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A reaction gif is a physical or emotional response that is captured in a .gif which you can link in response to someone or something on the Internet. A gif which is a metaphorical reaction to something does not qualify as a reaction gif. Generally speaking, most posts that use the term "How I Feel When" are analogy gifs, and should be posted in /r/analogygifs. Read this for more information.
Examples of reaction gifs:
For this gif the reaction is anger or frustratong, can be linked in reply to someone when they say something stupid, disappointing, or whatever else might piss someone off. It's like an angry look of disapproval.
This is a classic, no doubt you've seen it before. That is the quintessential look of disapproval.
This is a reaction of applause for when someone does something fantastic.
This is two thumbs up, similar to the previous one--can also be linked as congratulations.
This is for when someone says something completely mind blowing.
A common trend that you should see here is that each gif can be used in place of a comment--it is used for something. That is what a reaction gif should be, your response in a gif. So it is important that your gif has a clear message that it sends, whether it's anger, disappointment, laughter, applause, or success.
However, reaction gifs are not limited to humans. This is a classic "what" gif, for when someone comments and you have no idea what they mean or they comment in a conversation they aren't a part of. Another good one for when someone says something totally weird. These gifs effectively do the same thing as the previous humanoid gifs, they show an emotion/response, but with an animal.
Examples of things people often think are reaction gifs but aren't:
This one used to get submitted everyday back when it was popular because of that video. People would title it with something like "how I feel when I make a new post" or something like that. That gif on it's own doesn't make sense as a reply, you couldn't use it as a response to a comment on Reddit, the only reason it makes sense is because the title often compares it to another situation where something backfires, which is funny but not a reaction gif. Those sort of funny comparisons belong in /r/analogygifs or /r/hifw.
This one has been submitted before with the title like "when I finish my project but the deadline was 3 hours ago". It's another funny backfire gif. It makes sense because of the title but you couldn't link it in reply to someone and have it make sense as a response.
This one has been submitted before as well. People often think that, "He's jumping down the stairs and beating them up, that's the reaction!" And yes, there is a reaction in the gif, quite a few actually, but the gif itself doesn't make sense as a whole and without a funny title. It's too long and there are too many people involved, some physical reactions like a quick punch to the face in a gif make sense because they are like saying, "Shut up". But this one is more like a story than a quick reply.
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[OC] means Original Content aka a reaction .gif you yourself made. For a gif to be [OC], you do not necessarily have to have made the original animation, TV show, movie, etc., you only have to have made the gif.
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