Get involved with being an activist on Reddit

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 Guidlines

  Reddit 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 (politcal, moral, etc) is not what reddit is about.

With that said, if you adhere to the golden gudielines 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.
Generally reddit communities will allow your posts if they are relevant and not preachy or confrontational. Again, there's nothing wrong with posting relevant material you enjoy to subreddits, it's when you directly push your lifestyle or political agenda in readers' faces that it becomes an issue. I think most community mods would agree. Either way, follow RAGG and you'll have the best chance to spread veganism and compassion using reddit moving forward without intruding on communities.

Example subs to post relevant content in:

/r/Recipes /r/Food /r/Cooking /r/FoodPorn
/r/Nutrition /r/Health /r/Fitness /r/HealthyFood
/r/TodayILearned /r/YouShouldKnow /r/ChangeMyView /r/LifeProTips
/r/Skeptic /r/Philosophy /r/CasualConversation /r/MorbidReality
/r/Videos /r/Pics /r/EatCheapAndHealthy /r/News
/r/Enviroment /r/Documentaries /r/Futurology /r/LoseIt
/r/Aww /r/WTF /r/UpliftingNews /r/MadeMeSmile

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. For these last two points, I use Reddit List to help me figure out where to post content, and Reddit Later to tell me when is the best time to post.

For the other two parts to successful posts, there is no simple and easy guide. I follow several animal rights groups on Facebook, so some content I find there. Other content I find through searching Google News, Google Scholar, or YouTube, and some content I find right here on reddit, and simply repost it to other subreddits. Sometimes it will be a combination where something I see posted by an animal rights group may lead me to a study, I then search YouTube for videos showing a similar effect, and come across something entirely different that will make for a great gif image.

Finally, redditors upvote and click on a lot more image links than anything else. I have found /r/videos to be the most difficult subreddit 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.

Thanks to /u/lnfinity for posting this on /r/VeganActivism!

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:

As you can see, at the end of the day, we've improved the reputation of Vegans (which needs all the help that it can get), we've made a few unexpected connections, and we've made folks that we've responded to more open to Veganism in general (let alone the folks reading our comments). That's the kind of activism and kindess that ensures you're leaving the biggest and most postive impact for the animals and our planet.

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 under "Equip Yourself", but for now, these three are great:

You can also use the PDF versions for easy sharing:

Equip yourself with knowledge:

How do I get involved?

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  Activism Newsletter
  • 1
    Always ask for vegan options when you're eating out, walking by a restaurant, store, or bar. Even if you already know that they don't have vegan options, asking creates a demand for it.
  • 2
    Buy vegan-friendly stickers and place them on walls, lamp poles, & other public areas. You can also attach QR code stickers on meat products. Please respect local laws! Find stickers.
  • 3
    Move bookstore cookbooks so that plant-friendly recipes have more exposure near meat-based recipe books. Please be respectful and ask these stores first if you can rearrange them!
  • 4
    Update your social media profile descriptions or website with a link to a vegan youtube video! Use a link to track clicks and stats. We recommend Gary or Earthling Ed's speech!
  • 5
    Print vegan-friendly flyers and pamphlets for people's mailboxes, or under their doors! Hand them out to people, leave them at libraries, colleges, supermarkets, or hang them in public places! Print or order resources by clicking here.
  • 6
    Contact stores around you and ask them to carry more vegan / plant-based / dairy-free items! It creates demand, and it only takes a few seconds to google your local store's website and email address! Example.
  • 7
    Host potlucks / vegan meals by inviting friends and family over and cooking for them! Show them how good plant-based meats, milks and desserts actually are!
  • 8
    Leave positive Yelp reviews at restaurants that offered vegan options and give feedback to restaurants that you'd like to see more plant-based options! Examples.
  • 9
    Wear vegan shirts / clothes and other items! By wearing vegan-friendly messages on your clothes you help normalize veganism and hopefully plant a few seeds in people around you!
  • 10
    Tweet or email celebrities that you look up to, whether they play music, star in movies, write books, respectfully ask them to consider looking into Veganism! Examples here.
  • 11
    Donate to sanctuaries or organizations that could really use the funding! You could even sponsor an Animal at a sanctuary; your money is sorely needed. Donation list.
  • 12
    Use your creative skillsets and create various forms of art like songs, poems, stories, drawings, and so on, to spread the message of going vegan!
  • 13
    Set up a free public booth somewhere and give out small sample cups of plant-based milks to show people how good they are, and where to buy them from! Hand out pamphlets with information.
  • 14
    Ask your family to donate towards vegan organizations or sanctuaries in place of getting you birthday, wedding or christmas gifts! Plant some seeds in their mind! Donate list.
  • 15
    Perform chalk activism on public streets to spread information, facts and more - legally. Make sure the chalk is vegan (Crayola isn’t vegan)!
  • 16
    Change your WiFi network name to link directly to a free documentary! You can do "WATCHDOMINION.COM" or a similar link, it's a quick and easy thing to do! Screenshot.
  • 17
    Post content on that's relevant to the community without directly pushing an agenda. Click here for a full guide on how to contribute there!
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