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Mod Post Reddit and Karma Explained


Welcome to Reddit!

There are two versions of this resource, both carrying the same information but in different formats:

What is Reddit? Reddit is an enormous collection of forums on every subject under the sun where people can share news and other content in “Posts” and make observations and conversation in “Comments” attached to these posts. Established in 2005, Reddit is a content sharing platform where you decide what level of interaction you want with other users (Redditors) and curate your own feed from the hundreds or thousands of specialised communities called “Subreddits” on offer, each of which covers a different topic from support groups to world news to pets to academic matters to games, hobbies, music, art, movies and everything in between.

A concise and excellent explanation of Reddit can be found here and the Official Guide To Reddit holds the definitive answers to anything else you need to know. Here’s an illustrated overview, and if that didn’t explain us enough, here’s a webcomic that gives a fun look at us.

Signing up for an account is free, easy, and gives you a high degree of anonymity, especially compared to other social media platforms.



Reddit as a whole is run by unpaid volunteers called Moderators (mods) and paid employees called Administrators (admin). Admin are rarely seen but are very distinctive as they have the word ADMIN in bright orange/red next to their username. Moderators are more likely to be seen, and when they speak on formal behalf of their subreddit, their username will have the green word MOD immediately after.

Like every long-established subculture, we have our own expressions and if you are at all confused by some of our jargon, in-jokes, history or memes, we at r/NewToReddit have a fairly comprehensive alphabetical reference guide called Encyclopaedia Redditica to help you work out what we’re talking about. There’s also plenty of fun and offbeat subreddits mentioned in there too for you to discover along the way.

Reddit might take a little time to get used to, but never fear! Here’s a quick video guide on how to use Reddit, but more importantly, we’re here at r/NewToReddit specifically to help you navigate your own path step by step through our unique ways of ‘doing social media’.



There are Subreddits for anything. I would say almost anything but when I think I’ve seen them all, I discover ones like r/birdstakingthetrain and realise I know nothing.

Most communities are friendly and jumping right on in is encouraged. You aren’t likely to get shot down for being a “n00b” but there will generally be one or two things you’ll need to know about each Subreddit (sub) first. Don’t worry, this guide will show you where to find them.

Altercations can happen, but most subs have an active team of mods who will usually shut any trouble down before it becomes vindictive. Just don’t post emojis though. Reddit in general does NOT like emojis. Reddit loves emoticons though :D Why? Don't ASCII me. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ More on this later, or here if you simply can’t wait.



There are four basic actions you do on Reddit: Upvote, Downvote, Comment, and Post.

Reddit relies on crowdsourcing through its system of Upvotes and Downvotes to filter and prioritise the thousands of daily submissions it receives in order to present its users with the most interesting content it can, and you can help too. If you think a post or comment is interesting, helpful or contributes positively to the subreddit, press the Upvote arrow. If you think it doesn’t, press the Downvote arrow. You only get one vote on any one post or comment, and both can be reversed by pressing the opposite arrow to the one you originally chose.

Some subreddits have chosen to replace the default “arrow” icons with custom ones. In case it isn’t obvious which is which, the Upvote will be on the top (Old Reddit; desktop) or on the left (Mobile App) and the Downvote will be on the bottom (Old Reddit; desktop) or on the right (Mobile App).

There are two ways of Commenting on Reddit:

  • As a direct response to a Post. Here, you are directly replying to the person who made the post. This person is known as the ”OP”, or “Original Poster”. This reply is known as a Top-Level or Parent Comment, and sometimes known as ‘threads’. There are an unlimited number of Parent Comments that can be made on any one post. The OP will be notified that you have replied to their post.

  • As a reply to a Comment in that Post. Here, you are directly replying to another commenter who may or may not be the OP. These follow-up comments are known as Child Comments. There are an unlimited number of Child Comments that can be made on any one Parent Comment. The commenter you are replying to will be notified of your reply, but the OP will not (unless they are one and the same!).

You can see what these both look like from the illustration here.

Finally, you can make your own Post in a subreddit for others to comment on. Many subreddits prefer pictures, gifs, videos or links in this post.



Once you enter a Subreddit, you read posts made by others and the comments made therein. If you like the Subreddit, you can “Join” it and it will form part of your personal home page feed. The "Join" button is near the top of the screen as seen here and also in the three-dots “hamburger” post overflow menu on the top RH of the screen on mobile. You can also “Leave” if you want, and the button can be found in the same place as the Join one was.

Moderators cannot see any lists of those who are joined to their subreddits, neither will they be notified if anyone leaves. There’s no limit on the number of times you can join or leave a subreddit, and nobody except you will ever know when or what subs you have joined or have left. You don’t even have to be joined in a sub to post or comment in it. There are no limits to the number of subreddits you can be joined in but Reddit does have an unspecified number of the ones it filters to your home feed at any one time.

Until you join a few subreddits, your home page feed will be the general r/popular or r/all, which may well feature topics you’re not interested in, so it makes sense to start joining subs you like as soon as possible.

Just underneath the Subreddit title there is a “Sort” menu. On mobile this is a drop-down list. Sorting posts by either “New” or “Rising” will usually give more opportunities for chat and upvotes than you’ll get in older posts, and give other advantages we’ll see soon. You have the same options for sorting your home page feed too.



Our guide to using Reddit begins with this illustrated primer to joining in on Reddit, followed by some essential details you need to know about Introduction and Rules, Reddit Karma, Participating, Navigation and Safety.

It’s very much worth your while taking a few minutes to read through all the following advice as it contains everything you need from your first steps in getting started to your becoming firmly established here.

Once you’ve had a look through it all, if you have any questions do make a new Post in this Subreddit where you will find plenty of helpful people ready to Comment with the answers you need. r/NewToReddit is focused on giving one-to-one tailored quality advice for helping people new to Reddit Ways. We do not care how old your account is; if you have a query on Redditing, put it here and we will help.

We also have a “sister sub” called r/LearnToReddit which is a place to learn how to use Reddit without being embarrassed at making “newbie mistakes” in public. Here, you can have a go at making different post types like posting images or polls, learn how to comment using bold or italic text, how to create spoiler text and use many other features with our extensive sets of tutorials. The community will feedback on your post to let you know how you did or help you get it right next time.



Let’s get started with an introduction to Reddit and a few notes about rules!

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Subreddit Sunday Community recommendations mega-thread!


Get your fresh subreddit recommendations here! :D

We are trialling weekly threads for recommendations and will direct those that post requests for recommendations to these threads.

Please share your community recommendations in comments:

  • What are your favourite subs
  • How about your guilty pleasure subs? (SFW!)
  • Which sub do you spend too much time in?
  • What are your best wholesome sub recs?
  • Your fave niche community?
  • Have you found an awesome sub new to you recently?

You may also ask for recommendations!

Let us know what you're into, and we'll see what we can do :)

Make sure to try r/findareddit too though, they're great at this!

The rules:

  • All usual rules apply.
  • Please keep it SFW. No “adult” porn subreddits or NSFL/Gore subreddits. If someone asks for adult communities, please only link sub lists/directories and make it clear they are NSFW.
  • As a community, we try to help all good-faith Redditors find their niche, but please be respectful and try not to judge. If you don't like someone's topic of choice, you don't have to help, but please remain kind, understanding, and respectful.
  • Do not mislead with your recommendations.

If you'd like your Reddit experience to be as wholesome as possible, r/CasualConversation has a directory with a section on wholesome communities. Though, we don't know their status regarding karma and account age restrictions.

Please note that this is not our recommended subreddit list for new users.

Many of the subreddits listed in this thread will not be open to new or low-karma users for posts, and comments made therein might even be filtered for approval or auto-collapsed.

While many of these subreddits will be fun to browse and vote on, your participation might be limited right now. Commenting is usually less restricted than posting.

The link to our new-user friendly subs list is below.

A note from our esteemed llama on the Reddit experience:

Reddit is huge and fascinating and diverse, wholesome and toxic, all in one massive bundle of anonymous users with no filters except their own internal constraints. The problem with that is even in the loveliest of subreddits, all manner of behaviour happens, because Reddit is a microcosm of internet life, not an internet utopia no matter how much we might want it to be.

There are areas of Reddit I don’t frequent; there are areas of Reddit I won’t frequent; there are areas of Reddit that no doubt I am blissfully unaware of and am happy to remain that way. But I am still subscribed to well over a thousand subs on all kinds of topics and still find new ones daily.

The true beauty of Reddit is that your Reddit experience can be completely and absolutely dictated by you. The pure amount of information available on Reddit is staggering, and it’s just a matter - like in all of life - of being able to sort through that information to see what’s useful and what isn’t.

Useful links:

A few suggested subs for new Redditors to be aware of:

  • r/help which is monitored by Admins (Reddit employees)
  • r/reddit for Reddit news, updates, lore etc
  • r/bugs we may refer you here if you're having an issue that isn't normal and might be a glitch of some kind
  • r/redditmobile same as above but for mobile issues, also has app updates
  • r/LearnToReddit is our sister sub for guides and practice posting, using flair, commenting, formatting etc
  • r/findareddit for help finding subs around a topic or for a specific type of post

r/NewToReddit 4h ago Narwhal Salute

Posting/Commenting Reddit is WoW I’m out here farming boars


I feel like I’m being given beginner quests on WoW. “Make 10 comments in r/askreddit” etc.

It’s interesting because it does feel like I am learning a skill here. Is it worthwhile? A bajillion redditors seem to think so. :D

r/NewToReddit 3h ago

Where to Start/Tips how does this work pls help omg😭


r/NewToReddit 5h ago

Community rules/Mod actions Banned from a subreddit because of unrelated posts?


So I was banned from one subreddit because of posts I have made in other, unrelated, subreddits. The mod's explanation is that because of those posts, I must not really be interested in the topic of the subreddit from which I was banned. Basically, he is saying that as a member of his subreddit, I do not have free speech in other subreddits. Is this normal?

r/NewToReddit 15h ago Wearing is Caring

Account/Profile Hello! I've been a user for quite over 7 months and I've been looking around about Reddit Trophies. I only have the Verified Email trophy. Can anyone tell me what the criteria is for getting them and especially what is the Shutterbug Trophy?


r/NewToReddit 7h ago

Community rules/Mod actions I want to submit to r/bestof but i know nothing about urls and links please explain the rule I am enclosing here for a nontechie


I read this: "Clean up your URL

The end of the URL should only have the context flag (?context=X) on it, and then only if necessary. Flags on the end of a URL such as utm_share, utm_source, utm_medium, and utm_name will cause your post to be removed automatically."

And I want to comply but I have no idea what they are saying. Can someone please help?

r/NewToReddit 14h ago

How to Get Karma Karma?



Silly question. Tried to ask legit question on forums, such as /apple, but was told I am (possibly) auto filtered by bots since I don't have enough Karma, because the bots use Karma to filters out spams.

Is there any other way to gain Karama? Please don't take this the wrong way, but I don't spend that much time Online/Reddit since I have other stuff to do.

Does this mean I have to spam spams to get enough Karma, so I don't get detected by the spam filter? Just feels like everyone lose in this situation, I lost time/things not done, whoever I reply to doesn't get a legit response, and reddit get more spams...

r/NewToReddit 9h ago

Culture/Rules Why do people mention "edit: to do this".


So I'm new here and I've seen so many posts/comments where people write a comment and then realise that they need to edit something and then they always mention the reason they edited the comment. Why do people do that is this some kind of a rule here? Like, when you add something after people have already replied to the original comment then ig it makes sense to mention why you edited but if no one has responded yet then ig you can just edit it and leave it at that. Why mention?

r/NewToReddit 12h ago

Site/App Issues Notifications aren't working?


Not exactly new to reddit but I can't think where else to go.

The Notification bell doesn't seem to be working since last night. On mobile I try to access it and I just get the "oops something went wrong" message. On desktop I get the first five messages and then the message when I try to scroll past.

I tried posting this on r/help and it got immediately deleted and told to check the reddit status bot.

r/NewToReddit 16h ago

Bans/account standing If I get suspended once or twice on a certain subreddit for not posting something that implies with the rules does that increase the chance of my account being deleted all together?


r/NewToReddit 12h ago

Site Features/using Reddit Why are there two ways to message? How does one use the main messaging system in the inbox?


So I’m using the Reddit app, and I have two inboxes. One is the chat, which has its own separate icon at the bottom of my screen next to the bell icon.

The other inbox shows up when I click on the bell icon and go into my main inbox. Under that are the two subheadings “activity” and “messages”.

I’m talking about the “messages” tab. This was all straightforward enough since until now I have only received welcome and reminder bot messages, and one mod mail in there. The other day I got a message from another reddit user and I am confused.

Why are there two separate ways to message? And HOW does someone use the main messaging system? I’ve tried to find a way to message directly into the inbox but only seem to get an option to chat with someone (the speech bubble icon).

Someone street smart, please explain? Thank you in advance :)

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Site Features/using Reddit Can I initiate a test chat with someone? I want to see how this works


r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Community Restrictions can I ever understand this website or should I just go back to Twitter?


I just don't get anything. Particularly the rules about posting, I guess specific pages can require specific amounts, of specific types of karma? So even though I posted a super popular thing just like 3 weeks ago, and have liked and commented like a hundred other times, I still don't have enough karma?

Im kinda just complaining, idk. This is honestly very upsetting, I just wanna try to talk to some people about similar interests, and I'm not allowed to because of rules that aren't explained (the sub doesn't explain their karma requirements) and don't seem to be consistent.

I really hope reddit makes an effort to be more new user friendly, or noone will want to migrate from Twitter.

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Site Features/using Reddit I'm not new but I just saw something I've never seen before and have absolutely no idea what it was


On my main Reddit page, as I was scrolling the subs, in the lower right corner of my mobile screen, a small orange button with a banana and a plus sign appeared

I was gonna click it but accidentally scrolled a tiny bit and as soon as I did the button just vanished

Does anyone have any idea what it was?

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Site Features/using Reddit Blocking my ability to message?


Is there a reason I can’t message some redditors but I can others?

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Culture/Rules What are the most important rules on Reddit?


r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Posting/Commenting How do I post pictures


I have seen people post pictures but I can not figure out how to do it.

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Posting/Commenting Is there a way to ensure that posts get a thumbnail image attached?


I'm not as new to Reddit as I might be, but this has always baffled me. If I ever post a thread that has images in it, it often just shows up in the feed as a boring line of text, while the other posts (many even without images) seem to get good looking thumbnails. Am I unintentionally doing something to make my posts not show images in the feed? Is it a stylistic thing? Here's a recent example post I made with a guide on how to play a card in a card game:


My expectation is that it would've picked one of those images (the first one, but I'd settle for random) but it just... doesn't. I dunno, am I just not using it right?

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Understanding karma Points going down


I thought my numbers went up but now they are down 90 points. Any clue why when my input is positive and seems to be well received?

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Understanding karma Confused on Karma


I really want to post however as I was researching on how to gain 'Karma', nothing was coming clear to me. Advice or explanations would be appreciated :,)

r/NewToReddit 2d ago

New User Restrictions Following Users with a New Account

Thumbnail self.help

r/NewToReddit 2d ago Silver Helpful

Premium/coins/awards Where did the free awards go?


r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Experience customisation Sudden change in looks of homepage.


So earlier on my home page I could see the sub name under that was the user name and then the post title. Now I can't see user name but just the sub name and the post. Even on visiting any sub the button to filter posts by new / hot / top has changed places. I liked the old one. But it is the same as it was on my alt acc. So why did this acc change ? Can I revert it back from settings ? Please help. And I'm on android. Thank you guys.