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Just a heads up: Julian Assange is back and still answering questions in his AMA

Jun 20th 2014 by karmanaut • 25 Questions • 2469 Points

Here is his full AMA.

You can also go to his userpage to see the newer comments.

Just thought you all might want to know!

Q:

Karmanaut, what do you do for a living that allows enough time for you to moderate two of the largest subreddits in the history of subreddits?

A:

I'm a lawyer.


Q:

Am I too late for the karmanaut AMA?

A:

Yes.


Q:

Seeing its not here: http://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheMetaLoop/search?q=karmanaut&restrict_sr=on

And its old enough now a lot of people dont know, whats the deal with everyone thinking everyone on reddit is a /u/karmanaut alt account?

I'll post this as a parent comment if you want, this is your AMA after all.

A:

And its old enough now a lot of people dont know, whats the deal with everyone thinking everyone on reddit is a /u/karmanaut alt account?

It's a joke. Here is the original context, but the comment is now deleted. Here is what it used to say:

"Karmanaut" is actually a collective of some of reddit's most active users working together as a social media experiment, communicating in the background via darknet and posting their best comments under the "karmanaut" account. The project, initiated in secret by reddit administrators on an invitation-only basis, was inspired by the example of pseudonymous math scholar Nicholas Bourbaki, in which many influential mathematicians collaborated for decades to publish books under a single pen name, in an attempt to influence the course of math research and education in the 20th century. That is how "karmanaut" came out of nowhere and has been able to accumulate such obscene amounts of karma so quickly, while finishing school and putting together projects like the mind-map at the same time, as well as conveniently finding a handsome fellow with a gregarious and non-threatening appearance to pose for the official photo of "karmanaut". Comments from the account are posted at an extremely high rate, and most which do not immediately begin to accumulate points are deleted. A few outlying low-voted comments are permitted to stay up, along with all of the very high voted ones, to maintain the illusion of a single immensely popular but imperfect commenter. The number and identities of the group's members are not publicly known, but some obvious and likely guesses can be made. It was apparent a year ago that "qgyh2" was the first stage of this experiment, to see if something like this could be achieved with submitted links before trying it with comments; the machine-generated pseudonym almost gave the secret away, but the group was able to cover for that with a story about having chosen it whimsically from a windows CD key. Automating the process of collaborative link submission on a massive scale was relatively simple, but served as an ideal testing ground to fine-tune the process before moving their energy and attention away from "qgyh2" to the project's more advanced stage of collaborative comment posting, since this would involve more interaction with the community and increased scrutiny by redditors. This is also why "karmanaut" has already given a reason for disappearing suddenly "when school starts again" (i.e., when the project managers have finished their data collection and this stage of development is concluded). It has been proposed by observers that the third stage may involved creating a highly popular fictitious reddit administrator, who wins the community over and is called upon whenever future unpleasant announcements have to be made, regarding reddit's comment system or revenue model (e.g. pulling controversial links from the front page, creating a more powerful moderator hierarchy, charging subscription fees, or adopting pop-up ads which hover over the comments).


Q:

Hey karmanaut. Have you ever made a ball out of rubber bands? Crazy stuff.

A:

I absolutely have. And I walked in on my neighbors having sex because I just went into their house without knocking to ask if they had any rubber bands.


Q:

Hi karmanaut?

A:

Hello.


Q:

What's up? How's your day going?

A:

Going pretty well so far.


Q:

Someone really excitedly shared how much they love /r/Iama in real life to me today. Thought you'd like to hear that.

A:

Very cool. It's definitely the part of Reddit that is most well-known outside of Reddit. I have heard random people talking about it in public a number of times and it always makes me smile a bit, because even many of my friends don't know that I am involved in it.


Q:

How was it dealing with that whole anti-karmanaut thing that happened a while back? I've never really seen reddit turn on someone with such vitriol before. Was it a bit stressful?

A:

It was annoying trying to do mod stuff, like verifying posts, because the verification would just get downvoted. So no one could tell that it was verified.

But otherwise, eh. I would just switch usernames and go about redditing as normal. I think the people hounding me were a lot more stressed out about it than I was.


Q:

Are you like an astronaut but instead of space and a spacesuit you float around in karma in a karmasuit?

A:

The name is from when I was trying to learn Russian. "Kosmonaut" was a vocabulary word that I was studying while I was procrastinating on Reddit. Just combined that with "karma."


Q:

Why were you being hounded?

A:

People got mad at me for enforcing some of our rules. Someone claiming to be "bad luck brian" (the meme) wasn't allowed to do an AMA, and shitty_watercolor (the novelty account) got banned for editing ads into his posts.


Q:

That /u/karmanaut, he's so hot right now

A:

A lot of people still really do. You'd think they'd let go of things after a few years, but apparently not.


Q:

Slow day at work today karmanaut?

A:

Yes, actually. Although I do have some stuff to get to.

The point of this post was supposed to be about Julian Assange's AMA, but I do try and answer questions about modding /r/IAmA whenever they come up. And I guess people had questions about me personally, too.


Q:

Karmanaut, should I get a pet pygmy hawk or a fennec fox?

A:

Fennec fox.


Q:

Thanks. You're dreamy.


Q:

What's your perfect Sunday Julian?

A:

He is not answering questions in this post.


Q:

What's your perfect Sunday like karmanaut?

A:

Sleeping in and then making pancakes, of course.


Q:

What if you slept in and then a hot female made pancakes for you instead.

A:

My girlfriend usually is the one who makes the pancakes.


Q:

Are you saying your fiance girlfriend isn't a hot female?

EDIT: /u/karmanaut edits without noting an edit, making my comment make no sense. That's kind of a jerk move, broseph. And I thought I liked you. :'(

A:

I changed it back to girlfriend because I always forget which spelling is for male and which spelling is for female. Stupid french.

But yes, she is hot.


Q:

Does she know your reddit username? Or that you're internet famous?

A:

Yes, she knows my username and all that.


Q:

What kind of pancakes!?!

A:

Chocolate chip. Do you even need to ask?


Q:

Karmanaut, I just want to say thanks for your dedication! What AMA are you looking forward to? I'm looking forward to Mr. Iglesias in July

A:

I'm really looking forward to Buzz Aldrin's AMA in July. I've never talked to someone who has been on the moon before.

Also, there is a super-huge but also super-secret AMA coming up that I am very excited for.


Q:

/u/karmanaut, If /r/IAmA hadn't become a thing, which subreddit would you be moderating?

A:

I also mod /r/askreddit. So I'd say that one.


Q:

Do you think that you and Eric Snowden would get along well?

A:

Who is Eric Snowden?


Q:

Yo karmanaut, any word on the Yael Stone AMA? She was suppose to do one a while back but it got cancelled for some reason.

A:

We're still waiting on them to reschedule.


Q:

So Karmanaut, What are you most afraid of?

A:

Severe injury involving my teeth. I can't watch American History X.