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/r/OutOfTheLoop — Have you ever seen a whole bunch of news stories/reddit posts/videos or anything else about some topic and you had no idea what everyone was going on about? Did you feel out of the loop? This subreddit is dedicated to helping you get up to speed with the recent trends and news.
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1. Search before you post.
- Search our List of Retired Questions (there's tons on there).
- Search Google and KnowYourMeme before posting, too. Excessive duplicates or questions that have been retired may be removed.
2. You must post a full and completely clear, unbiased question about a specific event or trend in the title.
- Don't just put a keyword and question mark; ask a full and direct question like you would ask another human being.
- Include context to better illustrate your question, such as links to reddit comments, tweets or youtube videos, etc, in the textbox. Broader or more vague conceptual questions, such as "why do people do/like/hate __?" may be referred elsewhere if there's not a real 'loop' around the subject.
3. Top level comments must contain a genuine and unbiased attempt at an answer.
- Don't just drop a link without a summary, tell users to "google it", or make or continue to perpetuate a joke as a top-level comment. Users are coming to OOTL for straightforward, simple answers because of the nuance that engaging in conversation supplies.
Submitters are reminded to search half a dozen times between the time they visit the sub and the time their post goes live. They don't need to be reminded again. LMGTFY links will be removed immediately.
Exception: on-topic follow up questions are allowed. We just ask that your questions follow Rule 2, and your answers follow Rule 3.
4. Follow reddiquette in both behavior and voting.
- Be polite in your exchanges, vote based on contribution to the thread and not on opinions, etc. OOTL is supposed to be a helpful resource for confused redditors.
- Check out the reddiquette page for more info.
Flairs + Filters
Once you post a question and it's answered, please click the flair button under your post and change the flair to "Answered".
You can also comment with the phrase
[answered] to flair your post.
Failure to follow these rules will result in posts or comments being removed, and may result in bans, the length of which to be determined by the nature of the infraction.
Meta threads about OOTL itself should be asked via sending us a message in modmail. Otherwise meta threads may be removed.
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