World of Warcraft Subreddit Returns Following Controversy

The World of Warcraft subreddit has returned to operation after its top moderator took it down for a short period over the weekend in protest of server issues affecting the MMO following the release of the Warlords of Draenor expansion last week.

The moderator, nitesmoke, elected to set the page to private until he was able to log into the game, which was taking some time due to server strain resulting in long log-in queues. As you might expect, taking the subreddit down didn't go over too well with some of the page's fans, who said nitesmoke was being childish and spiteful, according to a report from Polygon.

'Nitesmoke made a mistake. It was a big one' -- aphoenix

The WoW subreddit has now returned, though under the leadership of a new moderator who goes by aphoenix.

'Nitesmoke made a mistake. It was a big one,' aphoniex wrote. 'I'm going to simply ask that you stop trying to get back at him. It's over; he's not on the moderation team here. Nobody here is on board with how he handled the situation. We will not handle the situation in the same way. Nitesmoke has apologized (to me, and through me, to you), and I apologize as well.'

'I'm not trying to sweep anything under the rug; I'm trying to put out the right message,' aphoenix added. 'I think the right message right now is 'Things got messed up. We understand that. Nitesmoke made a mistake. We're working at setting things right.''

Warlords of Draenor, released last Wednesday, is WoW's fifth expansion. Among other things, it raises the MMO's level cap to 100 and introduces many new zones and other fresh content. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Warlords of Draenor.

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