1. No jokes/memes
If your post is a joke or meme, it does not belong here. This includes posts about politicians, celebrities, movies or products that flopped, bad business/PR decisions, countries in turmoil, etc.
Titles must only be informative and descriptive (who, what, where, when, why) not editorialized ("I bet he lost his job!") - do not include personal opinions or other commentary in your titles.
Examples of bad titles:
I don't know if this belongs here, but it's cool! (x-post r/funny)
What could go wrong?
A good title reads like a newspaper headline, or Wikipedia article. If you don't know the specifics about the failure, then describe the events that take place in the video/image instead. Examples of good titles:
If it is a cross-post you should post that as a comment and not part of the title
3. Mundane Failures
Avoid posting mundane, everyday occurences like car crashes unless there is something spectacular about your submission. Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, and there are many other subreddits already dedicated to this topic such as r/dashcam, r/racecrashes, and /r/carcrash
While there are some examples of extraordinary crashes posted here, in general they would probably be better suited for those other subreddits:
Compilations and montages are not allowed on r/CatastrophicFailure. Any video that is a collection of clips from multiple incidents, including top 10 lists are considered compilations.
If your submission contains footage of one incident but compiled from multiple sources or angles, those are fine to post.
5. Be Respectful
Always be respectful in the comments section of a thread, especially if people were injured or killed.
6. Objects, Not People
The focus of this subreddit is on machines, buildings, or objects breaking, not people breaking. If the only notable thing in your submission is injury/death, it probably would go better in another subreddit.
All posts should have an appropriate flair applied to them by the submitter, please follow these 4 steps to determine if your thread needs a fatality/injury flair. You can set this by clicking the "flair" button under the title of your submission.
- If your submission depicts people dying, you must apply the "Visible Fatalities" flair to your post and tag it "NSFW"
- If your submission depicts people visibly being seriously injured, you must apply the "Visible Injuries" flair to your post and tag it "NSFW"
- If your submission depicts a situation where people were killed, but those people are not directly visible you must apply the "Fatalities" flair to your post (eg. the Hindenburg Disaster, or a plane crash)
- If your submission does not require one of those tags, you should pick any of the other flairs to describe what type of failure occurred
Fatalities 20 years ago today, on Saturday, May 25, 2002, China Airlines Flight 611 disintegrated and crashed into the ocean due to faulty repairs 22 years prior. All 225 people aboard the plane were killed. More details in comments.