Dear staff at Wired and Ars,
Long time reader, love your stuff, its all good. Been reading you guys for a very long time, arstechnica since 1999. I along with others submit Your(meaning Ars and Wired’s) stories on Social Bookmarking sites.
- Samsung Fields Green, Ultra-Slim LCD TVs (Wired | Digg Front Pager | Made popular 9 days ago 424 Diggs) PR 4
- Ars Cracks TV Fringe Code (Ars – Digg Front Pager | Made popular Apr 8, 2009 | PR 4 | 726 Diggs)
- Avant-Garde Cellist Zeo Keating (Wired | not a Front Pager but a solid showing of votes)
- Ma.gnolia Suffers Major Data Loss, Site Taken Offline (Wired | Made popular Jan 31, 2009 | 514 Diggs)
However I have to let You (meaning Ars and Wired) know whats going on over at one of these Social Bookmarking sites: Reddit. Reddit just recently banned a bunch of users on their social media site. No reasons were given, no warnings were issued. I guess My Grammar needs to improve (a joke from Ben’s post about this issue, see below). Now I tried (Unsuccessfully) to contact reddit about this issue and received no response. This leaves me no recourse but to get in touch with You, Reddit’s sponsors aka “Sister Sites”.
You are going to rectify this situation. You are going to explain to Reddit just how the internet, community and social media work. You are going to teach them how to play fairly and nicely. And most importantly how to build a community. Reddit is going to restore accounts, apologize and send us Hoodies (if they don’t have hoodies explain to Reddit why people on the net like them) and Schwag (and I want LOTS of Schwag, maybe an Ars and Wired Hoodie XXL).
This is going onto Digg and Twitter, so I am certain you will find this VERY quickly. The lesson here is not to mess with the Social Media Elite. By that I mean people that are Digg Elites and “Twitterati” who used to Digg your stuff and Tweet your stuff to 1000s of friends and in some cases 10,000s of friends. Consider this a very clear and transparent message. I am turning the tables on you. But unlike Reddit, I am letting You know that You are now black balled.
As “Sister Sites” of Reddit, I am certain you will quickly resolve this issue. I am sure my schwag; Hoodies (XXL remember?), Wired Subscription, T-Shirts, Wired Subscription, Mugs, Wired Subscription, hats, Wired Subscription, and Red Swingline Stapler are already in the snail mail.
The Dude Dean
PS Style, Epicurious, Concierge you guys are next.
PPS Digg and Mixx crew, Don’t sub these two sites, I am declaring a “No-Fly Zone”, if you see noobs subbing from these domains please Bury until reddit, wired and Ars make this right to G-Man, Ben, myself and all the others that were unfairly banned.
@arstechnica Good bye Ars! @TheDudeDean Bye! Where are you going? 🙂 @arstechnica I posted this 17 days ago and tweeted it to you: Open Letter to Wired and Ars: http://digg.com/d1sO8V?t @TheDudeDean Oh right. Bye! 🙂