r/TooAfraidToAsk Founder & Mod May 17 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1 Silver 2 Helpful 5 Faith In Humanity Restored 1

Ignorance of the rules is not a defense - Telling a user a method to commit suicide will result in a permanent ban. Meta

Edit: this is not up for debate

Your job before using a Subreddit is to be familiar with the rules to ensure you do not end up having your content removed (mild) to being on the receiving end of a ban (severe).

Given the nature of the offense, this type of infraction is not liable for a warning nor is it liable to the defense of “but I didn’t know!”

This stance has zero to do with personal belief regarding assisted-suicide, which would imply the use of a medical provider operating within evidence-based approaches to help with end-of-life. This stance is in regards to largely uninformed Redditors, of unverifiable credentials, offering “advice” with methodology that is not evidence-based nor generally is it without risk.

Were medically-assisted suicide pan-legal across every single State, it would still not be allowed for users to give methods to others on how to kill themselves.

Your individual beliefs have nothing to do with this discussion, has nothing to do with adhering to rules in order to participate within a sub and further has no bearing on your ability to support medically-assisted suicide, of which a Reddit comment is not, across various discussions.

However, If you tell a user a method to kill themselves, you will be banned and your comment will be escalated for additional review by Reddit admins.

You should know better than to provide someone potentially suicidal with methods to kill themselves, and if you can’t have that inherent moral compass then you should be able to gander at the multiple places our rules are plastered before engaging within this sub.

Thanks to the rest of you with enough common sense that this message will seem ridiculous, keep on keeping on.


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u/[deleted] May 17 '22

That’s not what right to free speech is and that right doesn’t even apply to a private company/organisation like Reddit and subreddits. Right to free speech (in the US btw, not internationally) is the right to criticise the government without government retaliation. It does NOT protect you from social consequences of your speech or make you immune from rules in non-government settings or rules pertaining to speech that has nothing to do with government


u/guacamolehaha123 May 17 '22

If u think that encouraging people to kill themselves is speech that should be protected, ur an asshole


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u/guacamolehaha123 May 17 '22

Why should people help others commit suicide??????


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u/Hospitalities Founder & Mod May 17 '22

Doctors providing euthanasia is the same as random people on the internet providing methods?

Go troll somewhere else buddy.


u/muckdog13 May 17 '22

Anonymous Reddit users are not qualified to give medical advice to someone they’ve never met, especially when that advice is to harm themselves.

Imagine someone gives advice on how to commit suicide, it doesn’t work and it gives the person a chronic illness. Now they’re severely harmed by bad advice.

Is that moral for Reddit to support? No, I don’t think so. Medical advice should come from professionals in a professional setting.


u/guacamolehaha123 May 17 '22

U can’t debate lord urself out of this one. It’s wrong to tell people to kill themselves or help them do it. That’s just plain simple! U r an idiot :)


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u/guacamolehaha123 May 17 '22

I didn’t know I needed to provide an argument on why u shouldn’t help people kill themselves. Your argument is so retarded it’s not even worth arguing against! The world is not going to end because u can’t provide someone a detailed outline on how to hang themselves! Get some help bro!