A Breakdown of Our Rules

These rules are subject to change, so please revisit this page periodically.

All content must be original and unique.

Submissions that match (or echo similar sentiments to) ideas offered by other people will be removed, regardless of whether or not those ideas have appeared on Reddit. Blatant reposting and plagiarism may result in a ban. In short, if you can find something similar to your thought anywhere else on the Internet (or in another form of media), it does not belong here.

If you didn't personally come up with it, or if you can find a similar thought on Google, don't post it.

Additionally, posts which follow a predictable or memetic format (as with "X is just Y," "A is basically B with C," or "Phenomenon A is like Phenomenon B") are considered unoriginal, as are posts which reference or allude to thoughts which have already been submitted.


All posts must be showerthoughts.

Personal perspectives, crazy ideas, questions (rhetorical or otherwise) and meta submissions are not showerthoughts, and would be better suited to other subreddits. For an in-depth explanation of what a showerthought actually is (and is not), please read this page.

Here are a few examples:


Your entire thought must be in the post's title.

You may include examples, explanations, or further information in the body section, but all posts to /r/Showerthoughts must stand on their own as nothing but a title. Incomplete titles – those which do not adequately convey the whole thought – may not be posted.

Here are a few examples:


No "shower observations."

Thoughts directly related to being in the shower (or anything related to the bathroom) will be removed.

Here are a few examples:


No jokes, puns, wordplay, or submissions which are dependent on definitions, pronunciations, or oddities in language.

While showerthoughts may be humorous in nature, posts which are explicitly comedic should be kept to other subreddits. Puns and wordplay are similarly disallowed. Submissions which focus on (or are reliant on) mechanisms in language are similarly disallowed.

Here are a few examples:


No "life pro-tips" or advice.

Posts intended to inform users of tips, tricks, life-hacks, or useful practices (whether serious or not) should not be offered here.

Here are a few examples:


No posts about Reddit or its functions.

Posts which include any mention of Reddit, subreddits, karma, or anything tangentially related are not allowed here.

Here are a few examples:


No posts relating to politics, religion, or social justice.

Posts which include any mention of politics, religion, or social justice (or concepts, figures, and ideas tangential to those topics) have the unfortunate effect of causing excessive vitriol in the comments. As such, posts about the aforementioned topics (or which include a reference to those topics) are not allowed in this community.

Here are a few examples:


Don't be a jerk.

We're all humans here. We ask that you be respectful of others' posts and comments, and that you refrain from personal attacks, vitriol, or blatant rudeness.

Seriously, it's not that hard.




/r/Showerthoughts is actively moderated for quality and originality. We do not "let the votes decide."

Submissions which are deemed to be nonsensical, poorly written, excessively vulgar, obscene, or common will be removed at the moderators' discretion.

Here are a few examples:

Niche Topics

While /r/Showerthoughts welcomes all rule-abiding submissions, thoughts which require specific background knowledge about a given subculture, subject, or piece of media may be removed at the moderators' discretion.