Friday, November 29, 2013

Watch reddit's Livestream Black Friday show & Things For Which We're Thankful

We're bringing the chaos (& deals) of Black Friday to you. You don't even have to leave the house.

reddit is livestreaming 8 hours of QVC-style mayhem from the bowels of midtown NYC. We'll be featuring some of the amazing vendors on the redditgifts marketplace, including lots of deals and giveaways. Our fabulous comedian hosts and special guests will help soothe away your hangovers and shopping/family related traumas. Here are just a few of things you can expect during the livestream today:
Watch the broadcast on or HERE. Live show starting at 12pm ET and going until 8pm ET.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we also each want to take time out to some of the parts of reddit we're thankful for.



/r/AnimalsBeingDerps makes me happy every day. I'm thankful that people post pictures of their goofy-looking pets caught in awkward moments. They're the best.



I'm grateful for an /r/boardgames post about adult games that are playable with kids.


I'm grateful that the reddit community has come together to support teachers every year.



The reddit admins' pets multi!


I'm thankful for the mods. They put an incredible amount of work into keeping reddit awesome. And the community team. They deal with more shit than I can imagine.


This small sub, and the actions witnessed thereof, quite literally changed my life: /r/favors.


/r/writingprompts. It keeps my creative juices and novel aspirations flowing — even though I don't spend nearly as much time there as I should.


I'm thankful that reddit is used to expose everyday awesome situations that wouldn't otherwise be known about, except for a few people.

I'm also thankful that reddit is used to shed light on really important situations that other forms of media simply wouldn't cover.

Some of the videos in /r/happycrowds make me extremely happy.


I'm thankful for "anti-hype" as information. redditors correcting misleading titles and articles gives me the context to enjoy and understand news, science and technology much better than just the source material.


I'm thankful for all of the educational subreddits like /r/askhistorians and /r/askscience. The moderators there are amazing, and the contributors always make it a worthwhile read whenever I find myself over there.

Also also, I found my job via the blog!


I'm thankful for the /r/gaymer "mom" - /u/Diogenes71. She first posted last year, and has "adopted" gaymers who can't come out to their parents.

I'm also thankful for the mods at all of the "random acts of ___" subreddits and the mods of /r/suicidewatch, who are some of the most kind, caring, and wise individuals I've ever seen.


I'm really thankful for /r/askhistorians. This post blew my mind: I'm a typical college student in America and I'm going to a party. What should I expect if I was in the 1920s, 40s, 60s and 80s? What were the differences/similarities?


I'm thankful that, after 2 1/2 years of working here, when I find free time, I still really enjoy casually browsing reddit. That's how awesome this site and its community is. It's like working at a restaurant, eating every meal there, and still enjoying the food and company.


I'm really grateful for the /r/SecretSanta community. They've been really patient as we've turned the entire site upside down and have really been the superstars of our push for 100k Secret Santas.


I am thankful for the subreddit communities and their members who are willing to teach and contribute their expertise to anyone willing to learn.


I'm thankful for /r/Music and /r/ListenToThis, for sharing their favorite songs and providing me with excellent channels to listen to while redditing at reddit. One of my favorite discoveries from here includes the Of Monsters and Men version of "Kids". I'm also thankful for the /r/FoodPorn community for sharing their restaurant recommendations and recipes! Yumm....


I too am thankful for /r/AskHistorians. In particular, this thread was really really good: What in your study of history has most humanized the past and its people for you? Sappymode: I'm also thankful for all the new friends reddit has brought me (including all of y'all!)


I am thankful for /r/fitness and /r/cocktails. Without the first, I'd feel a lot more guilty about the second.


I am thankful for /r/LongDistance for helping me while my fiancée and I were thousands of miles apart. I'm thankful for /r/neutralpolitics and their difficult but important mission of discussing politics in an even-handed manner.


I am thankful for shareable links on reddit, because my husband sends me links every day to let me know he's thinking about me.


As corny as this is, I am truly thankful for all of you. I admire how hard everyone works, and I love that I work for a company where each and every employee is so unbelievably passionate about what they do. (Also, I found my job on /r/forhire so definitely thankful for that subreddit!) I'm also thankful for /r/dadjokes, and now /r/dadjokesinhistory. Never fails to make me laugh and bring a smile to my face.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This Nov. 29th, reddit's 1st Livestream Brings the Black Friday Chaos to You

On Black Friday 2008, a retail employee was stampeded to death when a mob of shoppers broke down the doors of a store in Valley Stream, NY.

On Black Friday 2011, a savings hunter in Porter Ranch, California injured 20 people when she doused her fellow shoppers with pepper spray.

On Black Friday 2012, an argument about a parking space in Tallahassee ended with two shoppers being shot.

On Black Friday 2013, experience the Black Friday chaos and adventure from the safety of your own dwelling with the redditgifts shopping network.

Black Friday is absurd.

The day after thanksgiving has mutated into a disgusting, crowded, and sometimes dangerous national holiday in the US. It's the manic lovechild of a /r/Murica, /r/wheredidthesodago, and /r/hailcorporate threesome after one-too-many Watermelon martinis one night at Olive Garden. It's become an increasingly hyped and sprawling holiday ritual, but there's still some magic in a cultural tradition spending time with family, no matter how crass the motive. Unless you work in retail, that is. In which case, welcome to Hell.

In the face of such perversion we have decided not to turn our noses and hibernate, but rather to embrace the commercial chaos head on.

On Black Friday, we are hosting an EPIC 8 hour livestream on and our youtube channel. It's going to be part home-shopping-network, part old-school-holiday-variety-show, part fundraiser telethon, and part Muppets Take Manhattan. We're going to be featuring amazing small merchants from the redditgifts marketplace, dynamite musical acts, hilarious comedians, appearances from celebrity redditors, and of course a Hoffman's two-toed sloth.

We know from traffic graphs during previous Thanksgiving holidays that many of you are stuck at home on Black Friday, rightfully scared to venture outside, and bored with family.

This year, while we can't save you from all the madness of the holiday season, we promise that from 12pm ET to 8pm ET we're going to do our best to entertain and amuse and bring some of the Black Friday spectacle to the safety of your own living room/bungalow/yurt/bunker. Consider this our grand experiment to put just a little humanity back into the soulless empty big box holiday.

Our show will be hosted by some of NYC's (and Toronto's) finest comedians, including:

Casey Jost - actor and comedian who is the head comedy writer of "Impractical Jokers" and a member of UCB's Harold Team "Good Girl")
Lisa Kleinman - actress, comedian, and lady person based out of Brooklyn. She is currently an actor on the UCB Maude Team Beige.
Benny Pearson - funmaker who has had multiple pursuits in the music industry, and he hopes to use his platform on RGSN to play with something sharp.
Sasheer Zamata - actress, writer, and comedienne living in NYC. She has a new web series called "Pursuit of Sexiness".
Yoni Lotan - actor, improviser, writer, and filmmaker living in New York City. (Just like every single person in NYC).
Nat & Marie - Writers, podcasters, and hosts of Canada’s longest running Internet trend barometer show.

You can see some of them in action in the preview below.

We will have in-studio musical performances by YC The CynicKiah VictoriaCharlieRED, and others. We also have MNN's Jay Miller presenting a very special "Midevenings" from our studio, video submissions from CollegeHumor's Pat Cassels and Jeff Rubin, Jake & Amir, Pee-wee Herman (via telephone), Joel Hodgson (from MST3K), /u/GovSchwarzenegger, and many more.

We are especially honored that Mike Rowe, one of our touchstones for the show, will be participating. Before Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe was a host on QVC and made comedy gold out of selling trinkets to the late night masses. His mischievous graveyard shift work is an inspiration to this project.

We'll be raising funds for classroom projects for with the help of none other than Stephen Colbert. We'll be highlighting some great bitcoin deals from Bitcoin Black Friday, including a deal on reddit gold. We'll also have some surprises and special contributions from the reddit community like this moving collaboration from /u/indiefied and /u/Poem_For_Your_Sprog:
Sometimes, when I'm sleeping, I dream of it yet -
That day in November I'll never forget.
The sounds as they rushed and they crushed and they fell -
Their faces; their fury; that vision of Hell. 
- The Ballad of Black Friday

See you all on Nov. 29th from 12pm - 8pm ET on and, and we will weather this storm together.

Friday, November 08, 2013

A Server By Any Other Name

Not too long ago, we said that we wanted to find a way to thank everyone who helps us meet our reddit daily gold goal. As you may know, reddit runs on many hundreds of servers - you can see a bit of this by loading up and looking in the far lower right corner and mousing over the “pi” symbol (a reference to one of the greatest cringe-worthy early movies about the internet). This will cause some data to appear about what server rendered that page:

The far-lower-right of your window

As a small token of thanks, every day we exceed our gold goal, we will let everyone who bought gold or gilded someone band together to pick a name for one of our servers. To kick things off, we solicited a few server name suggestions from current gold members, and named the first few servers in this resplendent server naming ceremony:

Going forward, we’ve created a special subreddit for naming servers at /r/NameAServer. We’re still working out some of the kinks, but it’s been running all right for a couple nights now, so here’s how it works:

Click here to buy reddit gold

Each night, if we reach 100% of our daily reddit golden goal, everyone who bought or gave gold that day will be invited to a special thread in /r/NameAServer to submit nominations, curate suggestions, and collectively decide on a name. These names will go into a naming queue and every time a new server is brought online, it shall have a name from that queue bestowed upon it.

Over time, as the servers are named, you will be able to see these names show up in the page rendering data on the bottom, and you can also show off your named server to your friends/mother (or name them after your friends/mother).

Finally, we’ve released another gold feature - remember what links you’ve visited across computers: never click a link twice again! If you visit a link on one computer, it’ll show up purple across your other computers. Handy for those of us who use reddit while at work!

As the holiday season approaches, we want to thank all of you for continuing to support reddit. Lastly, don't forget to sign up for redditgifts Secret Santa! Last year in 2012 we set a Guinness World Record with over 44,000 people across 130 countries to participate in the largest Secret Santa Gift Exchange. Let's crush that record this year!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Be a Frontend Engineer at reddit

We are seeking a talented developer with frontend skills to join us in San Francisco.

reddit is a cultural center of the internet, and the frontend is its ambassador. Many of our goals now and on the horizon are deeply rooted in the frontend, such as improving the experience of discovering new subreddits and facilitating meaningful and diverse community discourse.

At reddit, we have a notoriously small team of engineers (currently 10) who develop the core site. Engineers enjoy a large amount of autonomy and independence in how they solve problems. As a consequence of that, we are looking for someone who can wear many hats and approach the frontend from many angles. This is a challenging job, and requires a rare combination of traits:
  • Full-stack development expertise; expert-level HTML5/CSS/JS + strong backend programming skills.
  • Interest in designing user interfaces and experiences.
  • Experience architecting and implementing elegant technical solutions on the frontend.
  • Understanding of web development and its many layers: HTTP(S), servers like HAProxy and nginx, and web app programming environments like WSGI frameworks.
  • A deep passion and curiosity for online communities.
You'll also need to have or pick up a few skills on the job:
  • Large scale Python web development.
  • Working with SQL and NoSQL data stores, particularly Cassandra.
  • Developing and deploying in a Linux environment; using and customizing shell tools.
  • Deeply grokking reddit’s full codebase, community standards, and site culture.
If you have a background in most or all of the above, then odds are you have a lot of choices of how to spend your time. Consider reddit as a rare chance to shape millions of peoples' experience discovering each other (and themselves) on a frontier of internet community. Each and every day the human element of reddit surprises and captivates us, and we hope it will you, too. There are huge rewarding long term projects but also a ton of low hanging fruit (you shouldn't have to look around the site long to find some...). Just about any feature you touch contains something interesting to hack on that will affect how hundreds of thousands of people experience reddit daily.

If this sounds like an interesting challenge to you, . Feel free to ask us any questions in the comments.