Frequently Asked Questions
Why can I only schedule 5 posts per month?
This policy has been in place since well before I started charging for the service (although it used to be 1 post per week); it's mostly an attempt to keep traffic sustainable. Reddit imposes rate limits on API usage, and if I offered unlimited posting to everyone it could become difficult to support, especially since there would be a ton of competition for the most popular times.
Can I schedule several posts at the same time?
All limits apply to the time that the post is due to appear on reddit. You can create as many posts as you like at once as long as you have no more scheduled per calendar month than your plan allows.
Does it meet Reddit Code of Conduct?
I've registered it with reddit and talked to their API contact regarding commercial use, they said it was fine. But you can totally use the tool to get yourself banned if you try.
If you're worried, brush up on your Reddiquette. Here are a few relevant points:
Read the rules of a community before making a submission. These are usually found in the sidebar.
Search for duplicates before posting. Redundancy posts add nothing new to previous conversations. That said, sometimes bad timing, a bad title, or just plain bad luck can cause an interesting story to fail to get noticed. Feel free to post something again if you feel that the earlier posting didn't get the attention it deserved and you think you can do better.
Feel free to post links to your own content (within reason). But if that's all you ever post, or it always seems to get voted down, take a good hard look in the mirror — you just might be a spammer. A widely used rule of thumb is the 9:1 ratio, i.e. only 1 out of every 10 of your submissions should be your own content.
Why did my submission fail to post?
The most common reasons this happens are:
- Your account is too young and a captcha is still required to post
- Some sort of automatic moderation removed your post immediately
- You tried to submit an image post to a text-only subreddit
Under the Posts tab on the dashboard, each completed post has a "Show Logs" button under it – check there to see the response that Reddit gave to the post request.
Failing any of those, it could be that something failed on our end. Let me know about it so I can fix it!
How does the Analysis page work?
The magic API gremlins find all the posts during the current month (because that's how it works), pick the top 1000 sorted by upvotes, and assemble some pretty charts for you.
What does the "threshold" field mean on the Analysis page?
Ideally you want plots of when popular posts are posted at, not just any post. The threshold controls how many votes a post has to have to be counted. The analysis picks the posts from the top 1000 that exceed this threshold.
So, a setting of 0 is probably fine for large subreddits, where none of the top 1000 posts in the last month are likely to be at that level. On the other hand, smaller subreddits might have less than 1000 posts that are really front-page. Say you have a really inactive sub with one post at 5 points, one at 3 points, a few at 2 points, and then the other 995 posts in the analysis as 0 or 1 posts. The other 995 probably aren't exceptional successes here and should probably be ignored – that's what the threshold setting is for.
A good rule of thumb for the threshold is, how many votes would a post in this subreddit have to get to have done "well" (i.e. to hit the front page). 5 is just sort of an arbitrary number a bit more than 1 to chop off the tail of a wide range of subreddit vote profiles without interfering too much.
0 will consider a post with 0 votes to have done just fine and count it. This is likely not what you want. (Also, the server is then forced to look through 10 pages of results when it could have stopped earlier)
What time zone is used?
Your local timezone (as reported by your browser) is used for all time inputs and outputs, including the analysis graph.