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/SmokeyShine May 18 '22

Definitely. It's a dumb question, and dumb to answer, so of course it's happening on Reddit.


u/Euphoric_Reply_1058 May 21 '22

It's not a dumb question, it's hard to find resources when your constantly shown a hotline number on the internet.


u/SmokeyShine May 21 '22

No, it's an incredibly stupid question, because Google instantly gives more than just a phone number. Anybody who spends the barest minimum of time doing research will find out what works. Thus, it's stupid to answer the question, when you're not actually 'helping', but you're just getting yourself in trouble.


u/ledditlememefaceleme Jun 18 '22

Anybody who spends the barest minimum of time doing research will find out what works

As someone who has actually researched this because I was interested in methods to do it, I can tell you it takes more than a few moments to find anything knowledgeable, if you dunno what to look for or how to ask your questions, you won't get far.