Moderator Code of Conduct
Replaces the Moderator Guidelines for Healthy Communities.
Reddit’s mission is to bring community, belonging, and empowerment to everyone in the world. Moderators are key to making this happen: you are at the frontlines using your creativity, decision-making, and passion to create fun and engaging spaces for redditors. The Moderator Code of Conduct serves to clarify our expectations, help you develop subreddit rules and norms to create and nurture your communities, and empower you to make decisions more easily.
Your role as a moderator is an important one in shaping a positive community experience. Whether you’re new to moderating, or have been moderating for years, our goal is to make sure you feel safe and supported.
We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.
Remember, your subreddit and moderator team can be held accountable for individual moderator actions. Given this, it’s important to continuously align, educate, and work with your fellow mods to understand and adhere to the Moderator Code of Conduct. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
TL;DR: If you follow the tenets below, we’ll stay out of your hair. If you don't, we'll reach out to remedy any issues.
Moderators are expected to uphold Reddit’s Content Policy by setting community rules, norms, and expectations that encourage positive engagement. Your role as a moderator means that you not only abide by our terms and the Content Policy, but that you actively strive to promote a community that abides by them, as well. This means that you should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior. The content in your subreddit that is subject to the Content Policy includes, but is not limited to:
- Welcome Messages
Users who enter your community should know exactly what they’re getting into, and should not be surprised by what they encounter. It is critical to be transparent about what your community is and what your rules are in order to create stable and dynamic engagement among redditors. Moderators can ensure people have predictable experiences on Reddit by doing the following:
Providing a clear and concise description of the topic(s) discussed by your community.
Properly labeling content and communities, particularly content that is graphic, sexually-explicit, or offensive.
Creating rules that explicitly outline your expectations for members of your community. These rules will help your community understand what is or isn’t permissible within your subreddit.
Explicitly marking your community as “unofficial” in the community description if the topic concerns a brand or company, but the community isn’t officially affiliated.
While we allow meta discussions about Reddit, including other subreddits, your community should not be used to direct, coordinate, or encourage interference in other communities and/or to target redditors for harassment. As a moderator, you cannot interfere with or disrupt Reddit communities, nor can you facilitate, encourage, coordinate, or enable members of your community to do this.
Mentioning other communities, and/or content or users in those communities, with the effect of inciting targeted harassment or abuse.
Enabling or encouraging users to violate our Content Policy anywhere on the Reddit platform.
Enabling or encouraging users in your community to post or repost content in other communities that is expressly against their rules.
Showboating about being banned or actioned in other communities, with the intent to incite a negative reaction.
Whether your community is big or small, it is important for communities to be actively and consistently moderated. This will ensure that issues are being addressed, and that redditors feel safe as a result. Being active and engaged means that:
You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community. This involves regularly monitoring and addressing content in ModQueue and ModMail and, if possible, actively engaging with your community via posts, comments, and voting.
Camping or sitting on a community is not encouraged. If a community has been empty or unmoderated for a significant amount of time, we will consider banning or restricting the community. If a user requests a takeover of a community that falls under either category, we will consider granting that request but will, in nearly all cases, attempt to reach out to the moderator team first to discuss their intentions for the community.
Moderator Code of Conduct: Enforcement
We will strive to work with you to resolve issues without having to resort to restrictive measures. We believe that, in most cases, we can achieve resolution and understanding through discussion, not remediation.
If an Admin reaches out to let you know that you’ve violated the Moderator Code of Conduct, your cooperation and swift responsiveness can help to resolve the issue. We want you to be the best mod possible and encourage you to ask questions and seek clarity. With that said, we will not tolerate hostility, refusal to cooperate, and/or continued encouragement of rule-breaking behavior across Reddit.
If any mod of a subreddit responds with hostility or is uncooperative, or we find the issues to be unresolvable via educational outreach, we may consider the following enforcement actions:
- Issuing warnings
- Temporary or permanent suspension of accounts
- Removing moderators from a community
- Prohibiting a moderator from joining additional moderator teams or creating new subreddits
- Removal of privileges from, or adding restrictions to, accounts
- Adding restrictions to Reddit communities, such as adding NSFW tags or Quarantining
- Removal of content
- Banning of Reddit communities
We understand that moderating a community can be a challenge. The resources below can greatly assist you in curating a strong, stable community:
- Reddit’s Mod Help Center
- Communities for Moderators
- Programs and Initiatives for Moderators
- r/ModSupport: An official community to provide a point of contact for moderators to discuss issues with Reddit admins, mostly related to mod tools.