Subreddits are communities organized by topic. Users can subscribe to these communities, or subreddits, and view content based on that subreddit’s rules.
There are over a million subreddits so far, making it an expansive place to find new information, discussions, and content. Because of the abundance of reddits, there is a wide range of diversity in content and opinions.
You can browse reddit via desktop or app version depending on which you prefer. There is also a mobile version if you want to browse while offline!
Deleting a subreddit is not a easy thing to do unless you have admin access. If you are someone that contributes content or opinions to the subreddit, then you can request a deletion. Otherwise, the only way to delete it is to no longer have any active members within the community.
Click on the “delete subreddit” button
Once you are in the subreddit’s overview page, you will see a button that says “delete subreddit.” Click on this button to proceed to the next step.
This will take you to a verification page where you will need to confirm that you want to delete the subreddit. Once again, you will have to be logged into your account and have the verified logo on the top-right side of the page to do this.
Once you confirm your choice, there is no going back! So make sure that you want to delete the subreddit and don’t have any regrets.
Remember, only moderators can delete the subreddit so if you are not one, then you cannot delete it. You have to get permission from a moderator who does have access.
Select the subreddit you want to delete
Once you are in the Reddit homepage, you can navigate to a subreddit by clicking on the reddish-colored square icon with a line through it. This icon appears next to the search bar and above the row of popular subreddits.
Clicking this icon takes you to a page that lists all of the subreddits. Here, you can choose any subreddit to view its content and information. To delete a subreddit, you must first select it.
A quick note: You cannot delete the defaults such as r/reddit.com or r/announcements, only those that you create. You also cannot delete private subreddits unless you are an owner.
Click the confirm button
Once you have entered the name of the subreddit you want to delete, you will be brought to a screen that says “Enter your account username and password.”
Here, you will enter your Reddit username and password. Once entered, you will be taken to the screen to officially delete the subreddit.
Once on the confirmation screen, you will need to click the “delete” button. Again, you will need to enter your password here. The button next to the delete button is just an undo button in case you accidentally click it.
After clicking the delete button, it will take you back to the subreddit directory page where you can see if the subreddit was successfully deleted. You can then log out of your account and log into another one to see if the subreddit still exists.
Wait for the confirmation message
Once you have logged out of your account and completed the steps to delete your subreddit, you must wait for a confirmation message to be sent to your account.
This is to make sure that no one else is able to delete your subreddit, as they would not have access to the confirmation message. Once you receive the confirmation message, you can be confident that your subreddit has been deleted.
It can take some time for the messages to be sent, so try checking back a few days later just in case. It is also a good idea to check your spam folder in case the confirmation message was picked up as spam.
Make sure to keep an eye on your subscriptions too- if you were a subscriber of the subreddit that was deleted, you will no longer receive any posts on your dashboard.
Receive a message stating that your subreddit was deleted
If someone is harassing or bullying you through your subreddit, you can request that they receive a message when they subscribe or submit a post.
This feature is designed to put a stop to harassment and bullying by notifying the person that their behavior is not acceptable.
If someone posts something offensive on your subreddit, other users can report it and you can also choose to receive a message about it. This way you are more aware of the situation and can take proper action.
When you receive the message, you have the option to ban the user or delete the post. By taking these actions, you are able to maintain a safe environment for all of your subscribers.
If you no longer want your subreddit, you can go ahead and delete it. You will then receive a message stating that your account was deleted and asking if you would like to re-create the account.
Check if the subreddit was actually deleted
After you have completed the steps to actually delete the subreddit, check if the subreddit was actually deleted. You can do this by going to https://old.reddit.com/r/[subredditname] and checking if a page loads. If no page loads, then the subreddit was successfully deleted!
If there is a page with text on it, then someone has already re-created the subreddit, which means you have to start this process over. Keep in mind that you can only do this once per account, so if you mess up, you have to make a new account and start over.
Remember: You can only delete subreddits that you create, not ones that are linked to other accounts. You must be the owner of the subreddit to delete it.
Try submitting a post to the deleted subreddit
If you are nervous about permanently deleting the subreddit, try trying to delete the subreddit again by posting in it. If a post from a different subreddit gets lots of attention, people may start posting in your deleted subreddit, making it active again.
This is known as ghosting and happens because people like to share content on social media. If you post content, you want others to see it and like it, so you post it on the platforms where this happens.
Ghosting can be stopped if the community truly no longer exists. If there is no new content being posted by the community, then there is no reason to keep the community alive. You can fight ghosting by changing the name of the subreddit and being very vigilant about spam posts.
Check out these tips for more information on how to prevent ghosting in your subreddit.(Link: https://www.reddit.
Use search to find the deleted subreddit
Once you have decided to delete the subreddit, you will need to find and delete the subreddit. For this step, you will need to use the search function.
You can’t just go to the subreddit and click delete, instead, you have to find the name of the subreddit in the search bar and then go to its page.
Once on the page, you will see a button that says ‘delete’ so you know that you have found the right place. You must then click on that button and then confirm it.
This is so that spammers cannot just create a bunch of fake subreddits just to bring traffic somewhere else.