One of my secret pleasures (and feel free to chime in if you’re a geek like me) is looking through various colorful guides and infographics, from what plants are edible in forests to hypothetical explanations on how best to survive the zombie Apocalypse that 2020 promised but never delivered.

The multi-million-member ‘Cool Guides’ community on Reddit is the prime place to go to for (yup, you guessed it!) cool guides. From aesthetically pleasing and very informative ones to quirky and funny ones, you’ll find a bit of everything to keep those noggins of yours learning and yearning for more, dear Pandas.

Bored Panda had a lovely chat with redditor Dadschool, who founded the r/coolguides subreddit way back in 2014 and is still its head moderator to this very day. Having started the sub with no real expectations of forming a community around it, he filled a niche on Reddit that had been empty. "I had a bit of a compulsive habit of saving every guide I came across on Reddit with the idea that I'd somehow reference it when I needed it later. There weren't really any subs for general guides so I made one and uploaded all my guides at once. I think a lot of people have a similar affection for bitesize trivia and hoarding generalist knowledge." You'll find the rest of our interview with the founder below.

Upvote your fave guides as you scroll on down, drop us a comment with your thoughts below, and go and join the r/coolguides subreddit if it’s right up your alley. But a quick note of warning before we begin: this is a community mostly for guides; infographics are in a bit of a grey area.

#1

Inequality V. Equality V. Equity V. Justice

Inequality V. Equality V. Equity V. Justice

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Helen Haley
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2 months ago

I want to print this and put it in my cubicle.

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#2

Hand Sign Guide For Loud Bars

Hand Sign Guide For Loud Bars

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Birgit M
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2 months ago

This is a good idea, but the fourth sign will be confusing in a Heavy Metal Club.

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#3

A More Comprehensive Guide To Symptoms Of Depression

A More Comprehensive Guide To Symptoms Of Depression

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Joanne O'Brien
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2 months ago

I'm also sad!

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The founder, Dadschool, was very humble about his role in expanding the community. "I can say it is only able to be this size because moderators like @etymologynerd and @robinsparkles18 are as active as they are, and the time they take out of their day to check in," he praised his colleagues. With a leader so supportive, no wonder that the mod r/coolguides mod team stands shoulder to shoulder, come hell or high water.

"The unique thing about Reddit is that subreddits really are independent and are autonomously moderated communities. I think our subscriber ranking is something like 190 across all of Reddit and it's not like there's monetization options after you break 200 or conversations with Reddit corporate. We're the same mod team we were a few years ago, excited that we broke 100k, and checking Reddit throughout the day to make sure no one uploaded the same damn apple guide uploaded 100 times that week," the founder claimed that things are still pretty much as they've always been.

#4

Recognizing A Mentally Abused Brain

Recognizing A Mentally Abused Brain

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Alex Bailey
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh dear... I didn't realise I was that bad. Thanks dad.

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#5

How To Get A Scientific Paper For Free

How To Get A Scientific Paper For Free

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Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Whole lotta people about to get emailed.

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#6

How Paint Can Change A Room

How Paint Can Change A Room

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

OoOo I will consider this if I renovate my house

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Dadschool revealed that the biggest challenge that he and the other moderators face is reacting in time to remove hateful and troll guides as soon as humanly possible. However, that's not always possible because they all have day jobs; moderating is something that they do during their spare time. "We all are working professionals so it's easy for something to slip by and stay out there for way longer than it should and that's always a total bummer—a total lose/lose for the community."

#7

How To Recognize The Artists Of Paintings

How To Recognize The Artists Of Paintings

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

totally correct!

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#8

How Masks And Social Distancing Works

How Masks And Social Distancing Works

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Somebody Here
Community Member
2 months ago

This should be shown to everyone :D

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#9

Geography Terms

Geography Terms

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Mihran Hovnanian
Community Member
2 months ago

Where is this theme park??! ;-)

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Nowadays, the founder of r/coolguides is a tad more lax about infographics than when he first founded the subreddit. These days, he's more keen to let the community decide what direction it wants to go via upvotes and engagement. He trusts the community. "I see the moderator role as more akin to a landscaper: pruning [troll] posts, removing harmful posts, and moderating for content diversity. Subscribers are much better judges of content quality and validity than moderators and I think it's important to trust them in that role." He added (and this is a feeling that I completely agree with): "I will admit, however, that the majority of guides I enjoy most myself rarely break 50/100 upvotes."

#10

I Think These Simple Points Could Help A Lot.

I Think These Simple Points Could Help A Lot.

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

that's it,

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#11

Just A Little Something For The Upcoming Holiday Season

Just A Little Something For The Upcoming Holiday Season

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

Thanks, I will show this to my friend

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#12

A Restaurant Guide For How You Want Your Steak Cooked

A Restaurant Guide For How You Want Your Steak Cooked

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Kubu
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2 months ago

Funny at first glance, but it's too passively aggressive, not cool.

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For those of you Pandas who are raring to post a guide on r/coolguides, head moderator Dadschool is all for it: "Go for it!" Just remember to avoid reposts, so have a look through the newest posts. "We do try to maintain some content diversity, so don't upload all ten of your favorite ab workout guides at once. If you have the source, be a buddy and list that too in the comments or title to give credit where it's due!" he gave some advice for newcomers.

#13

Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

I'm so bad at crafting, mine would probably end up being just confetti :/

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#14

I Liked This One

I Liked This One

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Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

The niqab and the burka should not be legal in our society. First because the face is the way of conveying emotions and covering it it’s dehumanising but specially for security. The other veils should be all legal for adults but not for kids since they cannot consent to them. I am heartbroken each time that I see a 8yo covered like if she needs to be hidden while her brothers run around freely.

Eslamala
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually, everything related to religion or any form of indoctrination should be prohibited for people under 18.

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JP callaghan
Community Member
2 months ago

Covering up your women shows the men in your society have a serious problem, if you are disturbed about the veow of a woman's legs or cleavage then you clearly have a problem with thinking about sex too much. But then we knew when it's OK to marry girls who are too young in these places.

Missy Moo Moo
Community Member
2 months ago

1000000% correct!! It has NOTHING to do with women and EVERYTHING to do with men and their inability to control themselves.

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Falcon
Community Member
2 months ago

Genuine question: how much freedom do you have when it comes to colors?

Doggo Froggo
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, you can wear any colour! So whilst you would be highly unlikely to see a lady wearing hot pink burqa, I have seen many ladies wearing hot pink hijabs. I think it depends on where you are and those you are around, just as any choice of clothes for any person does really.

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GFSTaylor
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2 months ago

All muslims are required to dress modestly. The male version is less extreme. Men will cover most of their hair. You don't see Muslim men in shorts (except sportsmen) or shirtless. Until the mid-20th century, it was common for married Christian women to cover their hair when in public. Just think of images of medieval woman in white veils, Henry VIII's wives with angular hoods or Victorian women in their bonnets. The hats gradually got smaller through the 20th century but even in the 50's, a married woman still commonly wore a hat when going out.

Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

Exactly. We also used to cover our women as if they needed to be ashamed of themselves. But we evolved. Cultures need to grow or they get stagnant in the past. Muslim countries used to me some of the most advanced ones and not they have regressed so much that are more restrictive than in medieval times.

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Queen Jackson.
Community Member
2 months ago

The burka kind of makes me feel upset. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t feel right.

Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

Its dehumanising to hide the face of a person. Also dangerous to not be able to identify somebody (same as a mask or baklava). Thats why they are usually banned in europe.

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IFXO
Community Member
2 months ago

this is a whole guide about types of head covering but people in the comment section are hating on niqab and burka lmaooooo 😂😂😂

Adult Cereals
Community Member
2 months ago

Right. People made a cute little diagram political

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Blue of the yams
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm Muslim, and I didn't even know that there was a name for the Shayla! Wow

Thorfin Wolfsbane
Community Member
2 months ago

so the Khimar is the one catholic nuns wear?

Suzy the observer
Community Member
2 months ago

As an atheist, I am firmly against ALL religions. I understand the need for spirituality but I do not condone controlling the masses thru obscurantism and superstitions. I also do not condone any acts of violence committed in the name of ANY religion. That said, I respect personal garment choices be they very modest or the opposite.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

Same. I’m a middle eastern atheist and I think it’s pretty god damn stupid but people can wear whatever they want. I have to wear it for cultural reasons sometimes, and I kinda like how it looks.

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Abhainn
Community Member
2 months ago

someone said this was oppression, and I partially disagree. while wearing revealing clothing or showing your face or wearing work clothes can be empowering for some women, wearing any of the above garments for any reason could be empowering too! It should be a free choice, but I do Not believe that it should be illegal or even looked down upon

Mel Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Empowerment isn't individual. Things that empower women, empower women as a class, not make an individual feel good. If it raises woman as a whole up and gives them power, it's empowering (voting rights, land ownership, money ownership, divorce ability, etc) if it doesn't give women as a class power but makes you feel good or maybe makes your personal life a tad easier, it's not (wearing makeup, shaving, wearing super revealing stuff or religion mandated modest clothing, etc)

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ivan bolitekurac
Community Member
2 months ago

Burka looks like a lot of fun to wear...Love the diversity and tolerance

Mohammad Azhaan
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

God, you people are so much the same as the 19th-century Western Colonials; any tradition, any custom, much foreign to yours is either backwards or oppressive.

Adult Cereals
Community Member
2 months ago

And these countries that are 'backwards' because of the results of european colonization.

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Allison Baker
Community Member
2 months ago

Useful. Thank you.

IDNOP008🥺
Community Member
2 months ago

STOP! I see all these comments like these should be banned, this should be stoppped? NO! If a girl wants to wear this she does, if she doesn’t she doesn’t. A hijab is not forced on women keep that in mind, it only represents cultures.

ivan bolitekurac
Community Member
2 months ago

I am sure that there are women out there who want to wear this.But some countries don't take a "no" as an answer

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Marianne Luginbuhl
Community Member
2 months ago

So, the definition of dressing modestly is required by Islam, but varies by culture/ area? Do I have it right? Why are some areas requiring burka and others just covering hair? How is this justified by Quran?

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

You do have it right and honestly I don’t even know and I’m Iranian. In Iran the hijab and chador are most popular. Chador is required for church, and hijab is what most people use, but all the others are around except the burka. Burka seems pretty popular in the Arab world (Iranians are not Arab). In Iran even the religious girls will pull back their hijab til it’s damn near down at their shoulders unless you’re near where the police will give you shît about it. I really don’t know what the Quran even says about this because I’m not really Muslim. But in Iran there are many religions so even though the government is Muslim they don’t make everyone wear the same style of headdress. It’s weird and dumb really.

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Dann999
Community Member
2 months ago

You: I can wear whatever I want. This is free country. Also you: No, you cannot wear that!

Rania Chamsine
Community Member
2 months ago

Exactly!

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Catherine Brady
Community Member
2 months ago

I obviously was clueless to the differences.

Terd Fergison
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

There are many valid criticisms of islam. Modern religious[3][11][12] and secular[13][14][15][16] criticism of Islam[11][12][13][14][15][16] has concerned Muhammad's sincerity in claiming to be a prophet, his morality, his ownership of slaves,[17][18] his treatment of enemies, his marriages,[19] his treatment of doctrinal matters, and his alleged psychological condition. Muhammad has been accused of sadism and mercilessness—including the invasion of the Banu Qurayza tribe in Medina[20][21][22][23][24][25]—sexual relationships with slaves, and his marriage to Aisha when she was six years old,[19][26][27] which according to most estimates was consummated when she was nine.[28] From wikipedia.

Requiem
Community Member
2 months ago

This is the age if Science, go look up Jim Jefferies explaining trains and where religious people and scientists are and how its f*****g up the world

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
2 months ago

I only have issues with the niqab and burka as it removes the facial social interaction, and is imposed by men who apparently can't control themselves, and actually has little to nothing to do with the religion, the rest? Up to each and everyone as they please. Ffs, Educate your guys, and stop this nonsense!

Commander OwO
Community Member
2 months ago

men are expected to lower their gaze and control themselves fyi

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

y'all should listen to wrap my hijab by Mona Haydar - great song :)

Bonnie Vannaman
Community Member
2 months ago

The Niqab and the Burka make me sad for the women who have to wear them.

Uncommon Boston
Community Member
2 months ago

Men who stare at my breasts, no matter what I am wearing make me sad. They miss the rest of me.

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Xanoron Liles
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2 months ago

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qwerty
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2 months ago

It actually hasn't.

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Niall Mac Iomera
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, cool I guess. But just like I understand there are hundreds of different ways to tie a necktie, I'm still just gonna look at it and say, "yeah, that's a knot"

Ezigma
Community Member
2 months ago

Wear what your want, don't wear what you don't want to. Done.

Dahlan Uth
Community Member
2 months ago

Some people never see Christian nun, is it? hypocrite.

Uncommon Boston
Community Member
2 months ago

Thank you

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Susan Widomski
Community Member
2 months ago

Thank you.

Your_local_introvert
Community Member
2 months ago

How do you see out of the Burka? I'm genuinely curious, as I've never seen anyone who wears the Burka. Also, are children made to wear it? It seems a bit odd if they are.

LexiLu
Community Member
2 months ago

No children do not wear any of these. The timeline is once you hit puberty (first period I believe) that you start wearing the version that your family/you use.

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Max
Community Member
2 months ago

The women wearing Al-Amira and Shayla look like they've seen something that'll make juicy gossip.

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
2 months ago

Gossiping and bad mouthing behind someone's back is not allowed in Islam. But then again who knows what they'll do. People pick and choose what verses they believe more than others.

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Fixin'Ta
Community Member
2 months ago

I need a burqa for pollen season ... (NO disrespect intended.)

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, masks are a thing now, I believe that would help as well wouldn’t it?

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DC
Community Member
2 months ago

... I miss the naked head who is called "Freedom".

Wim Cossement
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Ah, oppression of women in one of it's many forms. Thanks, religion!

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful women are covered while ugly dudes go around

Kimberly Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

All I see is oppression

Uncommon Boston
Community Member
2 months ago

And you miss to see the beauty of the woman inside. You have judged them before they said a word.

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Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
2 months ago

Covering up the face always makes me think of thieves and robbers, so people dressed in this way must accept my personal reaction to them.

Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, what a horrid thing to say. You realize you basically just said 'Nobody can complain when I am super rude and awful to them because I have biases and I won't change them.'

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Kinslee Hager
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

The burka makes them look like they're suffering in the heat because it can be very hot where those countries are

Dann999
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

it's made of thin cloth. duuhh! there are many types of cloth you can choose from.

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Diandra “Mss Didi” Blackthorn
Community Member
2 months ago

All these comments about "oppression" from all these Christian-self-righteous viewpoints...

Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

Or all those comments from civilized people tired or religions opressing women.

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Mimi M
Community Member
2 months ago

I like it too. So self-expressed. So liberating.

Virgil Blue
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2 months ago

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I'm ok.with all except the last 2. That's just oppression.

Requiem
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2 months ago

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Im seeing a lot of white millenials down voting actual people who are experts in these things.

Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

Do you see the colour of people? Wow. Fantastic superpower. Or maybe you are discriminating people who disagree with you? How is skin colour relevant for the conversation?

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Yeah, you heard
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2 months ago

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Human, human, human, human, human, human, human. All as good as anyone who chooses -- or feels societal pressure -- to show their face and hair.

Terd Fergison
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2 months ago

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The prophet Mohammed was a pedophile. He had multiple wives. He got with his youngest wife, Aisha when she was 6 years old! F-u-c-k most all religions, but especially f-u-c-k islam!

Dann999
Community Member
2 months ago

marked as fake account, racist & islamaphobic

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kjorn
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2 months ago

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Niqab and Burka scream opression... but for the rest it's seem correct for me.

mcmp
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2 months ago

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and they all suck!

Kubu
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2 months ago

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There's one word for all, oppression.

Kristal
Community Member
2 months ago

More like: culture

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#15

Animals With Misleading Names

Animals With Misleading Names

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Woets
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2 months ago

Also Mayfly will certainly fly (I'll see myself out)

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The University of Bath has some excellent advice on how to create a proper guide that’s useful for your readers. Yes, it's a guide for creating guides: we're officially in meta-territory now.

They suggest that you address the reader directly, rather than in the third person (i.e. ‘you Pandas should upvote this awesome article’ instead of ‘Pandas may upvote this absolutely amazing article at the very bottom of the page’). 

#16

Different Shades Of Light

Different Shades Of Light

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Good office lighting has a function to simluate daylight. Very warm with the early morning, going towards natural through the day, then back to normal in the evening. If you get good LED drivers, you can drive RGBW LED stripes like this.

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#17

How To Email Well

How To Email Well

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Láďa Durchánek
Community Member
2 months ago

I will rather be less of a boss than give up "No worries".

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#18

Guide To Pain Scale

Guide To Pain Scale

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
2 months ago

or ninjas

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What’s more, you should aim to write concisely. Plainly. Simply. Structure and break up the content to make it easier to read. Give your guide some flow and make it easy for the reader to understand what’s what.

Meanwhile, some of the things that you should avoid are incredibly technical terms in the title and headings. Also, omit useless words and info. Less. Is. More. (Unless you absolutely have to add in those extra words for whatever unavoidable reasons.)

#19

How Untreated Adhd Causes And Traps You In Depression

How Untreated Adhd Causes And Traps You In Depression

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Anon Anon
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2 months ago

This is 100% true, and it's disheartening :(

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#20

The History Of Confederate Flags.

The History Of Confederate Flags.

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Raven Sheridan
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2 months ago

In the age of cancel culture, I'm astonished that nobody's gotten to the Dukes of Hazard yet. 🤔

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#21

How To Treat People With Dementia

How To Treat People With Dementia

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Helen Haley
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2 months ago

Good rules for dealing with anyone really.

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The ‘Cool Guides’ subreddit celebrated its 7th birthday, a magical milestone if there ever was one, just over a week ago on March 20.

Since having been founded in 2014, the community now has nearly 2.1 million members and continues to grow. Despite the vast number of members, the team of moderators remains compact, numbering at just 5 (as far as we can tell from their page on Reddit—there may be more who choose to remain more mysterious and secretive).

#22

Cool Guide Of Words You Can Use Instead Of Very

Cool Guide Of Words You Can Use Instead Of Very

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SykesDaMan
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2 months ago

And please avoid using very twice or more in a row : very very very ...

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#23

Types Of Asian Architecture

Types Of Asian Architecture

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago

all just downright amazing

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#24

Tattoo Pain Chart

Tattoo Pain Chart

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

I never wanted a tattoo, but this chart would be very helpful!

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According to the mods, their online page is for “picture based reference guides for anything and everything. If it seems like something someone might print, physically post, and reference then it is a good link for this sub.”

However, this doesn’t always include infographics. The mods explain that infographics are learning tools, whereas guides are reference tools. Sometimes, the area between the two becomes blurred.

If you do end up posting what the mods deem to be an infographic, they might decide to remove it. “An infographic is more educational in layout and content, finding something specific on an infographic is not as easy because it is designed to inform through more narrative structures. If your guide is more of a visual essay than a structured table or list, then chances are that is an infographic. Sometimes infographics can masquerade as how-to guides.”

#25

How Human Flesh Decomposes

How Human Flesh Decomposes

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Somebody Here
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

THAT, my friends, is a work of art

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#26

U.S. Flag But Each Star Is Scaled Proportionally To Their State’s Population, In Roughly It’s Geographical Position.

U.S. Flag But Each Star Is Scaled Proportionally To Their State’s Population, In Roughly It’s Geographical Position.

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Lilly Rose Poppy
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2 months ago

I like it

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#27

Cool Idea Of How Fresh New Babies See The World

Cool Idea Of How Fresh New Babies See The World

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