Thursday, January 31, 2013

Welcome New Admin Chad (a.k.a. Deimorz)!

We are excited to announce the newest member of team reddit: Chad Birch a.k.a. Deimorz. Many of you already know Deimorz from his many fine contributions to the community including the mighty AutoModerator bot, that now helps moderate about 500 subreddits. We're thrilled to be able to bring him on board the mothership, and plan on putting him to work on reddit gold features right away. We'll let Chad tell you a little bit about himself:

I grew up in the small town of Cranbrook, British Columbia (Canada), but now live in Calgary, Alberta. You might already have seen me around reddit - I moderate /r/Games (not to be confused with /r/gaming), run the stattit reddit statistics site, and am quite active in the "meta"-type subreddits (including recently being named "top contributor of the year" in /r/TheoryOfReddit's Best of 2012). I'm excited to be joining the team, and am especially happy about finally having a good excuse to give my wife for why I'm spending so much of my free time on the site.

None of us would be able to work at this job we love without the community. Thank you all for your support and contributions. Whether it's through reddit gold, ads, amazing mod work, contributing to our open source code, being active in the reddit dev community, or just participating on the site, Chad and all of us thank you. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Top 500 AMAs (on /r/IAmA)

Shitty_Watercolour welcomes Adam Savage
"Ask Me Anything" interviews (or AMAs) have been a reddit staple for over three years, and in that time we've had more than a few interesting folks stop by.

From actors to politicians, game developers to musicians, there's a seemingly endless number of community interviews on /r/IAmA to peruse. In fact, we've had over 4000 AMAs with more than 100 comments in the last year alone.

Moderator /u/karmanaut has recently collected data on the top 500 AMAs from the subreddit's birth up to the end of 2012, and organized them by category.

Check out the full list below.
Here's the visual breakdown:

And while you're there, don't forget to vote in /r/IAmA's BestOf 2012 Awards thread!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

AaronSw (1986 - 2013)

Photo by Jacob Applebaum
Aaron Swartz /u/Aaronsw (1986 – 2013) 

We at reddit were saddened by the news of Aaron's passing. Here is a statement from his familyOur thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family and loved ones.

Aaron joined reddit in 2006. His friends and family are sharing memories and stories on

If you feel so moved, join us in donating to Demand Progress or GiveWell in Aaron's memory so that his work for civil liberties, civil rights, and government reform can continue.