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/r/History is a place for discussions about history. Feel free to submit interesting articles, tell us about this cool book you just read, or start a discussion about who everyone's favorite figure of minor French nobility is!
All posts will be reviewed by a human moderator first before they become visible to all subscribers on the subreddit.
Submissions and comments that are overtly political or attract too much political discussion will be removed; political topics are only acceptable if discussed in a historical context. Comments should discuss a historical topic, not advocate an agenda. This is entirely at the moderators' discretion and violators will be fed to the bear.
We do not allow posts and comments about fringe hypotheses, false narratives, misunderstood, misrepresented history, genocide denial, and other disingenuous revisionism. They have proven to be magnets for those wanting to push a distortion of historic consensus and records. Engaging in historical negationism or denialism will result in a permanent ban. In addition, we also don't allow alternative historical theories
One of the most heard complaints about large subreddits is the fact that the comment section has a considerable amount of jokes, puns and other off-topic comments. While this is perfectly fine for subreddits of a less serious nature, we do not think this is acceptable for r/history.
We are a subreddit dedicated to knowledge about a certain subject with an emphasis on discussion. Therefore we think it is no more than reasonable to ask from subscribers to comment with that in mind.
Discussions about recent events will be removed. We want to focus on history itself and not provide history as a tool to make a point about the modern world.
Some content is better suited for other subreddits and might be directed there:
Post or ask to post links to Kickstarter or other fundraisers, charities or social media campains.
Attempt to manipulate votes.
Doxx (post personal information about people).
Post illegal, rehosted or plagiarized content.
Post from the original site. Submissions that are simply rehosted articles will be removed.
Must be at least 250 words, not including links. And must contain at least two sources. No, Wikipedia is not a source. This is not a place to ask simple questions, they belong in the weekly short question thread. Effort must be put into the discussion being started, and they must start a discussion.
Titles of link submissions should accurately describe the content, and not be sensationalized or misleading. Rule of thumb: for serious articles the original headline often is the best choice. When in doubt message the mods before submitting your link.
Using an AI to write your question or answer is a serious lack of effort on your part. AI's might be able to pass entrance exams to universities, but they won't pass us here.
Atrocities aren't an Olympic event, to be compared and scored according to how 'bad' they were. All mass killings, crimes against humanity, aggression, and repression are terrible, and while it is important to be able to contextualize the scope of a given event, boiling that scope down to a number to argue on a top-ten list or 'worst of' thread both denies the humanity of what happened and cheapens the severity of the crimes.
While that Stahlhelm that grandpa brought back from the War is in fact historical, experience has shown that posts about such items results in conversation more often focused on things like perceived coolness or identification than on any history it may represent. Ditto for great-grandma's sewing machine, old pictures of the family farm, or what have you. Therefore, we generally do not allow such submissions because they result in off-topic conversations. Please consider more topical subreddits.
This is an actively moderated subreddit, calls will be made at the moderator's discretion.
This rule is not in here because we plan to completely arbitrary remove things. It's only here to leave no doubt about what is already implied on basically any online community. At times we might make calls to remove posts that strictly speaking might have fitted our rules (albeit barely) but are not in the spirit of the rules.