Get involved with being an activist on Reddit
But, what can I do on Reddit?Reddit is used by millions of people. By making an account and reaching out to others online, you have the opportunity to make a difference from your bedroom. An easy way to be a Reddit Activist is to use the comments section to your advantage. We recommend that you use a logical, calm, and personable tone. When you demonstrate strong familiarity with a subject, your reader is more likely to be receptive to the information that you provide, so use sources! Visit one of the guides below for some easy to share replies to commonly argued stances by pre-vegans.
Reddit Activism Golden GuidlinesReddit communities do NOT tolerate direct agenda pushing. While there's nothing wrong with posting content that you enjoy or have an opinion on, posting something to directly push towards your agenda (political, moral, etc) is not what reddit is about.
With that said, if you adhere to the golden guidelines below (RAGG), you'll be able to post to Reddit communities in the most respectful and relevant way possible.
- 1. Always respect the subreddit's individual rules.
- 2. Always listen to the moderators if they message you with requests.
- 3. Always post content that's 100% relevant to the subreddit.
- 4. Always make sure the title is relevant and not agenda-pushing.
- 5. Always limit the amount of posts you make to an individual subreddit.
- 6. Always link to sources when making claims, no matter how frivolous.
- 7. Always remain respectful, calm, kill with kindness, no matter the troll.
- 8. Always stay in the thread and contribute to comments. Don't dine & dash.
Examples of good posting:
- (r/aww) Baby cow overjoyed after seeing the sunlight first time!
- (r/videos) Adorable little kid philosophizing about dinner!
- (r/todayilearned) Cows have best friends & become depressed when gone.
- (r/pics) Act of kindness shown to pigs before heading into slaughterhouse.
- (r/recipes) Scrambled "eggs" peppered tofu delight recipe!
Examples of bad posting:
- (r/aww) Baby cow that was tortured for 3 years finally released.
- (r/videos) Baby cow beaten to death by slaughterhouse exposed: go vegan!
- (r/todayilearned) That going Vegan reverses heart-disease completely!
- (r/pics) Dead pigs hanging on the slaughterhouse hangers for your bacon.
- (r/recipes) Vegan Scrambled Eggs recipe to save the animals from death.
Example subs to post relevant content in:
How to make a successful post:There are a few important parts to a post being successful. Quality content, good title, posted in an appropriate subreddit, and posted at the right time.
Finding an appropriate subreddit
I recommend using Reddit List. This tool makes it easy to search for communities on any topic and see which ones are the largest and most active. For just about any type of content you post there will probably be a subreddit focused on that type of media (/r/gifs, /r/pics, /r/videos, /r/books, /r/documentaries, /r/news). If the content relates to a place there will be subreddits for the city, region, and country that place is in. If the content is cute there will be subreddits like /r/Aww, /r/EyeBleach, and /r/RarePuppers where it will fit in.
Finding the best time to post and crafting an appropriate title
I recommend using Reddit Smarter to help with this. Type in the name of any subreddit on the site. It will pull the most recent posts from that subreddit and will show you what scores posts tend to get by time of day, as well as how factors like the length of title and certain keywords impact scores by time of day. Be careful to follow the rules of the subreddit you are posting on when crafting a title. Some subreddits require that you do not alter the titles of articles you post.
There is no need to sit around all day waiting for the optimal time to post a submission on Reddit. You can schedule your posts to get posted to Reddit from your account at the time you want them to. Cronnit is an excellent free tool for doing this.
There are four primary places where I find things that are worth sharing. Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Google Alerts.
Google Alerts allows you to set up keywords that you are interested in, and it will send you a single email each day with news stories that are relevant to the keywords you have chosen. I watch for keywords that will notify me about prominent authors and writers whose work I enjoy, breaking undercover investigations, news stories on the environmental impacts of animal agriculture, and relevant legislative issues like ag-gag laws.
On Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, following animal rights groups like The Humane League, Animal Equality, Animal Charity Evaluators, and Mercy For Animals will be a good way to find content. I also recommend following companies like Tofurky, Veggie Grill, Beyond Meat, and Just that are making vegan products more widely available. I also follow many animal sanctuaries, vegan recipe pages, and individuals with cute pet pigs, chickens, and turkeys.
You can also find good content by using the search features on these sites. If you want to share videos of cows playing with balls or pigs snuggling search for those things on YouTube. If you want to share scientific articles on social bonds in animals you can search for that too!
Redditors tend to upvote and click on a lot more image links than anything else. I have found /r/videos to be among the most difficult subreddits to get karma in, while almost any image content is much more successful. If a video can be turned into a gif without losing its message, then it is definitely worth turning it into a gif using Imgur or Gfycat.
Where to comment
If you want to reach a lot of people with a comment, the most important thing is to make your comments early. The first 2-3 hours of a post’s life are the best time to get comments in. If you are commenting on a post that is 6 hours old, don’t expect many people to see your comment, and by 18 hours it is unlikely your comment will be seen by more than a couple people.
My favorite tool for finding good places to comment is the Discussions tool. This will show you places where people are commenting about relevant keywords within the last few hours (I recommend keeping the limit to no more than 3 hours old so that you are commenting on the newest posts).
A big thanks to /u/lnfinity for helping us with the above section of this guide to reddit activism, we really appreciate it!
How to respond to negative comments:There are three things in life you can’t escape: 1. Death. 2. Taxes. 3. People that will respond to your Vegan-related comments in terrible ways no matter how gentle or nice you were. That said, as much as we really want to tell these people off, other people are watching, and those are the people that will be judging your response and judging Vegans as a whole based on what you do.
They will walk away from reading your conversation with either a better view of Vegans, a worse view, or a re-inforced view of their current outlook. That's why it's so incredibly important to respond to ALL negative comments in polite, respectful ways, to the point of apologizing for something that's not even your fault and thanking them for something they don't deserve.
I know it feels wrong, but take a look at what happens when we put this in practice, take a look at the upvotes and downvotes, they speak louder to the flow of the conversation then the discussion itself.
Click the link here or the click the image thumbnails below to see live responses made to negative comments. Note the upvotes and downvotes closely to each response:
Below are live comments I made in the last /r/all thread I participated in:
There is also no need to reply to every single person or comment. If someone is being truly antagonistic or hostile do not feel bad for simply not replying, and remember to use Reddit’s report feature when another commenter is violating subreddit or site-wide rules.
Links to use when commenting:I like to use the You Are Their Voice links in comments as they rely on direct quotes, studies and science more than blog posts, which tend to garner much more respect. You can find the full list on YouAreTheirVoice.com under "Equip Yourself", but for now, these three are great:
- Veganism is Healthy
- The Clear Consensus
- The Daunting Facts
- Veganism is Healthy (PDF)
- The Clear Consensus (PDF)
- The Daunting Facts (PDF)
Equip yourself with knowledge:https://veganspeak.org/vegan-arguments/