Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reddit in 2015

It's the last day of the year 2015, and it's been a heck of a year for Reddit, Inc. We're once again wrapping up the year, mourning over our lack of hoverboards, whilst simultaneously thanking our lucky stars we didn't end up actually dressing like this.

In 2015, we saw:


  • 82.54 billion pageviews
  • 73.15 million submissions
  • 725.85 million comments:
    • Made by 8.7 million total authors
    • Containing 19.36 billion words
  • 6.89 billion upvotes
  • 88,700 active subreddits 1
  • 73 gildings on the top gilded post
  • 100 gildings on the top gilded comment 2
  • 327,800 total months of gold gifted
    • Given by 97,500 redditors
  • 285,375 RedditGifts exchange signups
  • 1 million button pressers
  • 1 pressiah
  • 6,300 Reddit Live threads created
  • 16,000 Reddit Live unique contributors
  • 1.3 million Reddit Live updates posted
  • 24.9 million Reddit Live pageviews

Philanthropy on Reddit

1 "Active" is determined by having 5 or more posts and comments at least one week in 2015
2 This is the top gilded comment in a public subreddit, actual top gilded comment is in a gold-only private subreddit

Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy holidays, from all of us at Reddit!

Happy Holidays!

It's Christmas day, and no matter what you celebrate, we'd like to wish everyone around the world a safe and happy holiday season. Special shout out to the folks who have to spend the holidays working, instead of spending time with loved ones! Thank you for keeping the world in check while we are busy unwrapping presents and eating mashed potatoes. For those of you who have some spare time, spend it with some Reddit! Here's some fun reading to peruse when you need some me-time, or to get away from the in-laws, or just to keep you entertained today:
Happy Holidays

Wishing you all the best this holiday season!

<3, Team Reddit

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Time is running out! Help us support Extra Life!

Help us in our final push to raise money for Extra Life and the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. We're streaming live from the reddit office for the kids. Every dollar counts!


Friday, October 30, 2015

Join us, before it’s too late! Play games and heal kids with Extra Life & Reddit.

The Event

Last month we announced our partnership with Children’s Miracles Network Hospitals to participate in Extra Life, an annual 24-hour gaming fundraising event to raise money for children’s hospitals.

Much like pledging to run a 5k for charity, Extra Life works by pledging to play games for 24 hours straight. 100% of the money you raise goes to help the children's hospital of your choice, to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care. All to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

November 7th is coming up faster than a League of Rockets, so join Team Reddit and start fundraising!

Achievement unlocked: get your friends to join, too. Success comes in numbers!

Team Reddit 2015

The Competition

We’re already over $30,000 closer to our goal of $150,000 this year, *and* we’re only $20,000 away from beating Team Soraka in a sprint competition, where we’re competing for pride, glory, bragging rights, and most importantly, never having to learn how to play LoL.

The Prizes

In addition to Extra Life's own incentives, we're giving out prizes to our top fundraisers!

  • Be one of the first 100 participants to raise $100, get 2 months of Reddit Gold!
  • Be one of the first 100 participants to raise $200, get our Team Reddit 2015 logo on a sticker!
  • Be one of the first 100 participants to raise $300, and you not only get the gold and the sticker, but you get the logo on an AWESOME t-shirt!

The Pre-Party

Reddit is going to hold a pre-event splash party here in San Francisco! We'll be partnering with Humble Bundle and Showdown, along with the San Francisco Extra Life guild, to have awesome streaming, raffle prizes, and raise support and awareness for the charity. See (and subscribe to!) /r/ExtraLife for more information.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Introducing Upvoted: A Redditorial Publication

Every day, Redditors create millions of stories across thousands of extraordinary communities—from the brilliant minds at Showerthoughts and DataIsBeautiful to gifsound... just to name a few.
With over 202 million monthly users, Reddit is now officially as big as Brazil—and there’s just no other creative community like it out there. The front page of Reddit often dictates Internet trends—and news sites—as a result. Countless articles are written about content you create and curate—sometimes with proper attribution (but usually not).  
We think it's amazing that the world hears your stories. You inspire millions through your humor, sense of community, and quirk, so, we'd like you to meet Upvoted, a new Redditorial publication. Upvoted is Reddit's home to all the original content we've been working on this year.
Our podcast has already amassed over 1.6 million downloads in 2015. The newsletter has hundreds of thousands of subscribers that wake up each Sunday to enjoy a curated digest in their inbox. Last month, we started posting original content directly to r/upvoted, including an interview with the guy handing out his resume at Busch Stadium. The subreddit amassed its highest traffic with over 700,000 unique visitors. With Upvoted, editorial, original videopodcasts, and graphic art have a place to thrive and tell Reddit’s tales in the most creative ways possible.
The site will feature anywhere between 10-40 stories a day, written by a team of writers and editors. They will scour every nook and cranny to cover Reddit's untold stories, conduct interviews, and, in some cases, orchestrate podcasts or video content.
To commemorate the launch, we’re releasing three episodes from our first season of video AMAs. You can view AMAs from Neil deGrasse Tyson (on r/Art), Hillary Duff (on r/IAmA), and Nate Silver (on r/DataIsBeautiful) here!
We want to go beyond the upvote and tell stories with you and your communities at the epicenter. What happened before that post was made? What happened afterward? We’re not here to repackage content and present it as our own. We’re not just regurgitating stories. The focus here is you: Reddit’s collective sense of creativity is the spotlight.  
Here are a few of my favorites, thus far:
We designed the site to keep this in focus on each article. Every article that has an attributable source on Reddit will feature a link to the creator, community, and original post. Photos will have attribution. Reddit comment embeds will be utilized, so your words will be verbatim. As an added layer of transparency, you will receive a PM from us if we publish an article on Upvoted featuring content you uploaded to Reddit or a thread that you created. (Note: We are running a script enabling these two pieces of technology to fully function. It might take a few minutes. Bear with us.)
We’ve also structured our team with this focus in mind. The Upvoted team is a separate team within Reddit. It has a team of writers, editors, a product manager, and a designer. This is not taking valuable development resources from things like search, mod tools, or figuring out what happened to The Button. Each submission to the Upvoted site will post to r/upvoted, but will be treated like any other subreddit on the site and will receive no preferential treatment. Upvoted doesn’t work if it’s exploitative. Keeping our focus on community is our goal.
The site will not feature any banner advertising at present. We will be working with brands on sponsored content, all of which will be visibly distinguished as such. If it's not providing value, we don't want it. To make sure this is the case, the Upvoted team will pitch story ideas to brands and then own the entire editorial process of those articles. We’ve created limited space for sponsored content on the site. We prefer quality to quantity. Here's an example of what sponsored content might look like:
We really hope to make Upvoted a collaborative place focused on telling stories in the most unique, creative ways possible. Head over to the site or its subreddit and let us know your thoughts on how we can make that happen. OR, if you see something cool happening on Reddit, feel free to let the Upvoted editorial team know!
I’ll be sticking around in the comments for a bit to answer any questions you have.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Join us once again for the Extra Life gaming marathon, raising money for children’s hospitals

Reddit + Extra Life 2015

For the fourth year in a row, reddit is officially partnering with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in their annual Extra Life gaming marathon, and we’d like you to join us. On November 7th, many of us will be spending the day gaming furiously to raise money for kids, and we hope you will, too. Previous years have proven to be a blast at reddit HQ.

What is Extra Life?

Extra Life is an annual fundraising event held by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to raise money for children’s hospitals all over the United States and Canada.

How do I Participate?

You can either sign up to participate in the marathon yourself (join team Reddit!), or simply sponsor your friends and family who want to game for charity. Be sure to subscribe to r/ExtraLife to post updates and talk to your fellow gaming enthusiasts!

By signing up, you agree to participate in a 24-hour gaming marathon on November 7th. You then recruit sponsors to help you raise money for a children’s hospital of your choice. YOU get to choose where the money YOU raise goes. 100% of it.

Can’t commit to that date? Can’t commit to 24 straight hours? No worries. The charity is based on an honor system. Get the hours in when it’s convenient for you.

Join Our Team

More Information

Did you know that children’s hospitals depend on charitable donations to operate? It’s one of the many surprising facts I discovered when I visited the CMN Hospitals headquarters in Utah earlier this year. I also learned that, in order to be considered to be part of their Network, your hospital requires that no child is ever turned away from treatment, despite things like lack of insurance, or other inability to pay.

CMN Hospitals is also highly ranked, and post their annual audits publicly.

Last year, Team Reddit, with 591 members raised $107,882.04! We ranked 14th of all the teams that participated. This year, we're getting ambitious and setting our goals to $150,000. We can't do it without you.

Extra Life was born out of the compassion and desire play games and help kids. Here at reddit, we like doing both as well. We hope you'll join us.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Happy 10th birthday to us! Celebrating the best of 10 years of Reddit

Wow. Here we are, ten years later.

Here’s how Reddit looked minutes after Steve and Alexis flipped the switch in a small rented apartment in Medford, Massachusetts, ten years ago. And after Steve promptly downvoted Alexis’ first post. That’s right, the first ever submission to Reddit was downvoted.

To be specific, here we are after:

  • 10 years, 0 months, 0 days
    • (ok, fine, technically it’s 9 years, 11 months, 30 days, 22 hours, and 16 minutes at time of posting this at 10 am PDT)
    • (also 5,258,776 minutes, 87,646 hours, 3651 days, or 521 weeks)
    • (and 2,563,574,752 downvotes)
    • (.36% of which mention cats)
  • 334,626,161 monthly page views per Reddit engineer
    • (also 7,637,686 unique monthly visitors per engineer, at 30 engineers—we're hiring more!)
  • 190,227,552 posts
    • (36% self posts vs link)
  • 36,136,190 user accounts
    • (26,222 of which include some variation of “pm me” or “don’t pm me” requests)
  • $29,559,467.54 spent on 877,218 presents for RedditGifts exchanges
    • (in 201 gift exchanges)
  • 1,867,184 months of Reddit Gold purchased
    • (804,952 of which you’ve gifted to someone)
  • 853,824 subreddits created
    • (9,601 of which were active yesterday)
  • 213,078 lines of code total
    • (1,081,873 lines of code added and 868,795 removed in 10,128 commits since Jan. 23, 2007, the second complete rewrite of Reddit)
  • and 1 genderless, raceless, time-traveling alien from the future named Snoo.

(All numbers in this post are as of June 21st, 2015.)

(If you want to make something prettier than this, you can find all the data to play with over in r/redditdata.)

If we were a country, our current active users would make up the 8th largest population in the world, just after Nigeria and larger than Russia, Japan, and Mexico.

But enough boring statistics. Let’s get to the good stuff. Let’s talk about the best content on Reddit.

Most Upvoted Reddit Posts

(See the rest here.)

Most Gilded Reddit Content

In order to get to the most gilded Reddit post ever, we must first discuss the most gilded comment ever, which is also the single most gilded anything on Reddit ever.

It’s this comment, from an AMA by TSM Bjergsen in the League of Legends community.

But the reason it’s been gilded so much doesn’t have as much to do with that comment specifically, and more with this one:

Comment from discussion TSM Bjergsen - AMA..

And… it happened.

So the most gilded post in Reddit history? Yup, you guessed it. A video by 3hoho5 titled “Me eating a bull’s dick for 400 gold on a single comment.” It is exactly what the title describes. Enjoy.

So, now that we know Reddit’s priorities, let’s move on to the other most gilded posts and comments on Reddit:

Most gilded postsMost gilded comments
Me eating a bull’s dick for 400 gold on a single commentArebel asks TSM Bjergsen all the questions
[Text] Soon I will be gone forever, but that's okay as long as someone reads thismach-2 discusses racism in America and on Reddit specifically
EMSK why the “Red Pill” will kill you insideThe best wingman ever helps his friend get laid
Upvote this: Buy no gold until Pao Resigns!Edward Snowden talks about how to bring NSA spying back to the forefront in politics
A sad day indeed - the original Rick Roll video has finally been taken down from YouTube from a copyright claim.How to start caring for yourself and have “no more zero days”
Removing harassing subredditsCalvin’s last talk with Hobbes, at the very end of his life
TIFU my whole life. My regrets as a 46 year old, and advice to others at a crossroadA little girl tells Santa she wants her daddy to die for Christmas
Jack, the Worst End User, Part 4A discussion on rape allegations and the dark side of the feminist movement
"Don't bother sending a tech, I'll be dead by then"2days finds LASunFun’s missing father
TotalBiscuit discusses the state of games journalism, Steam Greenlight, ethics, DMCA abuse and Depression Quest.EthErealist talks about racism against Asians on Reddit

Most Viewed Reddit Posts

Most Saved Reddit Comments

Sorry, everyone, we really tried hard to pull the top saved Reddit posts, but u/drunken_economist repeatedly broke things trying to run that query. You’ve saved too many things. Since saving posts has been around almost since the beginning of Reddit and saving comments has only been available site-wide since March of last year, you’ll have to be satisfied with the most saved comments on reddit instead.

Also, you REALLY like free things. In the top ten saved comments, we had two sets of almost identical comments, so in the interest of sharing more cool things, we’ve combined those duplicates into one spot in the standings. There were also a couple deleted comments that have been omitted because it’s no fun linking to nothing.

Most Commented-on Reddit Posts

These are a few of our favorites from the top. You can view the larger list in r/redditdata here.

Doing Good—on Reddit and in the World

Aside from all the fascinating and hilarious content they create, redditors are also unbelievably generous. Together we’ve donated over $1.8 million to Extra Life, Haiti, teachers, and Nepal. We donated another $827,659.49—10% of our 2014 ad revenue—to the top 10 charities of your choice. You’ve also donated a huge amount that we can’t begin to track through individual subreddit campaigns and spontaneous events like this.

We’ve also organized for causes you care about, even earning a thank you from President Obama for our action on net neutrality.

And there are countless thousands of stories of redditors who have helped save(1) someone’s(2) life(3) (not to mention the amazing work r/suicidewatch, r/depression and other similar communities do), gotten them desperately needed(1) medical care(2), provided emotional support, and so, so much more.

You guys really are amazing. Thank you for making the last 10 years of Reddit amazing too.

Here’s to the next 10 years.

PS(A): If you liked the content in this blog post, you'll probably also like Upvoted Weekly, our newsletter that highlights some of the best content from Reddit each week. You can check out last week's issue here, and sign up here if you're interested!

Monday, June 08, 2015

the button has ended

And so it ends.

After 1,008,316 presses and more than two months since it launched on April 1st, the button has ended. In this time a lot has happened. There were factions, religions, revolutions, weather forecasting, a prophet who renounced their status, and an allegiance with the undead to name a few. Confused? You can read up on the button here.

The most awe-inspiring part of the button was the creativity of the reddit community. We wanted to take a moment and celebrate some of the amazing things that you came up with as a result of a 60 second timer and a button.

The button cared not who you were; all were judged for the time they pressed, regardless of fame:

It also became a source of real life change for some. It helped a redditor with MS get a motorized scooter so they could go on rides with their daughter, prompted one marriage, might have ended another, and helped tworedditors get sober.

Other than providing the simple rules in the announcement blog post, we tried to not interfere with the button wherever possible. The /r/thebutton community immediately began creating a detailed lore with myriad religions and factions, all spawning from the act of pressing or not.

Some redditors took it upon themselves to document this lore so others might be educated about its intricacies—do you know the difference between a Red Guard and a Knight of the Button?

Button pressers and abstainers alike worked together to scrape as much data about the button as possible. Some incredible tools emerged to track button presses. Most notable was The Button Snitch by /u/treyjp based off initial work by /u/jamesrom. /u/Chr12t0pher created a website full of various button stats as well as /u/TheButtonStatsBot that kept everyone updated on the passing of significant button milestones. Special mention to /u/emtes for their work on the Button Stats API.

redditor /u/mncke created The Squire a browser extension that would coordinate presses between those who wished to sustain the button for as long as possible. He also created The Necromancer, a program that harnessed the presses of long dead ‘zombie’ accounts to prevent the coming of the after-timer. Ultimately, however, the undead proved to be unruly.

Despite this spirit of collaboration, there were some redditors who sought to mislead others into pressing erroneously. Most notably, /u/MrFunderthuck’s delicious ruse involved creating a chrome extension that purported to automatically press the button at a time of the owner’s choosing but instead hijacked their precious clicks.

/u/jophuds and /u/Drunken_Economist of the reddit data team looked into how redditors interacted with the button:

The crazed early days where 60% of eligible viewers would press the button quickly subsided. By the fourth day only 10% of viewers were pressing; after two weeks only 5% of viewers were pressing. This was the equilibrium for the button.

All devices fell to the button. Final counts showing 66% of presses from PCs - more than three times that of Mac. Cellular platforms were also lain to waste, 11% of presses coming via Android and 3% from iPhones.

The button brought all redditors with it regardless of their tenure. The distribution of year of account for 1 and 60 second flair shows little difference.

click image to enlarge

As promised, we’ve also released an anonymized list of timestamps for every button press. Check out the /r/redditdata post to get a hold of it. We can’t wait to see what the reddit community makes of this data set (looking at you /r/dataisbeautiful).

We’ve also open sourced thebutton github repo, for those who enjoy such things.

But who was the last redditor to press the button? “The pressiah,” as the /r/thebutton community decided they would be called, whose coming would signal freedom from tyranny or the end of existence, depending on who you asked. At 2015-06-05T21:49:53.069000, a humble user named /u/BigGoron pressed the button. It was never pressed again.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the button. It was a success only due to the creativity of the reddit community. Tune in to this week’s Upvoted podcast to hear an episode about the button. (Update: Listen to the episode below!) For those wishing to reminisce on the highs and lows of the button, check out /r/ButtonAftermath.

More incredible things emerged from the button than we could have anticipated. This blogpost is just a smattering—I encourage you to share your favorite button moments in the comments.

The experiment is over?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The 6th annual Global reddit Meetup Day is Saturday, June 13th!

Like most of the best things that happen on reddit, Global reddit Meetup Day (GrMD) is a community-created and community-driven event. It's an opportunity to celebrate being human beings existing together not only in online communities, but offline ones as well.

Six years ago, /r/meetup had an idea: “We should organize a GLOBAL Reddit meetup day”. With hard work, diligence, and a little bit of anarchy, the idea came to fruition, and GrMD was hence born. Since then, each year, around the time that spring turns into summer, redditors have come together in their respective cities and towns to socialize, make friends, and have fun with their IRL neighbors. At least, that's what almost always happens.

video by /u/luckyyirish

We hope you’ll join us once again in this time honored tradition! Check out /r/about for photos of GrMD’s gone by, and visit your local subreddit to start working together on planning and executing an event. Don’t forget, reddit is turning 10 this year! Double digits, baby. Birthday celebrations are welcome and encouraged.

Pro tip: you can’t have a bad time with the 3 B’s — BBQ, beer, and board games. Be sure to take tons of pictures, and post them to /r/about!

video by /u/beernerd and /u/Jakattak

It can't be said enough: thank you so much to the people who have turned this into such a special event. None of this is possible without you, our community.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Promote ideas, protect people

TL;DR: We are unhappy with harassing behavior on reddit; we have survey data that show our users are, too. So we’ve improved our practices to better curb harassment of individuals on reddit.

Running a community-based site is complicated; running a site with 9,000 active communities in a changing world is even more complicated. For the past six months we have been examining and reviewing reddit’s community policies and practices, collecting and analyzing data, defining our own goals, and making some hard decisions.

Last week, we announced our internal company values, and we were proud to say: We value privacy, freedom of expression, open discussion, and humanity, and we want to make sure that we uphold these principles for all kinds of people. We didn’t announce them because we’d accomplished them, rather because we are striving for them.

We’ve already begun making changes to live up to these values. In January, we released our first annual transparency report to share when we provide private information to law enforcement and when we take down content in response to legal demands or for privacy reasons. In March, we updated our privacy policy to address revenge porn, regardless of celebrity status. Yesterday, we made additional changes to be even more transparent about content that reddit removes for legal reasons.

Today, we’re making another change that we believe will help make reddit a better place for everyone.

We have been looking closely at the conversations on reddit and at personal safety. We’ve always encouraged freedom of expression by having a mostly hands-off approach to content shared on our site. Volunteer moderators determine and uphold rules for content in their subreddits, and we have stepped in when we see threats to our values of privacy and safety.

In the past 10 years we’ve seen how these policies have fostered cool and amazing conversations on reddit. We’ve seen new types of conversations as AMAs and /r/askscience and /r/askhistorians developed. We’ve seen more and more organic content as part of conversations after the introduction of self-posts. We’ve also seen the scope and scale of discussions explode.

Unfortunately, not all the changes on reddit have been positive. We’ve seen many conversations devolve into attacks against individuals. We share redditors’ frustration with these interactions. We are also seeing more harassment and different types of harassment as people’s use of the Internet and the information available on the Internet evolve over time. For example, some users are harassing people across platforms and posting links on reddit to private information on other sites.

Instead of promoting free expression of ideas, we are seeing our open policies stifling free expression; people avoid participating for fear of their personal and family safety. Last month, we conducted a survey of over 15,000 redditors—these are people who are part of the reddit community—that showed negative responses to comments have made people uncomfortable contributing or even recommending reddit to others. The number one reason redditors do not recommend the site—even though they use it themselves—is because they want to avoid exposing friends to hate and offensive content.

One of our basic rules is “Keep everyone safe”. Being safe from threat enables people to express very personal views and experiences—and to help inform and change other people’s views:

Because of this, we are changing our practices to prohibit attacks and harassment of individuals through reddit with the goal of preventing them. We define harassment as:

Systematic and/or continued actions to torment or demean someone in a way that would make a reasonable person (1) conclude that reddit is not a safe platform to express their ideas or participate in the conversation, or (2) fear for their safety or the safety of those around them.

If you are being harassed, report the private message, post or comment and user by emailing or modmailing us; include external links if they are relevant.

This change will have no immediately noticeable impact on more than 99.99% of our users. It is specifically designed to prevent attacks against people, not ideas. It is our challenge to balance free expression of ideas with privacy and safety as we seek to maintain and improve the quality and range of discourse on reddit.

We are committed to evolving with our communities and the Internet to keep reddit a place where every day more voices are participating in free expression of all ideas. We also value your feedback as members of the community and welcome suggestions in the comments on how we can do this even better.

– Jessica (/u/5days), Ellen (/u/ekjp), Alexis (/u/kn0thing) & the rest of team reddit

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

An update on what the reddit community has done so far to help Nepal - and what’s still needed.

It’s been only a few short weeks since the blog post asking for support for Nepal was posted. In the midst of a tragedy in which more than 8,000 lost their lives, you, the community, responded by going above and beyond our goal of $185,000 (the amount we raised 5 years ago for Haiti) donating over $145,000 and $110,129 to Direct Relief and MAP International, respectively. Each organization has done an AMA (here’s Direct Relief’s AMA + MAP International’s AMA) and has some updates to share on what has been achieved so far.

Unfortunately, with a new 7.3 magnitude earthquake hitting Nepal the morning of May 12th, this will most likely make relief efforts even more difficult—so any donations are crucial and even more appreciated by both Direct Relief and MAP International.

As of May 5th, thanks to reddit’s support, Direct Relief was able to ship 50 medical supply pallets directly to Nepal. In addition, reddit’s campaign generated more than $145,000 of donations to Direct Relief’s earthquake response efforts, and redditors now comprise 30% of the 10,000+ donations received for Nepal so far. Because of reddit’s support, Direct Relief was able to:

  • Confirm the donation of a humanitarian charter for Nepal.
  • Work with Nepal’s Ministry of Health on ordering US$260,000 worth of materials. The supplies are currently being driven from Delhi to Kathmandu.
  • Deliver 118,771 lbs of medical supplies to Nepal over the weekend of May 9th, distributed to local health facilities throughout the country—with this particular shipment containing 6.2 million defined daily doses (DDD) of medications that include antibiotics, antivirals, heart and diabetes medications.
  • Providing emergency airlifts to help deliver high-volume, high-value materials, such as generic medications that have been donated.
  • Continue to provide financial support to existing partners: Direct Relief is supporting the urgent requirements of existing partner organizations, including OneHeart and the hospitals with which Direct Relief has already been working on emergency obstetric care. These partners focus on women and children’s health, and because those particular people were already among the more vulnerable in Nepal, continuing to support these programs is crucial.

MAP International as of May 7th has received more than $110,000 of support from redditors—which has enabled them to:

  • Ship 30 MAP Medical Mission Packs to Nepal, capable of treating 6,000+ people.
  • Send an IEHK (Interagency Emergency Health Kit) to Nepal for the International Medical Corps that has supplies capable of treating 10,000 people for 90 days as of Friday May 8th—with 3 additional IEHKs being prepared now and heading to Nepal in the coming days.
  • Ship 6 pallets of oral rehydration salts to combat dehydration, as well as multiple container shipments of antibiotics and other essential relief items for long term recovery.
  • Utilize MAP's current medicine supplies on the ground in the areas at the center of the crisis, at Sheer Adventist Hospital and Mobile Medical Clinics near the epicenter.

We’ve also had redditors who have been affected by the Nepal Quake share their stories through AMAs ranging from Nepal native Amrit to an Earthquake survivor caught up in the Langtang Trek.

Thanks to the reddit community, we’ve made a huge difference.

But we’re not done yet. If you want a 100% cotton, wearable reminder of your support for the campaign, you can obtain a custom redditors for Nepal limited-edition thank-you shirt from our own /u/YoungLuck here—the proceeds are going to be split 50/50 between Direct Relief and MAP International:

On behalf of MAP international, Direct Relief, and so many other incredible organizations that you as a community have given to and that are continuing to respond to this ongoing crisis --thank you!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

We're sharing our company's core values with the world

reddit is almost 10 years old (just a month and a half away!). It’s been an amazing journey so far, and the next 10 years look brighter still. We’re growing quickly, and as a company, we’re now planning for the future. As we look forward, we’ve realized we want to define and communicate our principles to those joining us on this journey.

So we've articulated our company ideals in seven principles to guide our decisions and growth, to encourage us to abide by and measure our work against them. We also recognize that we may need to revisit and refine them as our company and circumstances evolve over time.

Creating these values was a broad and iterative effort that included company-wide discussions, employee-led committees, and open feedback forums. Because of this, every one of us can confidently stand by these values and commit to following them both in the way we operate internally and how we interact with the community.

We value privacy, freedom of expression, open discussion, and humanity, and we want to make sure that we uphold these principles for all kinds of people. We encourage all redditors to join us in protecting these values and making reddit a safe and positive community for everyone.

And so, without further ado, reddit Inc’s core values:

  1. 1. Remember the human

    • Be authentic, passionate, and empathetic.
    • Treat others as you would in person, and remember we all make mistakes.
    • Champion diversity.
    • Default to transparency, and when you can’t be transparent, be honest.
  2. 2. Give people voices

    • Create a safe space to encourage participation.
    • Embrace diversity of viewpoints.
    • Allow freedom of expression.
    • Be stewards, not dictators. The community owns itself.
  3. 3. Respect anonymity and privacy

    • You are not required to share more than you are comfortable with.
    • Having information doesn't give you a license to use it.
    • Allow people to be as anonymous as they choose, including ourselves.
    • Value the candor afforded by anonymity.
  4. 4. Embrace experimentation

    • Don't let "that's the way it's always been done" be a reason.
    • Seek new ways to be better.
    • Be willing to try new things and fail.
    • But remember wheels don't always need reinventing.
  5. 5. Make deliberate decisions

    • Make all decisions within the framework of larger goals.
    • It's better to make an unpopular, deliberate decision than to make a consensus decision on a whim.
    • Consciously explore options and impacts of potential paths.
    • Voice disagreement; acknowledge that dissension is okay.
  6. 6. Be doers

    • Turn ideas into actions and get things done.
    • Don't be paralyzed by the status quo.
    • Find the balance between perfection and progress.
    • Build for the future and leave things better than you found them.
  7. 7. The spirit of Lambeosaurus embiggens us all

    • Work is better when you're having fun.
    • Don't take ourselves too seriously.
    • Celebrate the good: recognize successes and reward accomplishments.
    • There must be four subpoints to each value.

We are proud to share our values with the world, and they are now also displayed on our about page and linked to in our footer.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Change reddit’s appearance with reddit themes & other new gold benefits

reddit themes is a new feature for our premium membership program reddit gold, that allows you to re-skin reddit. If you have reddit gold and want to dive right in, you can enable themes in your preferences.

Featured reddit themes

We reached out to a few redditors you may have heard of - folks who have made incredible subreddit styles already - to see if they'd be interested in contributing. Luckily they were, and the results blew us away.

Click the theme images for more screenshots

Many thanks to these creators who have done some incredible work getting their themes ready for this feature. If you want to give them a shout out or leave some feedback, come on over to /r/reddit_themes.

We’ve also added the ability for reddit gold members to toggle individual subreddit themes on and off. You can read more about these features, including protips, in the feature launch post.

If you don’t have reddit gold, you can sign up below or make a witty/insightful/idiotic comment and hope a kindly passing redditor gilds you. Having a reddit gold membership gives you access to unique features and special deals as well as supports reddit directly.

buy reddit gold buy creddits

Your Gold Dollars at Work: Supporting reddit by purchasing reddit gold allows us to try experimental new projects like the upvoted podcast. In recognition of this, we post an ad-free, early access edition of upvoted each week in the reddit gold lounge - come and check it out.

Snoovatars updated

In January, we announced the launch of snoovatars for reddit gold users. We recently made an update that allows you to customize the color of any snoovatar item, allowing for an even more personalized snoovatar. You can view and edit your snoovatar here. Read more and make suggestions for future items at /r/snoovatars.

And finally, bragging rights

We’ve also added the option to display how many months of reddit gold membership you have remaining on your userpage. Now you can be fittingly conspicuous in your gold consumption. Enjoy!