At Reddit, every post and comment you leave is linked to your user account. It's usually good, but what happens if you want to post anonymously? That's what a throwing account for.
What is a throwing account?
A throwing account is a temporary account used for a particular purpose ̵1; not your main Reddit account. Your regular Reddit account may include your name or make you identifiable through your booking history, and it may be limiting. If you want to be able to ask a question or leave a comment without someone knowing that you are, you need to throw away an account that cannot be identified.
Reasons to use a throw Reddit account include:
- Discuss financial issues
- Talk about personal or embarrassing issues
- Ask questions about working with an employer
- All topics where you want to discuss something freely without to be identified
Even if you usually use an alias on the web, you might want to post sensitive things with a throw away account. Internet detectives cannot go through all your comments and find clues to find out who you are.
Remember that an account that is not identifiable protects you from saying something that can be used to figure out who you are. Be careful about what information you share.
The term "waste account" is also used for other types of online accounts, from email and social media to online games. It is a temporary account that is not your main account.
Creating a Throwing Account on Reddit
Reddit accounts are free, and there is no limit to the number of accounts you can create.
You can be logged in to your regular Reddit account when you use a wasted account if you wish. Just open a private window (incognito), start another browser or use another browser profile.
Visit Reddit and click "Register" at the top of the page. If you are already logged in, you must log out first.
Enter a username and password. The username may be as long as it is unique but does not choose a username that you have used elsewhere. Be sure to choose a username that is not linked to your regular Reddit username. Some people even add "throwaway" to the account name.
You do not need to enter an email address to create an account more about it later – but you must check the CAPTCHA box before clicking the "Register" button.
Deselect all sub-edits that have been selected for you and click the "Finish" button.
You will be logged in
Should you add an email address?
You probably noticed that you did not add an email address when setting up your account. You do not need one, but there are occasions where one can be useful.
You must have an email address on file if you forget your password and need to reset it. You will not receive emails for comments and messages unless you add an email address as well.
You can add an email address without using your real in a couple of ways.
- Gmail users can create a one-time alias that mocks e-mail to their main Gmail inbox. You can then set labels and filters if you want.
- You can create a brand new email address. Creating a new account in Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo is quick and easy.
Adding an email address can be helpful, but for the ultimate Reddit account you can't add one. If messages are important to you, consider using Reddit iPhone or Android app and activating them there. And if you forget your password, it's a problem, use a password manager.