To the outside world last week's creeps-on-Reddit takedown kerfuffle looked like a defense of pornography while the Reddit community framed it as a defense of freedom of speech. However, a recent leaked chat between Redditors and the site's actual employees suggest that what they fear most is being Reddited themselves. Generally, Reddit admins don't get involved in what gets posted unless it breaks one of five rules, as General Manager Erik Martin explained to Buzzfeed last week. But, last week when a Jezebel post linked to Predditors, a Tumblr that violated the "no personal information" on Reddit creed, the moderators and admins got together to figure out what to do. Though vague, "personal information" includes anything that might incite "witch hunts and vigilantism" that "hurt innocent people."
This, of course, is a really weird principle to rally behind for the right to post the "real-life details" (like the cleavage of an unsuspecting woman) on a widely read website that just might be read by friends, employers, or total strangers with the very real potential to "hurt innocent people," which of course what the subreddit Creepshots was. But it was asserted over and over again after a Tumblr called Predditors, which turned the tables on the Creepshot redditors, got linked by a bunch of blogs like Jezebel and The Atlantic Wire. Reading the drama from the outside, you couldn't help imagine that you were peering into the Gchat of one of the nonvolunteer stars of Creepshots trying to figure out how to keep the information from spreading: "Deleting things that link to bad links is not sustainable," wrote one site admin. In other words: redditors got reddited and there is nothing Reddit can do about it. Redditors don't like that.