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Stickied postModerator of r/wholesomememes

Hello breathtaking readers,

Behind the curtains, we've been discussing means and methods to improve the quality of submissions to our wonderful sub.

Effective from here on out Rule 7, previously known as the "no upvote posts" rule, has been reconfigured and expanded into the "no low effort memes" rule. It now covers all karma grab posts, excessively/pointlessly meta 4th wall posts, and low effort memes.

The newest addition to the rule is the inclusion of a no low effort memes clause covering low effort memes: Skyrim "Wholesome 100", "You're Breathtaking", Thanos "That does put a smile on my face", [happiness noises], Fallout [Everybody liked that], and "Because that's what heroes do". More often than not, these are added at the bottom of a repost for a quick, low effort meme karma grab.

This is not an all inclusive list. We believe that creativity and originality are the best means to find that special uplifting feeling, thus we need to look beyond the nth permutation of these quick 5 minute memes.

This new clause is currently in addition to the upvote memes and metareddit clauses as mentioned earlier. Just as a reminder, "Let's get this to the front page!" type posts, "You have been visited by", "people who sort by new", "stop scrolling", "check your data" 4th wall interaction type meta posts, posts that mention reddit karma, upvotes, and "I don't want upvotes but..." type posts are still not allowed.

Previous announcements regarding this rule can be found here and here.

Have a wonderful day on our road to 5 M readers!

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23 days ago
Stickied postModerator of r/wholesomememes


Just wow.

As I metaphorically stand before you all today I am honored and humbled to be able to give this announcement.

After 1,045 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes, and 25 seconds, with 222,492 posts and 2,343,512 comments, /r/WholesomeMemes has hit five million subscribers.

I remember writing the first milestone post, you know, the one where we hit 100,000 subscribers. It was monumental. I didn’t know how to fathom it. I literally tried to quantify it by posting pictures of giant stadiums.

And that is 2% of what we are at now. We are literally bigger than the population of Ireland.

As I have always said, the community here is so different than any other community on Reddit, or even online. It strives to improve the truly improve the lives of others and refuses to stoop to any level of immaturity. The amount of unwholesome content that I have had to remove over the last two years is staggeringly low.

I wanted to take this post to reflect on some of the highlights from the past 5 million subscribers. These include,

The first “Find a Friend” thread

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Welcome to the wholesome side of the internet! This community is for those searching for a way to capture virtue on the internet.

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whole·some meme hōl-səm\mēm\

A meme that promotes health or well-being of body, mind, and/or soul.

A meme that is pure of heart, devoid of corruption or malice, modest, stable, virtuous, and all-around sweet and compassionate.

A meme that conveys support, positivity, compassion, understanding, love, affection, and genuine friendship by re-contextualizing classic meme formats, and using them to display warmth and empathy.

A meme with no snark or sarcasm that displays genuine human emotion and subverts a generally negative meme to be more positive.

Definition of a meme/memetics

A way of describing cultural information being shared.

An element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by non genetic means, especially imitation.

Please note, Moderators reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

r/wholesomememes Rules

Must be a wholesome meme

All posts must be wholesome memes: uplifting, life-affirming, or nice-ing up a rude meme.

Be general, not specific

Memes should be relatable, with universally uplifting themes. Avoid posts that promote an ideology, religion, or brand over others, & posts that show individuals' politeness without some universal theme.

No NSFW content

Please avoid submitting NSFW content. PG-13 is fine, but please tag those "NSFW" for young or sensitive users.

No trolling, harassing, or general rudeness

Please do not troll, harass, or be generally rude to your fellow users. Keep comments civil and be respectful of your fellow users. Be nice. This is a happy place. No proselytizing. Keep your religion, your politics, your diet, and any other crusade you might carry to yourself. We come here to get away from arguing and politics and the like, so please respect that by keeping your agendas to yourself.

No personal info or private communication

Please do not post personal info, yours or others. All names should be blocked out, except public figures. Also, private communication & private posts are private; please don't post them here.

Post must link to image directly.

Please link to images directly. This makes browsing easier for those using RES or through a mobile device

Low Effort Meme

Please do not submit low effort memes or mention upvotes in your post.

This includes "Let's get this to the front page!" type posts, "You have been visited by", "people who sort by new", "stop scrolling", or posts about reddit karma. Low effort memes include: Skyrim "Wholesome 100", "You're Breathtaking", Thanos "That does put a smile on my face", [happiness noises], Fallout [Everybody liked that], and "Because that's what heroes do". This isn't an exhaustive list, but I think you get the idea!

No reposts

Avoid posting memes that have already been posted to this sub. Fresh content is vital.
We may allow a repost at our discretion, if it has not already been a frontpage post, and if it has been over 6 months since it was last posted here.
Do not spam or post more than 3 memes in a 24 hour period.

Please make an effort with your title

Set your post up for success. "Does this fit here?" helps nobody. Being funny or descriptive helps. And trying is good.

Turtles are friends, not food

Be nice to turtles pls


Please keep your post related to the human experience. Try r/rarepuppers or r/aww

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