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

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/kilerwhale May 17 '22

What happend?


u/Hospitalities Founder & Mod May 17 '22

Uptick in incidences of people asking for suicide methods and users sharing methods, then mod mail getting spammed by people upset because they “didn’t know”.


u/ThemChecks May 17 '22

That shit will get the police involved here. People are fucking crazy


u/kcasper May 18 '22

Police can't actually do anything, or at least in the USA. Neither reddit or the moderators are responsible for content posted.

It is the same reason medical forums are untouchable and lawsuits would get thrown out if people died due to bad advice.


u/yesalrightokayfine Jun 06 '22

Chargeable offence in Aus. 🇦🇺


u/Mahzikeen Jun 15 '22

Can’t do anything here in Canada either :( We have tried…


u/[deleted] Jun 16 '22

Which is good, free speech is important