Something big is going on behind community-based, social networking and news site Reddit. Almost 18 of their major subReddits are currently on shutdown, or to be more politically correct, on private mode.
Although we?re not entirely sure what?s going on, an ongoing discussion on Reddit?s OutOfTheLoop seem to be pointing to the untimely dismissal of Reddit?s Director of Talent, Victoria Taylor. Taylor is the brains and machine behind the immensely popular subReddit Ama (Ask Me Anything). AmA has guested a host of personalities from the really famous (POTUS, Lady Gaga, Morgan Freeman, Deepak Chopra, to the disastrous Woody Harelson), to lesser-known individuals who had a story to match the celebrities (the Guy with two penises).
For the most part, Taylor made sure that their Reddit users know that they are dealing with a real person and not just his PR team (Woody!). The diligent Director would often show pictures of herself with their guests, and most of the time would help ease them in to the iAmA concepts (or help actors like Bill Murray type).
She held such a strong role in Reddit, that it seems her dismissal caused quite a palpable stir in the Reddit community.
In OutOfTheLoop, discussion of what?s happening to Reddit are ongoing, and a user named u/karmanaut further explained what could be the heart of the problem. The comment goes:
?Today, we learned that Victoria was unexpectedly let go from her position with Reddit. We all had the rug ripped out from under us and feel betrayed.
The admins didn’t realize how much we rely on Victoria. Part of it is proof, of course: we know it’s legitimate when she’s sitting right there next to the person and can make them provide proof. We’ve had situations where agents or others have tried to do an AMA as their client, and Victoria shut that shit down immediately. We can’t do that anymore.
Part of it is also that Victoria is an essential lifeline of communication. When something goes wrong in an AMA, we can call and get it fixed immediately. Otherwise, we have to resort to desperately try messaging the person via Reddit?
Part of it is also organization. The vast majority of scheduling requests go through her and she ensures that we have all of the standard information that we need ahead of time (date, time, proof, description, etc.) and makes it easier for the teams that set up AMAs on both ends. She ensures that things will go well and that the person understands what /r/IAMA is and what is expected of them. Without her filling this role, we will be utterly overwhelmed. We might need to scrap the calendar altogether, or somehow limit AMAs from those that would need help with the process.
We have been really blindsided by all of this. As a result, we will need to go through our processes and see what can be done without her.?
So now we?re seeing that the other 17 subReddits are currently on private mode as a sign of protest.
But what exactly happened? It was reported that Taylor could have been let go because of two reasons: First was her failure to relocate to California where the HQ is now located (she is a New Yorker), and next was the rather the disastrous Jesse Jackson AmA that just went bonkers.
We haven?t gotten any news yet on when the subReddits will be opening up soon, but Reddit executive chairman and Big Boss, Alexis Ohanian said that a team is in place to take over AMA requests in lieu of Taylor?s absence.