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spez commented on a post in r/TheoryOfReddit
spez [A] 24 points

Yes. Since we banned CT in 2015, we’ve updated our policies against harassment, bullying, and violence, all of which would be grounds for dismissal for that community.

Furthermore, the teams who make and enforce these decisions are much more robust.

CT was frustrating as the time because we didn’t have the policies and processes in place, but they wouldn’t last long today.

aznanimality 3,759 points

In my post last month, I described that we had found and removed a few hundred accounts that were of suspected Russian Internet Research Agency origin.

Any info on what subs they were posting to?

spez [A] 5,383 points

There were about 14k posts in total by all of these users. The top ten communities by posts were:

  • funny: 1455
  • uncen: 1443
  • Bad_Cop_No_Donut: 800
  • gifs: 553
  • PoliticalHumor: 545
  • The_Donald: 316
  • news: 306
  • aww: 290
  • POLITIC: 232
  • racism: 214

We left the accounts up so you may dig in yourselves.

RamsesThePigeon 26,254 points

Speaking as a moderator of both /r/Funny and /r/GIFs, I'd like to offer a bit of clarification here.

When illicit accounts are created, they usually go through a period of posting low-effort content that's intended to quickly garner a lot of karma. These accounts generally aren't registered by the people who wind up using them for propaganda purposes, though. In fact, they're often "farmed" by call-center-like environments overseas – popular locations are India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, and Russia – then sold to firms that specialize in spinning information (whether for advertising, pushing political agendas, or anything else).

If you're interested, this brief guide can give you a primer on how to spot spammers.

Now, the reason I bring this up is because for every shill account that actually takes off, there are quite literally a hundred more that get stopped in their tracks. A banned account is of very little use to the people who would employ it for nefarious purposes... but the simple truth of the matter is that moderators still need to rely on their subscribers for help. If you see a repost, a low-effort (or poorly written) comment, or something else that just doesn't sit right with you, it's often a good idea to look at the user who submitted it. A surprising amount of the time, you'll discover that the submitter is a karma-farmer; a spammer or a propagandist in the making.

When you spot one, please report it to the moderators of that subReddit.

Reddit has gotten a lot better at cracking down on these accounts behind the scenes, but there's still a long way to go... and as users, every one of us can make a difference, even if it sometimes doesn't seem like it.

spez [A] 2,924 points

It's not clear from the banned users pages, but mods banned more than half of the users and a majority of the posts before they got any traction at all. That was heartening to see. Thank you for all that you and your mod cabal do for Reddit.

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spez commented on a post in r/IAmA
A_Marantz 32 points

Not really. In fact I'm a little surprised that no one is trolling me right now. Low energy.

spez 29 points

Allow me to assist... the trolls should be here any minute.

(And, Hi! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your team. I’m still working up the courage the read the piece myself.)

Colin151 287 points

Hey spezbag! Gonna ban /r/the_donald yet? You know, after letting russia interfere with the election and spread misinformation, i'm wondering why you think its alright for this to occur while the subreddit also radicalizes people to violence.

Just curious. I know you won't answer.

Ban /r/the_donald . Do it.

spez 2153 points

There it is.

megustalogin 4,046 points

A lot of words were used, but very little was said. Most of this has been said and discussed in many a thread before. This post is completely reactionary due to recent articles in the news. This type of post is better for your media relations, not the users. You've told us nothing about the current atmosphere. Why you will ban certain havens, but not others. This post is anything but transparent. It's basically 'yeah, yeah, shit's happening, please don't leave us because we're not doing anything about it'.

spez [A] -861 points

This post is really the first time we've said anything of consequence regarding Russia, and we wanted to share it with you, the community, first.

A lot of words were used, but very little was said.

Let me try again, with at least fewer words, but hopefully a little more clearly as well.

  1. In regards to ads, we haven't seen much on Reddit. It's been an issue elsewhere online, but not a factor on Reddit. We'll stay vigilant going forward.

  2. As it relates to actual Russia accounts on Reddit. We have found a few hundred accounts through a variety of means. The vast majority of these accounts were rejected by our communities back in 2015–2016 before Russia was even a topic of conversation. Our spam filters, community rules against self-promotion, and moderators banned nearly all of them. I don't want to give the impression the work stops there. That's what we've seen so far, and we're still looking deeply.

  3. As for propaganda (Russian or otherwise, and there was plenty of American propaganda to go around) hosted elsewhere that was amplified by real organic users, we’ve seen a lot of that, both on Reddit and elsewhere. Reddit is a huge place with thousands of communities and opinions. That's both what makes us special and what creates conflict. That's not to say there isn't plenty of work for us: we will continue to invest in better tooling, both for our internal teams and for moderators; we'll continue to ensure our voting systems aren't being manipulated; and we'll continue grow our teams so we can enforce our policies at scale.

ggppjj 618 points

I don't think their gripe was literally word count.

spez -283 points

I didn't succeed in making it much shorter, either.

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spez commented on a post in r/mildlyinfuriating
BoyceKRP 3,981 points

I am more irritated that Matrix7531 was the 9th user to make an account, with no competition for an original name at all, and still litters it with a spiel of random numbers.

Edit: Spez replied to me, does that make me a mod now

spez 2,220 points

Matrix is my cousin. That’s the name he used to use all over.

pg is Paul Graham, our first investor. Bugbear and connman were buddies.

I don’t remember who meegan was.

Update: matrix forgot his password. I’ll fix when I get home, and he can explain for himself...

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spez 93 points

Don't sell yourself short!

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spez [A] 16 points

The goal for ticket response time is 24h, which is reasonable given the load. We maintained that for most of the year, but slipped in Q4 to a median response time of 35h because we've spent more time on proactive support to prevent major issues. We're reorganizing the team to have folks dedicated full time to support tickets and hiring more to stay on top of our numbers.

I'm sorry we slipped, but please don't assume it's because we don't care.

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baltinerdist 4,850 points

u/spez, u/arabscarab, u/kn0thing:

If a Comcast or Verizon or whoever approaches reddit and says they're basically putting together a "Social Media Elite Pro MegaAccess" package that gives you a different level of access (non-throttled or maybe even priority traffic) to your website, are you willing to sign that deal?

The users are going to get the short end of this stick but the long end still reaches out to the sites that are cordoned off by un-neutral net.

spez [A] 1020,177 points

No. We don’t negotiate with terrorists.

mailmygovNNBot 521,877 points

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spez 317,474 points

good bot

Chel_of_the_sea 2,217 points

People depend on Reddit, and we felt it would be irresponsible to take it offline, even for a protest as important is this one.

Then put up a big, impossible to miss splash page. Let people get to vital information if need be, but if this passes, you're going to be denying a lot more people that access anyway.

spez [A] 1,695 points

We did exactly that back in July when the FCC requested comments.

baldr83 1,271 points

Can you do it again? Or at least a bar at the top of every page?

spez [A] 1,338 points

Not strictly opposed to it, but I do want to make sure we are spending our and your energy where it will be most effective. I don't think we can affect the FCC's vote in Dec because it's clear they're disregarding the views of the public.

Depending on what happens afterwards, whether it's a court challenge or legislation, we'll coordinate our next moves with the community.

update: Actually, we're going to put something up.

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YoureNotEvenWhite 230 points

Mobile user here... Are you guys looking to implement more detailed subreddit info on the mobile app? When I go onto a subreddit, I'm currently unable to view the subreddit rules, etc. and a lot of times have my posts removed because of my lack of information. Thank you!

spez [A] 121 points

Submit-time validation is high on our list. That'll mean users get errors immediately instead of being surprised later. Should help, I think.

SenatorCockface 471 points

Do you ever sit down and think "God, what did I just get myself into?"

spez [A] 697 points

Yes. I forgot to turn Post Replies off today.

Honestly, there have been times over the years, but they are few and far between. Yes, it can be intense and stressful at times, but we are very proud of Reddit and the positive impact it has on people's lives. I know it's not perfect, but we improve every day. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to make a difference, not everybody gets this opportunity, and I think we have a moral obligation to make the most of it.

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nopuppet__nopuppet 760 points

Are you going to be responding to the feedback posted in this thread that was overwhelmingly negative? You guys promised to take in all the feedback and as far as I can tell, it's been completely disregarded.

You're usually pretty good about keeping us appraised apprised of any changes so the lack of detail here is implying that there have been none, and that would be disappointing.

So...any update?

spez [A] 131 points

I more or less answered this here.

The short answer is: there was some good feedback in that thread, but also plenty that isn't super relevant. With profile pages in particular, I think showing will be better than telling. It's going to take some time for it to be a cohesive product.

The feedback was received, and I think when the dust settles it'll be received much better.

Update: I realize I didn't actually give you a a product update. Profile pages as a feature are about 25% complete. We have a lightly redesigned page (temporary) and personal subreddits. This gives people a place to post, but not much incentive to do so. What we're missing that we believe makes this feature more cohesive are privacy controls, smart comment display (most reddit original content are in comments), and x-posting as a first-class feature (e.g. u/shitty_watercolour can post to his profile and he or others can x-post in r/comics or r/funny or whatever). I generally don't like sharing features before they actually exist, but that's the gist of what's to come over the next couple of months.

WeylandTheDwarf 523 points

With all due respect, this sounds alot like:

You wouldn't be negative if you understood what I'm doing. Once I'm finished you'll like it. If you don't like it, you'll probably be done complaining by then and I can continue doing what I want.

If there is no chance of you backing down on a decision, then it seems misleading to ask for criticism. Moving forward to test the waters seems fair if you are willing to unwind the decision if there is still criticism. Otherwise, it's sounds more like you were wanting positive feedback rather than actual criticism.

spez [A] 155 points

You wouldn't be negative if you understood what I'm doing. Once I'm finished you'll like it. If you don't like it, you'll probably be done complaining by then and I can continue doing what I want.

You're not wrong. It's more like, once we've released more, your feedback will be more valuable, but right now the product is in its infancy so it doesn't make much sense. That said, we've actually have learned a lot, so I'm content with the current situation.

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spez commented on a post in r/programming
KeyserSosa [A] 555 points

The original original deployment scheme was pretty much "^C the reddit process running in screen on the server."

At least I hope it was in screen...

spez [A] 633 points

It was not.

KeyserSosa 23 points

Detachtty?

spez 39 points

Maybe! The only reason I'm certain it wasn't screen is that I distinctly remember learning about screen thinking, "this will make things so much easier!"

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Drunken_Economist 214 points

spez wat about srs

spez 498 points

They can have CSS too.

frahm9 244 points

Thank you for listening guys. If I pick CSS, will I be able to customize mobile?

spez [A] 342 points

It won't be one or the other, but CSS won't affect mobile.

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JustForgiven 2 points

Favorite cs and non cs book suggestions ? :) thanks for the AMA !

spez 11 points

Favorite cs book is probably Ansi Common Lisp or On Lisp by Paul Graham.

Favorite non cs book... probably whatever I read last, which is approximately: Pre-suasion, Deep simplicity, the Dark Tower series.

spacemoses 7 points

Hi spez,

Thanks for the ama. What was the first language you toyed around with when you were younger? What are the three top characteristics you find most important in a professional software developer?

Thanks!

spez 22 points

My best languages over the years:

BASIC -> C -> Pascal -> Java -> Lisp -> Python -> Not Javascript

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reseph 31,847 points

EDIT 2: Join us at /r/ProCSS if you're seeking CSS support to stay.

EDIT: Fellow moderators, take this survey. (Live results here)


Called it.

I don't support this.

Many subreddits are different, and have different goals or CSS tweaks. I don't see how this will actually be considered a working replacement? For example if 50 subreddits use CSS to add extra buttons like "Read FAQ" below "Submit a new link" but the other 4000+ subreddits don't, would the admins actually give this dev time to implement? Are the admins actually going to implement every use case we moderators use CSS for to accomplish functionality? I don't see that being feasible. If not, then this is simple a loss in functionality for many many subreddits.

So what, we're just homogenizing Reddit now? And I'm not talking about the visuals, but functionality.

I can never see one blanket "theme" system/style to cover all subreddits working as they used to.

CSS has accomplished:

  • Functionality: /r/Overwatch has subreddit filters
  • Functionality: /r/Dota2 has a list of current livestreams and their # of viewers
  • UX: /r/videos has a list of rules where on hover it expands out to explain each rule
  • Functionality: /r/Minecraft has a list of server status (icons) on sidebar
  • UX: /r/Hearthstone has notices & links on the top banner
  • Personality: /r/ffxiv has various CSS Easter Eggs to give it a bit more personality
  • Functionality: /r/Starcraft has a "verified user" system
  • UX: /r/Guildwars2 increased the the size of "message the moderators" to make it stand out more
  • UX: /r/ffxi has a small tooltip if a user hasn't set a user flair yet
  • UX: /r/DarkSouls2 has related subreddits linked on the sidebar with images instead of text
  • Personality: /r/mildlyinfuriating's joke where it slightly rotates "random" comment threads
  • Functionality: /r/ClashOfClans not only has a list of livestreams, but thumbnail previews of each
  • UX: /r/DarkSouls3 has a reminder when hovering over the downvote button
  • Personality: /r/StarWars has quote popups when you upvote
  • UX: /r/pcmasterrace has changed the "report" link to red
  • UX: /r/explainlikeimfive has custom colored link flair icons
  • Personality: /r/mylittlepony has countless emotes
  • Personality: /r/onepiece has a scrolling banner (which can be paused)
  • UX: /r/FinalFantasy has green background stickies to make them stand out
  • Personality: /r/mildlyinteresting has a moving gauge on sidebar
  • Functionality: /r/IASIP has a top menu
  • UX: /r/DoctorWho has a light red box on sidebar for new users to read
  • UX: /r/gallifrey disables the PM link on "Created by" so users focus on modmail

At the minimum, I see this as taking away the personality each subreddit has. We also lose the ability to control and improve UX, considering the admins have been exceptionally slow to improve any UX (even something like link flair).

To be clear, I'm not upset by the fact that the time we spent on our CSS is being made useless. I'm upset that we'll be losing functionality and individual subreddit personality.

[EDIT] Fellow mods, please remember to be civil here. I may not agree with this decision about CSS, but I still respect the admins and all the hard work they do.

spez [A] 81 points

Just replying here so you know that I've seen it.

These are all great examples of cool stuff folks have done with CSS, and there are many more.

My goal today is to affirm that while CSS isn't the technology of the future for us, subreddit customization is important, and we're going to continue to evolve it.

I doubt I can convince you today with anything I say, but we're going to move forward, test carefully, and I hope you'll be a part of the process.

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Silly admin thats not how you whitespace

spez 92 points

I knew someone would do this. If I wasn't on an ipad in a college cafeteria, I'd figure out how to fix.

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spez commented on a post in r/cscareerquestions
darexinfinity 2 points

You do say reddit is hiring, but we hear that all the time. Companies that say this usually mean that they're passively hiring the same way an engineer will say "I'm keeping my eyes out for opportunities" even though some may not go anywhere at all.

Is Reddit passively hiring or actively hiring? By active, I mean going through an expansion and have to fill-in those positions by a certain deadline.

spez 18 points

In advance of Monday, yes, we are actively hiring! Pretty much any sort of engineer. Yes, in San Francisco.

spez commented on a post in r/me_irl
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spez [A] 3,689 points

As per our totally authentic announcement, everyone who upvoted this thread gets a little Gold.

update: this offer expired 3 months ago.

LegenW84ITdary 68 points

He said browsing habits, there is still a lot of information they have besides that. Email, location, device ID....

spez [A] 252 points

We don't share any individually-identifying PII, such as emails, but we do allow advertisers to target based on location.

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spez [A] 190 points

I mention this elsewhere, but part of our strategy has been to store as little as possible to minimize surface area. However, it's not practical to store nothing (e.g. IPs and emails), and we may ask for more down the road to enable other features (e.g. friends). Where we can, we want to give you the ability to choose how you participate.

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spez commented on a post in u/kn0thing
spez 18 points

Let's be clear: that pitch that was "one of the best he's heard," wasn't Reddit. Who knows what it could have been? Oh, well. There's always another train coming.

RonDunE 3 points

Wait this reminds me, is the shuffman56 account yours? Lots of reddit blog posts from 2006-ish are signed by that name, like this one:

https://redditblog.com/2006/02/24/crossposting/

spez 12 points

Yep

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