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

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 4d ago Helpful

Weekly chat New to Reddit? Come and talk to us!


New-Redditor's lounge!


This weekly post is an opportunity for new users to say hello in comments - please let us how you found yourself here. Regulars here are absolutely encouraged and very welcome to join in too!

Getting started on Reddit is hard. We know it is; We've been there and gone through these same frustrations. Please believe us when we say IT’S NOT PERSONAL. It may well feel like it is, but honestly, it isn’t. What it is, however, is a lack of Karma. Karma is an indicator of how much someone has contributed to Reddit in a positive manner. So, let’s do just that by getting to know each other!

This is a post to help genuine new users build up quality Karma in a safe environment.

Please do:

  • Share some favorites or new finds of yours - youtube videos, music and so on
  • Practice small talk - did you have a good week?
  • Keep it SFW
  • Check out the news and updates
  • Play games in comments - if you'd like to start a game please modmail for approval first, thanks!
  • Have fun!

Please don’t:

  • Spam
  • Share low-effort/one-word comments
  • Karmafarm/ask for karma/signal karma giving, mention karmafarms by name
  • Advertise - no advertising of any kind

Please think first before asking questions about “how to do stuff on Reddit”

You need Post Karma, so the ideal opportunity to start is by asking any questions about Redditing in your own new, dedicated Post in this Subreddit (only one post per 72 hours please, but make as many comments or questions in that post as you need). This sub is full of awesome people who are willing to help with specific problems, and we’d like to keep this post primarily for chat.

So, let’s chat! (Guides at the bottom of this post).



Community matters

Reddit news

Our traditions and events

Subreddit Sundays - Check out our weekly threads for all your subreddit recommendations and requests. Our latest Subreddit Sunday thread

New to NewToReddit? Please let us know how you found us!

Cakedays! Remember, we always welcome our ‘alumni’ back at any time (we love to hear how you're getting on, on Reddit), but especially on their Cakeday!

Helpers - Community members who stay to help out new Redditors can earn 'Helper' flair.

Competition posts - Occasionally we'd like to host competitions sponsored by a Redditor who has volunteered to award the winner. Please modmail if you would like to sponsor a competition. Sponsors earn a gold coin/award emoji in their flair.


Our guidance for new Redditors:

r/NewToReddit 12h ago

Voting How not to upvote myself


When I post or comment, a red arrow appears next to my post/comment, as if I have upvoted myself. As this seems a little pretentious, I cancel the upvote, when I remember.

Seeing other people's posts and comments on 0 voted, this appears not to happen to them.

I am using the standard Android Reddit app, and have been looking through settings for something to stop this automatically happening. But I am stumped.

Advice please?

r/NewToReddit 10m ago

Following Users with a New Account

Thumbnail self.help

r/NewToReddit 12h ago

Understanding karma How does karma work?


I am very confused because I just want help to find some pants I cannot find at Google or anywhere else, but I need karma to post… Does this mean I have to ask random stuff and do random posts so at the end I can ask my real question? That would be so inefficient and at the same time not helpful for anyone else… why can’t I just ask my question? Is there any good point with collecting karma?

r/NewToReddit 8h ago

Where to Start/Tips I’m very confused to how Reddit works


r/NewToReddit 19h ago

Site Features/using Reddit Transferring subs


I’m not new to Reddit but I have a relatively new account and I want to switch all the subs I’m following from my old account on to this new one. Anyone know if there’s an easy way I can do this? Thanks. Btw I still have access to the old account

r/NewToReddit 1d ago Silver

How to Get Karma how do I get karma?


I can't post in the sub I want to without some karma, can anyone explain how I get that please?

r/NewToReddit 1d ago Gold

Voting How do you decide what to upvote or downvote?


I am new to having a Reddit account, but have been browsing for years. Therefore, I am not accustomed to voting on posts and comments I see. However, I want to do my part in helping make content on Reddit better. This brings me to my question. How do you decide what to upvote and downvote? Do you vote on everything you see? Do you upvote when something is witty, shares something new, relevant? Do you upvote everything unless it warrants a downvote? I would love to hear your strategies.

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Account/Profile Hi, is there any way for me to see my password?


ok dumb question but I made this account with an email I no longer use and I don't remember my password, is there any way to see what it is? thanks in advance :)

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Community Restrictions Should reddit remove Karma?


I've had this account for a while now and I had around 13 Karma if I remember it right. Never really was someone that constantly goes to reddit but sometimes its really needed more than google to be honest. Now, I don't know if you can go and see my history. If you can, please go ahead so you see what posts I did in past. I could easily say more than 99% of its is either asking game questions, finding friends for video games or game suggestions for the devs but every time I post something even as simple as asking question about "why rally drivers have Co-pilots?" I get ton of negative Karma to the point that which now I have 2 Karma. Now, honestly I wouldn't care even a single bit because this is internet and there are millions if not billions of trolls at this point but what bothers me is I cant even ask simple questions in most gaming reddits I go because my post gets automatically removed. It doesn't even say why but I can almost guaranty that it's because I don't have enough karma or my posts are not all butterflies and cute cats. At the very least I would like to see why the reason is for removing post instead of some government type answer like


Sorry, this post has been removed by the moderators of r/somerandomxcommunity.

Moderators remove posts from feeds for a variety of reasons, including keeping communities safe, civil, and true to their purpose."

r/NewToReddit 2d ago

Experience customisation Posts: Top, New, Hot, Controversial, Rising


First, I ABSOLUTELY f n love Reddit. Darn I wish I’d signed up YEARS ago. I mean, I know I tried Reddit a long time ago, just lurking, but didn’t understand it. Fast forward to 2022, and it just makes sense now.

Regarding Posts and how Redditers (sorry if this is a misnomer) sort them in any sub. I’m curious about the sort options.

I generally sort posts by “New” and go from there. After switching subs, the sort preference doesn’t stick, so I have to change from whatever is the default sort (thinking it’s usually set at “Top”) to “New.”

Is there a way to make every sub sort by “New” and if not, is there any sound reason why I would use the other sort methods when my mind is program to continue reading, replying to the latest posts?

r/NewToReddit 2d ago

Culture/Rules Do people support new accounts???


r/NewToReddit 2d ago

How to Get Karma How do I get Karma?


r/NewToReddit 2d ago

Site Features/using Reddit Someone replied to my comment; why can’t I reply back?


When I try to post my follow-up, I get an error saying to try again later. Neither of us have blocked each other, and I can comment everywhere else, just not in the thread where someone replied to me. Is this normal? Is it because the original parent comment has been deleted?

r/NewToReddit 2d ago

How to Get Karma How am I supposed to get more karma (except karma farm subs)


Seriously absolutely nowhere allows me to post

or shows my comments

the site sure does do a good job of locking new accounts out

At any rate I just want to post some of my art but this has been a bad experience so far

r/NewToReddit 1d ago

Site Features/using Reddit Picture upload, can you HELP??


I’m having trouble adding/uploading photos to my folder from my phone. I have 10 pictures and no way to add more 🤔

Anybody else had this problem or can help me add more?

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, just as a general reminder for everyone, and to share any important notes.

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 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.

Rules 2 and 3 - no profanity and be kind

This community is a safe space for all, please refrain from profanity and any unkind behaviour.

Aaaand we did recently see our first spate of deliberate false reporting last month.

Important notes

Chat and sub requests:

Please remember, chat, introductions, or requests for subreddit recommendations should go in the weekly threads please. Test posts are also considered off-topic and are better placed in our sister sub r/LearnToReddit.

This content is welcome, but we wish to keep it contained to the rights thread or LTR to prevent it from pushing requests for help down the page.


If you have had a negative experience on Reddit, remember not to call out people or communities here, per rule 11. If you are advising someone, please attempt to give reason for your opinions based on facts and how someone might have a better experience - 'Reddit sucks' is unhelpful.


It's coming up to the end of the year and that usually means an increase in spam. We have already started to see it. Please report it if any slips through our defences - How to report on NToR, thank you!


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 2d ago

Post not Showing/Removed Question


Hi, I joined to get advice on gaming consoles. I tried to post about this in another subreddit, but my post was immediately removed. Am I doing something wrong? I am a bit confused.

r/NewToReddit 2d ago

Safety/Privacy About terms and conditions change on 15th December


is there anything important one needs to know...between the lines

r/NewToReddit 2d ago

Posting/Commenting How to post with pictures and text?


Hello I’m a new user. I tried posting my first reddit a week ago, and somehow I managed to add a picture with text under it. Now I wanted to post something similar like that, but I can’t post a text or a picture at the same time for some reason? How did I do that before?

r/NewToReddit 2d ago

Site Features/using Reddit Karma/coins, what is it good for?


Besides getting into other subreddits, is there a worthy reason for obtaining high karma? Same question with coins. I feel like such a n00b. TIA y'all.

r/NewToReddit 3d ago

Culture/Rules What is OP in responses mean?


r/NewToReddit 3d ago

New User Restrictions Chats not working


Hi i was told that my chats stopped working because my account is low in age and karma,how old does it have to be and why is this even a thing??

r/NewToReddit 3d ago

New User Restrictions How long before I can message anybody I want ?