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

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/Tungstenkrill May 17 '22

What thoughts have to go through someone's head in order to lead them to the messed up conclusion that giving someone tips on how to end their lives is actually acceptable in any circumstance? I cannot and will not ever understand how this is even a discussion.

Because assisted suicide to relieve suffering is a thing. Redditors are not the people to be giving this advice but sit with somebody you love dying from a long and painful cancer and tell me they don't have a right to choose when they want to tap out.


u/Ecstatic_Objective_3 May 18 '22

That is a very different thing, and should only be discussed, and/or decided between the patient, family, and provider. That also doesn’t have a place on Reddit.


u/RadiantHC May 22 '22

But how is that different? Just because suffering isn't fatal doesn't mean that it's not suffering. As an example, imagine living with chronic pain your entire life. Or what if your entire body is paralyzed?


u/Ecstatic_Objective_3 May 22 '22

I absolutely never said I was against assisted suicide, I understand the need for it. But assisted suicide is a very personal decision based on a number of factors, there are protocols in place, and approved medications to ensure it works with no pain or suffering. Telling someone on a public forum how to end their own life is irresponsible at best.


u/Sad-Salamander-401 Jun 06 '22

I mean, until it is legalized in their country, the best they got is online advice. Hopefully not on Reddit though but it is a place where it is available.