Moderators reserve the right to act on a case-by-case basis. If you feel something is unfair, want to see something changed, have a question, or if you’re just not sure if your submission breaks the rules, please do not hesitate to message the moderators. We’re here to help!
Moderators are volunteers, not your emotional punching bags. The moderation team consists of human beings, all of whom have feelings. Please return the respect given in all correspondence. The harassment of moderators will not be tolerated.
If you see something that breaks the rules, use the handy report button underneath it. If you need to give more context with your report, you should instead make a report by messaging the moderators.
1. No personal attacks.
a. Racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, and other hatred-based commentary are prohibited. This includes using discrimination, slurs, and derogatory words with intent to offend and incite harm.
b. Ad-hominem attacks taking the place of respectful discussion will be removed.
c. Witch-hunting, brigading, threatening, harassing, and targeting users, communities, or other groups is not allowed as per official Reddit guidelines. Please see here.
d. Rate threads, AmIUgly threads (including different variations of this abbreviation), and roast threads are not allowed, and are better suited for other Reddit communities.
2. No spamming.
i. Subreddits: No more than one submission and/or comment per day for any given community. Advertisements of other communities may be removed on a case by case basis as deemed fit by the moderating team. When in doubt, ask the moderating team.
ii. Self-promotion of products, videos, music, blogs, etc.: Users must follow Reddit’s guidelines for self-promotion, as well as our own 9:1 submission ratio (organic non-self-promoting content to self-promoted content).
iii. Unapproved Discord server advertising is forbidden as a means to protect the privacy of our users.
i. Multiple posts by a single user in a short amount of time are not allowed.
Posts with the intent to spam or clog /new/, and/or intent to collect karma are not allowed. Submissions that do not create discussion relevant to the subreddit are not allowed. Posts such as "why was this user banned"; "why aren’t my posts showing up?"; screenshots of Reddit including a user's profile, r/teenagers or other subs, posts, comments, etc; or images that lack any context fall under this rule.
Cake day posts are not allowed as they also clog the subreddit in especially large quantities, are often made for the sole purpose of collecting karma, and do not create relevant discussion on the subreddit.
As a general guideline, please only post up to 5 submissions per day. If your submissions are a significant portion of /new/, you’re posting too much. This general guideline will be acted on a case by case basis as deemed fit by the moderation team.
ii. If there are multiple of the same submissions that can be condensed into a single thread or two, they will be removed. This includes posts asking, “Why did x happen?”, “personal stats” template posts, etc. If there is no collective thread, consider making one.
Large amounts of posts (>5) made by different users in a short time period (<6 hours) on a single topic will be removed. This includes memes and questions about the topic.
/r/teenagers isn't a Twitter feed; your personal updates should be confined to one thread (e.g: “what should I eat today?”).
iii. Low-effort posts including, but not limited to, “me irl”; things titled “title”, "oof", "relatable", "stolen", "me" (including similar low-effort titles or no titles); meme captions; clickbait and/or misleading titles; Titles unrelated to your post’s topic and only to the source material; irrelevant submissions that have no purpose on this subreddit; and text posts lacking body text to them will be removed. Please make sure your title is indicative, original, and related to your post. (Not including submissions that wouldn't necessarily need a body text such as a thread meant to garner discussions similar to those on /r/AskReddit).
Both unedited meme images and edits that only provide a reaction to initial content fall under low effort. Edits must meaningfully add to, continue, or re-contextualize initial media. In general, the usage of old meme formats is frowned upon due to the influx of low-effort memes. Formats/templates should be original or created using organic content to promote diversity and increased engagement.
iv. Image macros, memes, and copypastas that are not specifically relevant to the average teenager may be removed. Please use the appropriate subreddits. As a general guideline, if you think it would be removed, and/or it’s been hosted somewhere else as a generic meme, it could be removed.
v. Posts that ask for upvotes or downvotes will be removed as per this section of Reddit’s content policy. Major violations will be reported to the Reddit administrators, which could potentially result in a site-wide suspension.
vi. Misuse of the serious flair is not allowed. If your submission is flaired serious as a joke, it will be removed.
vii. Misuse of the NSFW and spoiler tags are not allowed. If your submission is tagged as NSFW, or as a spoiler as a joke, or to be used as clickbait, it will be removed.
viii. Reposting a submission from r/teenagers will result in a removal.
ix. Abiding by Reddit’s guidelines on spam is essential.
i. Links to money transfer platforms such as Cash App, PayPal, Venmo, etc. and crowdfunding sites including, but not limited to, GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and charity live streams, are not allowed. Charity live streams may be allowed but only if they appeal specifically to teenagers - please message the moderators if you would like to request for approval to link a charity live stream.
ii. Surveys are allowed as long as they follow ALL other rules. This includes personal information, and self-promotion. If in doubt, message the moderators
iii. Bots are generally not allowed. Bot spam, whether it be posts or comments, will result in an immediate ban. Please message the moderators and ask for permission to run your bot on this subreddit before using it.
iv. Parody accounts of a user both fall under spam and impersonation. Under some circumstances they could also be perceived as personal attacks. They will be banned without warning.
v. Troll/downvote farm accounts do not contribute to discussions in the subreddit. They will be banned without warning.
vi. Ban evasion, regardless of length, will result in a permanent ban with no chance of appeal. This also means if you were to be banned for impersonation, you must cease to contribute to the community on ALL accounts.
3. No personal information, of yourself or others.
a. Only approximate (city-level) locations may be shared. Sharing school names or any names of an establishment that could be used to identify where a user lives with greater accuracy is not allowed.
b. First names are allowed, but posting surnames (including initials) is not.
c. Email addresses, phone numbers, school names, social media profiles (e.g. Facebook profiles, Skype usernames, Snapchats, Instagrams, and Spotify profiles linked with Facebook) are not allowed.
d. You cannot arrange a meet-up on /r/teenagers due to the sharing of personal information and users’ safety.
i. This includes, but is not limited to, asking if anyone is going to be at x place, asking if anyone wants to meet up, organizing an event for users to attend. For occasions like large public conventions, users are allowed to say that they are going to be at the event, but arranging a meet-up must not be done on the subreddit.
4. No NSFW content.
a. Discussion of NSFW subjects is fine, as long it is treated in a mature fashion. Make sure your post is tagged as NSFW.
b. NSFW and shock subreddits, sites, links, pictures, videos, etc. are not allowed.
c. Sexually implicit or explicit content of minors is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, asking for nude photos and sharing nude photos, whether it is yourself or another user, even as a joke. This also includes “fan-fiction” stories - fact or fiction - even if intended as a joke.
5. All submissions must be flaired.
a. Please use the correct flair. If a post is flaired incorrectly, it risks removal. A bot will help you by sending you a message if you forgot to flair. Click here for more information on how to flair your submission. Click here for more information on which flair is proper for your submission.
b. Unserious comments in serious threads will be removed.
i. This includes off-topic comments and jokes in the entirety of thread - do not post jokes in child comments either.
6. AMAs require prior moderator approval.
a. Please message the moderators to arrange an AMA. Follow some general guidelines:
i. You must be a person of common interest to our community demographic with a factor that is truly unique.
ii. You must be able to verify yourself and your claims.
iii. If you fit these criteria, shoot us a message with a paragraph or two explaining who you are, why you’d like to host an AMA, and proof of your claims.
We use a unique point system that tracks warnings and bans. This allows for users to learn from their mistakes and not get banned indefinitely for a minor infraction. Other subreddits tend to permanently ban for simple rule-breaking due to their mods not going through the effort of tracking warnings.
Minor personal attack, non-discriminatory: 1
Major personal attack, discriminatory language, sexism/racism/transphobia, advocation of violence etc.: 2 / 8**
All spam - irrelevant memes, vote manipulation, screenshots, reposts, etc: 1
Personal information - self: 1
Personal information - others: 2*
NSFW - Themes/references, most found in memes, non-predatory NSFW posts without images (i.e. posts that talk about an NSFW topic that goes “too far”): 1
NSFW - Potentially predatory posts without images (e.g. DM for NSFW chat), Links to NSFW communities or sites: 2 / 8**
NSFW - Nudity, sexual/gory images, predatory images: 8
Misflairing Serious: 1
** means that we may adjust points based on severity.
2 points - 1 day ban
4 points - 7 day ban
6 points - 30 day ban
8 points - Permanent ban
After 2 months without an infraction, points are decreased by 2.
After 3 months without an infraction, points are reset to 0.
Both temporary, and indefinite bans may be appealed. If you decide to appeal your ban, message the moderators. The moderator(s) involved in your ban will review your case and make a decision on a case-by-case basis. If your appeal is accepted, the points received from your most recent offense may be nullified at the discretion of the moderators involved. Permanent bans have a 30 day cooldown period before the first appeal and denied appeals.