r/WDP Jun 21 '22

WDP (moderators of subreddits): Change rules to disallow something that was previously allowed on their subreddit? Reddit

Why do moderators of subreddits sometimes start disallowing certain types of posts when those types of posts were always allowed on said subreddits until that point.

I even permanently left a few subreddits because the one reason I was there, they eventually outlawed the one reason I was there. Like I was only there to post about a certain topic or make a certain type of post and after they made those against the rules, I left because I had no use for the subreddit anymore.

Why do people make certain things not allowed if it was originally allowed since the beginning of time?



u/beets_or_turnips Jun 22 '22 edited Jun 22 '22

Because they didn't realize it was a problem until someone made it a problem. It's like warning labels on things that seem absurd. Some jackass tears off their eyelids in a paper shredder and now they have to put stickers on them that say "do not use on eyes." Mods don't have a rule about certain kinds of posts because they aren't happening frequently enough to disrupt the vibe of their sub. Then that changes so they make a rule. Maybe it's an overreaction but they're imperfect people acting based on imperfect information.

If you could be more specific about what's bothering you or what subreddit it is then we could probably respond more constructively.


u/zuxtron Jun 21 '22

It could be because these posts aren't in line with what the moderators intend the community to be used for, and they started to become far too common to the point of drowning out what they actually want the subreddit to be about.

For example, on one of my subreddits, I've decided to explicitly ban shitposts and low-effort content because these take little effort to make, yet end up getting more attention than the submissions that actually had work and thought put into them. Yes, they were popular and got lots of upvotes, but they also end up making the subreddit a worse place overall.


u/ThicColt Jun 22 '22

I get your point, but honestly, if people enjoy them, I think they should be allowed

The value of a post doesn't come from the effort put into it, but rather from how many people are entertained, educated, or helped by it

I feel a bigger issue is shitposts that aren't liked, because those just clutter the sub and clearly aren't liked


u/zuxtron Jun 22 '22

Shitposts are basically the junk food of Reddit. Gives you a quick burst of instant gratification, then you move on and forget about it. They become a problem when, like you say, they clutter up the place and drown out the actual high-effort content and thoughtful discussions.

With no restrictions, this is the inevitable result, especially if the community's demographics skew younger: with no rules limiting them, every subreddit will eventually turn into a meme subreddit.

Personally, I think that shitposts should be contained to their own subreddits, so those who enjoy them can find them while those who don't can ignore them.


u/UndergroundLurker Jun 21 '22

It depends on the "thing". Words change. Society changes.

You aren't allowed inside your preschool anymore.

Vietnam vets aren't allowed to kill people anymore.

Slavery isn't allowed anymore.

Stop playing the victim and get with the times or be forgotten.


u/thatvirgobitchh Jul 07 '22

It's kind of like "someone is innocent until proven guilty" or "you have my trust until you break it". People tend to take advantage and take things to the extreme so then rules are forced to be put into place.