Reddit's former CEO isn't going away and has a lot on his mind
It's not often you see former CEOs heckling the current administration of a company, but Yishan Wong (the ex-ex- CEO of Reddit) appears to be active on a few subreddits and is advocating for more scrutiny aimed at Reddit's founders.
As a bit of a crash course, the past few months have been loaded with drama surrounding how Reddit manages its subreddits (the individual forums created and managed by users). One particularly odious subreddit, /r/fatpeoplehate was closed by Reddit's administrators which caused a small but very vocal uprising of people (who, in this author's opinions are idiot babies) who believed that their hateful thoughts were being censored.
There is a bit more to that story, but there a bazillion articles already written about that. Here's a good one.
Much of this criticism was aimed at Wong's successor, then-CEO Ellen Pao. In addition to being the worst person ever (according to her idiot baby critics) her gender and race also seemed to rub this rabble the wrong way.
That reign of terror, however, came to an end with founderAlexis Ohanian, (aka "kn0thing") apparently stepping in on behalf of the board and got Pao to resign.
As the dust has cleared over the weekend, it seems as though some Redditors are realizing that something doesn't add up here and that all of the vitriol aimed at one person may have been a little unfair.
While Pao has been rather quiet, Yishan Wong has taken this moment to start shining a light right back at the board and the founders who are being paraded around as the "saviors" Reddit needs.
In his recent "tour" of various subreddits, Wong paints a different picture of the protests and firings. Over on /r/askreddit, in response to a rather innocuous question "What's the best long con you ever pulled?" Yishan establishes a slightly longer narrative as to why Pao (and Wong) were ousted.
What started as revolt was really a coup, according to Wong.
Ohanian has spoken up and responded only with the coolest concern.
Your humble blogger has no idea what this all actually means for the rest of the site but it certainly brings things into perspective a little. All of these people getting riled up and hateful in the interest of serving a rather limited backdoor deal to re-establish the founding Reddit team at the helm of their flailing "state."
I feel like I may have seen that before...