Reddit protest sees /r/gaming lock its doors

    
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Remember when you were in your first raiding guild, and it was nothing but drama from start to finish on your guild forums because no one had invented social media yet? Fast-forward to today, when Reddit is the global equivalent and the drama continues.

Apparently provoked by the firing of the Reddit employee responsible for AMAs (ask-me-anythings), the AMA sub locked its doors, leading to an avalanche of subs going private to protest the way Reddit’s admins communicate and do business. They’re calling it chootergate. I’m sorry.

Relevant to our interests: /r/gaming, /r/mmorpg (back up now), /r/swtor (back up), /r/wowcomics, /r/gaymers, /r/skyrim, /r/elitedangerous, /r/elite, and /r/finalfantasy are all currently hidden, but most of the bigger MMO subs (WoWGuild Wars 2, FFXIV, Elder Scrolls Online, WildStar, Diablo III, etc.) are fine at the moment. If you care about topics other than gaming, you’re even more screwed; /r/science, /r/books, /r/music, /r/history, /r/art, /r/movies, /r/videos… yeah, they’re all locked too.

Source: Reddit and Reddit via Polygon
Update: As of Saturday morning, Reddit has for the most part returned to business as usual. CEO Ellen Pao posted,

The bigger problem is that we haven’t helped our moderators with better support after many years of promising to do so. We do value moderators; they allow reddit to function and they allow each subreddit to be unique and to appeal to different communities. This year, we have started building better tools for moderators and for admins to help keep subreddits and reddit awesome, but our infrastructure is monolithic, and it is going to take some time. We hired someone to product manage it, and we moved an engineer to help work on it. We hired 5 more people for our community team in total to work with both the community and moderators. We are also making changes to reddit.com, adding new features like better search and building mobile web, but our testing plan needs improvement. As a result, we are breaking some of the ways moderators moderate. We are going to figure this out and fix it.

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kgptzac
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EatCandy 4chan?

Armsbend
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duane99 nice try

carson63000
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There really is no drama quite as pathetic and lame as Reddit drama, is there?

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breetoplay Cosmic Cleric kofteburger Rheem Octuris lol! Oh damn!  Sorry about that.  So …
Thank you for sharing this link!
<ducks and runs>

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breetoplay dewdodu A hellhole where she was beloved not for being the queen bitch but for possibly being not only the nicest person around but consider to be extremely competent, to be replace by a committee. Should we start the canonizing process?

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breetoplay TerilynnS cnyranger I can appreciate that. But Pao isn’t HR – and frankly, in CA, you don’t want to “have a plan” just in case you fire someone because that can be used as evidence of “constructive termination.” And, I know you’ve had some experience (as horrible as it is) to have had to lay people off. But there are other reasons that even the most popular, outwardly kind people can be fired. Since we haven’t heard from either one, we’ll likely never really know the reasons unless it leaks from one side or the other – or we hear more in a lawsuit. Pao has her work cut out for her; she’s in charge of a company whose investors are getting antsy with a lack of ROI. Reddit, like other “free to user” media outlets (like Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) are moving into the “for profit” mode that their very user base loathes. Worse, their very user base has a reputation for making gaming forums look like a Sunday walk in the park. I’m very glad I’m not her.

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Lethality Denice J Cook 
You must work for the NCAA.

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Zuji I was trying to keep my opinions out of the post as much as possible.

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Cosmic Cleric kofteburger Rheem Octuris This link was in the darn post. :P

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Line with more hugs Ironically, some of the fury here is spillover from management’s decision a while ago to shut down some of the worst toxic subs. This week’s mob was a strange alliance between people who want it to be better and people who want it to be worse; their only point of agreement is that management sucks.