r/cats Jul 13 '22 Helpful

Discussion Announcement: 'Name my cat/kitten' submissions now require verification


Howdy cat lovers!

In our constant battle with spam campaigns on /r/cats, we have identified that 'name my cat/kitten' submissions have frequently been abused by karma farming bots.

Some of you will remember the tshirt/poster spam campaign that was active up until a few months ago. Through tireless work and automod wizardry, we managed to combat the spam so effectively - that the spammers retreated and are yet to return.

We continue to remain vigilant and adapt as needed - today we have added a 12th rule to /r/cats:

12. 'Name my cat/kitten' posts are allowed, but require the correct flair + verification to ensure OC.

You must set the flair of your post to 'Name Request' at the time of submission, failing to do so is in breach of this rule.

Please submit your post before sending us a modmail - your submission will trigger an automated message which will contain the instructions required for your post to be approved.

Your verification message will be left unanswered if you send us a modmail before you have submitted your post for us to review.

Our verification procedure will involve taking a picture of your cat/kitten alongside a slip of paper with your username. In theory, this will drastically reduce the potential for bots to karma farm such content. This procedure requires you to submit your post first, after which you will immediately receive a message with verification instructions.

The mod team and I will carefully monitor the effectiveness of this system, and encourage you to reach out to us if you face any technical issues.

We remain committed to ensuring that /r/cats continues to be a sub that millions of you enjoy across the globe, and we welcome any suggestions or thoughts you may have in upholding this value.

Best wishes, /r/cats mod team

p.s, did you know you can set your user flair to that of your kitties breed? Check the sidebar!

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Video Cap Cat

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r/cats 2h ago Wholesome

Video How do you like such a goalkeeper? In my opinion, he is not bad at it 😊

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r/cats 3h ago

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r/cats 3h ago

Humor Just came home from work to two eager cats (and a rottweiler)

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r/cats 6h ago

Video Under the new cashier rule, only deposits are allowed!

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r/cats 12h ago Take My Energy Helpful

Advice This cutie got her eyes removed today, any tips for raising a blind kitten?

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r/cats 5h ago

Video Anyone know why my cat does this?

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r/cats 16h ago

Cat Picture This is Pixar, she seems to know when I’m down and does something silly to make me laugh.

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r/cats 22h ago Ally Heartwarming

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Adoption Say hello to muffin 👋😸

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r/cats 14h ago

Cat Picture Guess who turned 1 today!

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r/cats 17h ago Helpful Wholesome

Cat Picture My beautiful little boy escaped this morning and has been missing for over twelve hours. Please, send me good wishes, or if you’re religious, please send prayers that he will come back. I miss him so much

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r/cats 22h ago

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Mourning/Loss Charlie’s brother passed away about a year ago and I painted a memorial picture of him. Charlie finally found it and cannot stop looking at it; I think he knows who it is <3

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r/cats 6h ago

Cat Picture I have found the picture that sums up my cats whole personality.

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r/cats 4h ago

Video It's getting cold in Sweden, so Tiger needs his blanket to feel cozy

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r/cats 10h ago

Mourning/Loss Lost my boys Bean and Pako to a viral infection. Been visiting the vet daily since last week. Couldn’t save them. I’m sorry my babies. I tried my best.

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