Hybrid Approaches to Detect Comments Violating Macro Norms on Reddit

7 Apr 2019  ·  Eshwar Chandrasekharan, Eric Gilbert ·

In this dataset paper, we present a three-stage process to collect Reddit comments that are removed comments by moderators of several subreddits, for violating subreddit rules and guidelines. Other than the fact that these comments were flagged by moderators for violating community norms, we do not have any other information regarding the nature of the violations. Working with over 2.8M removed comments collected from 100 different communities on Reddit, we identify 8 macro norms (i.e., norms that are widely enforced on most parts of Reddit). We extract these macro norms by employing a hybrid approach (classification, topic modeling, and open-coding), on comments identified to be norm violations within at least 85 out of the 100 study subreddits. Finally, we label over 40K Reddit comments removed by moderators according to the specific type of macro norm being violated, and make this dataset publicly available. By breaking down a collection of removed comments into more granular types of macro norm violation, our dataset can be used to train more nuanced machine learning classifiers for online moderation.

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Reddit Norm Violations