The small corner of Reddit where people share their darkest secrets
r/confession was started eight years ago by an account that’s no longer active. It currently has almost 200,000 subscribers, and a steady stream of new posts are made throughout the day. It’s not the only community of its kind on Reddit -- there’s also r/confessions, r/7cupsoftea, and several others -- but along with r/offmychest it’s one of the biggest.
The subreddit’s content varies widely. There are posts about depression, posts about infidelity, posts from the victims of crime and posts from the perpetrators. Most of the topics are serious, but a few are more light-hearted (Redditors tag each thread with one of four categories that show up alongside the title: “Light,” “Conflicted,” “No Regrets,” or “Remorse”). The sub’s main photo shows a priest giving confession, but aside from that there are no real religious overtones.
The community has a strict set of rules. Below the “Subreddit Info” is a large, bold statement that reads: “This is intended to be a safe place.” This is followed by a lengthy set of rules on both submissions and comments, which are enforced by a combination of user reports, two bots, and a team of eight moderators.
“Mainly we are looking to enforce our mission statement: ‘Create a safe environment within Reddit to promote and encourage people to share their acts of wrongdoing that they want to get out into the open,’” u/opticalnecessity, a moderator on the sub, told Mashable. “The key to this statement is ‘Safe Environment’.
“Our community wouldn’t exist today if we allowed anyone/everyone to post everything, we would be just like r/confessions or r/offmychest,” he added. “Not saying they are bad subs, just saying that communities like that already existed and we don’t want to be like everyone else.”
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April 21, 2017 at 08:16PM
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