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ME - a spammer?

Joining Websites

I am looking for new social web sites to join: not to write articles but to take part and to share articles I like.


I joined Reddit several months ago. It's supposed to be the front page of the internet and has millions of members and lots of sub pages, called subreddits, that cover just about any subject under the sun. I don't log in very often, it's a difficult place to find your way around. They keep telling you to read the rules but they are different for each subreddit. Some of the subreddits you cannot post into unless you are approved and a few days ago, I got approved for the "funny" one. Up to now I had only been able to post in "mildly interesting".

Victorian Era

I found a new subreddit yesterday about the Victorian era. It's a really academic type one but very interesting. There was a picture on there that the OP wanted help on, so I commented. Came back a couple of hours later to find a post that said, "I have approved your post because it is not spammy and it's on topic but you have been shadow banned.

Shadow Banned?

So what on earth is shadow banned? The OP told me to contact the mods. I finally found this little eensy teensy email icon that showed there was a message for me. OK, 7 MONTHS ago, a bot (a BOT) had banned me because I was posting in the technology subreddit but I didn't have a karma of 10 or higher. My Karma is 1 and the bot said that posters with karma below 10 were usually spammers. I contacted THAT mod to ask why and the technology mod said it was "not me guv - the higher ups". So I had to find out how to contact the overall mods who told me I was spamming by posting links to articles I had enjoyed!

Millions on there

There are apparently millions of people on Reddit and MY posts are considered spam?

Having been shadow banned probably explains why I can only post comments at 10 minute intervals!


I have protested, of course, but I may be wasting my breath. Maybe I have been wasting my time there too!

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Feisty56 wrote on April 17, 2015, 9:24 AM

I gave Reddit a go a couple of years back, but became lost in all the rules and subreddits. Your experience there tells me I was correct in determining the site was not for me. I hope you're able to get it cleared up. Bots that ban people?

CoralLevang wrote on April 17, 2015, 9:42 AM

Thank you for this article. It shows me a site that I want to stay far away from. I hope you get it sorted out very soon.

msiduri wrote on April 17, 2015, 9:47 AM

This sounds like way too much trouble for me. I hope you get it sorted out, but I've been warned and will stay away, both reading and contributing.

SLGarcia wrote on April 17, 2015, 10:02 AM

That sounds like a site I would want to stay away from. In my humble opinion you are wasting your time.

maxeen wrote on April 17, 2015, 11:06 AM

Last sentence says it all,who would want all of that aggro? Maybe they have done you a favour.

inertia4 wrote on April 17, 2015, 11:46 AM

MegL I sometimes use Tumblr to share my content from here and the sites. I like the Tumblr format. I am waiting on a new website, a social site somewhat like Facebook, only better and pays. They are getting all the integration from the old version into the new one. Once that is done I will mention the name. I am not ready yet for that.

LeaPea2417 wrote on April 17, 2015, 11:53 AM

I don't belong to any of those sites you mention above.

MegL wrote on April 17, 2015, 12:40 PM

@inertia4 thanks. I haven't tried them. Maybe time for another foray.

inertia4 wrote on April 17, 2015, 12:46 PM

MegL You're welcome. And when that new site gets itself together I will mention it or write a post about it.

MegL wrote on April 17, 2015, 1:13 PM

Thanks inertia4

WordChazer wrote on April 17, 2015, 4:00 PM

I refuse to join any site which insists I post other people's crap as a prerequisite to linking to mine. Had the same issues with StumbleUpon, where they refused to let me post links to my articles (on the other site or elsewhere) until I had shared a number of other 'interesting' posts from others.

Now do you see why I like Twitter so much? I can post comments, mini blogs in 140 characters, links to my own work or media articles, RTs, responses and whatever else without censure. I know many writers tell me Reddit is good, but I am not in the mindset of sharing x number of other links so I can share mine.

valmnz wrote on April 17, 2015, 6:02 PM

That one sounds way too complicated to be bothered with for me. I like sites to be straight forward and easy to follow.

allen0187 wrote on April 17, 2015, 11:02 PM

I stayed away from that site a lot time ago. Too 'complicated' for a simple minded man liek me. LOL!

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 19, 2015, 2:46 AM

I have never known this website where there are so many taboos .However it is beyond me why they have millions of users .

Glenn wrote on April 19, 2015, 9:17 AM

I never found reddit to be worthwhile. I came to the same conclusion that you did, that it's a waste of time. I find it much more worthwhile updating my articles per Google's guidelines to do better with SERPs. That brings more traffic than posting backlinks.

scheng1 wrote on April 27, 2015, 8:11 AM

Reddit is annoying. You have to find the right sub-sub-category, and post there, else they will ban you.

AliCanary wrote on May 3, 2015, 6:20 AM

Oh, people just love to have their little fiefdoms with all the rules and regulations. It makes them feel mighty. Sorry you are having to do deal with this nonsense.

xstitcher wrote on May 5, 2015, 8:05 PM

I don't post things on Reddit, but I do take part in their gift exchanges. Those are fun. :)

KristinRavelle wrote on May 13, 2015, 7:53 AM

I tried out Reddit as well and while I didn't have problems that's likely because I couldn't figure out how to use the site! There are so many rules and the subreddits are too confusing. Not for me! Hopefully Persona Paper will be different; I think so.

ViperGirl85 wrote on May 13, 2015, 7:48 PM

I'm not even sure how Reddit works, never heard of it until sometime last year and never bothered to join it. I hope it's straightened out though.

MelissaE wrote on May 20, 2015, 8:43 PM

I heard of it a few years ago, but it seemed too complicated even then.

AudreyHowitt wrote on June 2, 2015, 3:14 PM

I always find that website so overwhelming! So sorry for your bad experience there

Jocelyngreen wrote on June 2, 2015, 3:30 PM

Aren't the rules of social networking grand? It seems that a person needs to learn a new terminology for every network. Or is this just my technological impairment revealing itself? I think you said it all in your final sentence. Good luck in your next social networking endeavors. Jocelyn

JoeBananas wrote on June 3, 2015, 9:45 AM

Like Feisty56, I tried Reddit, but I couldn't make head nor tail of it.I don't even remember my login details, it's been so long since I was there. Good luck with your protestations.

FreyaYuki wrote on June 4, 2015, 5:16 AM

Heard of Reddit though have never joined. From what you said above, seems like it's not worth it at all. Hope you get the entire issue sorted out. Good luck.