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Site Designer: Jason Baumgartner

Welcome!

Thank you for using Pushshift's Reddit Search Application! This application was designed from the ground up to be feature rich while offering a very minimalist UI. This application was built for academic study of Reddit by providing the ability to quickly find information using a full-featured API. This application and the back-end that powers it was designed and implemented using Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, Redis, Python3 /w Falcon and lots of code.

If you have any questions about how to use this application, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or PM stuck_in_the_matrix on Reddit.

First Column Controls (Search, Filters, Utilities, Help and Donate)

This application allows you to search both Reddit comments and posts. You can aggregate data to see trends and also which subreddits are most popular given a specific search term. You can also research specific subreddits or users using this tool.

The first column controls are the main controls that allow you to search, apply specific filters and to use utilities such as the user and subreddit analyzer.

Search

When performing a search, the basic filters will appear which allow you to select a search term, subreddits and authors. You can restrict your search to multiple subreddits by putting a comma between each subreddit. For example, if you want to search for the term "Einstein" and restrict your search to the subreddits "askscience" and "askhistorians," you would put "askscience,askhistorians" in the Subreddits textbox (without the quotes).

You can also exclude subreddits from your search. For instance, if you want to search for the term "NFL" but want to exclude the subreddit /r/football, you would put a negative sign first in the Subreddits textbox followed by the subreddit ("-football"). If you want to exclude multiple subreddits, use a comma to separate them. You only need to put one negative sign at the beginning. For example, putting "-football,baseball" in the Subreddits textbox would return results for all subreddits except /r/football and /r/baseball.

The authors basic filter works the same way as the subreddits filter. You can exclude specific authors by putting a negative sign first and then entering multiple authors separated by commas.

Filters

Clicking "Filters" will bring up more advanced filtering and sorting options. [To be continued ...]

Utilities

Clicking "Utilities" will bring up new options including a user and subreddit analyzer. [To be continued ...]

Help

What you are reading now. Great work! :)

Donations

Information about how to donate to this project. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Second Column Options (Posts, Comments, Aggregations, Statistics, Data Viz)

These controls allow you to select the type of search you wish to execute. Multiple types can be selected simultaneously.

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Third Column Time Controls (Day, Week, Month, Year, All, Custom)

The third column controls what time-frame you'd like to search in. If you want to see recent comments and posts, keep the time-frame recent by selecting "day" or "week." If you want to find older posts or comments, you can increase the time-frame at the cost of having the search take longer to complete.

You can also specify your own custom time-frame by selecting "Custom." You can enter just the date portion in the format "MM/DD/YYYY" or, if you need to be more specific, you can also include the time portion using the format "MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS"