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/fyrnael May 29 '22

That's not the point. The point is the vast majority of people who are suicidal don't actually want to die, they're just in a desperate and potentially psychotic state. If they live and get past that, they won't want to be dead, but if you help them be dead then they'll never get there.

The way to be helpful is to help them get past this situation, not to help them die.


u/shooteen Jun 09 '22 edited Jun 09 '22

tbh that sounds about right for most situations, yet I still consider your life to be your own responsibility so if you feel like kys, allowing it also sounds right. Idk, even though I'm pretty happy rn I don't consider it to be as bad as some try to put it, I even respect it in some scenarios


u/Ferbuggity Jun 10 '22

People who are severely mental ill or mood disordered aren't in a place to make clear decisions for themselves. This is why the law allows it for people to get sectioned for suicide attempts, against their will.

Assisting ill people to harm themselves is manipulative and wrong, and could quite rightfully end up in a murder or manslaughter charge, depending on where they live.

If you, and the others here saying "let them do it" really, actually cared about these people's wellbeing and true wishes, you'd guide them toward means of getting help for their mental and emotional health rather than supporting the harmful illness that is trying to kill them.


u/Mittysgirl Jun 23 '22

The majority of people who TELL someone about it don’t want to die.