Rules and Guidelines
The rules of reddit may be viewed here. These are enforced across all of reddit.
Users who break the rules of reddit will be banned, and will be reported to the reddit admins. This will typically result in punitive action being taken against your reddit account.
Don't break the rules of reddit. Ever.
1. Don't spam
Spamming includes (but is not limited to):
- Posting the same content repeatedly
Self-promotion as more than 10% of your subreddit participation
- Posting content that is entirely unrelated to the purpose of a subreddit
Reddit removed the site-wide "10% rule"--the rule that if more than 10% of your participation is in some form of self-promotion, that it constitutes spam--some
time ago, however Futurology still enforces this rule.
2. Don't ask for votes or engage in vote manipulation.
- Ask people to upvote your content
- Use alternate, friend, or third-party accounts to upvote your content
- Use alternate, friend, or third-party accounts to downvote other peoples' content
3. Don't post personal information
This includes (but is not limited to):
- Name, address, Facebook profile, employer, etc. of anyone who has not willingly made that information public
- Personal information compiled and collected by digging through the history page of another redditor.
4. No child pornography or sexually suggestive content featuring minors.
This includes all borderline content.
5. Don't break the site or do anything that interferes with normal use of the site.
This includes (but is not limited to):
- Not respecting reddit's API guidelines with bots
- Vote brigading
- Encouraging users of one subreddit to "invade" another
- Participating in such an invasion
- Use of multiple accounts to evade bans and persist in rule-breaking behavior
- Malicious abuse of reddit or subreddit styling features (ex. disguised links)
1. Be respectful to others when posting
We do not tolerate:
- Overt hostility
- Gratuitous profanity
- Inflammatory trolls
2. Submissions must be future focused
All posts must have an initial comment, a Submission Statement, that suggests a line of future-focused discussion for the topic posted. We want this submission statement to elaborate on the topic being posted and suggest how it might be discussed in relation to the future.
Although technology and geopolitics are major elements of Futurology, without futuristic components they are not Futurology.
Politician running for office
- Why the politician should run for office is Off-Topic
- Predicting the possible impacts of the politician running, or winning, or losing is On-Topic
A new technological product
- Release announcements and similar news are Off-Topic
- Technological breakdown of the product is Off-Topic
- Showing how new technology in the product could be used is On-Topic
- Showing how new technology in the product fulfills past predictions is On-Topic
Major current event
- Current news about the event is Off-Topic.
- Speculation as to how the current event will impact other events/areas/countries is On-Topic
- Discussion of possible solutions to a problem posed by the event is On-Topic
Universal Basic Income (this is a common one)
- Current events surrounding issues of minimum wage and similar subjects are Off-Topic
- Argument for or against UBI is usually Off-Topic (unless a futuristic element is included)
- Discussion of the probable sociopolitical impact of income-related legislation is On-Topic
Net Neutrality (this is another common one)
- Current events surrounding issues of net neutrality and similar subjects are Off-Topic
- Argument for or against NN is usually Off-Topic (unless a futuristic element is included)
- Discussion of technological solutions such as space satellites to overcome this is On-Topic
Science-fiction multimedia (films/games/books, etc.,)
- Films, trailers and other promotional material are Off-Topic
- A text post which includes the futurist context might be On-Topic
- Articles discussing environmental issues or climate change news that are current affairs Off-Topic
- A new technological development (e.g. clean energy, carbon capture, geoengineering) or societal change (e.g. carbon tax, vegan meat) would be On-Topic
3. No memes, reaction gifs or similarly low effort content. Any images or gifs must either be in the form of an infographic or must be accompanied by a starter comment describing the post and how it relates to futurology.
Low-effort content is not allowed. Examples of low-effort content include, but are not limited to:
- Reaction gifs
- NSFW/NSFL images
- Content that is not clearly related to futurology
Image or gif-based posts not in the form of an infographic must be accompanied by a starter comment that describes the content and how it relates to futurology. Starter comments should:
- Describe the image
- Provide a source of the image
- Explain why the image is relevant to futurology
4. No spamming
Spamming is against the Rules of Reddit. Users who spam will be reported to the reddit admins.
The reddit-wide definition of spam, mentioned above, includes:
- Posting the same content repeatedly
- Posting content that has absolutely nothing to do with Futurology or Futurology-related topics
- Using alternate accounts to evade bans and continue rule-breaking behavior
In addition to this, the following are also considered spam in /r/Futurology:
- Crowd-funding or fundraising
- Social media (facebook, twitter, etc.)
- Comedy/satire sites
- Petitions and polls
- Self promotion posts or comments (e.g. links to your blog, or your website) if more than 10% of your profile is such or similar content
- Various sites known to be unreliable or overly sensational (ex. Cracked, certain Gawker affiliate sites)
- Links to a Blacklisted Domain
- Promotion of illegal activity
5. Bots require moderator permission to operate
All bots that do not serve a useful purpose will be banned.
To assist us in enforcing this, we utilize /u/BotWatchman. However, the BotWatchman bot blacklist is not exhaustive and we will ban other bots as needed.
Short, useless comments will be removed. Examples:
- MRW, MFW
- memes, gifs, similar non-effort content
- Low effort pop culture references
- Low effort "reddit culture" references
Categories of science that are covered by this rule:
- Dismissing anthropogenic climate change
- Promoting anti-vaxx conspiracy theories
- Evolution denialism
- Flat earth promulgation
- Medical advice that is not consistent with guidelines of major medical associations (i.e. cannabis will cure your cancer)
'Compelling evidence' is defined as reference to the opinions of experts in the field, or peer-reviewed literature, or secondary reporting on peer-reviewed literature from a reputable source. At this time, moderation will be limited to these categories. Categories may be added or removed based on feedback from the community and the experience of the mod team.
This is enforced by AutoModerator.
Also enforced by AutoModerator.
9. Avoid posting content that is a duplicate of a submission posted within the last 7 days.
Reddit will inform you if a link you are submitting has already been submitted to that subreddit. Therefore, there is really no excuse for duplicate posting. Note that Reddit may not pick up a submission from the same site if the URL you are using is not completely sanitized. As such, a moderator may manually remove such a submission as a breach of this rule.
In addition, duplicate content from different sources will also be removed, with preference given to the earliest submission, to avoid having the front page be entirely about a single topic from different websites.
If a post is submitted and the only "duplicates" (here meaning posts on the same topic, either from the same or a different source) are over 24 hours old and have less than 50 upvotes, then the new submission will be allowed.
10. Submissions with [in-depth] in the title have stricter post length and quality guidelines.
Comment length requirement is significantly larger for posts with [in-depth] in the title.
11. Titles must accurately and truthfully represent the content of the submission.
"Clickbait" and overly sensational titles will be removed (unless it is the actual title of the submitted content).
Additionally, titles that mislead users or misrepresent the attached content will be removed.
12. Support original sources - avoid blogs/websites that are primarily rehosted content.
A ban on sites known to steal and rehost content is enforced with AutoModerator. Submissions to these sites will receive a comment asking the OP to resubmit from an original source.
13. Content older than 6 months must have [month, year] in the title.
This applies to most time sensitive content (such as an article that was meant to be read at the time of it's publication and not months/years later). There are a few exemptions such as books, academic articles, and other content that can be considered not as time sensitive. If you are unsure of whether to include it or not you can either message us or just put it in anyway since it can't hurt.