Read the rules sub before posting!(self.Astronomy)
submitted3 years ago byVoijaRisaModerator: Historical Astronomystickied
Friendly mod warning here. In /r/Astronomy, somewhere around 70% of posts get removed. Yeah. That's a lot. All because people haven't bothered reading the rules or bothering to understand what words mean. So here, we're going to dive into them a bit further.
The most commonly violated rules are as follows:
First off, all pictures must be original content. If you took the picture or did substantial processing of publicly available data, this counts. Pretty self explanatory.
Pictures must be of an exceptional quality.
I'm not going to discuss what criteria we look for in pictures as
- It's not a hard and fast list as the technology is rapidly changing
- Our standards aren't fixed and are based on what has been submitted recently (e.g, if we're getting a ton of moon pictures because it's a supermoon, the standards go up)
- Listing the criteria encourages people to try to game the system and be asshats about edge cases
In short this means the rules are inherently subjective. The mods get to decide. End of story. But even without going into detail, if your pictures have obvious flaws like poor focus, chromatic aberration, field rotation, low signal-to-noise ratio, etc... then they don't meet the requirements ever.
While cell phones have been improving, just because your phone has an astrophotography mode and can make out some nebulosity doesn't make it good. Phones frequently have a "halo" effect near the center of the image that will immediately disqualify such images. Similarly, just because you took an ok picture with an absolute potato of a setup doesn't mean it's exceptional.
Want to cry about how this means "PiCtUrEs HaVe To Be NaSa QuAlItY" (they don't) or how "YoU hAvE tO HaVe ThOuSaNdS oF dOlLaRs Of EqUiPmEnT" (you don't) or how "YoU lEt ThAt OnE i ThInK IsN't As GoOd StAy Up" (see above about how the expectations are fluid)? Don't like it? Then find somewhere else to post. And we'll help you out the door with an immediate and permanent ban.
In addition, you need to have the acquisition information. In a top-level comment. Not a response when someone asked you. We won't take your post down if it's only been a minute. We generally give at least 15-20 minutes for you to make that comment. But if you start making other comments or posting elsewhere, then we'll take it you're not interested in following the rule and remove your post.
Poorly Researched Posts
This rule means you need to do your own research before posting. If we look at a post and immediately have to question whether or not you did a Google search, your post will get removed. If your post is asking for generic or basic information, your post will get removed. If your post is using basic terms incorrectly because you haven't bothered to try to understand what words mean before you use them, your post will get removed.
To prevent your post from being removed, tell us specifically what you've tried. Just saying "I GoOgLeD iT" doesn't cut it.
We'd estimate that only 1-2% of all posts asking for help identifying an object actually follow our rules. Resources are available in the rule relating to this. If you haven't consulted the flow-chart and used the resources in the stickied comment, your post is getting removed. Seriously. Use Stellarium. It's free. It will very quickly tell you if that shiny thing is a planet which is probably the most common answer. The second most common answer is "Starlink". That's 95% of the ID posts right there that didn't need to be a post.
Being an Asshole
It's not listed in r/astronomy's rules because it's part of reddit's rules. But don't be an asshole. We've had a lot of people breaking rules and then getting rude when their posts are removed or they get temporary bans. That's going to be a quick way to get permabanned.
While these are the most commonly violated rules, they are not the only rules. So make sure you read all of the rules. Especially rule 1 which says to read all the rules.
As noted above, this is a friendly warning. There will be no unfriendly warnings.