I’m back to do a Reddit rundown before moving on to a Fire Emblem blowout with two different authors, neither of which is me. I do love Fire Emblem: Awakening, though. I recently started playing it again, and I’m getting closer to actually finishing it. Let’s get to Chairman Pao first, though. She went on a media blitz last night after re-gaining control of the site (for the most part). Here’s an section from her interview with Time:
“I want to apologize to our community for yesterday,” Reddit’s interim CEO Ellen Pao told TIME on Friday. “We handled the transition in a way that caused some disruption, and we should have done a better job.” Pao said the company’s management should have informed moderators earlier about planned personnel changes. Pao declined to comment further on Taylor’s departure…
“Of the 50 default subreddits, 48 of them are up and that’s what most people see on the front page,” said Pao. The site’s homepage—the content on which is generated by the number of up-votes on threads throughout the site, a measure of activity and popularity—contained several threads on Taylor’s dismissal. One pointed out that Google searches for “Reddit alternative” had spiked in the wake of the protests.
Apologies? The only thing the Reddit community wants to see from you is a swift resignation, Ms. Pao. How was this fucking scammer even hired in the first place? She’s obviously incompetent when it comes to Reddit. According to multiple reports, she barely even knows how to use the service properly. The level of ignorance it took to put her in charge is astonishing. I still think the backup plan in case she continues to go down in flames is to just put all the blame on her, which is why she’s still “interim CEO.” But I might be giving these clowns a little too much credit.
Pao talked more with BuzzFeed, one of the most reviled outlets on the Internet:
I want to apologize for how we handled the transition yesterday. We should have informed the moderators earlier and provided more detail on the transition plan. We are working to make improvements and create the best experience for our users and we aren’t always perfect. Our community is what makes Reddit, Reddit and we let you down yesterday.
The leadership there is in full damage control mode. There’s all sort of apologies coming out, but you saw how dismissive they were at the outset of all this. Don’t think for one second that they’ve changed that outlook. They’re just sucking up now in the hopes of quelling all this until better plans can be put into place. It looks like this strategy has worked, as of right now.
Before I go, here’s an interview that one of the old friends of the site, PressFartToContinue, did with Xavier Mendel. If you don’t remember him, he’s the one responsible for the Reddit mod leaks that came out a little while back (also, here’s a Daily Beast story on Victoria Taylor, and a BBC recap of the situation):
I’ll be back in a few with that Fire Emblem piece. I also have to run to the store for hotdog buns lol. Happy 4th of July to everyone here in the United States.
OH YEA, I almost forgot: Sign this petition asking for Pao to step down. It’s all the way up to 85,000 signatures as of 9:30AM EST.
— Ethan Ralph (@TheRalphRetort) July 4, 2015