A Primer on Rule 3

Undecided and NS comments must be clarifying in nature with an inquisitive intent.

AskTrumpSupporters is a question and answer subreddit dedicated to the opinions of those who support Donald Trump and helping people understand them. Although Trump supporters may ask each other clarifying questions, the vast majority of questions are asked by nonsupporters. As such, Rule 3 is the foundation of the subreddit.

Nonsupporters may be wondering, what does “clarifying in nature with an inquisitive intent” mean? Simply put, it means that you are asking questions with the intention of better understanding the Trump supporter’s opinion. You are not asking questions to argue with, educate, challenge, condescend to, or make fun of Trump supporters. With that in mind…

Common Types of Rule 3 Violations 


A comment that is primarily comprised of a nonsupporter’s position is a Rule 3 violation, even if it includes clarifying questions. Only share your own opinion if it is absolutely necessary to better understand the supporter (rarely the case). I know it is tempting to share your own opinion, but there are other subreddits for that.

Leading Questions

A leading question is a type of question that prompts a respondent towards providing an already-determined answer, e.g. “Isn’t it the case that…” Because you are trying to better understand the Trump supporter’s position, you need to approach with an open mind. You should not be trying to lead them in a predetermined direction.

Although it is possible that a leading question may lead to better understanding, tread carefully. Whether a leading question is a Rule 3 violation depends on the moderator’s perception of your true intention.

Loaded Questions

A loaded question is a form of complex question that contains a controversial assumption (e.g., a presumption of guilt). Such questions may be used as a rhetorical tool: the question attempts to limit direct replies to be those that serve the questioner’s agenda. The traditional example is the question “Have you stopped beating your wife?” Whether the respondent answers yes or no, they will admit to having a wife and having beaten her at some time in the past.

Rhetorical Questions

A rhetorical question is a question designed to make a point rather than to get an answer. As such, they are not considered clarifying in nature.

Statement Questions

Statement questions are a statement disguised as a question. Examples include:

  • “Are you aware that…”
  • “Did you know…”
  • “…, got it?”

These are seen as a way to get around Rule 3. After all, I can turn any statement into a question by appending “are you aware that” to the beginning.


If you feel like a Trump supporter hasn’t addressed your question, you’re free to rephrase or call attention to it politely. However, once is enough. Spamming a question over and over is not clarifying in nature; it’s harassment.


Fairly straightforward. If you find yourself arguing or debating with the Trump supporter, you’re in violation of Rule 3. This is not a debate subreddit. You will probably disagree with Trump supporters – keep it to yourself.

Nonsupporter - Nonsupporter Interactions 

Interactions amongst nonsupporters/Undecideds, such as asking each other questions, are discouraged. This is because they frequently take the form of potshots at Trump supporters. Even innocuous interactions draw focus away from Trump supporters.

If you want to converse with a fellow nonsupporter, DM them.

How is Rule 3 Enforced 

We get hundreds of comments every day and do not have time to read them all. Thus, the moderation team relies heavily on user reports. If you received a ban for a rule violation, there is a good chance that either someone else reported your comment or a comment adjacent to it.

This is why it is not a good idea to base your conduct on the prevailing comments in the thread. Think of it like speeding. Most people get away with driving above the speed limit. However, it’s still a traffic violation and you will receive a fine if you’re unlucky enough to be caught.

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