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Kotaku In Action is a subreddit and subverse in the main hub in Reddit and Voat for Gamergate discussions.

Our Mission

KotakuInAction is a platform for open discussion of the issues where gaming, nerd culture, the internet, and media collision.

We believe that the current standards of ethics in the media has alienated the artists, developers, and creators, who perpetuate the things we love, enjoy, and enthusiastically build communities around. We have taken notice of various incidents involving conflicts of interest and agenda-pushing within media which we feel are damaging to the credibility of the medium and harm the community at large. We believe the current media is complicit in the proliferation of an ideology that squashes individuality, divides along political lines, and is stifling to the freedom of creativity that is the foundation of human expression.

KotakuInAction is a community that condemns willful censorship, exclusion, harassment, or abuse. It is a community that organizes to hold the media accountable to the concept of artistic freedom by standing up for the artist, the developer, the writer, the filmmaker, and all who enjoy the freedom to create, explore, and expand. It is a community that allows the exchange of information, supports the ongoing discussion of media ethics, and protects the right of the individual to embrace their personal interests in entertainment and freedom. [1]


Thanks to Kotaku being it's usual corrupt, colluding, self-serving self, a post about their dallyings ended up in TumblrInAction, there .[2][3] This is before Gamergate happened, mainly one of the reporters living in with an indie dev.[4] The Tumblr In Actions post can be seen here [5] Also, because Gawker is of low standards. But when two subreddits, r/games and r/gaming, banned discussion about the disclosure policies by journalists and the trolls and Shit Reddit Says natives took over r/gamergate subreddit. Kotaku in Action became the defacto one for Gamergate discussion (Besides 8chan), along with talks about censorship, agendas, bias, and other issues in the gaming media and related topics. [6]

Role in Gamergate

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Eventually, the subreddit became the hub station of news and discussion. [7] [8] Mainly for the reason that many of reddit's mods in most subreddits have been deleting posts and comments on Gamergate (and similar issues and concerns) and the admins have shadowbanned hundreds, if not thousands, of people for the same reason. Therefore, even though Kotaku in Action is a good resource, the subscribers are discourage to buy reddit gold (aka premium membership) or allowing ads on the site.

On July 13, 2018, davidme set the subreddit on private and attempted to nuke KotakuInAction.[9] The subreddit was gone for about 45-50 minutes, until a reddit admin and the KiA mods wrestle the power back from davidme to put back everything live and in order. According to the creator of KiA (and since he's a regular of r/politics, it's influence also added to his growing antagonisticism towards what he made), the subreddit became infested with "racism, sexism, and other -isms", and therefore he really wanted to close the sub, despite being handed over supervisory control. [10][11] HandofBane eventually explained what happen: davidme went off the deep end, made a screed on another sub, and attempted to nuke the whole mod team, the CSS, and made a huge mess.[12][13] [14] The good samaratian admin will not be named, just to avoid harassment from those who want this particular subreddit gone.

Sometime in July 19, 2018, david-me posted his his new plans for KotakuInAction. Instead of gaming (and nerd culture), the new sub will be about ALL media and focus on their "truth and honesty," change the mods, make the sub into a "more positive environment (and suspecting that 90% of the old commenters will leave, he wants them to, because he wants the new more diverse userbase to aim 100% participation. Also, he stated that he made comments that are anti-thetical to his actual views and beliefs, which lead him to a dark place and that he's still an asshole. But he's a good person and wishes to create a userbase full of those like him, he doesn't want an echo chamber but a free flowing exchange of thoughts, that he let KIA unwilling become. david-me assumes that the new direction will be received and that he's expecting to gain 100x as many users to replace the lost. Including that the new mission statement will say that Understand that Gamergate and Social Justice are will be largely inapplicable.[15][16] Most of the userbase dislikes david-me's plans, because it's apparent that he has gone insane, mainly because of his posting history which shows that he regularly posts and hangs around in r/politics and is largely anti-Donald Trump, anti-conservative, and sjw influences in there, also that he has unspecified friends that he never told the KotakuInAction mod team about[17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

After getting a few mod powers back, david-me is remove some posts, like the Cuphead, without explaination.[24] However those in KotakuInAction are planning to migrate just in case david-me gets power and transforms the sub, mainly to KiAChatroom, or other places, like 8chan. On July 21, 2018, one of the mods, target_locked, posted a sticky telling the anxious KIA community of what is going on, for the time being nothing has changed on their end and they're awaiting for the final say from the reddit admins, the rules haven't change, and all the david-me posts are to be regulated to a mega-thread sticky. They told the community that for now, just continue posting as usual to bring a sense of normalcy back in.[25] Also, not to panic.[26]

On July 25, 2018, after the community's experience much anxiety and anger (The Kokatu In Action community weren't please with the thought of david-me getting his mod powers back, because they are concern that he will try to nuke the subreddit and replace the mods like he did earlier. Not even posting his goals of his vision and explaining what he did and why won't ease the KiA contributors' anger, concerns, anxiety, and trust. Except the community began to adore david-me's pet cat, who bit his owner), the reddit admins finally step in and took away david-me's powers and he's no longer a moderator of Kotaku In Action.[27][28][29]


1. Don't Be a Dickwolf.

2. No "Personal Information."

3. No Unrelated Politics.

4. Please Tag Posts for Flair.

5. We Are Not Your Personal Army.

6. Archive as Much as You Can.

7. Don't Post Bullshit.

8. No Reposts.

Doings and Projects

Birth of Gilda Mars

Gilda Mars was made when KotakuInAction managed to secure $4,000 of donatations to have a character made for The Fine Young Capitalists' game, Afterlife Empire. [30]

Imzy Experiment

Redditor willhicks is currently conducting an experiment to see how long Kotaku In Action community can remain in Imzy and not starting problems for the other communities. In addition, it will be interesting to see if the Imzy mods flat out ban it on purely political grounds. [31]

Kotaku In Action Steam Group

There was a Kotaku In Action Steam group, but one of the administrator moderators, Poporx, who feels as though he moved beyond Gamergate and decided that he would make some changes, like be more neutral and be a fullfledge community for ALL gamers. [32] This prompted a lot of the KIA members to leave, since it also seems as though Poporx was advertising his company and wants to change it's name as well. [33] Poporx posted in the reddit community to let them to that it was never his intention to change the KiA Steam group into his company's number one fan group. He does acknowledge that his original post caused a mess and that he should not have started with talking about his company. Plus, Poporx stated that he will make sure to keep the group's name and running, but he would NEED people to take up the administrator and moderator positions, unless the group becomes a ghost town. [34] He left a poll asking the Kotaku In Action reddit Community what should be done about the Steam group, most of them voted that the Steam group should be kept the way it is, but the group themselves needs to step it up. [35] [36] Eventually, Poporx posted another announcement, this time it was a "Help Needed" searching for moderators and administrators for the group and help grow it. Since, he, himself has several projects that his real life work requires and he would not be around for a while. [37] [38] The KiA Steam group is now under management of new mods and administrators. [39]

Media Coverage

The following chart lists the articles covering david-me trying to nuke the KotakuInAction subreddit. Many of the outlets gives a slanted reporting of the incident, intentionally or not, excluding more charged tweets.

Outlet Writer Date Subject Link
Digg Steve Rousseau 07/13/18 Founder of Gamergate Subreddit r/KotakuInAction Calls It A 'Cancerous Growth,' Attempts to Delete It [49]
Select All Madison Malone Kircher 07/13/18 Creator of Reddit's Gamergate Forum Temporarily Shuts Down Monster of His Own Creation [50]
We Hunted the Mammoth David Futrelle 07/13/18 Reddit Restores the Poisonous KotakuInAction Subreddit After Its Founder Closes It In Disgust [51]
The Daily Dot Joseph Knoop 07/14/18 Reddit Brought Back A Gamergate Forum After Its Creator Tried to Destroy It [52]
Inquisitr Amanda Fox 07/14/2018 Opinions Are Split On the Attempt To Shut Down Popular Subreddit r/KotakuInAction [Opinion] [53]
Gamer Revolution Paul Tamburro 07/13/18 KotakuInAction Founder Briefly Shuts Down Gamergate Forum, Calls It a "Cancerous Growth" [54]
Dotesports.com Ana Valens 07/13/18 Popular Gamergate Subreddit Shut Down By It's Own Creator [55]
Engadget Andrew Tarantola 07/14/18 Gamergate's Subreddit Temporarily Shuts Down Because Toxicity [56]
Motherboard Samantha Cole 07/13/18 The Creator of the Largest Gamergate Subreddit Rage Quits, Says It's "Infested With Racism and Sexism" [57]
The Outline Caroline Haskins 07/13/18 Gamergate Ringleader Experiences Moral Crisis, Four Years Late [58]
Polygon Julia Alexander 07/13/18 Reddit Employee Saves Gamergate Subreddit, KotakuInAction, After Founder Closes It [59]
The Verge Megan Farokhmanesh 07/13/18 Reddit Employee Saved Gamergate Forum KotakuInAction After Creator Tried to Destroy It [60]
Business Insider (UK) Kelly McLaughlin 07/13/18 A Top Gamergate Reddit Forum Was Temporarily Shut Down By Its Founder Who Called it a "Cancerous Growth" [61]

Subreddits That Bans KiA Users

These are a list of reddit communities that ban those that posts in KotakuInAction, whether it was by bot or manually.

  • r/women
  • r/blackladies
  • r/rape
  • r/naturalhair

Used to Banned

  • r/rapecounseling - (If one was banned because of the bot, contact the mods and ask if your ban can be revoke).


In June 15, 2019, the mods took down the ResetEra Pedophile thread. One of the mods, pinkerbelle, explained it was because people continued to post direct links to NeoGaf, ResetEra, or didn't blur out the usernames from the screenshots. Also, both Neogaf and ResetEra will used this to contact the reddit admins and accused the whole KIA subreddit of doxxing and harassing them, which will be enough to get the admins to nuke the whole GG sub.[43][44]


The moderators from other reddit communities (known as subreddits), such as those from r/OffMyChest, r/Rape, and r/NaturalHair deployed a SaferBot to automatically block those that post in KotakuInAction. [45]

Kotaku In Action has a Steam Group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/KotakuInAction

Kotaku In Action is also in Voat.

KotakuInAction's bot that's suppose to archive everything's name is mnemosyne, named after the Greek goddess of the same name (Her name means "remembrance, memory.")

Vivian James is the unofficial mascot of both KotakuInActions, not Gilda Mars despite the fact that Gilda was made to represent reddit's Gamergate supporters.

Kotaku In Action has two Team Fortress 2 servers,[46][47] and

Polygon's subreddit was given to AntonioOfVenice, who is now the new mod. Once the previous one stepped down. [48]

See Also

Criticism of KotakuInAction







  1. KiA: Our Mission -[[1]]
  2. [2]
  3. [3]
  4. [4]
  5. [5]
  6. Why is the sub called KiA - [6]
  7. Gamergate Is...(KiA) -[7]
  8. Gamergate Support List - [8]
  9. Today's Outrage Brought ot You By David-Me. -[9]
  10. Righting A Wrong (Drama/archive) - [10]
  11. Looking to Shutter a Subreddit (Drama/archive) - [11]
  12. I Need About A Gallon of Rum After That Mess (KiA/archive) - [12]
  13. Head Mod of KIA Dynamites the Subreddit He Thinks You're All Racist (archive)-[13]
  14. Head Mod of KIA Dynamites the Subreddit He Thinks You're All Racist (archive)-[14]
  15. david-me posted his plans to the admins on a private sub - [15]
  16. david-me posted his plans (archive)- [16]
  17. Moving Foward (archive) - [17]
  18. If You Want Any Help Making KIA Actually Good, I'm Happy to Lend a Hand (archive) - [18]
  19. Some of david-me's posting history (archive) - [19]
  20. david-me history part 2 - [20]
  21. david-me's posting history part 3 (archive) - [21]
  22. david-me's posting history part 4 (archive) - [22]
  23. david-me's posting history part 5 (archive) -[23]
  24. David-me is Now Removing Posts Without time for Admins to Act in Removing Him. Their Sabotaging Our Subreddit (archive) - [24]
  25. Official David-Me megathread and other posts related to the drama over the last few weeks (archive) -[25]
  26. <ef>Don't Panic (archive) -[26]
  27. The Verdict Is In...(archive) - [27]
  28. [28]
  29. Who Gets the David's Cat Flair (KiAChatroom/archive) - [29]
  30. Gilda Mars: Origins - [30]
  31. Imzy Experiment - [31]
  32. KIA Steam Group Accouncement - [32]
  33. PSA: KiA Steam Group Admin is Shilling and Changing Group Name - [33]
  34. Note to Self, Remember to Re-Read Posts to Make Sure They Make Sense (KiA)- [34]
  35. Poll results - [35]
  36. Actual Poll - [36]
  37. Need for Mods and Admins Since Poprox is Stepping Away for a While (KiA)-[37]
  38. Admins and Mods to Help Grow the Group (KiA Steam Group) -[38]
  39. Kotaku In Action Steam Group - [39]
  40. You Will Be Banned In r/magicTCG (archive)-[40]
  41. Got Banned From r/offmychest...(archive) -[41]
  42. I Was Told I Would Be Banned In Other Subreddits (archive) - [42]
  43. Why Was The ResetEra Pedophile Accusation Thread Deleted? (KIA/reddit)-[43]
  44. Why Was The ResetEra Pedophile Accusation Thread Deleted? (KIA/reddit/archive)- [44]
  45. Posting on GG's Subreddit Gets Users Automatically Banned on Others (Observer) - [45]
  46. KIA TF2 Server Now Online (KIA)-[46]
  47. KIA TF2 Server Now Online (KIA/archive)-[47]
  48. I Just Got Control of r/Polygon (archive) - [48]