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Introducing the Reputation Filter, plus insights from our safety research ADMIN
Introducing the Reputation Filter, plus insights from our safety research
Product Updates

Hey mods, 

I’m u/enthusiastic-potato and I work on our Safety Product team. I’m back to introduce the Reputation Filter, a new moderation tool aimed at spammers and spammy behavior, and share some themes and insights from our safety research efforts. The Reputation Filter should be available on desktop to all communities by the end of the day, and available on mobile apps to all communities over the next few days. 

The Reputation Filter

As part of our work to improve mod tooling and respond to mod feedback, we’ve been building out a suite of safety filters designed to target and reduce specific, unwanted behaviors and/or content in your communities. This includes existing tools like the Mature Content Filter, the Ban Evasion Filter, and the Harassment filter. You can read more about them in our last post here.

This week we’re adding the Reputation Filter for posts to the suite. It's an additional moderation tool aimed at filtering content from potential spammers. We’re starting with posts and plan on expanding to comments soon. 

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The Reputation filter is informed by a variety of account signals–such as karma and account verification–and does the heavy lifting to filter spammy content  without needing to code on automod. It builds off the u/AutoModerator expansion Contributor Quality Score (CQS), and can provide more nuance - these removals are less often reversed by mods than the u/AutoModerator karma and account age limits many communities use. 

How it works

Similar to the other filters, you can enable this tool on the Safety page in Mod Tools on desktop or mobile apps. Additionally, you can choose a confidence level for the filter:

  • High-confidence means that there will be less content filtered, as filtering will be limited to higher risk content

  • Low-confidence means that there will be more content filtered, as filtering will include both high and lower-risk content

(By risk here, we mean risk of potentially spammy content). 

Once you’ve turned on the tool, it will filter posts across all platforms—old Reddit, new Reddit, and the official Reddit apps. Filtered content will appear in the mod queue.

The Reputation Filter is different to Crowd Control in that it uses a variety of sitewide signals to detect spammy behavior, rather than focusing on a user’s relationship with a specific community. We recommend using the Reputation Filter as a more nuanced substitution for karma or account age limits in u/AutoModerator, or for managing spam and/or large amounts of traffic. We recommend also using Crowd Control in situations where you need to manage large influxes of traffic that are uncharacteristic for your community. 

Who it’s for

We believe the subreddits that will benefit the most from this filter are those that currently use karma or account age limits, and larger communities that need help managing spam and/or their traffic more generally. 

When it’s launching

We’re rolling out the Reputation Filter to all communities by the end of day on desktop web and over the next few days on the Reddit native mobile apps. 

Designed to work with other moderation tools 

Once upon a time (just a few short years ago), the only safety prevention tool we had was Crowd Control, designed for collapsing or filtering content from redditors who may not yet be trusted members in a specific community.

Since then, we’ve built a suite of tools to help mods reduce exposure to a variety of unwanted content or behaviors in their communities at scale. We designed these tools not only to be simpler to use and configurable, but also to work together in tailoring the desired experience for your communities. While not all communities will need every tool turned on, each tool is directed to a specific safety concern we’ve heard as a priority from you all. Together, we believe these configurable tools will make moderation easier. 

Here’s a quick recap of what’s available: 

  • Crowd Control - automatically collapses or filters content from people who aren’t trusted members of your community

  • Mature Content Filter - automatically filters potentially sexual and/or graphic content 

  • Ban Evasion Filter - automatically filters posts and/or comments from suspected community ban evaders

  • Harassment filter - automatically filters comments that are likely to be considered harassing

Safety research themes and insights

Following up on the recent Q1 2024 Safety Report, we’d also like to share a couple of themes from our safety user research to show how your feedback is shaping our roadmaps for better tools and improvements.

  • Ban evaders and spammer prevention were the top ranked needs across mods: based on this research, we developed the Reputation Filter and continue to improve the Ban Evasion filter to address these top needs at scale. We focused on making these tools simpler to use and with higher accuracy detection than previous methods that mods relied on to manage these behaviors.  

  • Removals and sitewide / subreddit bans are the most important signals in evaluating user profiles: we know that reviewing a redditor’s profile to determine if they are a bad actor is challenging and time-consuming. We wanted to know more about what types of signals are used in this process so we could make them more accessible and help streamline reviews. We’re planning next steps based on this research. 

We’ll be incorporating these insights into our roadmap over the next year. Thank you to those of you who have participated in our research or given us feedback. If you have any questions, we’ll be sticking around for a bit to reply. 

edit: u/AutoModerator and not automod! Thanks!


Q1 2024 Safety & Security Report ADMIN
Q1 2024 Safety & Security Report

Hi redditors,

I can’t believe it’s summer already. As we look back at Q1 2024, we wanted to dig a little deeper into some of the work we’ve been doing on the safety side. Below, we discuss how we’ve been addressing affiliate spam, give some data on our harassment filter, and look ahead to how we’re preparing for elections this year. But first: the numbers.

Q1 By The Numbers

Category Volume (October - December 2023) Volume (January - March 2024)
Reports for content manipulation 543,997 533,455
Admin content removals for content manipulation 23,283,164 25,683,306
Admin imposed account sanctions for content manipulation 2,534,109 2,682,007
Admin imposed subreddit sanctions for content manipulation 232,114 309,480
Reports for abuse 2,813,686 3,037,701
Admin content removals for abuse 452,952 548,764
Admin imposed account sanctions for abuse 311,560 365,914
Admin imposed subreddit sanctions for abuse 3,017 2,827
Reports for ban evasion 13,402 15,215
Admin imposed account sanctions for ban evasion 301,139 367,959
Protective account security actions 864,974 764,664

Combating SEO spam

Spam is an issue we’ve dealt with for as long as Reddit has existed, and we have sophisticated tools and processes to address it. However, spammers can be creative, so we often work to evolve our approach as we see new kinds of spammy behavior on the platform. One recent trend we’ve seen is an influx of affiliate spam-related content (i.e., spam used to promote products or services) where spammers will comment with product recommendations on older posts to increase visibility in search engines.

While much of this content is being caught via our existing spam processes, we updated our scaled, automated detection tools to better target the new behavioral patterns we’re seeing with this activity specifically — and our internal data shows that our approach is effectively removing this content. Between April and June 2024, we actioned 20,000 spammers, preventing them from infiltrating search results via Reddit. We’ve also taken down more than 950 subreddits, banned 5,400 domains dedicated to this behavior, and averaged 17k violating comment removals per week.

Empowering communities with LLMs

Since launching the Harassment Filter in Q1, communities across Reddit have adopted the tool to flag potentially abusive comments in their communities. Feedback from mods was positive, with many highlighting that the filter surfaces content inappropriate for their communities that might have gone unnoticed — helping keep conversations healthy without adding additional moderation overhead.

Currently, the Harassment filter is flagging more than 75,000 comments per day in almost 9,000 communities.

We shared more on the Harassment Filter and the LLM that powers it in this Mod News post. We’re continuing to build our portfolio of community tools and are looking forward to launching the Reputation Filter, a tool to flag content from potentially inauthentic users, in the coming months.

On the horizon: Elections

We’ve been focused on preparing for the many elections happening around the world this year–including the U.S. presidential election–for a while now. Our approach includes promoting high-quality, substantiated resources on Reddit (check out our Voter Education AMA Series) as well as working to protect our platform from harmful content. We remain focused on enforcing our rules against content manipulation (in particular, coordinated inauthentic behavior and AI-generated content presented to mislead), hateful content, and threats of violence, and are always investing in new and expanded tools to assess potential threats and enforce against violating content. For example, we are currently testing a new tool to help detect AI-generated media, including political content (such as AI-generated images featuring sitting politicians and candidates for office). We’ve also introduced a number of new mod tools to help moderators enforce their subreddit-level rules.

We’re constantly evolving how we handle potential threats and will share more information on our approach as the year unfolds. In the meantime, you can see our blog post for more details on how we’re preparing for this election year as well as our Transparency Report for the latest data on handling content moderation and legal requests.

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More 2024 Mod Events 🎉 ADMIN
More 2024 Mod Events 🎉
Mod Events

Hi y’all! It’s me, u/big-slay, back to announce more Mod Events for the second half of 2024! LFG.

We’ve had a blast hosting new virtual events this year, like Moddit, ModConnect, and Mod Bootcamp. We also hung out with tons of mods IRL in Atlanta, Toronto, Indianapolis, NYC, Austin, Dallas, Bangalore, Bombay, Delhi, Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Hannover, and São Paulo. You can check out the recaps in r/ModEvents.

RSVPs are open now for more 2024 Mod Events!

View the homepage to see the full schedule, learn about different event types, and review the FAQs.

Virtual Events

IRL Events

We’ll keep adding events to the schedule and post them here! You can also stay updated in r/ModEvents

If you have any other questions, please feel free to drop them in the comments or DM me! 

Very excited to meet even more of you this year <3

Xoxo, u/big-slay

Admins & Mods at the Austin Mod Roadshow

Wrapping the Golden Upvote Pilot + New(ish) and Improved Awards ADMIN
Wrapping the Golden Upvote Pilot + New(ish) and Improved Awards
Product Updates

Hi Mods,

I’m u/SmEllen_Fresh from the product team and I’m here with an (overdue) update on the gold and Contributor Program. We’ve reflected on how we rolled out these features, and want to rethink how we approach rewarding good contributions on Reddit. So, to close the loop on the pilot, we’re sharing some big news: today we’re launching new(ish) and improved awards. Rollout starts today on reddit.com and Reddit’s iOS and Android apps.

I’ll walk you through what’s coming, and how we got here. But first…

Where we’ve been

ICYMI, last year we released new features that we thought would make the experience of rewarding high-quality posts and comments even better. To address feedback that awards were starting to clutter posts and feeds, we replaced legacy awards with a simplified experience where users could purchase “new” gold – displayed as a golden upvote – directly with cash, rather than having to purchase coins first.

While the golden upvote was certainly simpler in theory, in practice, it missed the mark. It wasn’t as fun or expressive as legacy awards, and it was unclear how it benefited the recipient.

As part of the launch of the golden upvote, we also introduced the Contributor Program in the US. The program allows eligible users to earn cash for gold and eligible karma. (It’s worth noting that although there were understandable concerns about the Contributor Program leading to karma farming or other spam and fraud issues, we haven’t seen an increase in this behavior since the rollout 6 months ago). Unlike the golden upvote, interest in the program has grown… more on that in a second.

Finally, as part of this launch, we sunset coins. We gave those with a balance three months to spend their coins before we cleared balances and removed the monthly drip as a benefit of Reddit Premium.

Swing and a miss

Our goal is to make Reddit a place where people who make quality posts and comments get real value for their contributions, and create incentives for better comments and posts to keep your communities healthy and vibrant.

Your feedback has been spot-on throughout the process; here’s what we learned:

  • Awards need to be expressive - Awards are a core part of the Reddit experience and should be expressive. If they’re too simple, they stop being fun.

  • Awards given should visually support the recipient - The simplified golden upvote design wasn’t as fun or expressive as legacy awards, and it was unclear how it supported the recipient. (Several of you opted into the new golden upvote experience anyway, and your feedback helped us get here. We appreciate that.) Redditors love seeing other redditors get their kudos. It’s important to show the recognition contributors receive, and that their contribution matters.

  • Awards given should convey real value to the recipient - The Contributor Program now gives redditors opportunity to get a cash payout as they receive awards on their content.

  • But that value didn’t need to come at the cost of existing balances - While we had to sunset coins to implement this, we could’ve done better by our coin holders, i.e. some of the top awarders and award-recipients. Coin balances represented a commitment to rewarding comments and posts that delight fellow redditors. It was frustrating to see that disappear–even with the chance to spend down the balance.

  • Eligibility to earn cash shouldn't incentivize spam and karma farming - This is an understandable concern. We have been monitoring the Contributor Program closely and haven’t seen spam, clickbait, and trolling that could attract engagement, arising from this program since the rollout six months ago.

What we’re doing about it

We’re launching a new and improved awards experience.
We’re shouting from the rafters: Awards are back! Our goal with this refreshed experience is to bring back the fun of awards while minimizing in-feed clutter. The new experience features iconic expressions you’ll recognize in addition to new, uniquely Reddity ones. We’re also launching a leaderboard that shows the top awards for a post or comment.

To give an award, click the award icon underneath the content you’d like to recognize, select the award you want from a digestible set of fun options, and click Give Award. If you don’t have enough gold for the award, you can buy some on the same screen and give the award. Any redditor can view the awards you give in the awards leaderboard of a post or comment, unless the award is given anonymously.

Tap on the awards button in a post or comment to give an award and purchase goldView the top awards and gold earned by a post or comment in the awards leaderboard

We’re (re)introducing gold as the way to purchase awards on Reddit.
Gold has meant a lot of things in Reddit history. It's referred to coins, Reddit Premium, and more. With the new version of Awards, gold both purchased and received will be stored as a balance on Reddit. Redditors can buy gold in bulk and spend down their balance to award content, or buy gold at the time of giving the award.

We’ve expanded the Contributor Program internationally.
We’re expanding beyond the US. Eligible redditors in 35 countries can now earn cash for gold and karma earned through their contributions to the community. While we haven’t seen an increase in spam, fraud, or moderator burden to date, we’ll continue to monitor it as we scale the program to new countries.

We’re helping you keep your communities safe.
If redditors notice potentially harmful awards on a post or comment, they can report it to you for removal if needed. Safety is paramount to us for refreshed awards - so please don’t be shy (we know you won’t be) if there are other ways we can ensure safety for your communities as awards roll back out. NSFW subreddits, trauma and addiction support subreddits, and subreddits with mature content are not eligible for awards.

We’re giving exclusive awards to coin holders.
If you had a balance when we announced that coins were going away, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive awards to give for free when we launch this week. No action required, those eligible will see a balance of these awards when awarding a post or comment starting May 15.

Exclusive awards available to coin holders

For more info, you can check out the help articles for awards, gold and Contributor Program. Comment with any questions!


More desktop Mod Queue updates ADMIN
More desktop Mod Queue updates
Product Updates

Hello, mods – I’m back with another update.

In April, we unveiled the beta release of our updated desktop Mod Queue interface. Since then, we've received invaluable feedback from mods, leading to several recent improvements to the Mod Queue. Check out the latest enhancements below:

  • Mod feedback: NSFW content auto-blurring slowed down review processes. This was a bug where the Mod Queue wasn’t respecting a mod's NSFW settings (eg blur or not blur), and was blurring every image.

    • Action taken: We've squashed this bug and the queue will now respect a mod's NSFW settings.

  • Mod feedback: On certain devices, the Mod Queue's width was restrictive, hindering efficient review.

    • Action taken: We've added max-width constraints in the Mod Queue to prevent content from stretching out considerably, particularly for those using wider monitors.

Max width update
  • Mod Feedback: It would be helpful to refine the order of secondary mod actions.

    • Action taken: We've adjusted the order of secondary mod actions (lock, sticky, etc.) on Compact mode to reflect their frequency of use. We're currently developing keyboard shortcuts, and soon mods will have the ability to customize the order of these actions on their end.

  • Mod feedback: The unmoderated and edited queue is missing from this new experience.

    • Action taken: The unmoderated and edited queue have been recently incorporated.

Unmoderated and Edited Queue
  • Mod feedback: The context panel loads comments in a single comment thread view. This makes it hard to moderate in context.

    • Action taken: Clicking on a comment now scrolls to and highlights the comment in context while keeping parent comments available for context.

Comment Highlighting in the queue
  • Mod feedback: It's challenging to quickly identify the latest mod note left on a user in the queue.

    • Action taken: Mod Note labels have been added to the queue for easy recognition of the last note added.

  • Mod feedback: The location of the Mod Insights and activity panel is confusing.

    • Action taken: Initially, these panels were auto-collapsed, but we've now revised it to display them upon initial page load. Mods can close these panels by clicking the “X” button.

  • Mod feedback: It would be helpful to have guidance on utilizing the new queue and accessing its new features.

    • Action taken: An in-product onboarding feature has been added, offering mods a brief tutorial on navigating the new Mod Queue experience.

In product tutorial

Following the rollout of these improvements, we've decided to advance our beta-testing phase by making this Mod Queue version the default experience for mods accessing the latest desktop version of Reddit. However, mods will still have the option to use previous versions of the queue if preferred.

Next up, we’re actively working on building the following capabilities into the Mod Queue. These will launch over the coming months:

  • Enhanced customization: Mods will have the flexibility to personalize the order of mod actions in Compact view, tailored to their specific preferences and workflows.

  • Keyboard shortcuts: Action shortcuts will help minimize the number of clicks a mod needs to take.

  • More filters: Custom Mod Queue filters are currently being developed so mods can filter their queues to best suit their individual workflows..

  • Macros, all the macros: removal reason macros, ban macros, modmail macros, etc. are on the way and are intended to help mods craft Saved Responses!

  • Additional features in the works: enhanced user insights, automod keyword highlighting, real-time indicators, and much more!

Saying goodbye to new.reddit.

A friendly reminder - we're planning to phase out new.reddit later this year as we move forward with our updates. As always, we'll keep you posted as our plans continue to develop. If you haven't already, take a look at the new Mod Queue experience and share your thoughts. Your feedback is invaluable to us, so don’t hesitate to ask us any questions or provide input in the comments below.


Sharing our Public Content Policy and a New Subreddit for Researchers ADMIN
Sharing our Public Content Policy and a New Subreddit for Researchers
Policy Updates

TL;DR (this is a lengthy post, but stay with us until the end: as a lawyer, I am not allowed to be brief):

We are, unfortunately, seeing more and more commercial entities collecting public data, including Reddit content, in bulk with no regard for user rights or privacy. We believe in preserving public access to Reddit content, but in distributing Reddit content, we need to work with trusted partners that will agree in writing to reasonable protections for redditors. They should respect user decisions to delete their content as well as anything Reddit removes for violating our Content Policy, and they cannot abuse their access by using Reddit content to identify or surveil users.

In line with this, and to be more transparent about how we protect data on Reddit, today we published our Public Content Policy, which outlines how we manage access to public content on our platform at scale.

At the same time, we continue to believe in supporting public access to Reddit content for researchers and those who believe in responsible non-commercial use of public data. This is why we’re building new tools for researchers and introducing a new subreddit, r/reddit4researchers. Our goal is for this sub to evolve into a place to better support researchers and academics and improve their access to Reddit data.

Hi, redditors - I’m u/Traceroo, Reddit’s Chief Legal Officer, and today I’m sharing more about how we protect content on Reddit.

Our Public Content Policy

Reddit is an inherently public platform, and we want to keep it that way. Although we’ve shared our POV before, we’re publishing this policy to give you all (whether you are a redditor, moderator, researcher, or developer) a better sense of how we think about access to public content and the protections that should exist for users against misuse of public content.

This is distinct from our Privacy Policy, which covers how we handle the minimal private/personal information users provide to us (such as email). It’s not our Content Policy, which sets out our rules for what content and behavior is allowed on the platform.

What we consider public content on Reddit

Public content includes all of the content – like posts and comments, usernames and profiles, public karma scores, etc. (for a longer list, you can check out our public API) – that Reddit distributes and makes publicly available to redditors, visitors who use the service, and developers, e.g. to be extra clear, it doesn’t include stuff we don’t make public, such as private messages or mod mail, or non-public account information, such as email address, browsing history, IP address, etc. (this is stuff we don’t and would never license or distribute, because we believe Privacy is a Right).

Preventing the misuse and abuse of public content

Unfortunately, we see more and more commercial entities using unauthorized access or misusing authorized access to collect public data in bulk, including Reddit public content. Worse, these entities perceive they have no limitation on their usage of that data, and they do so with no regard for user rights or privacy, ignoring reasonable legal, safety, and user removal requests. While we will continue our efforts to block known bad actors, we can’t continue to assume good intentions. We need to do more to restrict access to Reddit public content at scale to trusted actors who have agreed to abide by our policies. But we also need to continue to ensure that users, mods, researchers, and other good-faith, non-commercial actors have access.

The policy, at-a-glance

Our policy outlines the information partners can access via any public-content licensing agreements. It also outlines the commitments we make to users about usage of this content, explaining how:

  • We require our partners to uphold the privacy of redditors and their communities. This includes respecting users’ decisions to delete their content and any content we remove for violating our Content Policy.

  • Partners are not allowed to use content to identify individuals or their personal information, including for ad targeting purposes.

  • Partners cannot use Reddit content to spam or harass redditors.

  • Partners are not allowed to use Reddit content to conduct background checks, facial recognition, government surveillance, or help law enforcement do any of the above.

  • Partners cannot access public content that includes adult media.

  • And, as always, we don’t sell the personal information of redditors.

What’s a policy without enforcement?

Anyone accessing Reddit content must abide by our policies, and we are selective about who we work with and trust with large-scale access to Reddit content. We will block access to those that don’t agree to our policies, and we will continue to enhance our capabilities to hunt down and catch bad actors. We don’t want to but, if necessary, we’ll also take legal action.

What changes for me as a user?

Nothing changes for redditors. You can continue using Reddit logged in, logged out, on mobile, etc.

What do users get out of these agreements?

Users get protections against misuse of public content. Also, commercial agreements allow us to invest more in making Reddit better as a platform and product.

Who can access public content on Reddit?

In addition to those we have agreements with, Reddit Data API access remains free for non-commercial researchers and academics under our published usage threshold. It also remains accessible for organizations like the Internet Archive.

Reddit for Research

It’s important to us that we continue to preserve public access to Reddit content for researchers and those who believe in responsible non-commercial use of public data. We believe in and recognize the value that public Reddit content provides to researchers and academics. Academics contribute meaningful and important research that helps shape our understanding of how people interact online. To continue studying the impacts of how behavioral patterns evolve online, access to public data is essential.

That’s why we’re building tools and an environment to help researchers access Reddit content. If you're an academic or researcher, and interested in learning more, head over to r/reddit4researchers and check out u/KeyserSosa’s first post.

Thank you to the users and mods who gave us feedback in developing this Public Content Policy, including u/abrownn, u/AkaashMaharaj, u/Full_Stall_Indicator, u/Georgy_K_Zhukov, u/Khytau/Kindapuffy, u/lil_spazjoekp, u/Pedantichrist, u/shiruken, u/SQLwitch, and u/yellowmix, among others.

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New tools to help mods educate and inform community members ADMIN
New tools to help mods educate and inform community members
Product Updates

Greetings, mods

During numerous calls with mods last year, we consistently heard about the difficulties in informing and educating redditors about a community's rules, culture, FAQs, and other important information during key moments. This challenge is particularly pronounced on mobile platforms, where user engagement is high but community identity is less visible. Today, we're thrilled to unveil a suite of new mod tools designed to address this issue by effectively conveying information to users across various areas on Reddit.

Community Status

This week we’re launching Community Status, a new feature that will allow mods to set an editable status that shows up next to your subreddit’s name. This status will be visible to all redditors, and they’ll be able to click or tap on the status to view more information.

Mods can use this status for a variety of reasons, like highlighting live events associated with the community, commemorating cultural moments, incorporating memes and easter eggs, or showcasing specific posts from the community. This status will be visible across the popular/home feeds, post detail pages, and the community page.

Community Status User Interface

Community Highlights

In a call with moderators last year regarding community uniqueness and customization, a significant concern raised was the limited visibility of stickied posts.

  • Stickied posts, especially on mobile, are less visible due to changes that have reduced how clearly they appear in a community.

  • Only having the ability to sticky two posts is quite restrictive, and ends up placing mods in difficult compromises on what types of posts to sticky.

We understand that this has hindered moderators' ability to efficiently communicate and disseminate information within their community. To help remedy this, we’re excited to launch Community Highlights, a new supercharged pinned post experience. Next week mods will be able to do the following with Community Highlights:

  • Pin up to 6 posts.

  • Add a ‘label’ that shows up on the highlighted card, depending on what the type of post is.

  • Set an ‘expiry timer’ for how long a highlight will stay on the page.

  • Highlighted posts show up in this carousel format at the top of the page.

Used together, we intend for Community Status and Highlights to be a powerful new toolset notifying users about ongoing events within a community and assisting moderators in spotlighting posts they want to emphasize.

Community Highlights in Compact ModeCommunity Highlights in Card ModeCommunity Highlights Management

Post Guidance

After months of trialing Post Guidance, we’re beyond excited to drop the rope, pull the curtain back, and make this feature available to all communities, everywhere. For those unfamiliar with the feature, Post Guidance serves as a more intuitive tool where moderators can migrate and set up their subreddit rules and automoderator configurations. Users will then be preemptively alerted with a custom message that they are breaking a specific direction when trying to craft a post.

A heartfelt thank you to the 200+ mod teams who took the time to experiment with this new tool, provide us feedback and partner with us on this journey.

We’re currently building Comment Guidance (Post Guidance, but for Comments), with the goal of testing and launching it in the next couple of months.

Community Welcome Message

This July, we look forward to launching The Community Welcome Message. This feature will appear immediately after any user clicks the join button from a subreddit page. After the message is dismissed, it will be discoverable as an easy-to-use community guide on a subreddit’s About page. Mods will be able to add unique community assets and easygoing call-to-actions:

  • Community image

  • Short, custom welcome message

  • User flair selection

  • Resource links such as wiki links, join this welcome thread, and check out this funny post!

The Community Welcome Message is meant to convey the character of the community by quickly serving up the most relevant and important information to new community members while encouraging engagement.

Welcome Message User Interface

Temporary Events

Occasionally, certain events lead to significant spikes in traffic for communities, posing challenges for moderators to maintain quality and enforce rules. To manage this, moderators may switch their community's status to "Private" or "Restricted" until traffic normalizes. This not only presents challenges for moderators but also restricts and confuses well-intentioned users from participating in the community.

This July, we'll introduce a new feature called Temporary Events to address these situations. This feature empowers mods to create "temporary events" for both anticipated and unexpected scenarios. When a mod initiates an event, they can choose from various settings to efficiently manage community involvement, inform users about the event, and alert the mod team. Mods will have the flexibility to activate the temporary event as needed or schedule it in advance. Once activated, the specified settings will take effect, overriding the current community settings if necessary. When done, the subreddit will return to its standard settings

Temporary Event Mod Interface

If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions about the features mentioned today, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below or via our support channels.


Recognizing community milestones with new achievement badges ADMIN
Recognizing community milestones with new achievement badges
Product Updates

TL;DR Redditors can now unlock new achievement badges for completing certain contribution milestones in their communities. We’ll begin testing this experience with a small group of redditors next week. As moderators, you can select which Community achievement badges are available to community members in your subreddit through the Achievements settings in mod tools, or opt-out entirely.

Hey mods,

I’m u/SlurpingSnoodles from the community product marketing team. I’m here today to introduce you to new achievement badges that redditors can unlock for completing certain contribution milestones within their communities.

Redditors come to this platform everyday to learn, share their expertise, and have conversations across communities. For people learning their way around Reddit, we’ve been testing out achievement badges for completing challenges across the platform—which some of you may have noticed in your profile (like “Nice Post”, “Conversation Starter”, or “Person of Interests”).

Now, redditors can also be recognized for their meaningful contribution and consistent dedication with Community achievement badges in subs they’re a part of. Starting next week, we’ll begin testing Community achievements with a small group—which means a few members of your subreddits may start seeing these badges soon.

Without further ado, let’s go through some of the details so you can decide if you’d like to make these badges available to redditors in communities you moderate.

Unlocking achievement badges: Community achievement badges will be unlocked on redditors’ profiles when they hit the following milestones:

  • Poster Prodigy - You are in the top 10% of posters based on upvotes, in any of your communities, at the end of the month.

  • Opinion Oracle - You are in the top 10% of commenters based on upvotes, in any of your communities, at the end of the month.

  • Repeat Contributor - You post or comment in the same community for 30 total days.

  • Content Connoisseur - You vote on a post or comment at least five times in a day for 30 total days.

  • Flag Planter - You are one of the first five commenters in the first 24 hours of a post for 30 total days

  • Elder - You complete 3 years in a community.

*These milestones may evolve as we test out this experience. Unlocked badges will continue to stay as is.

Some achievements can be unlocked in more than one community and multiple times within the same community. Once a badge is unlocked, it stays that way. Tapping on any badge in the achievement showcase will reveal the list of communities where it’s been unlocked. Any achievement can be shared on and off Reddit through the share button on the achievement detail page.

The achievement detail page includes more on how and where the badge was unlocked along with the option to share the achievement with others

Viewing achievements: Redditors can view achievement badges through their profile on reddit.com and Reddit’s mobile apps. Think of these badges as an extension of trophies, given by Reddit for participating in certain moments or accomplishing certain tasks. (Trophies can still be viewed on the profile page.)

All unlocked badges across categories will appear in your main achievements showcase. You can tap into any category to expand the list of achievements.

Selecting Community achievements as moderators: Eligible subreddits are currently opted-in to all community achievements outlined above (more on eligibility criteria here). Starting today, mods of eligible communities have the option to opt their subreddit out of specific Community achievements or opt-out entirely, through the Achievements settings in mod tools. If you decide to opt your community out, redditors will not receive badges when completing those achievements in your subreddit. This mod setting is only applicable to the Community achievement category.

Subreddits with mature content and/or private and restricted subreddits will not be eligible for Community achievements. Communities dedicated to topics that may be perceived as sensitive for some redditors (e.g. trauma support) will be defaulted to opt-out with the option to opt-in through the mod setting.

Comment below in case of any questions!

Note: You may have seen in our recent post that we will soon be sharing news about the next chapter for Awards. To clarify, unlike Awards that are given by redditors to recognize each other’s valuable content, achievement badges are unlocked by Reddit for hitting milestones and completing certain challenges. We promise, more on Awards soon.


Adopt-an-Admin: Insights, updates, and announcing our next round! ADMIN
Adopt-an-Admin: Insights, updates, and announcing our next round!
Mod Programs

TL;DR:

Hello, mods!
I’m u/techiesgoboom, here with u/tiz, from Reddit’s Community team. We support Adopt-an-Admin (AAA), a program that embeds Reddit admins (aka Reddit employees) in mod teams, where they moderate alongside you to grow their empathy and understanding of the mod experience. Four months ago, we announced our goal of having every existing and new admin participate in the program. Keep reading to learn a few takeaways from this round, what’s next for the Adopt-an-Admin program, and how you can join the fun.

March 2024 Adopt-an-Admin by the numbers

  • 85 admins participated

  • 49 subreddits participated

  • 85% of mods report they would participate again

Participant takeaways from this round

Admin from our legal team wrote:

AAA was a great opportunity to learn directly from our Mods and get an appreciation for all of the effort they put into maintaining their communities. I don't think anyone can understand Reddit fully until they've had some mod experience, and this is a great way to do it.

Admin from our community team wrote:

This program allows you to understand Reddit moderators at a deeper level and will help develop empathy for those who volunteer their time to keep Reddit vibrant and safe. Participating in this program will provide you with insights that will be instrumental when working on your day to day job especially those in roles that affect the Reddit user base.

Mod said:

AAA is a rare opportunity for admin and moderators to engage with each other on a close level, and is a necessary reminder for both sides that we are all individual humans.

Mod said:

I set out with the expectation that the team would be giving up our time to teach admins about moderation, to focus on the specific areas where it pertained to their working day, and to give them a flavour of the requirements and challenges of moderators, as end users. What we got was exceptional interaction, friendly, intelligent learning and, from the conference calls we had with our admin, a superb, engaged and useful temporary addition to the team.

What’s new for the next round of Adopt-an-Admin?

While we got a lot of positive feedback from admin and mod participants (as you read above), we also learned about some areas for improvement. 19% of admins reported they weren’t able to participate fully this past round, which meant that some mod teams didn’t get the full Adopt-an-Admin experience they had expected. This is top of mind for us to improve, so we’re introducing the following changes to the program:

  • Flex rounds! We know that life can get busy, so mods and admins will now have the opportunity to select a time period that works best for their schedules.

  • Instead of us pairing admins with mods based on topic of interest, admins will now have to apply to the mod teams they’re interested in and share their time commitment and availability ahead of time.

  • The first moment of “adoption” will be an introductory meeting where mods and admins can chat through expectations.

We’ll continue to stay in touch with participating mods and admins to make sure we’re addressing feedback and improving Adopt-an-Admin along the way.

In addition to the above changes, we’re also continuing to scale to reach our goal of having all existing and new admins participate in the program. So far in 2024, 5% of Reddit admins have participated! We’re aiming for an even bigger round this June, where we’ll test flex-rounds and everything behind the scenes needed to support it (hint, it’s a lot) before stepping up again for July-August.

Want to participate in an upcoming round? Sign up for AAA here! Note, if you are already in the Adopt-an-Admin program subreddit for your community you do not have to sign up again.

Want to learn more? If you want to learn more about Adopt-an-Admin, please join us for an upcoming Moddit event on May 10, 2024 from 2:30pm - 3:00pm PT! Moddit is a new virtual moderator event series where you’ll hear quick, concise live presentations on topics relevant to you.

At the event, you’ll get an inside look at the first quarter of our company-wide Adopt-An-Admin initiative: what we learned, how we can improve, and how your community can get involved. Plus, the event chat will be open 30 minutes before and after for networking (if you’re into that kind of thing!). Register for the event here.

Whew, that was a long one! Thanks for reading.

If you’ve made it this far, comment with a song to prove that you made it to the end. I'll listen to all the songs this week, and report back about whether I regretted this commitment! We’ll stick around for a bit to answer questions.


Saying goodbye to the mobile Mod Feed. ADMIN
Saying goodbye to the mobile Mod Feed.
Product Updates

Hello, mods

Over the past year, we’ve made numerous improvements to the mobile mod experience, namely the mobile Mod Queue and post details page (see here for our most recent update). These improvements have largely made the Mod Feed redundant (for those unfamiliar with it, Mod Feed was another section where moderators could oversee the content within their community). As such, we intend to phase out the Mod Feed.

Why the change? Over the last six months, we've seen a noticeable drop in traffic to the mobile Mod Feed. This lines up with the ongoing improvements we’ve made to the mobile Mod Queue. Mods are increasingly using the Mod Queue or Post Details page (PDP) to manage most of their community content. We want to continue enhancing these areas for mods and focus our resources on fewer, better interfaces.

What does this mean for mods?

In 2 weeks we’ll remove access to the Mod Feed from our apps. After that, toggling between the different queue filters (e.g., Unmoderated) in the Mod Queue will provide much of the same experience as the Mod Feed did.

Looking ahead, we'll continue to launch mobile features to improve how mods can handle and manage content in their communities. As we gear up for the next round of planning, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the features or enhancements you'd like to see prioritized and developed. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below!


Celebrating two years of Community Funds… and don’t miss Reddit Meetup Week! ADMIN
Celebrating two years of Community Funds… and don’t miss Reddit Meetup Week!

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What do spiders, basketball, and anime fandoms all have in common? Besides being topics that redditors love geeking out about, this is a list of communities that have tapped into Reddit’s one-of-a-kind Community Funds program to create unique and special moments for their members that bring them closer together.

We launched the Community Funds program two years ago with a commitment of $1 million to help take your community passions from URL to IRL. Since then, your distinct ideas and collaborative teamwork have led to some original, impactful, and downright cool user-driven experiences on and off of Reddit. r/NBA raised funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, r/NFL celebrated their sports allegiances, and r/ChicagoFood created dinner party FOMO for a lot of us. And that’s just in the past year alone!

To commemorate these past two years, we’re excited to recap all the amazing and creative things that communities have accomplished together with support from the Community Funds program and give a little sneak peek into our plans for the next year.

Community Funds by the numbers (since launch in 2022):

  • 94 eligible applications received*

  • 30 proposals funded

  • $320,000 in funding disbursed

  • 33 million+ redditors engage in these funded communities

  • 5+ countries represented across these initiatives including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany

*151 total applications were received. Applications are deemed eligible based on program guidelines including the country where the applicant is based, established subreddit presence, application completion, and other criteria. Moderators based in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand are eligible to apply. For more information about the application process and program requirements, please visit here.

Recent community highlights:

Photo credit: u/TriedForMitchcrafthttps://preview.redd.it/celebrating-two-years-of-community-funds-and-dont-miss-v0-ccg1gkpen9wc1.jpgPhoto credit: u/Happy_ClemTeenCast logo
  • r/nfl went to the sidelines for the 2024 Pro Bowl to create a one-of-a-kind Ask Me Anything (AMA) experience with football stars Quinnen Williams representing the AFC and Dexter Lawrence representing the NFC. And there were snazzy AMA booths!

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New in 2024: Reddit Meetup Week x Community Funds:

Every year, you continue to power Community Funds by proposing incredible new ways to collectively bring your passion and interests to life. Our expansion of the program is fully driven by your submissions (last year we launched support for donation matching!) and we’re always impressed by the inspiring ideas you curate.

  • We’re thrilled to announce that Community Funds can be a helpful resource when you bring your community together for Reddit Meetup Week. For this URL to IRL event, you can submit proposals to take your community to the movies, for supplies to host trash cleanups, or to host a virtual book club – and Community Funds can provide support where it’s needed.

  • Complete this special application before May 1st to have your proposal considered for Reddit Meetup Week.

  • Visit r/CommunityFunds to ask questions, sign up for office hours to discuss your ideas, or get inspired by what other communities have planned!

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Each application has helped to raise the ceiling of what’s possible through Community Funds. No project idea is too big or too small. Whether you want to start a book club or you’d like to write a book together, thank you for sharing your ideas with us. Please keep them coming!

We’re sticking around for a while, if you have questions for us in the comments!


What We’re Working on in 2024 ADMIN
What We’re Working on in 2024
Product Updates

TL;DR

Here’s what we’re getting up to this year:

  • Making moderating easier and introducing new safety tools.

  • Improving the user experience.

  • Enabling developers to bring new experiences to Reddit.

Hi, redditors, this is the Reddit Product Team and we’re here to share what we’re building to make Reddit the best place for communities and conversations. Here are some of the big things we’re working on.

Making moderating easier

We’re rolling out more sophisticated and AI-powered moderation tools to make mobile modding easier. Think superpowered Post Guidance on mobile, keyword highlighting to quickly find content that contains phrases captured by Automod, and saved responses so mods no longer need to leave the app to copy and paste when they need templated responses. Tools to help mods more efficiently manage influxes of community members and conversations are also on their way. More deets on this are posted here.

Post Guidance in r/askredditUpdated Mod Queue on desktop

Last, but not least, you’ll continue to see new safety tools that expand on features we released in the past few months, like improved automated removal of undesired content, LLM-powered harassment filters, and user details reporting.

New harassment filter, which is highly-customizable to filter out what mods don’t wantExpanded user reporting capabilities

Improving the user experience

TBH, we’re really trying to amp up the number of times we can comment with FTFY this year. Here’s what’s on the way:

  • Faster redditting and improved access to shortcuts and transitions. ICYMI, our new web platform is more than twice as fast, and 2023 saw a more than 10% reduction in app start time.

  • New ways to search.

  • Simpler experiences for navigating conversations that will be the same regardless of how you use Reddit: in-app, on desktop, logged-out, etc.

We want to bring you cohesive, intuitive, and speedy experiences across every single screen. And before you ask, we’re going to continue to support old Reddit, which many of you (and us) love! IYKYK. We’ve already incorporated some of the best elements of old.reddit into recent updates.

Compact view of our updated web experience with a collapsible navigation bar coming soon.Cohesive experience across web surfaces

We also want everyone to be able to make Reddit their own, regardless of where they live or the language(s) they speak. We’re making communities and conversations more accessible across more languages, meaning people can engage with content in their own language, no matter what language that subreddit is originally created in.

Localized content in a user’s preferred language

In terms of improving accessibility, so far this year we’ve introduced closed captioning on videos and font resizing on our native mobile apps. There’s much more on the way, and our goal is to be compliant with the World Wide Web Consortium’s accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.1) by the end of 2024.

Closed Captioning on video

We said goodbye to a few products and features in 2023, some of which we may have parted with too early – specifically Awards. We messed up; we lost some of the whimsy and Reddit-y-ness that Awards brought to the platform. This year we’re working to bring back Awards in a way that combines the fun and expression they originally offered, combined with real money value to redditors participating in the Contributor Program.

AMAs - you know them, you love them, sometimes you didn’t even get the chance to ask Keanu your question because wait, that was today? I thought I set a !remindme…

This year we’re revamping and modernizing the entire AMA experience - from hosting, to the questions, and yes, even event reminders. More to come this AMAy (see what we did there?)

New AMA scheduler and event reminder, coming soon

Enabling developers to bring new experiences to Reddit

We’re ramping up our Developer Platform to bring new ways for the community to co-create elements that make Reddit more engaging and fun. While admins are building new tools for the platform all the time, we want to give community developers the same opportunity - because, at the end of the day, it’s redditors who know the best and most exciting ways to move the platform forward.

Already this year we’ve seen new, developer-built apps on Reddit, like the Super Bowl (Taylor's Version) - San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs custom scoreboard in r/taylorswift, and a new module highlighting what’s trending in r/wallstreetbets.

Developer tools make moments like r/wallstreetbets daily tracker and Super Bowl Scorecard (Taylor’s Version) happen

Watch this space. You’ll see more live score formats for sports, interactive games, and new post types in the coming months.

These are just a few highlights of what’s coming in 2024. We know we need to build what you want, so if you’re interested in providing feedback on Reddit products, you can join our User Feedback Collective.

A few of us are sticking around to answer any questions you may have, so fire away!


Reddit Transparency Report: Jul-Dec 2023 ADMIN
Reddit Transparency Report: Jul-Dec 2023

Hello, redditors!

Today we published our Transparency Report for the second half of 2023, which shares data and insights about our content moderation and legal requests from July through December 2023.

Reddit’s biannual Transparency Reports provide insights and metrics about content that was removed from Reddit – including content proactively removed as a result of automated tooling, accounts that were suspended, and legal requests we received from governments, law enforcement agencies, and third parties from around the world to remove content or disclose user data.

Some key highlights include:

  • Content Creation & Removals:

    • Between July and December 2023, redditors shared over 4.4 billion pieces of content, bringing the total content on Reddit (posts, comments, private messages and chats) in 2023 to over 8.8 billion. (+6% YoY). The vast majority of content (~96%) was not found to violate our Content Policy or individual community rules.

      • Of the ~4% of removed content, about half was removed by admins and half by moderators. (Note that moderator removals include removals due to their individual community rules, and so are not necessarily indicative of content being unsafe, whereas admin removals only include violations of our Content Policy).

      • Over 72% of moderator actions were taken with Automod, a customizable tool provided by Reddit that mods can use to take automated moderation actions. We have enhanced the safety tools available for mods and expanded Automod in the past year. You can see more about that here.

      • The majority of admin removals were for spam (67.7%), which is consistent with past reports.

    • As Reddit's tools and enforcement capabilities keep evolving, we continue to see a trend of admins gradually taking on more content moderation actions from moderators, leaving moderators more room to focus on their individual community rules.

      • We saw a ~44% increase in the proportion of non-spam, rule-violating content removed by admins, as opposed to mods (admins remove the majority of spam on the platform using scaled backend tooling, so excluding it is a good way of understanding other Content Policy violations).

  • New “Communities” Section

    • We’ve added a new “Communities” section to the report to highlight subreddit-level actions as well as admin enforcement of Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct.

  • Global Legal Requests

    • We continue to process large volumes of global legal requests from around the world. Interestingly, we’ve seen overall decreases in global government and law enforcement legal requests to remove content or disclose account information compared to the first half of 2023.

      • We routinely push back on overbroad or otherwise objectionable requests for account information, and fight to ensure users are notified of requests.

      • In one notable U.S. request for user information, we were served with a sealed search warrant from the LAPD seeking records for an account allegedly involved in the leak of an LA City Council meeting recording that resulted in the resignation of prominent, local political leaders. We fought to notify the account holder about the warrant, and while we didn’t prevail initially, we persisted and were eventually able to get the warrant and proceedings unsealed and provide notice to the redditor.

You can read more insights in the full document: Transparency Report: July to December 2023. You can also see all of our past reports and more information on our policies and procedures in our Transparency Center.

Please let us know in the comments section if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about other data or insights.

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Introducing…Reddit Meetup Week; June 8-15, 2024! ADMIN
Introducing…Reddit Meetup Week; June 8-15, 2024!

TL;DR – Global Reddit Meetup Day is now Reddit Meetup Week and it’s happening June 8-15, 2024. Want to host an event for your community? Apply to receive support through r/CommunityFunds or host a DIY event. Join r/RedditMeetupWeek to follow along.

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* 90s infomercial voice *Do you LOVE Reddit? Are you TIRED of connecting only within the walls of your monitor, laptop, or mobile device? Is meeting up with other redditors something that brings you JOY?

Well, we have an announcement for you.

Introducing…Reddit Meetup Week – 8 days of global, community-led IRL Reddit meetups from June 8-15, 2024.

If you’ve been around the block, you may remember Global Reddit Meetup Day (GRMD) from way back in the before days (2019 and earlier). GRMD helped communities create meetups together and form connections across the world. Although there are a few changes to the tradition this year, all of the good parts still exist…and some of them are even good-er. A whole week! Community Funds support! The possibilities are endless, so let’s get this thing back on the calendar.

SO LET’S GO!

When it comes to hosting an event, think about what will resonate most with your community. That could be a local dinner party, neighborhood clean-up, game night, virtual happy hour, volunteering, group hike/bike, art gallery walkthrough, pool party 🏊 or pool party 🎱, and those are just off the top of my head. The true beauty of Reddit Meetup Week is folks working together to create something that’s perfect for your people – whatever that may be.

There are 2 different ways to make your Reddit Meetup Week dreams happen – apply to receive monetary support through r/CommunityFunds or host a DIY event for your community!

Community Funds Events

Our one-of-a-kind Community Funds program provides financial support for community-driven events that bring users together. We’ve seen communities come up with some creative and fun ideas including, r/chicagofood going out for dinner, r/NBA hosting a meetup during All Star Weekend, and r/brisbane celebrating their local community through an in-person art exhibition.

  • Communities can apply to receive Reddit funding and support to host their events!

  • Moderators based in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand and Australia are eligible to apply.

  • Community Funds can be used to cover costs for venues, food & beverages, event insurance, tickets to go to an event (think sporting events, museums, or movies), and event supplies (like for trash cleanups, in-person or virtual knitting circles, or book clubs).

  • If it’s your first time hosting an IRL event or applying for Community Funds, we recommend starting simple and small. Set a goal to gather a small group of community members and keep your list of costs specific and short.

  • Have questions? Let us know in r/CommunityFunds!

  • Submit your application before May 1, 2024 May 3, 2024

to be considered for Reddit Meetup Week funding.

DIY Events

  • If you don’t qualify or aren’t selected to receive Community Funds, don’t worry. You’ve got this! There are so many easy, cost-effective ways to host your own meetup.

  • Consider collaborating with similar subreddits, networking with fellow mods, or polling your community to see what they’re most excited about.

Ready?

Update: We've extended the application deadline to May 3rd!

Reddit Meetup Week June 8-15,2024
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Mobile Mod Tooling Update: Automod Keyword Highlighting, Comment Context in Mod Queue, Saved Responses, and more! ADMIN
Mobile Mod Tooling Update: Automod Keyword Highlighting, Comment Context in Mod Queue, Saved Responses, and more!
Product Updates

Hello, mods

In recent months, we’ve heard numerous mods call out the below challenges while managing their community via their mobile device:

  • Managing comments within the post details page (PDP) is challenging, particularly in longer threads.

  • When content gets flagged for review by automod, it can be challenging to locate the specific section of the text containing the offending phrase.

  • Mods have to leave the mod queue to gain additional context when moderating comments. This is a clunky and inefficient experience.

  • It can be a hassle when dealing with tasks that involve sending similar messages to multiple users, like responding to modmail or explaining ban reasons. Currently, mods resort to using third-party macros or saving templates on their phones outside the Reddit app, forcing them to exit the app and copy/paste the templates every time they use them.

Today we’re excited to unveil a new set of features that address these pain points and make modding from your mobile device more efficient.

Automod keyword highlighting

Now when Automod flags a word for review, that specific word or text section will be highlighted in the Mod Queue. We anticipate that this enhancement will help streamline mobile moderation, cutting down on the time needed to review and take action on posts and comments.

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Mobile Mod Queue + showing context in the comment spotlight

We've made it quicker to review and take action on content in the mobile mod queue by adding more context in the comment spotlight. Mods can now get extra info by long-pressing on a piece of content, seeing the original post, the grandparent comment (if there is one), the parent comment, and any child comments.

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Show report reasons comments in the PDP

Recognizing that a substantial amount of content is moderated from the post details page, we'll now show report reasons there to enhance efficiency and readability. This should enable mods to swiftly identify comments requiring more immediate attention. Paired with automod keyword highlighting this improvement ensures that relevant information is presented to mods more rapidly, contributing to a more consistent moderation experience between the Mod Queue and post details page.

https://preview.redd.it/mobile-mod-tooling-update-automod-keyword-highlighting-v0-45g9xi0rmhsc1.png

Saved responses!

In the coming weeks, mod teams will be able to natively craft saved responses to address removals, bans, and modmails easily. Simply access the "Saved Response" feature under the Content & Regulation section in your Mod Tools to create, edit, or delete saved responses. Please be aware that mods will require the "Manage Settings" permission to utilize this feature. With this change, we’ve also moved all actions relating to managing removal reasons (add, edit, delete, and reorder) to “Edit removal reasons” under this permission.

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Bonus feature update: Post Guidance

Last year we kicked off a pilot program with mods to help us test a new feature, Post Guidance. Initially, this feature was exclusively available to desktop users. This week, we're thrilled to announce that we've launched the user-facing aspect to 100% of iOS and Android users. We’re still in the process of testing this feature out and are still accepting participants into our early access program. If interested, let us know in the comments below and we’ll make sure this feature is enabled within your subreddit.

As always, thank you to all the mods who have taken the time to chat with us and provide continued feedback on ways we can improve the mobile mod experience. Your feedback was instrumental in helping us build these features, and we’re excited to keep the conversation going. If you have any questions or comments about the features we discussed today, please let us know in the comments below.


Announcing the desktop beta launch of Reddit’s new Mod Queue ADMIN
Announcing the desktop beta launch of Reddit’s new Mod Queue
Product Updates

Hello, mods

Last year we announced we’d be creating a new moderator experience on Reddit, starting with a reimagined Mod Queue (see here, here, and here for our previous posts on this subject). Since kicking off the engineering process months ago, we've conducted a private beta program with over 60 subreddits. These communities generously assisted us in testing the new desktop mod queue experience and offering valuable feedback, which has helped influence and prioritize our product roadmap. Today we’re excited to make this beta program public. Starting this week mods will see a new entry point to test this new Mod Queue out.

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Mod Queue on desktop today

Our work is far from complete, and our goal with this public beta program is to get broader feedback from the larger mod community as we continue to develop this feature. Here are some things you can expect this week with this new experience:

  • Greater information density: The new Mod Queue on desktop defaults to a Compact view, with key mod actions now prominently placed front and center instead of buried in overflow menus. This is to increase efficiency and ease of use.

  • Greater contextual information: When clicking on a piece of content, a side panel will open, offering immediate context on why the content is in the queue. Mods will no longer have to leave the queue to understand why a piece of content has ended up there.

  • Greater user information: When clicking on a username, an additional side panel will appear, providing context-specific information about that user within the community (e.g., their karma in the subreddit). Mods can then take traditional user-focused mod actions directly from this panel (e.g., banning, creating a mod note, accessing the user log, sending a message, etc.).

  • Greater performance: This mod queue should be noticeably faster when loading and taking actions.

https://preview.redd.it/announcing-the-desktop-beta-launch-of-reddits-new-mod-queue-v0-nlx9myukmbsc1.jpgMod Queue with contextual information panels

Mod Queue on desktop tomorrow

Over the coming months, we’ll be adding many new features to this Mod Queue (thanks again to our earlier beta program participants for helping build this list of feature requests). Mods can expect to see the following desktop features soon:

  • Enhanced customization: We want to provide mods with the flexibility to personalize the order of mod actions in Compact view, tailored to their specific preferences and workflows.

  • Keyboard shortcuts: In the next few months we’re excited to introduce action shortcuts to minimize the number of clicks a mod needs to take.

  • More filters: Custom Mod Queue filters are currently being developed and will be introduced soon!

  • Macros, all the macros: We’re currently building removal reason macros, ban macros, modmail macros, etc., and are excited to launch them soon!

  • Additional features in the works: enhanced user insights, automod keyword highlighting, real-time indicators, and much more!

  • Bugs: As we continue to develop this feature, we expect the occurrence of bugs. Please report any issues to us through our standard support channels (e.g., r/modsupport and r/bugs) and we’ll work to squash them quickly.

Mod customizations and extensions

Mods can leverage Reddit’s Developer Platform (currently in beta) to create, share, and integrate new mod features into this updated experience. Additionally, we've initiated discussions with r/Enhancement and r/Toolbox devs to explore collaboration opportunities and ensure we’re creating space for them on this new platform.

Saying goodbye to new.reddit.

As a reminder - we intend to phase out new.reddit later this year as our work progresses. Rest assured, we'll keep everyone updated as our plans solidify. Meanwhile, we're eager for everyone interested to test the new Mod Queue and share their feedback. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for updates to the mobile mod experience.


A new Harassment Filter and User Reporting type, plus a look back on safety tools ADMIN
A new Harassment Filter and User Reporting type, plus a look back on safety tools

Hey mods,

I’m u/enthusiastic-potato and I work on our safety product team. We’re here today to introduce some new safety features and tools requested by mods and to recap a few recent safety products we’ve released. These safety-focused mod tools and filters are designed to work together to help you manage and keep out the not-so-great things that can pop up in your subreddit(s).

What’s new:

  • Harassment filter - a new mod tool that automatically filters posts and comments that are likely to be considered harassing.

  • User details reporting - see a nasty username or profile banner? Now, you can now report a user’s profile based on those details (and more).

  • Safety guide - the safety page within mod tools is growing! And it can be a bit confusing. So we’re releasing a new Safety product guide to help navigate when to use a few of the tools available.

The Harassment Filter

The first feature we’re introducing is the new Harassment filter – powered by a large language model (LLM) that’s trained on mod actions and content removed by Reddit’s internal tools and enforcement teams.

The goal with this new feature is to help provide mods a more effective and efficient way to detect and protect their communities from harassment, which has been a top request from mods.

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Quick overview:

  • You can enable this feature within the Safety page in Mod Tools on desktop or mobile apps

  • Once you’ve set up the filter on reddit.com, it’ll manage posts and comments across all platforms—old Reddit, new Reddit, and the official Reddit apps. Filtered content will appear in mod queue

  • Allow lists (which will override any filtering) can be set up by inputting up to 15 words

  • “Test the filter” option - you can also experiment with the filter live within the page, to see how it works, via a test comment box

This feature will be available to all communities on desktop by end of day, and the mobile apps settings will follow soon in the coming weeks. We have more improvements planned for this feature in the future, including additional controls. We’re also considering how we could extend these capabilities for mod protection as well.

Check out more information on how to get started in the help center.

Big shoutout to the many mods and subreddits who participated in the beta! This feedback helped improve the performance of the filter and identify key features to incorporate into the launch.

User details reporting

The second new feature we’re sharing today is a new reporting option for profiles. We’ve heard consistent feedback - particularly from moderators - about the need for a more detailed user profile reporting option. With that, we’re releasing the ability to report specific details on a user’s profile, including whether they are in violation of our content policies.

  • Example: if you see a username with a word or phrase that you think is violating our content policy, you can now report that within the user’s profile.

Overall, you will now be able to report a user’s:

  • Username

  • Display name

  • Profile picture

  • Profile banner image

  • Bio description

To report a user with potentially policy-violating details:

  • On iOS, Android and reddit.com, go to a user’s profile

  • Tap the three dots “...” more actions menu at the top right of the profile, then select Report profile

    • On reddit.com, if they have a profile banner, the three dots “...” will be right underneath that image

  • Choose what you would like to report (Username, Display name, Avatar/profile image, Banner image, Account bio) and what rule it’s breaking

    • Note: if a profile doesn't include one of these, then the option to report will not show in the list

  • Select submit

https://preview.redd.it/a-new-harassment-filter-and-user-reporting-type-plus-a-look-v0-e54ph61mrxnc1.gif

Safety guide

The third update today is that we’re bringing more safety (content) into Reddit for Community, starting with a new quick start guide for mods less familiar with the different tools out there.

The guide offers a brief walkthrough of three impactful safety tools we recommend leveraging, especially if you’re new to moderation and have a rapidly growing subreddit: the Harassment Filter, Ban Evasion Filter, and Crowd Control.

You’ll start to see more safety product guidance and information pop up there, so keep an eye out for updates!

What about those other safety tools?

Some of you may be familiar with them, but we’ve heard that many mods are not. Let’s look back on some other safety tools we’ve recently released!

Over the last year, we’ve been leveraging our internal safety signals that help us detect bad actors, spam, ban evasion, etc. at scale to create new, simple, and configurable mod tools. Because sometimes something can be compliant with Reddit policy but not welcome within a specific subreddit.

  • Ban evasion filter - true to its name, this tool automatically filters posts and comments from suspected subreddit ban evaders. Subreddits using this tool have seen over 1.2 million pieces of content caught by suspected ban evaders since launch in May 2023.

  • Mature content filter - also true to its name, this tool uses automation to identify and filter media that is detected to be likely sexual or violent. Thus far, this filter has been able to detect and filter over 1.9 million pieces of sexual or violent content.

  • For potential spammers and suspicious users - we have the Contributor Quality Score (CQS), a new automod parameter that was established to identify users that might not have the best content intentions in mind. Communities have been seeing strong results when using CQS, including significant decreases in automoderator reversal rates (when switching over from karma limits).

On top of all the filters, we also recently updated the “Reports and Removals” mod insights page to provide more context around the safety filters you use.

If you’ve used any of these features, we’d also like to hear feedback you may have.

Safety and the community

Currently, an overwhelming majority of abuse-related enforcement on our platform is automated–meaning it is often removed before users see it– by internal admin-level tooling, automoderator, and the above tools. That being said, we know there’s still (a lot of) work to do, especially as ill-intentioned users develop different approaches and tactics.

So, there will be more to come: additional tools, reporting improvements, and new features to help keep your communities safe, for users and mods. This also includes improving our safety systems that work in the background (outputs of which can be read in the Safety Security reports) to catch and action bad things before you have to deal with them.

As always, let us know if you have any feedback or questions on the update.

edit: updated links


Defending the open Internet (again): Our latest brief to the Supreme Court ADMIN
Defending the open Internet (again): Our latest brief to the Supreme Court
Company Updates

Hi everyone, I’m u/traceroo aka Ben Lee, Reddit’s Chief Legal Officer, and I’m sharing a heads-up on an important Supreme Court case in the United States that could significantly impact freedom of expression online around the world.

TL;DR

In 2021, Texas and Florida passed laws (Texas House Bill 20 and Florida Senate Bill 7072) trying to restrict how platforms – and their users – can moderate content, with the goal of prohibiting “censorship” of other viewpoints. While these laws were written for platforms very different from Reddit, they could have serious consequences for our users and the broader Internet.

We’re standing up for the First Amendment rights of Redditors to define their own content rules in their own spaces in an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief we filed in the Supreme Court in the NetChoice v. Paxton and Moody v. NetChoice cases. You can see our brief here. I’m here to answer your questions and encourage you to crosspost in your communities for further discussion.

While these are US state laws, their impact would be felt by all Internet users. They would allow a single, government-defined model for online expression to replace the community-driven content moderation approaches of online spaces like Reddit, making content on Reddit--and the Internet as a whole--less relevant and more open to harassment.

This isn’t hypothetical: in 2022, a Reddit user in Texas sued us under the Texas law (HB 20) after he was banned by the moderators of the r/StarTrek community. He had posted a disparaging comment about the Star Trek character Wesley Crusher (calling him a “soy boy”), which earned him a ban under the community’s rule to “be nice.” (It is the height of irony that a comment about Wil Wheaton’s character would violate Wheaton’s Law of “don’t be a dick.”) Instead of taking his content elsewhere, or starting his own community, this user sued Reddit, asking the court to reinstate him in r/StarTrek and award him monetary damages. While we were able to stand up for the moderators of r/StarTrek and get the case dismissed (on procedural grounds), the Supreme Court is reviewing these laws and will decide whether they comply with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Our experience with HB 20 demonstrates the potential impact of these laws on shared online communities as well as the sort of frivolous litigation they incentivize.

If these state laws are upheld, our community moderators could be forced to keep up content that is irrelevant, harassing, or even harmful. Imagine if every cat community was forced to accept random dog-lovers’ comments. Or if the subreddit devoted to your local city had to keep up irrelevant content about other cities or topics. What if every comment that violated a subreddit’s specific moderation rules had to be left up? You can check out the amicus brief filed by the moderators of r/SCOTUS and r/law for even more examples (they filed their brief independently from us, and it includes examples of the types of content that they remove from their communities–and that these laws would require them to leave up).

Every community on Reddit gets to define what content they embrace and reject through their upvotes and downvotes, and the rules their volunteer moderators set and enforce. It is not surprising that one of the most common community rules is some form of “be civil,” since most communities want conversations that are civil and respectful. And as Reddit the company, we believe our users should always have that right to create and curate online communities without government interference.

Although this case is still ultimately up to the Supreme Court (oral argument will be held on February 26 – you can listen live here on the day), your voice matters. If you’re in the US, you can call your US Senator or Representative to make your voice heard.

This is a lot of information to unpack, so I’ll stick around for a bit to answer your questions.

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Q4 2023 Safety & Security Report ADMIN
Q4 2023 Safety & Security Report
Safety Updates

Hi redditors,

While 2024 is already flying by, we’re taking our quarterly lookback at some Reddit data and trends from the last quarter. As promised, we’re providing some insights into how our Safety teams have worked to keep the platform safe and empower moderators throughout the Israel-Hamas conflict. We also have an overview of some safety tooling we’ve been working on. But first: the numbers.

Q4 By The Numbers

Category Volume (July - September 2023) Volume (October - December 2023)
Reports for content manipulation 827,792 543,997
Admin content removals for content manipulation 31,478,415 23,283,164
Admin imposed account sanctions for content manipulation 2,331,624 2,534,109
Admin imposed subreddit sanctions for content manipulation 221,419 232,114
Reports for abuse 2,566,322 2,813,686
Admin content removals for abuse 518,737 452,952
Admin imposed account sanctions for abuse 277,246 311,560
Admin imposed subreddit sanctions for abuse 1,130 3,017
Reports for ban evasion 15,286 13,402
Admin imposed account sanctions for ban evasion 352,125 301,139
Protective account security actions 2,107,690 864,974

Israel-Hamas Conflict

During times of division and conflict, our Safety teams are on high-alert for potentially violating content on our platform.

Most recently, we have been focused on ensuring the safety of our platform throughout the Israel-Hamas conflict. As we shared in our October blog post, we responded quickly by engaging specialized internal teams with linguistic and subject-matter expertise to address violating content, and leveraging our automated content moderation tools, including image and video hashing. We also monitor other platforms for emerging foreign terrorist organizations content to identify and hash it before it could show up to our users. Below is a summary of what we observed in Q4 related to the conflict:

  • As expected, we had increased the required removal of content related to legally-identified foreign terrorist organizations (FTO) because of the proliferation of Hamas-related content online

    • Reddit removed and blocked the additional posting of over 400 pieces of Hamas content between October 7 and October 19 — these two weeks accounted for half of the FTO content removed for Q4

  • Hateful content, including antisemitism and islamophobia, is against Rule 1 of our Content Policy, as is harassment, and we continue to aggressively take action against it. This includes October 7th denialism

    • At the start of the conflict, user reports for abuse (including hate) rose 9.6%. They subsided by the following week. We had a corresponding rise in admin-level account sanctions (i.e., user bans and other enforcement actions from Reddit employees).

    • Reddit Enforcement had a 12.4% overall increase in account sanctions for abuse throughout Q4, which reflects the rapid response of our teams in recognizing and effectively actioning content related to the conflict

  • Moderators also leveraged Reddit safety tools in Q4 to help keep their communities safe as conversation about the conflict picked up

    • Utilization of the Crowd Control filter increased by 7%, meaning mods were able to leverage community filters to minimize community interference

    • In the week of October 8th, there was a 9.4% increase in messages filtered by the modmail harassment filter, indicating the tool was working to keep mods safe

As the conflict continues, our work here is ongoing. We’ll continue to identify and action any violating content, including FTO and hateful content, and work to ensure our moderators and communities are supported during this time.

Other Safety Tools

As Reddit grows, we’re continuing to build tools that help users and communities stay safe. In the next few months, we’ll be officially launching the Harassment Filter for all communities to automatically flag content that might be abuse or harassment — this filter has been in beta for a while, so a huge thank you to the mods that have participated, provided valuable feedback and gotten us to this point. We’re also working on a new profile reporting flow so it’s easier for users to let us know when a user is in violation of our content policies.

That’s all for this report (and it’s quite a lot), so I’ll be answering questions on this post for a bit.

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Deprecating Post Collections, Mark as OC, and Community Content Tags ADMIN
Deprecating Post Collections, Mark as OC, and Community Content Tags
Product Updates

Hi Mods,

I’m u/maybe-pablo from Reddit’s Content team. As we continue to build out improvements, several mod-oriented features will be removed next month: Post Collections, Mark as OC, Community Content tags and the primary topic setting.

Why are we making these changes?

Over time, we found that Post Collections and Mark as OC didn't gain widespread adoption among mods. However, with the recent enhancements to the flair navigation system, we've noticed a consistent and growing increase in the adoption of post flair. Flair allows mods to curate and organize content for their communities, which helps users swiftly navigate and filter through posts they’re interested in. We’re confident that post flair can serve all kinds of organization and navigation needs.

We recently implemented an automated system for rating and organizing subreddits by topic, rendering the previous Community Content tag and topic setting obsolete. When tested alongside the old survey-based method, data shows that the new system allows for faster and more accurate identification of a subreddit.

What does this mean for moderators?

Next month, posts that were previously included in a collection or labeled using our "Mark as OC" feature will be unbundled, and the native tag associated with them will be removed. If you’d like to keep your old collections organized, we recommend using post flair to do so.

The new rating and subreddit organization system has been successfully implemented. Mods do not need to change anything on their end.

If you have any questions about the above features, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments below!


Save the date(s) – 2024 mod events are here! ADMIN
Save the date(s) – 2024 mod events are here!
Mod Events

Hi y’all! I’m u/big-slay from Reddit’s Community Events team. You may recognize me from Mod World…if not, forget I said that. I’m here to share info about our first slate of 2024 events!

This year, we’ll continue hosting events you’re already familiar with, like Mod City, Mod Roadshows, and Mod World.

We’re also launching some new, virtual event types this year to increase accessibility for those who can’t make it to an IRL event.

Here’s a quick guide:

IRL Events

  • Mod Roadshow: Mods, admins, food, drinks, networking, feedback, fun.

  • Mod City: Mods, food, drinks, networking, fun.

Virtual Events

  • Mod World: Big ol’ virtual conference for all mods.

  • Moddit: Short and sweet talks ft. relevant mod topics + networking.

  • ModConnect: Mini mod conferences focused on specific subreddit industries or topics (Fashion, Food, Gaming, Travel, etc.)

  • Mod Bootcamp: Moderator onboarding summit targeted to newer mods, but open to all.

Phew. That was a lot of things.

Interested in attending? You can register now for several 2024 events at the links below! We will continue adding more dates as the year goes on!

Here’s the schedule so far:

Keep up with all of our mod events throughout 2024 on r/RedditCommunityEvents.

You can also check out event recaps and more at our home for all things mods: Reddit for Community.

I’m really looking forward to meeting more of y’all this year :)

- u/big-slay out <3


Q3 2023 Safety & Security Report ADMIN
Q3 2023 Safety & Security Report
Safety Updates

Hi redditors,

As we come to the end of 2023, we’re publishing our last quarterly report in this year. In this edition, in addition to our quarterly numbers, you’ll find an update on our advanced spam capabilities, product highlights, and a welcome to Reddit’s new CISO.

One note: Because this report reflects July through September 2023, we will be sharing insights into the Israel-Hamas conflict in our following report that covers Q4 2023.

Now onto the numbers…

Q3 By The Numbers

Category Volume (April - June 2023) Volume (July - September 2023)
Reports for content manipulation 892,936 827,792
Admin content removals for content manipulation 35,317,262 31,478,415
Admin imposed account sanctions for content manipulation 2,513,098 2,331,624
Admin imposed subreddit sanctions for content manipulation 141,368 221,419
Reports for abuse 2,537,108 2,566,322
Admin content removals for abuse 409,928 518,737
Admin imposed account sanctions for abuse 270,116 277,246
Admin imposed subreddit sanctions for abuse 9,470 1,130
Reports for ban evasion 17,127 15,286
Admin imposed account sanctions for ban evasion 266,044 352,125
Protective account security actions 1,034,690 2,107,690

Mod World

In December, Reddit’s Community team hosted Mod World: an interactive, virtual experience that brought together mods from all around the world to learn, share, and hear from one another and Reddit Admins. Our very own Director of Threat Intel chatted with a Reddit moderator during a session focused on spam and provided a behind-the-scenes look at detecting and mitigating spam. We also had a demo of our Contributor Quality Score & Ban Evasion tools that launched earlier this year.

If you missed Mod World, you can rewatch the sessions on our new Reddit for Community page, a one-stop-shop for moderators that was unveiled at the event.

Spam Detection Improvements

Speaking of spam, our team launched a new detection method to assess content and user-level patterns that help us more decisively predict whether an account is exhibiting human or bot-like behavior. After a rigorous testing period, we integrated this methodology into our spam actioning systems and are excited about the positive results:

  • We identified at least an additional 2 million spam accounts for enforcement

  • Actioned 3x more spam accounts within 60 seconds of posting a post or comment

These are big improvements to how we’re able to keep spam off the site so users and mods never need to see or action it.

What’s Launched

Reports & Removals Insights for Communities

Last week, we revamped the Community Health page for all communities and renamed it “Reports & Removals.” This updated page provides mods with clear and new insights around content moderation in their communities, including data about Admin removals. A quick summary of what changed:

  • We renamed the page to “Reports and Removals” to better describe exactly what you can find on the page.

  • We introduced a new “Content Removed by Admins” chart which displays admin content removals in your community and also distinguishes between spam and policy removals.

  • We created a new Safety Filters Monthly Overview to help visualize the impact of Crowd Control and the Ban Evasion Filter in your community.

  • We modernized the page’s interface so that it’s easier to find, read, and tinker with the dashboard settings.

You can find the full post here.

Simplifying Enforcement Appeals

In Q3, we launched a simpler appeals flow for users who have been actioned by Reddit admins. A key goal of this change was to make it easier for users to understand why they had been actioned by Reddit by tying the appeal process to the enforcement violation rather than the user’s sanction.

The new flow has been successful, with the number of appealers reporting “I don’t know why I was banned” dropping 50% since launch.

Reddit’s New CISO

We’re happy to share that a few months back, we welcomed a new Chief Information Security Officer: Fredrick Lee, aka Flee (aka u/cometarystones), officially the coolest CISO name around! He oversees our Security and Privacy teams and you may see him stop by in this community every once in a while to answer your burning security questions. Fun fact: In addition to being a powerlifter, Flee also lurks in r/MMA, so bad folks better watch out.

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