Reddit AMAgeddon: What itâ€™s really about.
J Thoendell stashed this in Tech
Â Whatever the reason for Taylorâ€™s dismissalâ€”the reasons remain unknownâ€”the overall conflagration isnâ€™t really about one well-liked employee but about problems that stem from Redditâ€™s dependency on free labor and its increasingly difficult relationship with those volunteers. Even if Redditâ€™s management had reopened the closed subreddits, it wouldnâ€™t have had anyone to run them. Â
In other words, firing Taylor lit the fuse of a very large pile of dynamite. With their submissions and comments, Redditâ€™s rank-and-file users effectively provide free content and labor to Reddit and parent company Advance Publications, in exchange for which they get no money, just reputation points and occasionalÂ Reddit GoldÂ (not to be confused with real gold). Yet their efforts pale next to those of the volunteer moderators (â€śmodsâ€ť), who act as sheriffs of individual â€śsubredditsâ€ť like /r/IAmA, /r/science, and until recently /r/fatpeoplehate, the banning of which spurred a user revolt last month. Normally, itâ€™s the mods who clamp down on the uprisings of the hoi polloi and stamp out profane comments, inappropriate images, and mass cross-subreddit invasions (â€śbrigadesâ€ť), a mostly thankless task for which they also receive zilch. This time, however, the mods themselves revolted, and their powers let them dofarÂ more damage to Reddit than annoyed haters of fat people. The result makes evident the cracks in Redditâ€™s business modelâ€”and raises questions about how long the site can survive in its present structure.
What it's really about is Reddit is figuring out how to be safer for more people to use.
And along the way, sometimes they have to figure out how to interact better with their community.
ship going down?