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No Man's Sky has been fraught with issues, and this just seems to be the latest in a long line of complaints. Fan communities can sometimes be an echo chamber and, as what often happens when consumers are unhappy and do not see solutions, tempers and complaints have started to flare.

Citing the nearly 150,000-person community as "hated filled" and full of toxicity, the head moderator or Reddit's u/R0ugeW0lf opted to simply close the subreddit r/NoMansSkyTheGame several hours ago, purging its entire history. Below is u/R0ugeW0lf's original post:

So I purged the subreddit. It's become a hate filled wastehole of no actual discussion. It's not what we intended it to be and I don't like providing a platform for hate. I'm sorry to everyone who used the subreddit as intended but you are now in the majority. I'm sure you can find a different place to discuss this game. It's not hard.

This was my decision and mine alone. The other moderators tried to sway my opinion but cynicism got the best of me as usual.

Never without controversy, there appears to be an opposing version of the matter: the mods decided as a group what would be the best choice. The subreddit reopened later, after Reddit admin intervention and new moderation.

The closure has, of course, sparked more outrage, but this at least seems to be directed toward Reddit and the mods than the game itself, even going so far as to accuse the mods of being in collusion with Hello Games.

However, negative attention spreads far more than positive attention, and the closure, even though it was only temporary, can fuel the flames on an already volatile subject.

This is not the first time a community gaming subreddit has closed and reopened with admin intervention. When Warlords of Draenor launched amid a population surge and denial of service attacks, the r/WoW moderator announced he was closing the subreddit until he could log in.

This did not sit lightly with the subreddit's subscribers, nor the Reddit admins, who stepped in and promoted the other mods overnight. The subreddit is now back online.

The Reddit admins have said that they do not interfere in moderation disputes, but it's clear that holding a popular subreddit hostage falls afoul of the Reddit guidelines.

While PR trainwrecks can be entertaining for the rest of the world to watch, No Man's Sky just can't seem to catch a break. Whether it was just a victim to hype or actively misled consumers, the game seems to be firmly planted in the current gaming news cycle.

Currently, the r/NoMansSkyTheGame subreddit is back up and running with this stickied post from moderator u/BaRKy1911:

Hi everyone, whether you're from /r/all, a vet of the sub, or from any other place then welcome. Hopefully this is the last big post on this situation.

So what's happening now is /u/Sporkicide is currently vetting some other mods. I've been brought in as head-mod, I moderate a few other subreddits but this one is substantially larger than most. The last mod team have all been removed. Any automod conditions that 'censored' people or anything of that matter have been removed. There's still the spam filter but hopefully this place will return back to normal in the next few days.

If you have any questions, queries or anything else feel free to leave them here. Uncivil comments will be removed as per usual.

What do you think about the drama? Let us know in the comments.


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