Meet the Reddit power user who helped bring down r/technology

Meet the Reddit power user who helped bring down r/technology

No one man should have all that power.

Maxwellhill, one of Reddit’s first and most important users, has now become the site’s own worst enemy.

One of the first moderators of default subreddits r/politics, r/technology, and r/worldnews, maxwellhill joined Reddit eight years ago, and immediately made sure each forum featured links to hundreds of news stories a month. This was crucial for Reddit, whose cofounders Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman were eager to have people contribute to their link-sharing website. With top posts in each of these three subreddits appearing on Reddit’s front page—and as the first subreddits each new Reddit user was subscribed to when they signed up—it was important for the site to look busy.

Ellen Pao, former Reddit CEO and partner at VC giant Kleiner Perkins MORE

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