..lol. Planet MineCraft is not "official" in any way. It is just another community, that is thriving just like any other MineCraft Fanbase. It is not listed on the official resources, as you can see for yourself by visiting www.minecraft.net/community.
I even screenshotted this for you:
"Minecraft is copyright Mojang AB and is not affiliated with this site."
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Technically this forum is the official unofficial forum, it was created by fans of the game (Citricsquid being one) and later Curse took it over.
Due to its popularity Mojang accepted it as the main forum to goto and listed it on their page, but Mojang have never had a control of the forum
Disclaimer - I think thats right, but i'm sure someone will correct me if i am wrong, and add more detail
This is correct. Mojang consider minecraftforum.net the "official" forum however that is pretty much the extent of MCF's affiliation with Mojang. The Minecraft Forums are owned and run by a separate autonomous company, Curse.
why does notch seem to pay more attention to people on reddit than people on this forum?
That is up to Notch to answer, but I assume he frequents various subreddits as Reddit is a multi purpose site covering a wide array of topics. MCF is almost purely focused on Minecraft and Notch's involvement in the development of the game ended some time ago now.