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

If people want to do it then they'll find a way. You don't think it's better they get good information here than misinformation somewhere else?


u/sneezingbees May 17 '22

Nope. People should be directed to mental health or medical resources, nothing else. This is truly basic common sense


u/Zonerdrone May 17 '22

It's an option but it's not the only one. It is the preferable one but people have a right to choose for themselves. I won't tell another person they can't do that because of the way it would make ME feel.


u/sneezingbees May 17 '22

It’s irresponsible to tell someone how to harm themselves, it’s dangerous and damaging and inconsiderate. You cannot accurately determine whether someone can benefit from mental health support, it’s not for you to decide whether someone is fit to “choose for themselves”


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u/sneezingbees May 18 '22

Not your choice to make.