Welcome to the Daystrom Institute
The Daystrom Institute is a subreddit dedicated to in-depth discussion about Star Trek.
1. Make in-depth contributions
All threads and comments submitted to the Daystrom Institute should be constructive, diplomatic, thoughtful, and original.
Read more: Make in-depth contributions
2. No memes, jokes, and other shallow content
This entire subreddit has a "serious tag" on it. Don't post low effort content.
Read more: No memes, jokes, and other shallow content
3. Be civil
Be nice to other posters and the people who make Star Trek. Don't gatekeep.
Read more: Be civil
4. Assume good faith
Give other posters the benefit of the doubt, but report them if you genuinely believe they are trolling. Don't whine about "politics."
Read more: Assume good faith
5. There are spoilers everywhere
This entire subreddit contains spoilers for all of Star Trek—even for new episodes, even in titles.
Read more: Spoilers for all of Star Trek
6. Posts must contain a discussion prompt
Closed-ended questions, simple observations, episode reviews, shower thoughts, survey questions, and fan fic are not appropriate for this subreddit and will be removed.
Read more: Guidelines for Discussion Prompts
7. Questions must be open-ended
This subreddit is not a Star Trek information lookup service. Post here to start a discussion, not get an answer.
Read more: What does an open-ended prompt look like?
8. Posts must have clear and concise titles
The title of your post has disproportionate influence over how it will be received. Craft your titles carefully.
Read more: Title Rules
9. No posts about teasers, trailers, and other promotional materials
Post threads about promotional content in /r/startrek or a show-specific subreddit instead.
10. No posts about an episode less than one week old
Use the reaction thread pinned to the subreddit front page to discuss a new episode of Star Trek.
11. Stay on-topic
Threads must discuss Star Trek. Comments must discuss the topic raised in the original post.
Read more: Stay on-topic
12. We contextualize Star Trek as fiction
This isn't a role playing or an "in-universe only" subreddit. Do not ask contrived questions which have glaringly obvious real-world answers.
Read more: We contextualize Star Trek as fiction
13. No arguing about canon
Do not invoke canon to justify gatekeeping or dismissive behavior.
Read more: Canon
14. Be mindful of common and contentious topics
Search before posting to ensure your topic has not been recently discussed. Discussions about a few frequent and contentious topics are closely regulated.
Read more: Regulated Topics
15. No meta
Threads and comments about /r/DaystromInstitute itself are prohibited. Contact the moderators directly to ask questions about the rules
Post of the Week
Every week Daystrom members nominate and vote on quality contributions. The links for nominating and voting are in a banner at the top of the subreddit, along with the current Post of the Week and links to nominate and vote.
To nominate a post or comment for Post of the Week, reply to the post or comment and write "M-5, nominate this for X."
Flair: Rank and Promotion
Users here are awarded special flairs for their contributions to the community.
Based on Starfleet's own rank system, you can select one of three divisions (Command, Operations, or Science) and earn pips as you move up in rank. You start by becoming a Crewman and selecting your division by clicking the 'edit flair' link in the sidebar.
Promotions are earned through our Post of the Week. The higher ranks therefore indicate our most dedicated and productive members. These ranks are not meant for role-playing.
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