When asking questions on Stackexchange, I find it appropriate to link to any sources. This presents a problem for Reddit, because linking to a Reddit post that's appropriate now may become sexual or even pornographic in a few months from now. Would it be better to just take a screenshot?

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    because linking to a Reddit post that's appropriate now may become sexual or even pornographic in a few months from now — what are you talking about? Reddit links generally don't randomly become pornographic completely out of the blue. In fact, I suspect this is less probable than for random personal websites, where you never know when the domain may expire. Aug 5, 2022 at 5:53

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Adding relevant (Reddit) links is under all circumstances ok. It's a source, and adding sources is helpful to understand questions as well as answers.

And no, there is no need for a disclaimer. Any source on the web can be changed and turned into something less desirable - 404 being worse than any NSFW content. After all, even a linked source, where the useful content is surrounded by less appealing ornaments is still the source content.(*1)

Having said that, it's equally important to follow what Wizzwizz4 already pointed out:

Include all relevant information in your question/answer in the first place

Adding a link is a good source for further information, but a question and equally an answer has to work as stand alone.

*1 - Or in clear words: A bunch of dangling tits is no different for some rants people write about a topic without touching body parts - in fact, I prefer said body parts over any racist rant anyway - and these are added even more often.


Archived Reddit threads on SFW subreddits are definitely OK. Threads on NSFW subreddits are definitely not OK. Unarchived threads... I'd say "yes with disclaimer".

However, if at all possible you shouldn't require anyone to click on any links. Quote relevant sections of the thread, including a link to the source. Here's an example.


When I provide a link to a resource I normally go to the Wayback Machine on the Internet Archive, save the page there, then link to the saved copy. Thus you're linking to the content that was intended and not any NSFW content that might show up later. It also prevents link rot.

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