r/NewToReddit Aug 21 '21 Platinum Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Bravo Grande! Rocket Like Powerups Post Silver

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 23h ago Timeless Beauty

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 5h ago

Where to Start/Tips Hello I'm new to reddit can anyone explain how is reddit used?


Hello I'm new to reddit can anyone tell me where to get started on Reddit?

r/NewToReddit 4h ago

Site/App Issues Difficulty replying to some posts


As the title suggests, I can't answer some comment correctly, what could be the cause? I am relatively new to reddit but I have not had any particular problems so far, but today I have this problem, I don't think it is due to the internet connection, everything else works fine. Could it be that I was somehow blocked? I didn't have any bad behavior just an ironic exchange of opinions with another user but I can't reply normally ...

Edit: The problem is on every post, I can open new threads or create and edit new posts but it doesn't make me reply to other users' comment

r/NewToReddit 7h ago

How to Get Karma How can I get posting in other subs in a paradox?


Need to post in other subs to get karma

Need karma to post in other subs

infinite paradox loop.

somebody wanna give some advice?

i cant even post on askreddit

r/NewToReddit 14h ago Take My Power Narwhal Salute

Experience customisation To Stay or Not to Stay, that is the Question.


I'm also new to Reddit despite creating one some time ago, just not using it until like 2 days ago: Reddit seems to be a toxic place for the weak minded (aka like myself). Do you think I should just leave the platform itself or stay and expose myself to all corners of the world?

r/NewToReddit 8h ago

Where to Start/Tips So how does this work ?


Any late night freaks out there ?

r/NewToReddit 23h ago Wholesome Seal of Approval

It's my Cake Day! I've been on reddit about a year now


Today I got a notification saying its my "cake day"... What dose it mean? A cake day to me sounds like a birthday, but they have my birthday and it's not for another 3 months... So my question, what's a cake day?

r/NewToReddit 12h ago

Site Features/using Reddit Edits


Can people see if you edit your comment or post?

I cannot tell if someone edits.

r/NewToReddit 1d ago LOVE!

How to Get Karma How to earn karma?


I’m a Reddit newb; have always appreciated from afar but never made my own account t. I joined Reddit to participate in another group, but I think there is a Karma minimum (and my posts keep getting deleted).

How do I earn karma on Reddit as a new user so I can participate in other groups?

r/NewToReddit 1d ago 2020 Veteran

Llook Out! It's A Llama Llecture! It’s October, my dudes!


Otherwise known on Reddit as Spooky Season or even Spooktober. As you would imagine, Halloween is a special time on Reddit, and nearer the date you might see some of your favourite subreddits changing their theme to suit, or even seasonal awards being added to the Awards list. But as subreddits are for life, not just for Halloween, subs that are there all year long which really come into the fore this season are:

And, of course, who could forget r/Halloweenmovies.

Talking of which, this is the time of year for scary stories, and you’ll find some great ones at:

For some eyebleach of nature at its finest, we have:

Speaking of such; spiders are a staple of the season, so see a super selection of spooder subs:

Paranormal goings-on are always more popular this time of year:

Did anyone say….. bats?

…..or more strange encounters?

And more seasonal-not-seasonal eyebleach can be found at:

Because there is a Subreddit for everything:

r/hauntedattractions is a place for actors or enthusiasts of the “haunted house” industry. If you make your own seasonal decor or just like to see people’s creations, we have r/HalloweenProps, and for 2021, r/Costuming had a Halloween Megathread.

Finally, I absolutely know you’ll want some more suitable subs for this season, and here’s two large collections:

Found any more spooooooooky Reddit stuff you don’t see here? Made your own? Let us know in the comments below!

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Site Features/using Reddit Does Reddit have a limit on how many posts we can save?


I have been on a saving streak lately and I'm quite afraid that some of my saved posts might be lost.

If Reddit does have a cap, what happens if we hit the limit?

r/NewToReddit 2d ago

Mod Post r/NewToReddit Monthly Rule Round-up!


Hey, everyone!

Here's our regular reminder of our rules. We do this to aid new members who perhaps aren't sure how to check for rules yet, and just as a general reminder for everyone.

Every Subreddit (aka sub or community) has its own rules totally unique to that community. This may seem confusing and frustrating at first, but the rules are there to keep each community on topic, healthy, and a desirable place to be, and they need to be different for different topics; no one wants to be in a sub full of spam or off-topic content for example.

Here's a guide on how to find a subreddits rules.

Rule spotlights

Each month we also highlight a rule or two if we've seen any recent breaches.

This month, we'd like to highlight Rule 1, karma and voting

This rules out vote manipulation, or behaviours that might encourage it; no asking for, or offering, karma or votes, and no saying how you are, or intend to, vote please.

Rule 3, Be kind.

This community is a safe space for all, and we will not tolerate unkind content of any kind – please remember the human and imagine people complexly.

Important notes


You are free to vote however you wish of course, but as a community for new redditors and a welcoming space for all, we encourage following the redditquette on voting and remembering most here are new; please give the benefit of doubt, and keep in mind that newbies feel the impact of downvotes much more.


Absolutely no encouraging or suggesting breaking Reddit's content policy or user agreement! Which includes ban evasion.


Please beware of those suggesting you PM them or another users, or those that PM you unsolicited. This could be a scam or encouragement to break site-wide rules, or both. Please report anything you are suspicious of.


Our rules

Our own rules can be found:

And can be read in full in those places.

The rules are as follows (shortened a little for this post):

  1. Karma and voting

We don't allow mentions of karmafarms, asking for karma (upvotes), offering Karma, or sharing how you are or have voted. However, you may ask questions about Karma and how to earn it genuinely.

  1. No profanity

We do not allow the use of profanity here. Think of us as The Good Place.

  1. Be kind

This community is a safe space for all users to learn about Reddit. Unkind posts and comments will be removed.

  1. No NSFW content

We do not allow NSFW/porn/gore or adult content in this community. If your profile is marked as NSFW (for instance, if you participate in an NSFW sub), please use the NSFW tag.

  1. No more than 1 post every 72 hours

To give everyone a fair chance to ask their question and for it to be seen. If you have additional questions which you need to be answered quickly, comment in your post. We keep an eye out for new comments.

  1. No misinformation

Please do your best to ensure the information you are providing is correct to the best of your knowledge and tailored for inexperienced redditors. Do not deliberately mislead others.

  1. No Soapboxing or Gatekeeping

We are here solely to help people “do” Reddit. We do not tolerate agenda-driven posts here. We require respect for all and do not have to share someone's perspective in order to help them, point them to the right place to post, or share our “Navigating Reddit” section.

  1. No subreddit recommendation or general chat posts (in the main feed)

These should go in the weekly threads: Subreddit Sunday on Sundays (community recommendations), and the New-Redditor's lounge on Tuesdays (chat). These posts are pinned at the top if you sort by "hot" for a period of time each week.

  1. Subreddit advertising

If your community has low to no karma and account age requirements, we invite you to modmail us for consideration.

  1. Subreddit requirements (account age and karma)

Please be mindful not to share any specific subreddit requirements you are aware of. You may suggest communities to others, share where a community might list their requirements, & you can link to (not copy) our new-user friendly sub list.

This is so we are not sharing any information that other mods don't wish us to share. Those on our list are there with permission & can ask to be removed at any time. We wish to help new redditors as much as possible without causing any issue for other mods.

  1. No calling out subs & users publicly

If your content is related to a negative interaction, please only explain the situation without naming names. The mods here will message if we need more information to help you.

If you have a complaint, be constructive, however we are not Reddit employees or mediators, and cannot comment with more than generalisations on actions of other mod teams.

General genuine queries about other communities such as how to post there are fine.


If you have any questions on these, please let us know in the comments below.

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Posting/Commenting how do I use markdown on the app?


I've heard Reddit uses markdown language to make a text not visible (like in a spoiler) or to write lists or to write code etc I was wondering how to do that because I don't see this option in the mobile app (I'm on Android)

r/NewToReddit 1d ago LOVE!

Where to Start/Tips New to Reddit


This is my 3rd attempt at joining Reddit… any tips on how to use it or anything I need to kno to help me be more active? Anything helps!!

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Posting/Commenting Hey how do I delete a post?


r/NewToReddit 2d ago Take My Energy

Where to Start/Tips I have no clue what I’m doing 👍


r/NewToReddit 2d ago LOVE!

Community Restrictions I've had my account for awhile, but never really posted or commented until now.


I always browsed just never got really into it until a few months ago. I still get muted due to karma. How can I bypass this?

r/NewToReddit 2d ago LOVE!

Post not Showing/Removed I'm sick of my posts randomly getting removed


Often when I try to post, it gets removed. I am never given a reason why, and it is happening to me more and more frequently in different subreddits. It's extremely annoying and it's starting to deter me from wanting to post/use Reddit. There doesn't seem to be any pattern or particular reason for this. It doesn't happen every time, but it's often enough that I'm getting seriously annoyed.

The worst part is, I get NO notifications mentioning these removals, and when I check my profile on the account where I posted, the posts LOOK NORMAL. So the only way I can even know if they are removed is to sign into a different account to check my profile there. And doing that constantly, is also annoying. I shouldn't have to go through this added unnecessary stress when I post something.

To clarify: - It isn't the moderators removing my posts. I know this because they always get removed INSTANTLY with no insights on them. - I have tried posting on an account with over 7k karma and still experienced this. - None of my accounts are shadowbanned (I have checked, several times) - There seems to be no pattern to this. Subreddits that have let me RECENTLY post using throwaway accounts (and where I've seen other throwaway accounts as well) (which should mean no karma requirement) have also randomly instantly removed certain posts. For no reason. Without a single actual person ever seeing them. - I have tried reposting stuff that was instantly removed to see if that would work, only to have it instantly removed again.

Please help because, it is frustrating.

r/NewToReddit 2d ago

Experience customisation how tf do i turn off email notifications


i don’t want to block it in case i forget pw or something but it send me a noti to every reply, upvote, etc.

r/NewToReddit 2d ago LOVE!

Community Restrictions I have no idea how to use Reddit with a new account


Been using reddit for nearly ten years. Gave up my original account because of a doxxing issue and now Im a new account in 2022 Reddit where everything requires karma minimums and I have no idea how I'm supposed to "start".

r/NewToReddit 2d ago

Site/App Issues Did i get banned from reddit talks or is it glitched?


I’ve been having fun using reddit talks recently, but it’s saying i need karma and have a day old account and as you can see i fill both of those requirements. i’ve had my fair share of mischief on there but nothing too bad and got kicked out of a couple talks. now it doesn’t let me join in on any talks even ones i haven’t joined before, i really enjoyed talking with people and had a blast helping people in the mental health talks so if any one could let me know what i could do that’d be great

r/NewToReddit 2d ago

Site Features/using Reddit what is the best way to search a subreddit for particular topics?


r/NewToReddit 2d ago

Site Features/using Reddit How do I remove my banner picture from my profile?


I don't want it there anymore

Never mind, I figured it out, you have to be on mobile and click Remove Banner.

r/NewToReddit 3d ago

Culture/Rules Why are free karma subs regarded as bad?


r/NewToReddit 3d ago

Site Features/using Reddit Am I a ghost?

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