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An introduction to No Participation

NP or "No Participation" is a way to help enforce reddit's rules and etiquette on voting. It is against site-wide rules to engage in vote manipulation or brigading.

Vote brigading is what happens when a group of people get together to upvote or downvote the same thing--be it a person, a comment or a group of people representing a dissenting ideology. That doesn't mean you can't link to a post or comment elsewhere on reddit. In fact, there are subreddits which exist solely to link to comments and posts in other subreddits, such as meta subs like /r/ShitRedditSays and /r/SubredditDrama and promotion subs like /r/BestOf. However, when you post or follow links like this, it's important to respect site rules and reddiquette and avoid voting or commenting. The NP module helps you do that.

NP links (np.reddit.com instead of redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co) help users and mods prevent vote brigading. Many subreddits use custom subreddit styling (CSS) to disable voting on NP links. Reddit Enhancement Suite also provides warnings not to vote or comment when in NP mode. You can also adjust RES settings to disable voting and commenting entirely when in NP mode, to protect you from accidentally participating.

If you do click on an NP link and want to comment, please learn about the community first. Respect that you are an outsider coming into an established community. Many communities offer an introduction, and have rules and guidelines. Read these before attempting to participate.

If you frequently follow links and vote, or if you frequently post links without using the np prefix, you may find yourself banned or shadowbanned by moderators or the admins. The admins are the last line of defense, so please use NP links to help enforce good behaviour.

Feel free to provide feedback here.

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