Do you ever feel like your posts and comments on Reddit’s subreddits aren’t getting any interaction? It’s possible that you’ve been shadowbanned.
Don’t worry, this guide will help you understand what a shadowban is, show you how to identify if you’ve been shadowbanned using our checker tool, and provide tips on how to avoid it in the future.
Reddit Shadowban Checking Tool
What is Reddit Shadowban?
Reddit Shadowban is a unique situation where you can still post and comment, but your content remains invisible to everyone except the moderators of the subreddit.
If you’ve noticed that your posts aren’t receiving any upvotes, downvotes, or comments, it’s possible that you have been shadowbanned.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can confirm this.
How to check if my Reddit account is shadowbanned
1. Using Incognito Mode to Detect a Shadowban
The simplest way to check for a shadowban is by viewing your Reddit profile or post in incognito mode. Here’s the process:
- Copy your Reddit Profile URL or Open your Reddit post, hit the Share button, and select “Copy Link” to grab the post’s URL. Then, open a new incognito window (use Ctrl+Shift+N or Ctrl+Shift+P for Firefox) and paste the link in the address bar.
- If you can see the post’s title and body in incognito mode, you’re in the clear. If the post is invisible or your profile is not found, you’ve been shadowbanned.
2/ Using r/ShadowBan Subreddit to Confirm a Shadowban
- Navigate to the r/ShadowBan subreddit and create a new post. Add any text you like in the post title and hit the “Post” button.
- After a few seconds, the MarkdownShadowBot bot will analyze your account and respond to your post. The bot provides information about your account’s shadowban status, your last 100 submissions or comments, and whether your posts/comments have been removed.
How to Lift a Reddit Shadowban
If you discover that your account has been shadowbanned, you can appeal to Reddit to restore your account.
- Go to Reddit Help portal, describe your issue in the text box, check the “I have read the Reddit Content Policy and the Suspensions help article” checkbox, and hit the “Submit” button. Reddit’s support team will then contact you to resolve your issue.
- Alternatively, you can send a private message to Reddit admin. Use this link to describe your issue and hit the “Send” button. You’ll receive an auto-reply, and Reddit’s support team should respond to your appeal soon.
How to Prevent Shadowban on Reddit
Here are some tips to avoid getting shadowbanned on Reddit:
- Avoid using a VPN when creating a new Reddit account.
- Don’t interact with your posts from an alternate account.
- Be cautious about clicking on suspicious links.
- Refrain from spamming multiple subreddits at once with the same link.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a Reddit Shadowban last?
Unlike account suspensions, shadowbans on Reddit are permanent. You’ll need to appeal to lift the shadowban.
How to get unshadowbanned on Reddit?
You can recover your shadowbanned Reddit account by submitting an appeal. If you didn’t violate Reddit’s terms of service, the support team will assist you in restoring the account.
Is a Reddit shadowban permanent?
It depends on the reason for the shadowban. If you were shadowbanned for violating Reddit’s rules, it might be difficult to recover your account.
Now you know how to detect a shadowban and hopefully restore your account.