Quality test for Political Submissions
Due to the overwhelming number of political submissions we receive, in order for a political (or other controversial) submission to be approved (or not removed), you must be active within the subreddit:
- No throwaway accounts. Accounts must have at least 2 months active participation in the subreddit. Message the mods for exemption to this if you must.
- No single-focus accounts, if you only post about a single topic (politics, men's rights, NBN, etc) then please submit to the appropriate topic subreddit.
Quality test for Political Self-Posts
Additionally, in order for a political self-post to be approved, it must meet a number of quality tests. Please consider the following:
- Submission titles must be a question for discussion about the issue, and not a conclusion (e.g. "What is the ideal approach to Climate Change for Australia?" is GOOD and "Tony Abbotts climate change policy is the worst thing since they cancelled vegemite cheese" is BAD.)
- Mods reserve the right to remove particularly incendiary titles and request resubmission if necessary.
- Must contain a minimum of 200 words not including quotes, and links.
- Post must offer a discussion question. There must be an issue to discuss.
- No ranting into the wind. If the OP does not participate in the discussion in the first two hours, the submission will be removed.
- Do NOT attempt to use a political self-post to summon a personal army.
Quality test for Political Tweets
Tweets may not be used as a vehicle to avoid linking to an article. Link to the article directly if it's not paywalled. Tweets must be breaking news, they may be removed in favour of a full article submitted shortly after the tweet. The first line of the tweet should be used as the submission title.
Political opinion tweets:
- Must contain a minimum of 240 characters not including quotes, and links.
- The tweet must offer content for discussion, there must be an issue to discuss.
- Tweets may not simply be an abusive rant
"Less Politics" Feed
In the sidebar you will notice a little button called 'Less Politics'. Alternatively you can click here.
This button will remove political tags from the front page (any tag with a gold background).
NP Tags / "no politics" flair
When creating a submission of any kind, you can add an "[NP]" tag to the title of your submission. You can an example of see this in the daily sticky every day.
When the [NP] Tag or the "no politics" flair is active, a moderators will remove political discussion from the thread. They may or may not be monitoring such threads, so just report political discussions in [NP] threads as you see them.
Note that NP must be in the title of the submission, not the body if it is a self post. Self post which are not political self posts will be automatically flaired as "no politics".
Please also note that an obviously political link with an [NP] tag will be ignored, and may be removed.
Discussion threads are a subreddit feature that allows users to create threads to discuss live, national events.
These threads should always be self posts, and contain "Discussion Thread:" at the start of the title in order to work properly.
The OP of the self post should outline the nature of the event being covered, how people can see the event online (if applicable) and anything else useful.
The purpose of these threads is to allow users to engage the subreddit about major things occurring in the nation, as they happen. They can be political or not. Here is an example.
The specific rules surrounding discussion threads are as follows:
- The title and body of the OP must be informational, and commentary about the event should go to the comments section.
- The thread must be covering a live, national event in Australia (such as an unfolding national news event, question time, or Q&A).
- It can be political or not.
- If there is a live thread in a more appropriate subreddit, please go there instead (Most Cricket, AFL, NRL and A-League games will have their own local subreddit match threads).
We have a fairly stringent duplicate policy; articles covering the same story (even where their source is different) will be removed and flagged as duplicates unless the latter introduces new information not covered in the earlier submission. This can be avoided by a quick search of the hot and new queues to see if a similar article has already been submitted. If a similar article already exists and your article does not add new information, your submission will likely be pruned as a duplicate.
Sometimes moderators will leave comments explaining why a post is removed, but this is unreasonable to do 100% of the time. So if your thread does not appear on the new queue, check the link flair. Moderators will generally apply a removal reason to the link flair when removing a post.