It started over a year ago, the design… Flawless. What you find inside… Brilliant. One issue sums up nearly a month of the activity of Reddit why giving it this stylistic vibe. Each issue, from first to last, radiates something great, something that is on its way to getting noticed.
Little over a year ago, KILLTHEREDDITOR founded The Redditor. What started off as an amateur project quickly got a dedicated audience. Along with ohblair and swampgun, the project was a success and best of all free. Though being free can be the worst part, especially when this becomes a full time job. That is when the staff reached out to Reddit for support to which they received what seems like a silence:
We’ve put in an email to reddit to work with them and make this a real thing, they haven’t responded, but yet they will respond to the biggest troll on the internet and send him a gold statue.
We also wanted to raise money so we can pay the artists who’s work we use. KillTheRedditor and I wanted to make this a full time job, but our real work lives and personal commitments got in the way. We have a very specific idea of what we want this to be and we won’t change from that.
Until Reddit steps up their game and decides to work with us, we really can do anything, they’ve sent us legal paperwork that if we signed, we’d literally sign our entire idea and website over to them for nothing. We’re not going to do that, we worked hard on creating this and it’s a shame really that they are so weird about it.
I mean, this shows how great the community is and we want to keep making great issues, but until reddit supports us, we can’t do anything, they said it would not be a good idea not to accept money or put advertising in it either, because if we did, i’m sure we would get sued. Oh well. Your move reddit.com.
After that, readers contacted iTunes in hope of getting placed on their Newsstand, though being as they are unofficial , they were tossed away. The sad part is that after all of this and a year of work, they legally can’t except any form of money. Why Reddit isn’t going along with a community driven magazine, most readers have no idea. Even with people offering to pay monthly for a subscription this is to no avail. Many readers said that they would actually pay for Reddit gold (premium), if it included the magazine.
The Redditor is on hiatus. It is a massively time consuming project, it has been getting harder to share each month, and we would hope reddit can step in to turn this tiny project into their official magazine. Obviously we’re willing to adapt to changes, but we want to keep putting in the same amazing content. It would give it a new life and sustain the project. Without a doubt this is what needs to happen for this project to grow and reach its enormous potential. But we all have lives, jobs, and relationships outside of this magazine. As much as reddit loves this, they are moving on.
This simply can’t be done without awareness and support from the Reddit community and Reddit itself. This shouldn’t be on hiatus, this should be a part of Reddit!