Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) coordinator Victoria Taylor has unexpectedly left Reddit leaving the sites AMA in limbo status. Early reports are that Taylor did not leave voluntarily and was instead fired, if this is accurate there is no current reasons being shared beyond admins.
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.
Before doing that, the admins really should have at least talked to us (and all the other subs that host AMAs, like/r/Books, /r/Science, /r/Music, etc.) (Edit: not to suggest that we expect to know about Reddit’s inner workings. Just that there should have been a transition in place or something worked out to ensure that Victoria’s duties would be adequately handled, which they are not) We had a number of AMAs scheduled for today that Victoria was supposed to help with, and they are all left absolutely high and dry (hence taking IAMA private to figure out the situation) She was still willing to help them today (before the sub was shut down, of course) even without being paid or required to do so. Just a sign of how much she is committed to what she does.
Taylor joined Reddit as their first Director of Communications in 2013. Part of her role involved coordinating AMA’s and helping participants through the process.
The Reddit AMA Twitter account shared
Due to internal administration reorganization at reddit, /r/IAmA has temporarily been made private by the moderators. (1)
— reddit AMA (@reddit_AMA) July 2, 2015
Reddit AMA’s have been used by many gaming companies and representatives over the years including Gabe Newell and Bill Gates as well as non-gaming personalities like Neil deGrasse Tyson, President Barack Obama, Chris Hadfield, Snoop Dogg and Nick Offerman.
All scheduled Reddit AMA’s have been cancelled or put on hold until Reddit reorganises their internal structure.