One of Reddit‘s most exciting AMA series has shut down, revealing a behind-the-scenes power struggle between admins and the moderators the social news site relies upon.
The popular r/science subreddit announced Friday that it will no longer host its “Ask Me Anything” segments in which scientists field questions from everyday Reddit users. The program, established four years ago, hosted some of the most esteemed names in various fields of science, including physicist Stephen Hawking and geneticist Francis Collins. The subreddit will publish its final AMA on Friday.
In his farewell post to the series, Nathan Allen, the head moderator of r/science, notes viewership “dropped off a cliff” in recent months. The underlying reasons for its fight for relevance highlight the disparity between a recent decision made by Reddit admins and its unintended impact on popular and informative subreddits.
In his post, Allen blamed the demise of r/science AMAs on new algorithms that change how