Submission Statements to Be Required for All Link Posts [Announcement]
ATTN: This new system will be put into effect on Tuesday, April 26th.
In order to improve the quality of content we provide to the community, all link posts will now require a submission statement.
We’re not the first sub to come up with this idea, it is common on other large subreddits, and results elsewhere have generally been very positive.
Here’s how it should work.
When submitting a link, the OP will be required to include a statement in the comment section. This statement should briefly summarize the article (or content) of the post, as well as explain OP’s justification for sharing it with the /r/libertarian community.
A submission statement is a top level common by the OP to a post that meets the following criteria:
- Should be labeled as a submission statement by using “SS:” or “Submission Statement:”(exact) at the beginning of the comment
- Is 2 sentences, and a minimum of 50 characters.
- Is written in OP’s own words (i.e. not be just copied or quotes from the article or description)
- Should explain or elaborate on why the link is being posted to /r/libertarian, why it is related to libertarianism, and why the userbase of a libertarian community should care about it.
Example submission statement:
SS: This article is about private property rights. Private property rights are the basis of all libertarianism. This article discusses how all other rights are derived from private property rights.
or if you like
Submission Statement: This article is about private property rights. Private property rights are the basis of all libertarianism. This article discusses how all other rights are derived from private property rights.
Link posts without a Statement will be removed after 20 minutes and repeat offenders to this rule are subject to loss of submission privileges or a community ban.
The minimum limit is to combat the problem of people writing only a few words.
We have a bot which will automatically detect if a submission statement has been posted by the submitter, so that there is no reason to report a post less than 20 min old for not having a submission statement; the bot will take care of it. But, if a post older than about 25 minutes and still has no submission statement, or the one included doesn’t meet the above requirements, then feel free to report it.
Self posts will be unaffected by this rule, as they (ideally) should be their own justification.
Ideally, this new policy will result in an increase in quality of content and discourse, as well as discourage mass link-spammers and other drive-by posters.
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