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Understanding Common Reddit Abbreviations

Common Reddit Terms and Abbreviations

If you’re new to Reddit, you might find it a little difficult to go with the flow of the site so to speak. So, here are some of the most common jargon that is used on Reddit so you don’t get frustrated when you come across these terms from time to time.

Upvote: A positive vote that indicates a post or comment contributes value to the subreddit or discussion.

Downvote: A negative vote that indicates a post or comment is irrelevant, promotional, or doesn’t contribute any value.

Flair: Flair is a tag that can be appended to posts or usernames within a subreddit. For posts, they’re often used to help readers filter (either visually, or actually hide/show filter through links in the sidebar) for a specific type of post. Some are created by the mods, and some let you create your own. Sometimes the subreddit’s rules will require you to use a Flair to indicate you are a specific type of poster.

Karma: Karma is essentially social proof and a validation of the content you’ve been sharing on the platform. These points are awarded based on the upvotes you get from your content. 

Reddit Gold: A premium Reddit membership with additional features that can be bought for yourself or awarded to users who you think have made a significant contribution to Reddit.

OP (Original poster): When there’s a discussion going on in the comments area in reference to a particular post, users will often refer to the person who originally submitted that post as the Original Poster. So, if you post something on Reddit, you’ll be considered the OP for that posting.

ELI5: This means, explain it to me like I’m five years old. This is a way of saying, “I know a lot of people understand how this works, but I need somebody to clearly explain it to me, because I just don’t get it.”

Mods (Moderators): Volunteers that regulate subreddits to make sure its rules and guidelines are being followed. They typically have permission to ban and remove users and content that they feel is not appropriate for a particular subreddit.

IMO: This stands for In My Opinion. But you’ll usually see it as IMHO, which means In My Honest Opinion, or In my humble opinion. This is something that somebody might write when they want to acknowledge that what they’re saying could be wrong and they want to clarify that their post is simply an opinion, not a fact.

TL;DR: this means Too Long; Didn’t Read. When somebody adds this as a comment to something that you have posted, it typically means that your post or comment that was so long it wasn’t worth spending the time to read it. Sometimes this can be meant as a way of expressing frustration in that your post was perhaps a little too long. However, an original poster might also write this on their own post, followed by a very short summary of that post. This is a way of saying, “If my post is too long for you, here’s a brief summary.”

X-post (Cross Post): This refers to a link or posting that was posted in more than one subreddit. It involves sharing a post from one subreddit to another by submitting the URL of the original submission on Reddit and then adding to the title that lets people know that it’s an “X-post from [original subreddit]”. 

Repost: Posting something that has already been posted in that subreddit. Try to avoid this by searching the subreddit to see if your link has already been shared.

Lurker: These are used to describe people who actively consume content on Reddit but do not actively contribute to it. The vast majority of people use Reddit in this way.

OC (Original content): This refers to content that the original poster hasn’t curated from elsewhere, but actually created themselves.

IRL (in real life): Synonymous with the offline world and refers to your actual experiences outside of your online Reddit identity.

NSFW (Not Safe For Work): This acronym is used to describe a post that contains an image that is not appropriate to be viewed in public. It generally serves as a warning that you may not want to view that image if you’re in a public place. This is basically for your own protection so you don’t inadvertently view images on your workstation that could get you into trouble for viewing them while at work. You can use the NSFW filter that is installed with the RES to automatically filter out content that is deemed NSFW.

NSFL (Not Safe For Life) A post with this acronym NSFL in the title contains something that really inappropriate. Something most people would want to avoid looking at. If you’re easily offended, then images with NSFL content are the types of content you should really avoid because chances are, they will contain images that are highly likely to offend you.

FTFY (Fixed That For You): A correction made regarding a typo, a factual error, or sometimes used as a tongue-in-cheek comment.

TIL (Today I Learned): This is usually followed by some interesting fact that somebody just discovered. There’s actually a subreddit known as Today I Learned, where Redditors post interesting things that they just learned. So if you come across something that sounds really bizzare but really is a fact, you can post it, and if Redditors find it really intriguing, you can get a lot of upvotes for posting that fact. Now, note that you will come across the TIL abbreviation across Reddit, not only in the subreddit. There’s an entire subreddit for these lessons in /r/TodayILearned.

AMA (Ask Me Anything): A Q & A session where the person hosting the AmA answers questions in real time from users in a particular subreddit. It makes it easy for people to have meaningful and valuable conversations with their target community.

Shadow Banning: This is a site wide ban where a particular user is unaware that they have been banned because they are able to login and use their account as normal. However, all of their future posts are essentially made invisible to everyone else.

Now, this is a glossary of Reddit terms that has a lot more of the acronyms used on Reddit, and you may want to bookmark the page. It is

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