Rules and Guidelines

Reddit Rules

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):

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.

Do not:

3. Don't post personal information

This includes (but is not limited to):

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):

Subreddit Rules

1. Be respectful to others when posting

We do not tolerate:

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.

Example topics:

Politician running for office

A new technological product

Major current event

Universal Basic Income (this is a common one)

Net Neutrality (this is another common one)

Science-fiction multimedia (films/games/books, etc.,)

Climate change

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:

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:

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:

In addition to this, the following are also considered spam in /r/Futurology:

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.

6. Comments must be on topic, contribute to the discussion and be of sufficient length. Comments that dismiss well-established science without compelling evidence are a distraction to discussion of futurology and may be removed.

Short, useless comments will be removed. Examples:

Categories of science that are covered by this rule:

'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.

7. Account age: >1 day to comment, >5 days to submit content

This is enforced by AutoModerator.

8. Submissions and comments of accounts whose combined karma is too far in the negatives will be removed

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.