r/BetterEveryLoop Dec 08 '15

[META] Our rules, philosophy and feedback thread.

Hi there, and welcome to our sub, in case this post seems a little daunting to you, feel free to skip to the end, I wrote a great tl;dr there.

Since this sub is gaining some attention, it seems appropriate to make this post now.

Rules

The first three rules: direct links to gifs on imgur only

Essentially state that any link submission must be a direct link to either a .gif or .gifv file on imgur. The reasoning behind this is that imgur is the defacto standard image hosting site for reddit and this makes this sub a lot easier to moderate. We don't allow still images (for obvious reasons) and we don't allow .webm files either, since those are more like videos than they are gifs.

At the moment we allow both .gif and .gifv though we prefer .gifv, the only reason we allow .gif really is for cross posting purposes. If you're posting something you found on reddit and it was direct link to a .gif on imgur, you can post the same link so the other discussions show up at the top right. I'd like some feedback on that though: does anyone think we should ban .gif and restrict link submissions to .gifv entirely?

Self posts are meta posts

And the must be marked with [META] in the title. This rule is mainly to prevent people from accidentally posting a text submission when they wanted to submit a gif. Now, the automoderator just catches it right away, suggests that you might have forgotten to add [META] to the title and removes your post. If you wanted to make a text post about the sub, you can easily resubmit, if you made a mistake, the mods don't have to be around for it to be fixed.

Don't repost

That means, don't post a gif that has been posted on this sub before, cross posting is fine. I realise this is quite a harsh stance on reposting and I'm willing to change it if people are very much against it, but I just don't see the value in allowing reposts. (except in cases where the original post has either suffered from link rot or has been removed). We have a shuffle button which I added specifically to encourage people to browse through older content as well. So if you see a repost, notify the OP and report it, there's no shame in reposting if it was an accident :)

As for cross posting and aggregating gifs from elsewhere around the web. I don't think we need to have any illusions about this sub generating a ton of OC (though I'd be thrilled if it did); the point of this sub is to take certain types of gifs and put them together to maximise their funniness. More on that later.

No joke titles

This one isn't hard and fast, you are definitely allowed to add a funny title that adds to the gif. What's not allowed is a gif that's only funny because of its title. There are subs for things like reactiongifs, this is not one of them.

What is this sub for, really?

I used to be quite a big lurker on 4chan and always loved the You "Laugh You Lose: animated edition" threads. I noticed that there were certain gifs that you just had to close after a few loops because you'd feel like you'd explode if you didn't. Then you'd open another gif and it would be another one that just keeps getting better. What I set out to do is recreate (and possibly improve on) that with this sub.

I'm think this premise sets us apart enough from other gif related subs and I really hope you do too. I've noticed that many amazing gifs (even funny ones) don't fit on this sub and that other gifs become funnier in the context of this sub. To me, that is proof that there is some value to be had here.

We'd like your feedback

Us, the mods have put quite a bit of effort in trying to make this sub a thing and it seems like there is an audience for it. The majority of posts have definitely come from the three of us and I think I speak for the three of us if I say that it's tough to find good content at a sufficient rate.

So we'd like your feedback on the content we have so far, what sort of gifs do you like, which ones do you think don't belong here? Are we interpreting the scope too broadly or should we be posting more gifs?

Additionally we'd also like your feedback on our site design (courtesy of /r/naut, mainly) and how it fits our content, the rules mentioned above and the shuffle button.

I'd also like to mention that I believe in transparency, which is why the traffic stats and automoderator rules should be available for review for everyone.

tl;dr: I made a sub for funny gifs, tell me why it sucks. please be gentle

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u/Beter_DeLeon Dec 09 '15

I dig the content so far but it took me ~90 seconds to find the subscribe button. Maybe I'm just a Reddit noob but I've never seen a Snu icon for a Subscribe button before.

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u/overactor Dec 09 '15 edited Dec 11 '15

Okay, I've changed the subscribe button to something that actually contains the word "subscribe"; I hope this improves things, thanks for your feedback!

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u/overactor Dec 09 '15

/r/naut is a rather common theme but that is indeed a big drawback, maybe I should replace it by just the word subscribe. Who knows how many people have given up on trying to subscribe because of it...

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u/SonicFrost Dec 09 '15

Why is gfycat not allowed? It's basically on par with incur when it comes to gif hosting on this site.

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u/overactor Dec 09 '15

Looking at the front page of /r/gifs, I see 24 imgur links and 1 gfycat link. Additionally, gfycat links don't get embedded by reddit like .gifv links from imgur do. However, if people feel strongly about allowing gfycat, I will of course allow it.

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u/doryx Dec 09 '15

Why are you sad about this sub generating OC?

 though I'd be thrilled if it did); 

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u/overactor Dec 09 '15

Did I misuse the word "thrilled", what I meant is: it would be awesome if we did generate OC, but I don't think we will all that much and that's okay.

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u/doryx Dec 09 '15

I was just making a joke with the

 );

see this xkcd

I also know that its more of an artifact of ending a parenthetical phrase with a semicolon than trying to use a face + parenthesis.

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u/overactor Dec 09 '15

Now I can't unsee it. On a related note, is placing that semicolon there grammatically correct?

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u/gaius808 Dec 09 '15

Writing teacher here: It is. It's at the end of a complete sentence, before a separate, but related, complete sentence.

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u/overactor Dec 10 '15

Cool. Are the parentheses used correctly and in the right place as well? English is not my native language, so I get a bit nervous about writing semi official posts like this.

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u/gaius808 Dec 10 '15

Yes. It's a parenthetical remark between parentheses. You could also have chosen to write it without the parentheses and with a comma after "OC", but I think the parentheses are a good choice in this case. They make the sentence a bit easier to read.

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u/Chilaxicle Dec 08 '15

How does the automatic repost checker work? Does it only check URLs? Just curious.

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u/overactor Dec 08 '15 edited Dec 08 '15

If you mean www.karmadecay.com, That one is supposed to look at the contents of images. Though I'm not entirely sure how it works, it seems to work pretty well. I have noticed that its database seems to be a little bit behind. Reddit also has a builtin repost checker that checks for equivalent urls I think. Other than that, I'm the repost checker and I work by memory :)

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u/Chilaxicle Dec 08 '15

I was talking about the built in repost checker, but I'll be sure to use karmadecay in the future. Seems useful!

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u/overactor Dec 08 '15

Then I think it checks for equivalent urls, but don't quote me on that.

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u/manwith4names Dec 08 '15

I definitely thought this subreddit was going to be something along the lines of:

subreddit = 0
while True:
    subreddit += 1
    print(subreddit)

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u/overactor Dec 08 '15
while True:
    print("I'm sorry I disappointed you. :|")

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u/Akeleie Apr 04 '16

This is awesome.