What is a food hack?
When this sub was much newer on reddit, I added a few tags to the sidebar. My logic was "A food hack can mean a number of different things, and the tags could help organize them better." That still applies- tags are useful, but they're opt-in and we have to depend on submissions to be high quality. It became clear over time that in order to weed out lower quality submissions, we need a set of rules to point to and a definition. Don't be afraid to use the report button and be honest in the reason why. Mods make final determination and we're historically good about giving the benefit of a doubt to reported posts, but we do read them.
Current rules (with explanation):
Titles should be descriptive.
Think of them as your justification for calling them a hack. Make them descriptive, a sentence long, and try to convey as much information about the trick as you can. If someone can read the entirety of the hack in the title and immediately jump into comments to talk about it, that's a successful post. It keeps blogspam and karmamills out of the sub and encourages
Image posts should be concise. If it's a single image, the hack should be obvious and the title should help to make it obvious. If it's an album that's more than 3 images, it'd be preferable to lead with an image of the finished hack, and the title should be descriptive.
**A recipe itself does not constitute a food hack. ** If the focus of the title and ensuing conversation aren't on a dish, but the ingredient and it's unorthodox potential, you are then free to post to /v/foodhacks. If it's on the dish as a whole, it probably belongs in another subverse about recipes or easy dishes.
Please, no comment harassment/attacks. It's one of the only things we'll ban from a sub over. It's not ok.
Product advertisement, even the passive kind, is not allowed in submissions. We're not the place to post your kickstarter, or several ways to use some specific brand of chips or cookies, or some way of approximating a popular fast food recipe (or ordering from a secret menu). We'll be swift and heavy in our moderation of this one.
List posts are discouraged, but allowed under the following conditions: the title must succinctly describe a specific trick of choice within the list, and the link to the article must skip to the page or section with that hack. The idea behind this one is to discourage clickbait sites from abusing the sub as a karma mill in any form, and to encourage useful information right from the front page. We will try to be consistent with this one, so please be diligent in reporting it.
Clearly label any hacks regarding presentation of food. This sub is predominantly meant to focus on the food itself and not presentation, but we'll let slide anything that is clearly tagged with [presentation] or [arrangement] or [plating].
Infographics and other quick informational reference are allowed. We consider infographics with a reasonable level of specificity to be acceptable as they offer an immediate point of reference that if used can speed up the preparation of a meal.
We're trying to be as clean as possible with these rules- we don't want to discourage ideas or make the scope of a foodhack that much more restrictive, but we do want to add some clarity and sense of organization to the sub for anyone who uses it on a regular basis, as well as make it easier for readers to feel confident whenever they feel the need to report a post. If you have a concern with any of these rules, post in the comments and we can certainly have a discussion about it.
As always, don't get discouraged if we allow prior submissions to run their course, or take some time to remove a reported post. If no action's been taken in a while on your report, and you can't find a mod comment on the post justify why it's still up, send a modmail.