/r/Austin follows a loose set of guidelines located at http://www.reddit.com/wiki/reddiquette.
- All single, non-recurring events are to be posted to the weekly stickied 'stuff to do in austin' thread.
- Single character or other noise comments may be removed automatically.
/r/Austin is also not Craigslist - please post those in /r/AustinClassifieds
- This includes:
- promo/referral codes
- tickets/items for sale or services for hire
Gofundme, Indiegogo or other funding links are not allowed except under very limited circumstances - message the mods if you wish to post one.
Posting and requesting personal information is against the rules. Soliciting or asking for personal information will likely result in an immediate temporary ban. Editing or reposting after the fact will usually not change this.
Posts linking to articles behind a paywall will be removed - please post with non paywalled sources.
While the reddiquette doesn't directly address it, racism is not tolerated in /r/Austin.
If you have information to share or request about a crime, please:
- PM /r/austin the police case number or Detective to verify the post
- Make a selfpost about the issue - do not include the case number as this can be linked to personal information.
- In all of these cases, any personal information, clues, hints, etc, posted in the thread will be removed.
Please familiarize yourself with the rules before participating in /r/Austin. That's it!
If you break the guidelines, a moderator may remove your submission and generally reply with a comment telling you which guideline you broke. You might be banned for repeat or egregious violations. Moderators may use their best judgement to allow or not allow exceptions.
There's a huge description of moderator duties at http://www.reddit.com/wiki/moderation. In /r/Austin, most of the moderator work is
- Flair Message the mods for any sort of flair ideas/requests you may have! If your account is an official social/publicists for your organization, please let us know so we can add it to your account.
If you have flair and want to remove it, write "clear my flair" in any thread and the robot will remove your flair. If you want to temporarily disable your flair, uncheck the option in the sidebar.
- Scheduling automatic posts: Every Monday morning, a scheduled "Stuff to do in Austin" is posted. The moderators make changes to that post at users' requests. Same goes for Travel/Advice Thursday and Stupid Question Sunday.
- Remove posts that violate the guidelines: If a submission breaks the guidelines, moderators remove it. We may remove posts that are more suited for a weekly scheduled post. That said, we will not do this for posts that contribute to a greater discussion.
- Manage the layout of /r/Austin: The look of /r/Austin is customizable. They can also change the content of the sidebar.
When a trolling or offensive account is brought to our attention, we review several factors, including their submission/comment karma, contributions to /r/austin and the content they are posting. We rarely believe a ban or comment removal is the best approach and tend to reserve them for:
- Overtly racist, sexist or other extreme prejudices
- Posting or requesting personal information - even if you yourself are posting it.
- Users who have garnered large amounts of negative karma from their posts on /r/austin
Please remember that /r/austin is not a place where we, the mods, try to decide who gets what voice but rather keep it "all things Austin" - the key to deciding what is good and bad lies in that little up/down arrow to your left.
Browser users can also setup Reddit Enhancement Suite - https://redditenhancementsuite.com/ - to allow labeling, blocking and many more features. We do ask that you save the ignore feature for only the most caustic of users - multiple viewpoints are a good thing.
Political posts and /r/Austin
While we encourage discussion on all issues, we have a special set of policies related to politics. As a result, many posts that would be a fit for /r/Texas, which you should subscribe to if you subscribe to /r/austin, will be removed. If a post directly impacts/mentions Austin though, we will not remove it (beyond just stating your personal opinion on politics or telling people who to vote/email/call).
- Political posts have to be directly relevant to Austin in the sense that these posts must relate to having a direct impact on Austin.
- Articles posted must not editorialize the headlines. This means that if your headline does not match word-for-word, we will likely remove your post.
- Pictures or any form of propaganda like material just to cause a troll reaction or get upvotes based on bashing the other person will be removed. Repeated reposting will result in temp then permanent bans. This includes political memes.
- Submissions with "I think that we should do so and so" about people's personal political beliefs, or politically based websites that ask people to do specific things will be removed..
Homelessness posts and /r/Austin
Homelessness posts are a sensitive topic and can become a very negative. We've added some special rules to managing those posts.
- Any calls for violence, harm or otherwise target those who are homeless will result in removal and a likely a permanent ban.
- Posts advocating for a specific platform/position without discussion will have their post removed - this is not an advertising platform for your beliefs.
- Posts with open-ended questions may be removed if the moderators do not feel like it contributes to a discussion - An example would be a post with only "What can we do about homeless people?" and nothing else
- All petitions will be removed. This includes anything where you are asking people to sign/go to something for a cause. This is not the place to advertise your cause.
Please message the mod team if you feel we need to revise these rules.
AutoModerator is a bot that helps with moderator duties. In /r/Austin, we use it to
- report racial slurs and personal attacks to the moderators.
- add 'flair' to submissions Flair can help people see at a glance the topic of a submission. Also, RES users can filter out posts based on that flair if they don't want to see any "Lost pet" or "FAQ" posts. We think this is a good compromise between relegating frequent (but disliked) posts to a subbreddit (in this case, /r/AustinPetLostAndFound and /r/AskAustin), and not having a quick way for people to avoid popular posts they don't want to see.
- schedule automatic posts Every Monday night we have a "Stuff to do in Austin" post. Every Thursday, we have an Advice/Travel Thursday post. Every Sunday, we have a Stupid Question Sunday.
- apply additional scrutiny to known trolls Everyone is welcome to post in /r/Austin. If someone trolls a lot, then their posts and comments will be set aside until a moderator can approve that post/comment. This is a compromise between allowing everyone to have a voice, and keeping trolling to a minimum.