#Reddit Fires Santa! Secret Santa Creator Axed

Sad Santa by LostInAngeles.com on Flickr

Sad Santa by LostInAngeles.com on Flickr

Reddit management strikes again!

While the Reddit world (such as it is) was reeling from the abrupt firing of popular AMA coordinator Victoria Taylor, management snuck in some other “involuntary exits” including kickme444, the creator of the beloved, and justly famous, Secret Santa program.

Reddit Secret Santa announces his firing on Reddit

Reddit Secret Santa announces his firing on Reddit

He was pretty choked up about it, too, from his posts on Twitter.

Well, that doesn’t sound like Reddit any time soon. CEO Ellen Pao has released a statement on her own Reddit userpage, and “conciliatory” it is not.

“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.”

Something tells me this will not be enough…

Categories: Activism, Breaking, Bureaucracy, Communication, DramaSec, Hacktivism, Media, News, Reddit, The Darkening

2 replies


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