Reddit's director of talent, Victoria “chooter” Taylor was let go from her position at Reddit. This caused the moderators of the popular IAMA subreddit, which is often used by celebrities to conduct Q&As with fans or promote upcoming works, to make it private.
A number of AMAs were planned, many of which Victoria was supposed to help out with. In the past, she has ensured that everything is scheduled correctly, that celebrities conducting an AMA gives sufficient proof, and has often been on hand to read questions to them and type out their responses.
Moderator karmanaut posted on Reddit: “Today, we learned that Victoria was unexpectedly let go from her position with Reddt. We all had the rug ripped out from under us and feel betrayed.”
“For /r/IAMA to work the way it currently does, we need Victoria. Without her, we need to figure out a different way for it to work,” they added.
IAMA was the first subreddit to go private, while moderators of other subreddits including /r/Books, /r/Science, /r/Music and /r/Tech have blocked access.
Reddit co-founder and executive chairman Alexis Ohanian told Reddit that he would be dealing with AMA requests for now.
“We get that losing Victoria has a significant impact on the way you manage your community. I'd really like to understand how we can help solve these problems, because I know r/IAMA thrived before her and will thrive after,” he wrote.
Ohanian added, “I've got the inbound coming through my inbox right now and many of the people who come on to do AMAs are excited to do them without assistance (most recently, the noteworthy Channing Tatum AMA)."
Of course, this has made users suspicious. Without a mediator like Victoria, it’s quite possible that the celebrity’s agents will handle an AMA (as happened in Morgan Freeman’s AMA), they will only deal with softball questions, or there will be a repeat of the infamous Woody Harrelson AMA, in which he pleaded with users to keep their questions about Rampart.