An inside look at the type of people controlling the /r/Android subreddit
So I have been a huge fan of social media for years. I was a regular and somewhat known contributor on Digg.com before its demise and then I transitioned over to Reddit after that.
I am a huge fan of Android and have been a huge
contributor to the /r/Android subreddit. If you follow me here, you probably also know that I own and write for AndroidExplained.com where I write very easy to understand, step by step tutorials for root related Android tasks in hopes to make that whole aspect of Android more accessible.
I had been noticing some strange biased with my submissions over at /r/Android for at least a month now. Things I submit get instantly voted down, but then rally back because their legit Android related things that people tend to want to read about.
Last week I submitted a story to /r/Android and it actually reached the frontpage of Reddit. Earned me a 'best link' badge on my Reddit account and I was pretty proud of it. I wake up the next morning and find out my flair had been changed to a 'shock site', lemonparty to be exact(I don't recommend you visit it).
I freak out and instantly change it back to what it was(AndroidExplained.com) and then start to mull it over. I had assumed that since my account got that type of attention that someone had hacked reddit somehow and was able to change it. I didn't think anything of it until later that day, when another one of my stories hit the frontpage of the subreddit and it got changed to yet another 'shock site', this time it was meatspin(again, I don't recommend you go there).
So I freak out again, contact the Reddit admins(which I have yet to hear back from) and then boom
, banned from /r/Android for having the URL of a shock site in my flair.
I get really paranoid now and start changing passwords, scanning through linux logs(I run Ubuntu) to see if anyone had been installed a backdoor. Later that day I continue to get paranoid and start using LassPass so that it can generate random passwords for all of the websites I use, bank accounts, the whole nine yards.
During all of this I was asked by the /r/Android moderators to prove that I had actually messaged the reddit admins, that I was taking precautions to make sure someone didn't have access to my account(unsurprisingly, the whole time it was only my IP address that showed up in the Reddit account activity page).
I continue on the next day, create a 1600-word post about the 5.1 changelog with an explanation of what they changed and submitted it to /r/Android. To this day, I have only submitted two articles from my website to /r/Android and the first one hit the front page instantly. It's not like I sit here and spam posts from my website to the subreddit.
The 1600-word article was removed in less than 5 seconds 'because of spam'. After having a heated debate with a couple of the moderators of /r/Android I give up and let them have their way. They said I could have put those 1600 words in a comment and attached it to the official submission. Dude's exact words were 'we don't need the front page flooded with Android 5.1 posts'.
Like I said, I gave up and said whatever. To help prove my assumption that the moderators of /r/Android were being biased, I proceeded to submit every single 'Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight' article from Android Police today(or at least all that I could). Right now I am counting four of these submissions that are on the front page, even insignificant ones like 'the default android icon has been changed'.
I'm not complaining about Android Police creating those posts. I love their work and they deserve all the traffic they can get. Remember, I submitted a lot of them to the subreddit to prove that they would rather have a dozen submissions 'flooding up the home page' instead of me submitting one article from my website.
So tonight, after I eat dinner I sit down and look at my Reddit account and see my flair has been changed again! This time, instead of it being a shock site, it's been changed to '...'. Just three little dots. So now this really
gets my suspicion up that it was an /r/Android moderator that had 'sabotaged' my flair with those horrible shock sites in an attempt to get me banned.
I message the moderation team asking, and CC IAmAN00bie a copy because he seems to be an unbiased moderator. If there was something suspicious, I would at least like him to get a copy of the message just in case the moderators tried to cover their steps.
My whole point of the message was to ask if Reddit kept logs of the actions their moderators. I wanted to know if it was indeed a moderator that had changed the flair to my account.
Low and behold, I get a response from the moderator that admits he changed my flair to '...'. You can see a screenshot of the message here - http://imgur.com/9rHLMlm
So now I'm boiling. Having stressed out about having my account hacked and all of my passwords compromised for three days, all because of a prank from one of the /r/Android moderators? Unbelievable!
I doubt there will be any repercussions for their actions. I'm writing this to vent out the anger and hope to at least show people what kind of moderation team /r/Android has going over there. The subreddit is no longer a community and instead it is ran by what I would call 'gatekeepers'. It doesn't matter if your submissions follow the subreddit rules, it doesn't matter if you follow the subreddit rules. If they don't like you then they will make sure to do anything they can to annoy you. Like a bunch of children.
Oh, and here's some other messages with those moderators that show bias and just all around irresponsible behavior.
- making up rules, there's no mention of flair in the subreddit rules for /r/Android
- it doesn't matter if the community upvotes to the top, the moderators will remove anything they don't like
- this was from when they didn't want things 'clogging up the frontpage' and calling my 1600-word android 5.1 changelog an 'opinion piece'
- them talking about banning the entire phonearena.com
domain because of 'excessive blog spam'. No, they don't punish the users who submit the blog spam, they'll ban the entire domain name if they feel like it. Even if the website comes up with a lot of their own content(btw PhoneArena had some good original
coverage of MWC this year).
- this was about the 24-hour ban that I received from an /r/Android moderator playing that prank of theirs. asking that I show proof of me contacting the reddit admins and pretending to look into the issue.
- this was their response to finding the second of the two shock sites in my flair(again, both were 'pranks' by the /r/Android admins).
- and last up we have proven bias against the most popular Android website(Android Police) from an /r/Android moderator. This one was in response to them removing one of my submissions, citing editorializing, because I described the verizon wireless branding on the nexus 6 as 'monstrous'.
Again, I doubt this post will do anything meaningful to those moderators and it will probably get me banned. Honestly, I disgusted to be apart of that community because of the people who are running it right now. I would have left it weeks ago if I wasn't such a huge fan of Android.
Reddit should be about the community and what the community wants to see. They don't need 22 moderators to do this and having so many has only proven to created bias and cliques from within. It's simply disgusting.