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ArchivedStickied postModerator of r/OutOfTheLoop

Oh, hi! Didn't see you there.

Well, since you're here, you should read our updated intro to the sub! Occasionally we like to do little write-ups like this to help familiarize newer users or remind older users about how /r/OutOfTheLoop operates beyond the brief rules in the sidebar. This is that thing.


What's a loop?

This is a pretty obvious thing to address first, so we'll address it first!

As a team, we generally consider something a loop if it could fairly be described as a recent trend, meme, current event, notable occurrence, or a recent and inexplicable pattern of events or statements.

Maybe everyone is suddenly talking about that video game thing, or the funny thing a politician did; maybe they're all on about the latest South Park episode or what someone wore to the Grammys last night; even a trending Twitter hashtag could signify a loop.

Now that everyone is talking about it, you want the deets, the sitch, and the background info...because you're...you know...out of the loop.

Straightforward questions with straightforward answers are usually not loops!

Definitions, simple explanations, or further reading on general/widespread subjects are usually better suited for /r/nostupidquestions, /r/answers, or /r/explainlikeimfive. Some examples include:

  • What is socialism?
  • What is pokemon?
  • What is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?

Follow-up questions are sometimes acceptable and approved here, however it generally depends on the circumstances and the specifics of the topic itself. The same applies to confusing societal trends or preferences held by groups of people- both these categories are generally not suited for OOTL and would be better in /r/wherearetheynow or /r/wdp (why do people). Some examples include:

  • What ever ended up happening to so-and-so from that 2011 news article six people read?
  • What's that clownshoes Corey Feldman up to nowadays?
  • Why do people like rap?
  • Why do people hate cops?

As you may immediately notice, these types of questions generally don't show up in /r/OutOfTheLoop because they don't represent a recent event, story, meme, outrage, etc. It's worth noting the submissions we receive like these are usually disingenuous and they distract from the type of Question -> Answer -> Conversation format that makes this sub useful and informative.


Why wasn't my question approved?

There are a few potential answers to the question above, but the simplest and most likely one is: we probably didn't get to it yet.

Here in OOTL, our moderators try very hard to ensure everyone has an opportunity to get back in the loop in an objective, informative, and unbiased way (if possible!). Every submission made to /r/OutOfTheLoop goes into the modqueue for manual review.

We have a large moderator team here, but we aren't all in the loop all the time! This means you might see a more recent question appear before yours does- this could be from a mod working the queue and approving something they know about and know to be a "loop" and skipping those they aren't sure about or haven't heard of yet.

In that regard, here are some tips for your question/submission that may help it to be approved in a timely manner:

Phrasing

Maybe you saw a trending Twitter hashtag and are trying to figure out what it is, but you don't have 30 minutes to battle against SEO bullcrap. Check out these examples, where the first versions of each question clearly signify or indicate a trend/loop:

  • Why is #ootlmodsrule trending on Twitter right now?" > What is #ootlmodsrule?
  • Why are so many people tweeting about OOTLmods? > What is ootlmods and why should I care?
  • Why have I seen so many people talking about OOTL mods in the last two days? > Why do people love ootlmods so much?

Effort and Context

You are a person and, ideally, a functioning member of society. You are not a Confused Gandalf meme. Phrase your question in a way you might if you walked up to someone on the street. You wouldn't walk up to a person you just met and say "Aleppo?" or "Tic Tacs?" That person would probably cross the street just to avoid you. Also they wouldn't answer your question.

  • "OOTLmods?"

See- it doesn't work here either! Add context to the title of your question and/or the body of the post.

Context and examples not only help get you better answers, they help mods who aren't always in the loop as well. Links, screencaps, quotes, photographs- it all helps others see what you are seeing to better understand and address your question.

Politics

Political topics are...a special case. Nine times out of ten, we're going to send you to /r/ask_politics. Sometimes, in some cases, on some days, a submission that is political in nature is a big enough deal or topic that we allow it for the benefit of everyone. HOWEVER, this is always done at the moderators' discretion. There is no reliable way to codify this into our ruleset, and we continue to treat it on a case-by-case basis.

It wouldn't really do to provide examples for this, as it depends entirely on the specific circumstances and subject matter. So here are some examples of political things we NEVER approve:

  • Why are [libtards/republicunts] being little bitches about [whatever they're fighting about today]?
  • Why do people think [person whose opinions OP disagrees with] is all that and a bag of chips?
  • Why aren't the [republicunts/libtards] talking/believing/agreeing with [whatever garbage they inevitably put here]?

Politics are divisive for a reason, a multitude of them even, which is why political topics are usually not particularly well-suited for /r/OutOfTheLoop. It is nearly impossible to provide or receive a genuine attempt at an unbiased and informative answer on topics which are political in nature.


Common Questions and Concerns

That subreddit you just sent me to is too small, am I really expected to just go on my way?

  • Very sorry hypothetical person in modmail, but the answer is yes. /r/OutOftheLoop was once a small subreddit too! We're now a sub of nearly six hundred thousand strong- every place starts somewhere, and that somewhere is better suited for your question than here.

I don't have any examples, that's why I posted the question you dummies!

  • Sorry broheim! The thing is, you had to have seen it somewhere, so we know you can include some context and/or examples- you just have to believe in yourself. We believe in you too.

Your automod auto-removed my post. Why is /r/circlejerk doing [whatever circlejerk's doing at the moment]?

Got any hot tracks in there?


TL;DR: With just a few tweaks to your title, even you can get in the loop!

Feel free to ask any questions for clarification.

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Stickied postModerator of r/OutOfTheLoop

This thread is for everyone to suggest questions to add to the Big List of Retired Questions (BLORQ) in the sidebar.

Retired questions are questions that have a very good answer already, and have been asked frequently enough that it's time to retire them.

If you'd like to add a question to the BLORQ, add it here, and link to a thread that provides a solid answer for the question. For example:

Question: What's the "Ol' Reddit Switcharoo"?

Answer: https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/1jwxkh/whats_the_ol_reddit_switcharoo/cbj35pc/

Thanks!

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I understand we only know about his indictment because of someone scrubbing court docs and finding the error, but why is his indictment such a big deal? What does this mean in the grand mueller of things?huff post

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I've noticed that every time /u/commonmisspellingbot posts that other bots (like quite a large number) begin arguing with each other in the comments below - what's the deal with that.

Here is an example

Are the machines gaining sentience or have I missed some war between the people who make bots?

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Hey Reddit: Want to write better? Eliminate grammatical mistakes, wipe out wordiness, and let your ideas shine. See for yourself why over 10 million users are hooked on Grammarly's free writing app.

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I have been seeing everywhere that the CIA was able to find out that the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince was the one who put a hit out on him.

Why did anyone or the royal family want him dead? What does that mean for the Royal Family and their country? Do the individuals involved just get in trouble or would it effect the country as a whole? I have no idea what the implications of such an action would even be besides a death penalty for those who did it. Does the UN get in on it or just the countries that were dealing with them...? What could even be done about the situation? I am clueless with politics and what not.

Reference

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https://www.reddit.com/r/boogie2988/comments/9vstf5/question_can_someone_summarize_whats_going_on/?utm_source=reddit-android

I am not a tenured redditor, but even I could tell you it is not uncommon for the visitors of any given sub to be opposed or on bad terms with its subject. Im not enitrely surprised about that.

But what exactly is the issue? I see posts echoing messages about how he should be giving social media a break. Many updoots. And I see him arguing, and losing by measure of upvotes, about his dissociative disorder. Going through his comment history? Massive downvotes.

I know reddit isn't exactly indicitive of the population, but whats Boogie done to raise the pitchforks?

Also, as added context? I have never really watched hos content. Just a 25 year old that seen his content appear from time to time. I knew he wasnt exactly popular lately but I didn't know people had a hate parade on for him. I just figured his content was stale or something.

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For example, RHCP - Snow (Hey Oh). Is this using a specific program, or something built into YouTube?

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I've seen a lot of YouTube videos about JavaScript that have lemons in them like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQbr2OGydJU and many other images with JavaScript and lemons in them, some clearly jokes. What is the story behind this?

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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/redefine-kilogram-180970798/

Apparently the kilogram is being redefined in terms of Planck's constant? What does that mean?

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The 10th annual Reddit Gifts Secret Santa has arrived! Sign up by November 25th to get matched!

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He's sometimes just called "Mr. Enter" or "MrEnter." The best information I got about him was from this TV Tropes page. This seems to have been an ongoing thing on YouTube for a long time. I know he talks about Western animation and sometimes anime on YouTube and has published a book on Amazon, but some people out there seem to genuinely hate this guy for some reason. His name didn't come up when I searched for him on this subreddit. I know only very few things about that part of YouTube, so maybe someone could fill me in please?

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Saw this thread in /r/all from /r/Steam that was rising but it was locked. I have no idea what the context or controversy is from the comments/past threads as they've been deleted or removed, apart from Steam deciding to remove some game depicting anime children.

What happened? I remember Steam banned hentai games in the past but what's going on this time?

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Stuff like /r/explainitpeter and all the deep-fried "hey beter" comics: why is that?

Like, it's really funny and I get that it's ironic but why Family Guy or Peter Griffin in particular?

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So I'm starting to see this becoming increasingly more popular. "8D tunes" on YouTube is an example of the popularity and the music itself. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrRpYEytIHGyDgNWO6VbHlQ

So why 8d music and how is it made?

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[Answered]

I go on Buzzfeed a couple times a week and lately (the past two weeks or so for me at least,) I've been seeing a lot of articles that are either lifted from a thread entirely - or picking responses to a threaded comment for articles.

As in, the entire article will be pictures and just Redditor's comments.

Is there something I missed? Do Buzzfeed and Reddit have a partnership or something? Are people people messaged or alerted that their responses are being used on Buzzfeed?

I feel like I missed something :/

Here's an example of what I'm talking about. https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/people-on-reddit-are-sharing-their-biggest-f-ups-and-omg

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https://www.reddit.com/r/nintendo/comments/9xdczm/how_nintendo_of_russia_ceo_treats_his_employees/ I keep seeing posts like this, so I’m wondering what the problem with its president is.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtNh-GdJKzE

I need a bit more of an in-depth explanation of what exactly happened.

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Extremely hard to get past this sub's auto-mod (attempt #5, didn't hyphenate "what's" last time), so the phrasing is a little weird. I'm pretty much clueless as to what Israel would have to do with gamers.

https://www.reddit.com/r/GamersRiseUp/comments/9wrhf2/updated_rules_please_read_the_sidebar_the_state/

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Began to watch the latest episode of Hot Ones and saw that the dislike to like ratio was unusually even. Many of the comments claim that she is a racist or that she hates men.

I was under the impression, until now, that she was generally beloved by the youtube community.

Video in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6nihDqjeXw

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This isn't exactly a new occurrence but I saw one of these ads on Reddit today and that got it in my mind... Does anyone know why on earth this very specific product - Apple Cider Vinegar - is being advertised so heavily online? I've seen it everywhere from reputable places like Reddit/Facebook/Google to totally sketchy places like torrent/porn sites.

Who on earth is making money off these ads?

Is there some kind of shady thing going with on that I'm not getting? Is it like actually drugs and the people who know it are using cider as a front/keyword?

Am I just crazy and the only person seeing these?

Example I found, it always seems to be this brand: https://i.imgur.com/SJ7fXHl.jpg

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I read some ill words about it on another sub, went to metacritic and noticed that the average user score is 2.6... The reviews there didn't seem to help though, they were all talking about how "it's not REAL fallout" or stuff like that... ? Any fans or gaming enthusiasts able to help me out?

Here's the metacritic so far

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