Reddit Makes Big Show of New Harassment Policy in AMA 

Ashley Feinberg · 07/16/15 03:36PM

Reddit’s new (again) CEO Steve Huffman just announced the site’s “potential” new harassment policy in the form of an AMA, leaving redditors free to offer their input before anything gets written in stone. Which is a very nice way for Reddit to pretend it cares what its users think before sending them off into tantrum number 292.

Reddit In Chaos After Allegedly Firing AMA Coordinator Victoria Taylor

Ashley Feinberg · 07/02/15 08:55PM

If you tried to visit r/IAmA (one of Reddit’s biggest subs) recently, you were probably greeted by the image above. And if you’ve been absolutely anywhere else on the site at all in the past few hours, you probably noticed that everyone is flipping their collective shit over speculation that Victoria Taylor, the high-profile coordinator that kept IAmA afloat, was suddenly and mysteriously fired. Also, something about Jesse Jackson.

Edward Snowden Banned From Reddit During AMA

Taylor Berman · 02/23/15 03:29PM

During an AMA to promote CITIZENFOUR this afternoon, reddit moderators temporarily banned the Oscar-winning documentary's subject from commenting. Edward Snowden was forced to sign-in through another account to explain the delay in his answers. "Hey guys, sorry — the reddit mods are being a little weird. My account is /u/SuddenlySnowden," Snowden wrote. "Mods: Can you pull back the ban? I can't post from the primary account. Thanks."

Game of Thrones Tried to Feature Actual Incest

Gabrielle Bluestone · 05/14/14 07:54PM

Incest is pretty integral to the plot of Game of Thrones, but the brother-sister relations have always been fictional—a fact that's apparently a big disappointment for the producers of the show.

Madonna Has a Penis-Shaped Bong and Cockroaches

Rich Juzwiak · 09/17/13 02:47PM

Yesterday, Madonna experienced the great modern celebrity rite of passage into the illusion of tech-savvy by participating in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. She was often very sassy. She answered "send photo" over half a dozen times. In lowercase with sparing punctuation, she was just revealing enough to remain worth reading. She spoke of a dream in which, "Brad Pitt and I were living together and there was a small blonde child in the bed." She added, "Sorry Angelina, it was only a dream." Later she said that this made her laugh.

Reddit Libertarians Accuse Obama Administration of 'Planting' Questions in AMA

Max Read · 08/31/12 02:30PM

President Barack Obama did a Reddit "AMA" (Ask Me Anything) this week, answering ten questions over about 30 minutes and causing the site to crash repeatedly. But it wouldn't be a real Reddit experience without mob paranoia — and, right on cue, a bunch of libertarian Reddit detectives have assembled a case that the White House "planted" one of the few questions the president answered. An unconvincing case, to say the least.

The One Place You Can Still Be Anyone on the Internet

Adrian Chen · 04/25/11 05:49PM

Anonymity is dying online, hemmed in by online ID schemes and Facebook's colonization of the net. But there's one place you can still pretend to be basically anyone: the "Ask Me Anything" section of the popular message board Reddit.

'Closed for Renovations' Is the New 'Closed'

cityfile · 10/16/09 02:03PM

Restaurants, bars, and clubs don't just shut down these days. They "close for renovations" for a few weeks or months. Then they announce that they are not, in fact, planning to reopen and they've been shuttered for good. Below: a few recent examples of what is sometimes the result of a series of unexpected events, but is often a face-saving public relations technique.

Eating & Drinking: Wednesday Edition

cityfile · 07/08/09 03:03PM

• Aquavit's owner says the rumor the eatery is closing is pure nonsense. [GS]
• More good news: Although it appeared as if Ama has gone bust a couple of weeks ago, the closure was temporary and it's now back in business. [Eater]
• The critics: Frank Bruni of the Times gives Aldea a very solid two-star review today; Bloomberg's Ryan Sutton is pretty pleased with Locanda Verde; and the Post's Steve Cuzzo is happy to report Benoit is "a lot better." [NYT, BN, NYP]
• Rumor has it William Grimes may step in as the New York Times' temporary restaurant critic when Frank Bruni takes his leave next month. [TFB]
• A roundup of restaurants that have opened recently. [NYT]
• Joey Chestnut's record-setting 68 hot dogs at the Nathan's eating competition translates into 20,200 calories, in case you were wondering. [TFB]

Eating & Drinking: Tuesday Edition

cityfile · 06/30/09 04:01PM

• Michael Psilakis's Gus & Gabriel was scheduled to open this evening. But then the air-conditioning stopped working so it didn't. Oh, well. [TFB, TFB]
• Ama in Soho has closed its doors after four years. [Eater]
• Le Pere Pinard on Ludlow Street has been shuttered. [Eater]
• Zen Palate in the financial district is no more. [EVGrieve]
• One more bit of bad news, in case all those closings weren't quite enough: the Dean & Deluca on University Place and 11th Street is gone. [Eater]