Reddit's Ellen Pao Can Only Blame Herself

Under her brief leadership, Reddit seems to have careened from disaster to disaster.

Done in by rookie mistakes.

Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Those who weren't following the news from Greece this weekend may have noticed that Ellen Pao resigned from Reddit Inc., after recent management decisions sparked a user revolt. This has been brewing, but the proximate cause was the firing of a popular employee who worked with Reddit moderators. The moderators responded by shutting down a number of popular subreddits, including the well known ask-me-anything forums. A very popular petition was launched, demanding her ouster. And on Friday, Reddit capitulated.

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