Alexis Ohanian
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Was there a personal benefit for you in making Reddit open source? Or are you really just that generous?


Alexis Ohanian responded on 04/01/2012
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All the value of reddit is in the community. We certainly didn't lose anything by open-sourcing the site (I'm trying to get David to do the same for tumblr) in fact we gained a lot from whitehat devs alerting us to exploits before bad guys did.

That said, the reddit alien is also exceptionally generous. And from the future.

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Who is your daddy and what does he do?


Alexis Ohanian responded on 04/01/2012
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He's a travel agent.


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Hi Alexis, I just wanna give you regards and tell how I admire your work. I really specting a great book; from you!!


Alexis Ohanian responded on 04/01/2012
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Oh hai! Sorry this took so long. I forgot these existed :( but thank you very very much! I'll try not to let you down.

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You play the guitar?


Alexis Ohanian responded on 04/01/2012
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Nope. I tried to learn bass when I bought one after eBaying a bunch of old PS games in college. Never really got too far, though. I was once in a Rock Band, though...


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What type of metrics are used to measure the amount of user interest in a "new widget idea"?


Alexis Ohanian responded on 04/01/2012
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I'm not sure I understand the question. Typical factors for 'traction' are revenue + traffic. Have both (ideally, sometimes just one for starters) going up and to the right and you're on to something.

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If you could meet anybody (past or present), who would it be?


Alexis Ohanian responded on 04/01/2012
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Thomas Jefferson? Or maybe JC, because if I could bring him back from the dead that'd mean I'm....

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Will you wear lipstick and kiss the inside of each book cover?


Alexis Ohanian responded on 04/01/2012
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Just your book, Shaun.

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What are your favorite hobbies?


Alexis Ohanian responded on 04/01/2012
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I love working! It's like a hobby. But when I'm not doing that, I enjoy reading, learning about food/drink, and cuddles.

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Will you be releasing any sort of early-access or work-in-progress versions?


Alexis Ohanian responded on 04/01/2012
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Yes! I was really impressed by what @Baratunde did in writing his book and editing it publicly (livecast editing!). I'll be releasing early stuff for all of you on the mailing list for sure.

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What was the first concert you attended?


Alexis Ohanian responded on 04/01/2012
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It was either Bush or Smashing Pumpkins. I can't remember which one was first....