|Has current status
As crazy as ever. Extremely popular since … As crazy as ever. Extremely popular since the demise of [[digg]]. Owned by magazine publishing powerhouse Condé Nast. Financially broke and begging for spare change via the "reddit gold" membership scheme.
===April Fool's 2011 Scandal===
An overly dramatic userbase had a complete and total freakout when famed poweruser I_RAPE_CATS trolled them all into oblivion.
In early March 2011, a reddit user suggested choosing a boring, basic video from youtube and sending it [[viral]] through reddit and reddit user cooperation. Someone mentioned that user I_RAPE_CATS should be the one to choose the video. A few days before April Fool's, he posted his video choice and that seemed to be it. The video was a basic, short video of someone putting a 10pound note into a worn black wallet. Hours later it was discovered that the video chosen belonged to another redditor, was uploaded just prior to April Fool's and was an attempt at making some money for I_RAPE_CATS and his friend Boojamon, another reddit user.
This [http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/ggmv3/can_someone_explain_the_whole_april_fools_i_rape/ outraged the reddit userbase] and was declared a "scam" and a "cash grab". The histrionics were of epic proportions, so massive was the outcry, in fact, that there was even a write up on Salon.com about the drama.
===April 21, 2011 Amazon Services Cause Reddit Shutdown===
For several hours on April 21 2011, reddit [http://ohinternet.com/Oh_Internet:Contests experienced significant downtime], having to go into "emergency read only mode". This emergency mode was caused by Amazon hosting services having rolling downtime and lasted for nearly 36 hours. Eventually reddit started restoring services, but first to a random subset of users. This led many to believe that only those with "reddit gold" accounts were being allowed to post, though it was not true.
===AMA Subreddit Troll Breeding Grounds===
The [http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/ AMA or "Ask me Anything"] subreddit is incredibly popular, having had visitors such as Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings, various politicians, strippers and 4 year old girls answer questions in the forum. However, the subreddit is plagued with fakers and liars and other people who get their jollies (oddly) by lying to internet strangers en masse and pretending to be something they're not.
On April 24, 2011, the admins of the [http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/gwp4k/massive_troll_bust/ subreddit posted a message] saying that a huge [[troll]] ring had been discovered and eliminated. Amongst the AMAs that were found to come from the same person, using a single [[IP Address]]:
*A former pickpocket
*A 96-year-old grandma
*A 17 year-old pregnant "scared" teen
* A garbage woman
*A "chick that washes cars for a living"
*A blind guy
*The blind guy's sister
*A deaf girl
*The Teenage daughter of a congressman
*A guy who used to hit women
*A woman who just got out of an abusive relationship with a guy
* A cowgirl
* Someone whose life was changed by Reddit
*A former hobo
*"A stereotypically mean high school cheerleader"
Despite the subreddit having a verification system using green and red marks to indicate confirmed posters, these slipped by along with countless untold others.
===Timeline=== h countless untold others.