Recent site slowdowns—and, in some cases, outright outages—have prompted programmer Mike Schiraldi to issue a call for help: He’s asked users to become Reddit subscribers for a donation of “whatever you want” in an effort to raise money to hire more resources to fix the site’s issues. when asked why Reddit just turn to parent company Conde Nast for the cash, Schiraldi responds:
SCHIRALDI: That’s one of the first things users inquire about. But here’s the thing: corporations aren’t run like charities. They keep separate budgets for each business line, and usually allocate resources proportionate to revenue. And Reddit’s revenue isn’t great.
According to Schiraldi, the site’s traffic numbers around 280 million monthly pageviews.