Why Ellen Pao’s departure bums me out

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The story of Ellen Pao’s sudden resignation from Reddit after a heightened period of unrest on the site leaves me fraught with conflicting feelings. Despite the insistence from both Pao and board member Sam Altman that the separation was mutual, it is hard to believe that it wasn’t in any way influenced by the disgruntled Reddit hivemind in action. But it’s not just that Redditors didn’t like what she did to the site, they also didn’t like who she was. Let me articulate: I am a Reddit user, but one that uses with one eye open. I have the subreddits that I love, but also subreddits that…

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