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/r/OutOfTheLoop is a subreddit on Reddit devoted to questions about current events and memes. Users can ask questions regarding a trend or event they've noticed, with links provided for context. Answers are given by users in the know about the situation, and if the question is sufficiently answered, moderators will change the post's flair from "Unanswered" to "Answered."


/r/OutOfTheLoop was started June 10th, 2013 by user MrWittyResponse.[5] The subreddit's description reads:

"Have you ever seen a whole bunch of news stories/reddit posts/videos or anything else about some topic and you had no idea what everyone was going on about? Did you feel out of the loop? This subreddit is dedicated to helping you get up to speed with the recent trends and news.

Posts on the subreddit must be submitted in the form of a question about current events and must be unbiased. Questions also must provide links for context. "Ad nauseum" and "retired" questions are not allowed in order to avoid repetition. The subreddit's guidelines encourage users to check Google and KnowYourMeme before submitting their question. To answer a question, a user must type "Answer:" and give "a genuine, unbiased, and coherent answer." The subreddit has over 1.3 million subscribers.[1]


As of June 7th, 2019, the top threads on the subreddit are megathreads about Net Neutrality [2] and /r/IAmA and other popular subreddits being set to private.[3] Other top threads include another megathread about North and South Korea reaching a peace treaty,[6] a thread on TotalBiscuit's death,[7] and a thread about the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard abuse allegations controversy.[8]

In March of 2018, /r/OutOfTheLoop was named as one of the subreddits most responsible for provoking conflict by postdoctoral researcher Srijan Kumar in an academic paper on a study of Reddit raids.[4]

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