Reddit is a popular social networking website that has something that no other social network really has--a channel that is entirely dedicated to NSFW content.
The NSFW section on Reddit, commonly known as “Reddit Gone Wild” helps generate quite a significant amount of traffic for the social network and has become a go-to place for individuals who want to express themselves and discover great content.
Here are some things you should know before you decide to visit and/or participate on the NSFW section of Reddit.
What Is the Meaning of “NSFW”?
“NSFW” is an acronym that is short for “Not Safe For Work.” This describes content that would generally not be appropriate to be viewed at work in the presence of coworkers, your boss or even family members when you’re at home.
NSFW content is often pornographic or sexual content, and the acronym usually accompanies an email title, a link, a tweet on Twitter or any other message you may receive from somebody as a warning that you shouldn’t be opening the link to view the content when you’re in the presence of others.
In other words, that NSFW warning can save you from getting in trouble at work or being embarrassed in front of your family when your computer screen is in full view.
You Must Be 18 Years of Age or Older
The content that is posted on the NSFW section of Reddit is not at all appropriate for underage individuals. Before you can view the content of this section, Reddit will ask you if you are at least 18 years old. You can click “yes” to enter the site or “no” to leave.
Because it is illegal in the United States and many other countries to knowingly distribute sexual content to minors, sites displaying any type of NSFW content will almost always ask your age before allowing you to enter.
NSFW versus SFW
The concept of “NSFW” is pretty easy to understand. If a link or post is labeled to be “SFW” then it’s “Safe For Work”. You don’t have to take caution before opening it.
Other variations of the phrase include:
PNSFW - Probably Not Safe For Work
LSFW - Less Safe For Work
TSWF - Technically Safe For Work
PNFO - Probably Not For the Office
Believe it or not, Drew Curtis (founder of Fark.com) tried to trademark the phrase “NSFW” in 2007, but was denied registration.
The “Funny” list often holds the top spot, with the NSFW list usually found somewhere in the top 50.
Reddit Rules and Reddit’s NSFW Section
When using Reddit, you’re advised not post images of screenshots or photos that incorporate superimposed or added text. Personal information is forbidden and solicitation of votes are prohibited.
Although the phrase “NSFW” is often used to warn someone of pornographic content, Reddit does not allow pornography or gore on its website. If content is sexually suggestive and not considered appropriate to be viewed in a professional environment, it must be tagged NSFW.
Posting Stuff On Reddit
Using Reddit isn’t difficult at all. The only thing you need is a username, a valid email address and a password to sign up for a free account. Once your account has been set up, you can start submitting links that you think are worth sharing. Other users will upvote or downvote those links. If your links get lots of upvotes, it will slowly get pushed to the first page of the category, where visibility is highest.
Likewise, you are expected to vote up and vote down links that you like or don’t like. Most users also spend time discussing the content and interacting with each other in the comment sections.The Reddit community will not tolerate users that try to spam the site with inappropriate or mediocre content. If you try to promote your own links agressively without any other involvement in the Reddit community, you may get slapped by other heavy users and people who want you to play by the rules.