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- Rules & Guidelines
- Self promotion and spam guidelines
- 1. Keep it civil!
- 2. No current politics or soapboxing.
- 3. No historical negationism or denialism.
- 4. Comments should be on-topic and contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way.
- 5. Discussions are limited to events over 20 years ago.
- 6. Post in the right subreddit.
- 7. Follow the rules and guidelines of reddit.
- 8. Post from the original site.
- 9. Text posts require a descriptive body text and sources.
- 11. No using AI's to write your answers for you
- 12. No Atrocity Olympics.
- 13. No Memorabilia, Family History, or Genealogy.
- 14. This is an actively moderated subreddit and calls will be made at the moderator's discretion.
- Our Robot Overlords
Hi! Welcome to /r/history, reddit's gateway to history related content.
- Our reading list of recommended books, documentaries & podcasts
- Our list of other history related subreddits and other resources
- A how-to guide and helpful pointers on doing an AMA on /r/history
- Previous IAMA posts on /r/history
Help! My post is not visible?!
All posts will be reviewed by a human moderator first before they become visible to all subscribers on the subreddit. So it is perfectly normally for your post to not show up in the new listing. If a post breaks one of our rules or guidelines you will be informed about it.
Rules & Guidelines
Self promotion and spam guidelines
Next to the regular subreddit rules listed on this page the /r/history Self Promotion & Spam guidelines found on this wiki page apply to all content posted in /r/history.
1. Keep it civil!
Personal attacks, abusive language, trolling or bigotry in any form is not allowed and will be removed. No hate material, be it submissions or comments, are accepted. Follow reddiquette and remember the human.
You would think that this doesn't need to be a rule, but it does. People can forget that on the Internet they are communicating with other people. Please respect each other. We do realize that the original reddiquette is a rather large document. To that purpose we have created a shorter document titled "human reddiquette" which we believe contains the essential points.
2. No current politics or soapboxing.
Submissions and comments that are overtly political or attract too much political discussion will be removed; political topics are only acceptable if discussed in a historical context. Comments should discuss a historical topic, not advocate an agenda.
This is entirely at the moderators' discretion and violators will be fed to the bear.
3. No historical negationism or denialism.
We do not allow posts and comments about fringe hypotheses, false narratives, misunderstood or misrepresented history, genocide denial, and other disingenuous revisionism. They have proven to be magnets for those wanting to push a distortion of historic consensus and/or records. Engaging in historical negationism or denialism will result in a permanent ban.
Notable examples of negationism include Holocaust denial, Armenian Genocide denial, Japanese war crime denial, the denial of Soviet crimes, and modern sensationalist myths.
4. Comments should be on-topic and contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way.
One of the most heard complaints about large subreddits is the fact that the comment section has a considerable amount of jokes, puns and other off-topic comments.
While this is perfectly fine for subreddits of a less serious nature, we do not think this is acceptable for /r/history.
We are a subreddit dedicated to knowledge about a certain subject with an emphasis on discussion. Therefore we think it is no more than reasonable to ask from subscribers to comment with that in mind. In most instances we will simply remove a comment if you joke around, make a pun, etc.
However: depending on the context you might find yourself (temporarily) banned, since there are subjects it's never okay to joke about. This doesn't mean your comment can't contain a joke or some humor; it just shouldn't be the main part of your comment.
5. Discussions are limited to events over 20 years ago.
Discussions about recent events will be removed. We want to focus on history itself and not provide history as a tool to make a point about the modern world.
6. Post in the right subreddit.
Some content is better suited for other subreddits and might be directed there:
- For image links use /r/HistoryPorn (or put them in a text post and provide proper context).
- Specific questions may be directed /r/AskHistorians.
- Homework questions will be directed to /r/HomeworkHelp.
- Personal material with multiple updates (blogs, history journals, academic publications) belong in /r/HistoryBlogs.
- Link submissions that follow the "this day XX years ago XX happened" format belong in /r/ThisDayInHistory.
- Submissions following the "What if X" format (alternative history) belong in /r/HistoryWhatIf.
7. Follow the rules and guidelines of reddit.
- Spam; in /r/History we use the rule of thumb that if 10% or more of your submissions on all of reddit are your own content it is considered spamming. Read our full guidelines about self promotion.
- Post or ask to post links to Kickstarter or other fundraisers, charities or social media campains.
- Attempt to manipulate votes.
- Doxx (post personal information about people).
- Post illegal, rehosted or plagiarized content.
8. Post from the original site.
Submissions that are simply rehosted articles will be removed.
9. Text posts require a descriptive body text and sources.
When submitting a text post you should expand on the title in order to get the discussion started. A link has content to back it up, but in a text post you write the content.
This means that we expect you to have put in work about the discussion in question. Treat it as though you are writing the article, because you are in a self post.
Must include at least two links or printed references* – not including Wikipedia or dictionaries, etc. If it’s a question, these will be two places you’ve already looked at while searching for the answer, if it’s a self post these will be sources which are backing up what you say. More sources may be requested via mod mail if we feel like a person is making a lot of claims. *If both sources are printed ones that aren't freely available online, they should provide at least one digital source where someone could get more information on the topic as a whole as a learning opportunity.
In question posts, not only do they have to provide these sources, but they also have to show that they’ve gained something from them. “I’m looking for information on the mutilation of the hermae, Henderson said that it was an attack on democracy, while Milford says that it had something to do with the phallus as a symbol, I’m a bit confused on how these things connect, but..” etc. Instead of just “I heard about the mutilation of the hermae. Why did they do this? I think it’s really odd. Also lol they had penis statues?”
As usual everything is down to Mod’s Discretion. If you are providing a text that makes one of the mods go "hmm?" you might get the post approved without following the exact guidelines.
10. Titles of links should accurately describe the content, and not be sensationalized or misleading.
Rule of thumb: for serious articles the original headline often is the best choice. When in doubt message the moderators before submitting your link.
In the past we've seen an increase of submissions of which the title didn't match the content and seemed to be aimed at easy upvotes instead of a making true contribution to the subreddit. Some subreddits have a rule that basically states "The headline should match the one used in the original article". But sometimes article titles are sensational, or the title doesn't work out-of-context. We leave the responsibility in the hands of you, the person to post the link to provide a good title. That being said, sensationalized headlines, that simply seem to serve the purpose of gathering upvotes, will be fed to the bear again.
11. No using AI's to write your answers for you
Yes we get it, AI's are the new thing. Any while one day they might serve as our overlords we fine that as conversations starters they are terribly drab, and often completely wrote. It takes zero effort to ask a chatbot "What was the cause for the Bronze Age Collapse?" and they fall under our low effort rules.
12. No Atrocity Olympics.
Atrocities aren't an Olympic event, to be compared and scored according to how 'bad' they were.
All mass killings, crimes against humanity, aggression, and repression are terrible, and while it is important to be able to contextualize the scope of a given event, boiling that scope down to a number to argue on a top-ten list or 'worst of' thread both denies the humanity of what happened and cheapens the severity of the crimes.
We invite and indeed encourage discussion of atrocities. It is vital that we transparently analyze and keep such tragedies in living memory, so that they are understood and never repeated. But that needs to be done in their own context.
13. No Memorabilia, Family History, or Genealogy.
While that Stahlhelm that grandpa brought back from the War is in fact historical, experience has shown that posts about such items results in conversation more often focused on things like perceived coolness or identification than on any history it may represent. Ditto for great-grandma's sewing machine, or old pictures of the family farm, or what have you. Therefore, we generally do not allow such submissions because they result in off-topic conversations. Please consider more topical subreddits like /r/whatisthisthing, /r/OldSchoolCool, or /r/Genealogy instead.
However, with that being said, we also acknowledge that there can be rare exceptions. If you think have a truly historical item to submit, please contact the mods beforehand.
14. This is an actively moderated subreddit and calls will be made at the moderator's discretion.
This rule is not in here because we plan to completely arbitrary remove things. If that were the case we would have left the sidebar empty and be done with it.
This rule is only here to leave no doubt about what is already implied on basically any online community.
At times we might make calls to remove posts that strictly speaking might have fitted our rules (albeit barely) but are not in the spirit of the rules.
Guidelines will be less strictly enforced than the rules. Don't make the mistake of seeing them as optional though! Something being a guideline just means that there is a bit more room for interpretation.
1. Use that report button!
In the end, moderators rely on you, the subscribers, to ensure this subreddit works. If you see something that violates the rules, please report it! If you have questions or concerns, please message us through mod mail.
2. Try to avoid reposting.
Moderators will make the call based on the submission. For example, if you repost something that didn't do so well a few weeks before we will be less likely to remove it than if you repost a submission that is in the top 25 posts of last week.
3. Personal websites or affiliations with them:
We often see people that run their own websites or are involved with historical publications that are mostly interested in submitting their own content. If you run a history website, or work with a historical publication and want to publish repeat posts from there, put them in /r/HistoryBlogs.
4. Downvote for irrelevancy, low quality content, or unhelpful content. Upvote for rich and interesting content.
This is basically already covered in rule 6 regarding reddiquette, but we can't state it enough. Voting based on contribution will yield the most interesting and diverse content. Voting based on opinion and dislikes will yield exactly the opposite.
5. Requests for sources (books, podcasts, documentaries, etc.) should still be capable of generating a discussion
The purpose of /r/history is to generate and engage in discussions about history (see Rule 10), and while we are happy to help people connect with sources, it should still be within the context of a discussion. This means the request should be capable of doing more than generating a list of sources. See our recommended list for our existing list of sources.
6. /r/history is not a place to crowdsource your research efforts.
We apply our "no homework" rule to not only students, but to authors, journalists, and anyone else seeking to use the subreddit as their research team. The goal here is to generate discussions about history, and the original post should be geared in that effort.
7. When submitting link posts, leave a description, in a comment, following your submission.
We strongly feel that if you find something interesting enough to share on /r/history it should be no problem to leave a short comment (50 or more words) about what you submitted.
This may be anything from why you thought this is relevant for /r/history to what you found interesting about what you have submitted.
This comment left by you can best be seen as a kickstarter for discussion. If there is already a comment present people will be more inclined to respond to the subject, resulting in more and on-topic discussion.
Our Robot Overlords
Two bots watch over /r/history and help a great deal in managing the subreddit. Bots are basically nothing else than computer programs with reddit accounts instructed to do certain things. Whenever a bot removes something you posted, don't take it personally. Bots are just doing their job as instructed and don't discriminate in that matter. Simply take the time to read the message the bot has left you and message the moderators if you need a followup.
AutoModerator is a powerful piece of software that is found on almost all subreddits which can perform a wide variety of actions based on various filters. It will be used to remove the most blatant violations of our rules and alert moderators to other cases to review those.
/u/HistoryModBot is our custom written bot. It performs a lot of tasks for us internally.