules vary. sometimes considerably.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

This thread is locked. It has become off-topic, repeated insults etc.

7.9k points · 1 year agoGilded1

I don't know if OP is a climate change denier or just uninformed. I give them the benefit of the doubt. But if they are a denier, are they malicious deniers or not? Just in case, you gotta hit 'em hard. OP asked for it, so I'mma give it to 'em. As far as I'm aware, climate change denial is an American phenomena, no one else on Earth is that stupid.

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Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officially867 points · 1 year ago

This is satirical - or so we're assuming.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

This thread is now only attracting repetitive "jokes" and insults.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment · edited 1 year ago

Hi there everybody!

Just a quick reminder for anyone posting to check over our rules first.

We're getting a lot of replies here that are exclusively anecdotal, guesses, or otherwise not in compliance.

While this is a bit of an oddball topic, please try to be as factual as possible and avoid personal opinions or experience.

Thanks for participating on ELI5!

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

This thread is now attracting anecdotes and little else.

Moderator of r/explainlikeimfive, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 year ago · Stickied comment

Please remember rule 3 - Top level comments must be explanations of the concept, or on-topic follow up questions.

We've removed a number of top level comments in this thread that are basically "Me too", "This just happened to me", or "I call it this".

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ELI5: 2016 Presidential election FAQ & Megathread

Please post all your questions about the 2016 election here

Remember some common questions have already been asked/answered

Electoral college

Does my vote matter?

Questions about Benghazi

Questions about the many controversies

We understand people feel strongly for or against a certain candidate or issue, but please keep it civil.

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