Keysersosa (Chris Slowe) announces his departure from @reddit (and arrival at @thehipmunk)

I realized recently that I'm the record holder for longest reddit employment. It's incredible to think that, back when I started working at reddit five years ago, our monthly traffic totals were 38k uniques and 750k impressions (incredibly we now do more than that every hour), there was no commenting, and we were just beginning to undertake a drastic site rewrite from lisp into an exotic new language called python.

Though over the years we've had a fair share of bumps and outages, I daresay we are now thriving, and after a lot of thought I've decided to leave reddit (the job part anyway) on a high note. This community has accomplished so much in the last few months (to say nothing of the previous years) that I can't help to be humbled and proud to have been a part of it. I feel like my affinity for this community (and to some extent what I see on the site and what I just got to witness on the Mall in DC) is closer to patriotism than I would have believed possible in what is, on the surface and to an outsider, an exercise in Text with Strangers.

With the patriotic analogy in mind, I'm not sure if I should be saying "I'm moving on from my job at reddit" or "I hearby resign the office of a reddit employee effective immediately". Nah. Too formal. How about "I hearby pass the mop..."? ketralnis, raldi, jedberg, hueypriest, and Paradox aren't going anywhere, and we've made a lot of progress on the "additional engineers" front. We'll be putting up another round of job postings soon...and have some good news about the last round that will be coming soon in another blog post.

Either way, I love this community, and though I'm turning in my company keyboard, I'll be sticking around thank-you-very-much. To kill any conspiracy theories in the cradle, my parting with Conde Nast has been nothing but amicable. I have no doubt I'll be partaking in an odd job now and again on the site. As we've so oft been glad to point out when someone else asks for a feature, we're open source after all.

In an interesting coincidence, I got nominated to redditor of the day a little while back and finally got around to answering my questionnaire (not to say I'm finding my time to be any freer these days). Feel free to AMA here or there.

As for me, I'm going back to start-up life. I'm a sucker for an interesting problem, and I'll be back to working with spez at his new company hipmunk (I hope you'll pardon an old admin a plug on a new project. Here's the other side of the announcement.)

Glad to be working with you again, my friend!

BusinessInsider has a Freudian slip (maybe?)

I was reading this piece on Chris Slowe joining hipmunk (and reuniting with Steve & me) when I saw this really confusing mention of digg (highlighted).

I really do hope people read Chris' goodbye entry on reddit - he's genuinely excited about programming new solutions with Steve again for hipmunk. And I'm sure this won't be the last any of us see of him on reddit.

Now I've got to get back to working on his custom Jedi chipmunk...

My question for Stephen Colbert & Jon Stewart at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear press conference (thanks, CNN!)

Yep, they let me in the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear press conference. I asked a question for the reddit hivemind after a journalist from CNN.

Regardless of who had the idea first (spoiler: according to them, they did), what's impressive (as Colbert graciously points out) is that the Internet really brought this rally to life. And donated over a half million dollars to in the process.

And one thing's for sure based on the turnout in DC: reddit was very much in attendance. Thank you all for coming out and hopefully I got a chance to thank you in person (if not, you'll have to settle for this electronic version).

Thank you for letting me lose my press conference virginity with you, Stephen & Jon!

HireHive (YC) talks about why NY is an obvious choice for web startups

Thanks to the financial sector’s instability and the growth of the startup scene, young engineers are increasingly turning to new companies. “Would you rather say you were one of 10 engineers working on the Foursquare application or one of 50 developers working at some sort of Goldman Sachs trading department?” asked Warren Lee an investor at Canaan Partners. “Working at a hot startup company is good experience and just more interesting.”

David Albert and Nick Bergson-Shilcock, founders of HireHive, a website for employers and jobseekers, agree with Mr. Lee’s assessment. Currently the two Columbia University graduates are at the Mountain View funding-firm Y-Combinator, but soon they’ll be heading back to New York.

The pair were impressed by the Valley’s culture of “suspending disbelief” and concentrating on the product rather than the bottom line. But they say the growth of New York is just too attractive to pass up.

“I don’t think anyone would say the Valley isn’t still the cream-of-the-crop startup Mecca,” said Mr. Albert. “But things are changing for the better in New York, and it’s just an awesome city.”

Rock on, HireHive, and welcome back to New York after such a successful Y Combinator summer! Startups like you are bringing the geek culture to NYC. Don't forget your Dominion cards.