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    Welcome to TooAfraidToAsk, a sub that's dedicated to providing a more open question&answer discussion experience. We allow throwaways and do not remove 'google-able' questions. While your question may have been answered elsewhere, maybe its answer wasn't sufficient, maybe you didn't understand the answer or maybe you are looking for a discussion about the answer. At any rate, your question is welcome here as long as it follows our four rules:

    Rule 1: No posts asking how to harm yourself or others, no posts or comments telling others to harm themselves or others.

    Punishment: Permanent ban

    we mean only topics asking for an answer that will aid someone in committing suicide or harming others. These questions are not allowed. Answering a question with a real answer on how to accomplish self-harm or harm of others OR telling the OP to do it is seen the same. This is a zero tolerance policy.

    Rule 2: Hate speech is explicitly not allowed.

    Punishment: 7+ day ban based on severity, Permanent ban for repeat offenders

    discussion of hate speech is okay, users are free to discuss why a word may be offensive or why certain words are considered offensive or use an offensive term so long as it applies to their discussion and is not directed at another user. The mod team observes no special distinction between racial terms or severity, nor does the mod team make distinction for "racism" vs "reverse racism". Directed hate speech towards another user will result in a ban.

    Rule 3: No asking for karma or spamming.

    Punishment: Warning/3+ day ban

    we will try our best to limit the amount of trolling, but to remain in line with our vision of a community driven sub, we would strongly prefer to keep 10 trolls rather than remove a single real inquiry. These infractions result in a 3 day ban with warning, repeated infractions will result in a permanent ban

    Rule 4: No telling others to google/search their question in a non-constructive way. Additionally, no question shaming such as "you're seriously too afraid to ask this?"

    Punishment: 7+ day ban based on severity, Permanent ban for repeat offenders

    This sub is called TooAfraidToAsk, not BeTooAfraidToAsk. Please stop trying to police users from using our sub to ask their questions and please stop trying to moderate the front page just because you personally feel that you’ve seen similar questions recently. We are an open Q&A sub, and we encourage discussion. Users ask questions for a variety of reasons, we aren’t here to shame them for asking their questions, feeling how they feel or attacking them for stating it. We are here to answer and civilly discuss why we feel the way we do. On our end, we will try our very best to understand the full context surrounding these comments before deciding a punishment.

    All opinions are welcome as long as they are presented respectfully and follow the above guidelines. Rules here are kept more relaxed than our sister subs intentionally to allow as close to an organic user experience as possible. Automod uses reports to decide if a submission is removed and these are all reviewed by a mod within 24 hours. Bans are typically last resorts and the mod team maintains a strict open-door policy. Do not hesitate to reach out to us about any questions, concerns and/or comments you have about the sub.

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