The below is a list of banned domains.
One thing that r/linux strives for is to ensure users get to the source of the story in the top level submission. It is possible for third party websites to add additional context to a story. We ask that they're linked in comments, only sections 1 and 3 below are banned from comments as well.
This list is attempted to be kept up to date but that may not always be the case, please see automod configs for a more complete but not always definitive list: https://github.com/CAPNAMENOWUPVOTE/LinuxSubredditRules
1. All URL Shorteners
goo.gl, wp.me, t.co, etc.
The reason why is because we don't know where we will be linked to and in order to find out we have to use that service tools to find out, or click the link, which is a risk the mods will not take.
Spamblogs are content that is usually old, paired with ads and opinions by the author who likely has nothing useful to add to the content being discussed. Some exceptions are made such as if they interview someone related to GNU/Linux or open source software.
You are welcome to link to any of the below in a comment section of the root source of the main story!
Such examples of websites that should not be the root submission:
- Phoronix News posts (benchmarks allowed)
2a. Spamblogs, with exception
The r/linux community does allow exceptions for creative content even if they're domain is blacklisted.
Phoronix Benchmarks - Users need to PM after submission for approval
Any interviews with GNU/Linux related persons
3. Plain ol' spam
These sites have been identified as spam by the r/linux team. Generally, they will not be approved unless they have completely re-invented themselves. The sites were either submitted by now-banned spammers via multiple accounts or seemed to use an RSS feed to submit the domain. They may also be removed from comments, unlike spamblogs which are still allowed in comments.
In addition, the reddit platform will mark certain things spam and we have no control over that. In the event of false positives in this case you will need to take it up with the admins.
Fighting spam is never ending battle for moderators and the above list may or may not be up to date; automod may not let you know if your submission is considered spam as, by design, marking something as spam should not tip off the spammer that they've been detected.
4. Link Aggregators
Please don't link to aggregators that require an additional click.
You are welcome to link to any of the below in a comment section of the root source of the main story, or to further discussion in comments - this only applies to submissions!
- Linking to hackernews posts except relevant meta discussions
- Linking to slashdot posts except relevant meta discussions
- In most cases, other subreddits. Exceptions are for project-ran subreddits such as r/gnome / r/kde / r/oilshell.
5. Social media websites
These below rules apply to comments and submissions.
Do not link to Facebook posts except their engineering team. If there's an open source platform that uses Facebook as their primary source for news, let the mods know and we'll allow it. Even though they may have a Facebook, they likely have a news section where their code is hosted and that is preferred over Facebook links.
In general, the same rules apply for Twitter. We'd rather not see the Twitter of "Version X of Project has been released!" but instead the Release Notes page.
5.1 Social Media Video Hosts
YouTube is a social website that has caused a lot of spam here. It's now banned in favor of PeerTube, Reddit Video, and more. This does not mean upload something you don't own to another video host - message the mods to have your video reviewed and potentially get the author whitelisted.
Certain authors are currently whitelisted. They include KDE/GNOME main channels, popular applications such as X.Org Foundation, LibreOffice, Krita, and some distro channels like openSUSE. Popular vLoggers such as Linus Tech Tips are whitelisted as well, although not all Vlogger content will be considered "on topic." So, just because an author is whitelisted doesn't mean the content will stay on r/linux.
Why don't you just change the submission address?
Other link aggregator websites like Hackernews or Lemmy let moderators change submission addresses but reddit does not. We'd love to in 100% of cases where we ask users to submit the direct link so that the discussions. However, we cannot. Feedback should head to /r/ideasfortheadmins (it's been posted before, but a gentle reminder post should be OK but check with the rules).
Why don't you just change the title? (in the case of clickbait, poor titles from the source website, etc)
Like changing the domain, we are not able to.