Hi everyone, newest mod u/wjello and subreddit member u/NoButterOnMyBread here. We'd like to share with you some tips for safe(r) participation on Reddit. Many of you already know this, but we hope some of the tips here may be helpful to folks who are newer to Reddit. We'd also love for you to share your personal safety tips in the comments.
It's not against Reddit or r/babies rules to share personal information (your or your baby's full name, birth dates, location, etc), but we recommend against it. It's really unnecessary to share this type of info here, so just don't. Please keep in mind that Reddit is not like Facebook and some other social media platforms. Everything you post into a public subreddit is public.
If you see someone in r/babies sharing personal information and you feel that you must do something, please send them a nice PM or chat.
Reposting without permission
Unfortunately, karma farming is rife on Reddit. Karma is a system where you get points for making posts and comments that other people upvote. A lot of folks see karma points as a reflection of the quality or trustworthiness of a user, so high-karma user accounts can be valuable in some circles. Because of this, some shady users steal other people's popular content (e.g. baby photos) and post them as their own, sometimes with identical title, watermarks, etc. If this happens to you, it could feel anything from mildly annoying to highly invasive. Unfortunately, this is not against Reddit policy and mods have to make their own judgment calls. Your options are to call out the reposter (who generally never responds) and/or contact the mods via reporting or modmail.
If you see content in r/babies reposted to another subreddit without permission, please let the r/babies OP know, call out the reposter in the comments, and/or contact the mods of the other subreddit.
Harassment and toxicity
Overall, r/babies is a fairly positive and supportive community. However, like anywhere else on Reddit, there are rude and toxic people who take joy in causing alarm and misery. Additionally, there are topics that can lead to strong feelings and strong language. Remember that you can report posts, comments, PMs and chat. You can also block users so that they cannot continue to message or chat with you.
Ultimately, we determine our own comfort level with participating on Reddit and in r/babies. We may participate in different ways and make different risk-benefit decisions. That is OK! Let's look out for each other, and keep r/babies a safe(r) environment for every member!