Welcome to the Guide where everything is explained (for this subreddit, at least). From the Submission Guidelines to Rules to Spoiler Regulations, and how to do good titles, etc.
All posts that are directly related to a series must include the series' title in the title of the post.
Not every person has read every series and will not recognize every series. Even if a series is very common, there are still plenty of people that may have not read it or are completely new to manga. You are not doing anyone a favor if you don't include the title of a the series in the title. Don't make people go looking for having to ask. This applies to a post which features even a hint of manga imagery as the content. For posts containing multiple series in the main post, posts including at most 3 still must include the title in the title of the post.
Anything with 4 or more different series requires a comment posting in the comments within 3 minutes of the post going up. Also, please do not use initialisms/short-hands as these are typically only recognizable to people that already know the series. The reddit title character limit is fairly large so there's no excuse for not including full (or near full) titles.
In addition, please don't make "technically correct titles" which are only titled as something like "She Gets Girls Everyday." While it is the title of a manga, your post shouldn't just be the source for the title. When submitting content, you're expected to be giving some kind of commentary/reaction to the content. If you only make the title of a post the title of a series, it's really no better than titling it "manga". It comes across as lazy karmawhoring and leads to people missing that it's the title of the series rather than a bit of commentary.
For Discussion submissions, please use the following link syntax: [DISC] name of manga (chapter#) or (general questions: who's your favorite character? etc.)
The [DISC] tag is especially important for the search bar. If someone is looking up previous discussions, they should be able to identify them with the [DISC] tag. Another important fact is that the [DISC] tag also serves as a warning for spoilers. If you are posting a [DISC] post, keep in mind that you should at the very least be following the discussion. Chapter Discussions posts do not need a spoiler flair as it should be assumed that there are spoilers for up to the specified chapter in them.
For Discussion posts, the priority link should be the scanlator's site while the secondary would be a self post without a link.
The [DISC] tag is *not needed on any question post that can be answered by a single question. Discussions are posts involving multiple people talking about something rather than 1 or 2 people answering a question that the original poster has.
For art, please use the following: [Art] Title of Choice (Name of the Series)
Links to manga pages or panels and fanart both fall under the art tag, use it when the disc tag doesn't apply.
If you are recommending manga (RT! = Read This!), please use the following: [RT!] name of manga (genres) and be liberal with genres! Keep in mind that this is a recommendation from you to all of r/manga, so tell us why we should read it in your post!
Another tag that is beneficial to the search bar. Something to keep in mind here is that you absolutely never need to link to an aggregate site for the post. Linking to Manga Updates, My Anime List, or doing a Self Post are all preferred when it comes to [RT!] posts. Everyone is just going to use their preferred readers in the end anyway. But we still shouldn't be driving traffic to these sites as a first priority. Also, keep in mind to tell us why you enjoy the series, usually in the comments. If you're just recommending a series without saying why, how are you convincing someone to read it? Note that [RT!] posts are for recommending series to new readers, so do not use spoilers or treat them like reviews.
[SL] for posts directly regarding or relating to Scanlation.
If it relates directly to Scanlation or Scanlators rather than a specific series, this is the tag for that.
News posts require the [News] tag at the beginning of the post title.
Posts about new licenses, anime adaptation announcements, hiatuses, mangaka statuses, and so on would fall under the news tag.
If you're asking the entire community a question, put /r/manga in the link title.
These are posts for everyone. Including /r/manga in the title is just a signal that it is for everyone to jump in whether it be a game or discussion aimed at all readers. It's a good way to address the entire community for something.
Not every post needs a tag.
If none of the tags above are clearly defined for what your post is, there's a good chance you don't need a tag at all. Posts like simple questions, news, and so on don't require tags.
This simply means to have etiquette. Before you post something, think about it from the others' perspective. There are real people behind each username, and your words carry a weight to them. Play nice with other people and try not to start flame wars or be a jerk. This also means not to enter discussions for series you don't follow just to criticize them. Discussions are meant for those that read the series. Report those that are going out of their way to ignore etiquette please. This also means not to flame mod warnings.
Note that this includes not engaging in arguments. If two people are slinging mud at each-other, we will either leave it alone, or warn you both. If you fight back in a similar fashion as someone breaking this rule, you are acknowledging it. When you are tired after slinging mud at each-other is not the okay time to then report the user for disrespecting you.
Simply means to follow the submission guidelines. Failing to follow the submission guidelines will warrant a warning from the moderators reminding you to follow them in the future. Repeated ignoring of warnings may result in consequences. If a single post accumulates 3 warnings from a moderator, it will be removed in the name of Quality Control.
If you're posting content which has nudity or gore, please use the NSFW tag which is the green button on the same row as the comments/save/share buttons. When it comes to manga chapters with nudity, we ask that ecchi series in particular always be tagged with NSFW. For series not containing the ecchi genre, it's fine to not use the NSFW tag although please try to follow some common sense.
This includes anything you'd see on /r/AdviceAnimals or Rage Comics. This means image macros, generic meme comics, reaction clips, and so on which feature no real manga content. Editing the text or having the title of the post to be manga related does not make the post okay either.
We tolerate "donation" buttons on the translator's page, however, please don't link to said donation buttons in the post itself. We will remove posts doing such. We also ban sites that attempt to directly monetize fan-translations through either pay-walls, adblock blockers, ad links, cryptocurrency mining, and Patreon early release benefits. Fan-translators do not own the rights to the series they're translating, thus we will not tolerate attempts to earn a profit through users on the subreddit through the use of any of the mentioned.
In addition, please do not attempt to link to Patreon/Kickstarter/Etc for English Original Projects. This is not a subreddit for you to attempt to turn a profit off the users. This includes referral links through sites like Amazon. Any attempts will be met with immediate removal, and your account/site being potentially banned from the subreddit.
Overall, please don't attempt to post links in which you would earn a direct profit from users on the subreddit.
All posts should be related to manga, Manwha, Korean Webtoons, and Manhuas. Don't link to anime only content. If it isn't related to any of the previously mentioned, please don't post it. Announcements of an anime adaption for a manga series is okay but anything beyond that including PV's, Character Designs, VA Reveals, and so on are more anime focused and will be removed. Anime adaptations of Light Novels are not manga related regardless if the Light Novel has a manga adaptation.
English Original Works are allowed only under self/text-posts. We don't allow one-page English Original Web Comics like XKCD or Penny Arcade. If you're a creator for something, please see our section on Original Series regarding self-promotion.
Fan-art of Anime/Light Novel/Visual Novel/Etc original characters are not allowed. Fan-Art for characters from the other mediums should be kept in their relevant subreddits. Only Fan-Art of manga original characters are allowed.
Art from known Japanese Mangaka are allowed too, but this could change if it turns into a situation requiring it.
Not every person has read every series and will not recognize every series. Even if a series is very common, there are still plenty of people that may have not read it or are completely new to manga. You are not doing anyone a favor if you don't include the title of a the series in the title. Don't make people go looking for having to ask. This applies to a post which features even a hint of manga imagery as the content.
Art is okay to submit in this sub-reddit as long as it directly relates to a manga series. This also means that you should include the source similar to how it is done on the sub-reddit /r/Awwnime. Original manga character art isn't as allowed, this is not the place for it (try /r/AnimeSketch). Please try to keep any art directly related to manga.
We oblige scanlations as a necessity for many series, but licensed series do not fall under this. Linking to downloads or rips of the officially licensed content is not okay, and any posts of that type will be removed. We have been asked in the past to remove download links for certain series, and for the life of this sub-reddit we will always comply with such requests.
TL;DR - Don't link rips of releases from English Publishers. (VIZ, Crunchyroll, Yen Press, Etc.)
A spoiler is mostly identified as something a new reader isn't supposed to know until that point in the story. Character deaths and major plot turns need to be spoiler tagged. We don't care if the spoiler is old, if it was a story twist, SPOILER TAG it. Spoiler tags are easy to use and are located in the sidebar for easy copy/paste. You can literally copy/paste the tag and watch it work. Once again, spoiler tags are needed for general discussions are aren't related to a single series. Spoiler tags are not needed in a [DISC] about the latest chapter of a series.
For more information on Spoiler Policies, please check below in the Spoilers section.
Duplicate posts of the same chapter release/translation will be removed. Different releases/translations of the same chapter are allowed. At least 4 days is required before posting the same discussion. This applies to posts which are discussing the latest topic. For example, if there's a discussion for chapter 6 of a series, no one is allowed to post their own thoughts on the chapter or reviews as separate posts for at least 4 days. Discussions should be kept in the discussion threads to avoid flooding the subreddit.
Also, please don't try to just panel grab images from the latest chapter of whatever series. Panel posting from the latest chapter of a series is a cheap grab and should be kept away from being posted at least a week or the next chapter is posted. These image posts typically just create more discussion for the chapter which belongs in the relevant chapter discussion and often have spoilers such as major reveals or punchlines to jokes.
If you want to post a dump of chapters, please make only one post which encompasses all the chapters by either making the title clear that it's for chapter A-C, or by making the discussion just for chapter "C". Multiple discussions for consecutive chapters creates dead discussions as people read through to the latest chapter typically. This means any older discussions won't actually be used. Thus, please don't spam a bunch of discussion posts.
Spoiler Tags are REQUIRED for Spoilers
At the same time, we mods are not omnipotent and we do not go into every single post on the sub-reddit so if you see a spoiler that isn't properly tagged, report it.
How to define a spoiler: If it has to do with a development that a new reader isn't supposed to know about, it is a spoiler. This includes how a series ends, character deaths, character abilities, plot twists, story developments, or any other thing a new reader isn't supposed to know until a specified point. This also includes Meta-Spoilers.
Examples of Spoilers
What is a Meta-Spoiler? - A Meta-Spoiler is the suggestive way of spoiling something. While not directly saying how something ends, you end up saying how it doesn't end. Even just giving an adjective on how a series is could be considered meta-spoilers. These are considered meta-spoilers and can be just as bad as regular spoilers. Anyone can have their perspective shifted based on Meta-Spoilers without realizing. This could result in a less thrilling experience or just making a major plot twist predictable. Please avoid making statements based on information from raws or future chapters as these are often meta-spoilers. So don't give Meta-Spoilers either.
Examples of Meta-Spoilers
We are more lenient of Meta-Spoilers to a certain degree. It once again however falls under how much information are you giving and whether or not you are describing an entire series or certain segments of a series. You must understand though that even small things can be folded the right way to see the big picture. People are not as blind to foreshadowing as you think.
How to use spoiler tags
Reddit's Spoiler Tags
>!Spoilers Go Here!<
Will show up as:
Spoilers Go Here
Our CSS Spoiler Tags
[Manga Title](/s "Manga Spoilers")
Will show up as:
Once again, mods are not sentient robots that monitor every single comment and there is a lot we can't catch soon enough. So make sure to report when you see an untagged spoiler.
Original Manga Inspired Series are a grey zone in terms of the rules. All original series should come in the form of self/text-posts and should be clearly identifiable as manga inspired. Just web-comics (i.e. XKCD, Penny Arcade, etc.) aren't allowed. Also, if your initial post doesn't do well, you cannot post it again hoping for better. If you have nothing new to offer after the first post, please move on. If you do however have something new to show after some time, feel free to make a new post. Please be conscious of not posting too regularly for your original series. Text Drafts/Character Designs by themselves are not allowed. If you're going to submit your "original manga," don't just post a character design or a single page of text. If you want feedback/advice on your synopsis of your original series, please bring it to /r/Writing. /r/Drawing would be appropriate for art-based feedback on your illustrations/character designs.
Links to kickstarter/paetron/etc for original projects are not allowed either. This isn't the subreddit to try and fund your, or your friend's original comic. So please don't try to post those project funding sites on this subreddit.
This is fairly common where someone is looking for an artist to do the art for their story. /r/manga is not a community of artists, and is not really a good place to find artists in general; try visiting /r/AnimeSketch.
Just because it seems to come up a lot, we'll address this here: The odds of you finding an artist that will work for free is like winning the lottery. We recommend that if you want to do your own manga inspired series, learn how to do the art yourself because you are not going to find someone to do all the hard work for you. Or be ready to spend some money on commission! Or get lucky, I don't know. Also, if you do end up learning to draw, make sure to learn to draw from life first. The manga art style is nothing more than a caricature of real life. You can't do caricatures well until you truly understand what you are caricaturing. If that makes sense. If you need a recommendation on a good place to start, I'd recommend /r/ArtFundamentals.
Make sure to read Reddit's Self Promotion Policies.
If you are caught as having that majority of all your posts being related to your own series, site, or subreddit, they'll start being removed after you receive a warning depending on the severity of the offense. We are a sub-reddit about participation and discussion, linking and commenting in regards to your own stuff is not participation. If an account is caught as being only affiliated with a website, it will likely be banned.
Most excessive self-promotion cases will be met with a warning from the mod mail. If you do not wish your either your account or site to be banned, please read the warning on improving your reddit behavior. Responding to the mod mail with questions will absolutely help us help you. Please do not just ignore the warning though as it will not encourage us to be lenient towards your behavior.
Link Flairs are automatically assigned based on content in the post's title and comments.
chapters = 10.4-494949 (examples)and those numbers will be added to the post's flair (whatever they may be). The number section can only include the characters 0 through 9, hyphens, and periods.
solved = **series name**and the series title will be added as flair to the post
Just so you know, Scanlator Flairs do not mix with Reading List Flairs so you can only possess one at a time.
If you make good titles, you will earn our love. :3
These are always allowed. If you are wondering what a certain series is, you're free to give some information about it to get help to find the title. Please try to give as much non-spoiler information as possible. This includes information such as when you read it, genres, character names, personalities, or even simple events. Be careful though not to give any details that are spoilers outside of spoiler tags. If you know the ending and want to include that in the post, please spoiler tag it. This way you aren't spoiling every possible new or current reader. When you spoiler tag it after giving a lot of harmless information for identifying the series, people will only check if they feel they know it. This way, the ending spoilers in the tags are a method of confirmation rather than a landmine.
If you have an image that you are having trouble identifying, try using the Reverse Image Search. Otherwise, if you still cannot find the source for an image, you are free to ask for help.
Once a series has been identified, please reply to the person and confirm that you have found the series. Then, go into the Link Flair and add in the title of the series and save that way people can see it by the title of the post. Some people use identification posts as a way to find new series to read.
Asking for recommendations are allowed. Please try not to ask for series that contain elements that would be a spoiler though. For example, try not to ask for series that come with a Harem Ending or where the Protagonist dies for that would make it so only people brave enough to be spoiled would come in to comment. If you do ask, please include a spoiler tag.
Otherwise, also try using the search bar for other recommendation requests. There are plenty of posts asking for recommendations and looking them up in the search bar may help you save the trouble of asking in a new post. There's also our new Recommendation Wiki which is still currently under construction. There, we'll be taking common recommendation topics and their recommendations and putting them in the wiki for easy access for what people would recommend. Once again, you're completely free to ask for recommendations as they change over time. Even if you find similar stuff in the search bar, you can still get new ones from a new thread assuming a significant amount of time has passed since the last thread.
Having a manga list also helps immensely to allow people to find what your interests are and what you've already read. Try not to be vague also, it makes it harder on those trying to help you so please make sure to list series you enjoy as well as describe what about them you're looking for or really enjoy. This community would love to help you, but you need to help us help you.
Lastly, please don't bash series, tropes, settings, or genres when asking for recommendations. Everyone has their own preferences and it's fine to explain that you'd prefer series that don't have certain tropes and such. However, when you trash the series and such in your post, you're likely not going to get recommendations from people that do enjoy them. After all, why would they want to help you when you're parading around a sense of arrogance or acting like your taste is superior? So yea, be polite when asking for recommendations and convince us to help you.
It is human nature to make mistakes. We do not penalize you for these mistakes all the time. You are always free to delete your own post and re-submit with a corrected title or link. On /r/Manga, we prioritize quality posts.
Our sub-reddit has a number of comment faces available for posting. The list can be found Here.
We'd like people to link to the original source first. If the original source isn't available for linking, even self/text-posts make for great alternatives.
If you link to an aggregate site like Manga Fox or Manga Here, you will get an aggregate site warning. These sites are are designed to earn ad revenue off the work that scanlators do. Scanlators are those that scan and translate the series for people to read while there are a large number of sites that will rip from the scanlators and re-host with lower quality images and watermarks as an attempt to take credit for the scanlation. While we don't mind if someone likes to use a specific site to read their manga, we don't want to drive traffic to these sites. So when linking, please try to do it to either the scanlator's site, a self post, or Mangadex in specific cases.
Mangadex is an aggregate site. But they re-host in the same quality as the scanlators while following scanlator re-hosting policies. Certain groups will only upload to Mangadex as well. Mangadex does not take credit for the scanlation of the series they host and will always properly credit the scanlators that do the series. We would still prefer you to link to the scanlator's site. But sometimes, the series are only hosted on Mangadex so it is okay in that case.
Self/Text-Posts are fine. You do not need to include a link at all if the chapter is out. People will read the series usually on whatever preferred site or download they have. If you have the series title and chapter in the title with the [DISC] tag, that will be enough for people to understand. There is never a need to link to an aggregate site.
Warning Comment - The below is the comment you will see if you link to an aggregate site.
Please try not to link to these kinds of aggregate sites. Aggregate sites for the most part are designed to earn ad revenue and take credit from the hard working scanlators. Scanlators are the ones that translate, scan, clean, typeset, and post these series for us online to read. They do this for free as a hobby and rely on donations mostly to be able to continue scanlating. Aggregate sites will re-host at a lower quality and slap watermarks all over pages to try and minimize work and take credit. It is better to either link to a high quality source usually from the scanlators directly, or to do a self post considering everyone has their own preferences for which sites they use. Please keep that in mind when doing posts in the future as we strive to have a higher quality of content.
Scanlator [Scanlator Name](Scanlator's Site Link)
[Scanlator's Online Reader](A Link to the chapter on the Scanlator's Online Reader on their site.)
Mods are not omnipotent so we rely on the users as well to report rule breaking posts. Below are a list of things you should report if you see.
When reporting a post, please try to mark as other and give us the exact reason a post or comment does not belong and should be removed. Disagreeing with something is not a reason to report either. The report button is not a Super Downvote and we will not remove other people's post based on different opinions.