/r/TheBanout2018 has been at the forefront of the reddit metasphere recently. The origin of this sub is due to several things. Mostly the recent rising popularity of /u/saferbot (a bot which will auto-ban users on one subreddit for participating on another subreddit) and due to /r/drama excessively userpinging u/gallowboob.
u/ShaneH7646, the creator of r/TheBanout2018 created it on July 16, 2018 as a direct response to /r/drama userpinging u/gallowboob, just around the same time that GallowBoob had been added to the /r/drama mod team for a joke, and then kicked a day or two later.
/r/drama is obsessed with GallowBoob and basically just userping the hell out of him throughout a bunch of their threads, here are two examples:
The stated purpose of the of the subreddit was to get a bunch of mods together, have them all add Saferbot to their subreddits, and ban everyone from /r/drama, as well as a few other subreddits like /r/milliondollarextreme and /r/the_donald. Here's the first version of the sidebar: https://i.imgur.com/te1VWY5.png
For about 6 weeks nothing happened, but then the subreddit got noticed.
For some reason, around Sep 1, 2018, the subreddit got noticed.
At this point, the subreddit suddenly became active, and was flooded with posts.
Almost 100 posts were made before the subreddit was taken private by Shane with a plea for users to stop harassing GallowBoob. GallowBoob left the mod team at this time.
For the time being, the banout2018 subreddit is private. Some of the banout mods continue to try to get Saferbot added to large subreddits while the rest of us tell them that this will never happen. Since this whole thing is tangentially related to GallowBoob, it seems relevant to mention that during all this, the admins had reached out to /r/drama about their insistent pinging of GallowBoob. The userbase has a minor revolt and keeps talking about him anyway, which is still construed as harassment. The /r/drama mods looked down to the userbase and whispered "Stop this!"... and the userbase looked up and shouted "No.". The /r/drama mods take the subreddit private to protect the subreddit from the admins.
Tensions are high around Reddit as the specters of the admins loom. Threats of subreddit bans abound. Over the course of all of this, a few people have been PMing several of us about the nature of /r/TheBanout2018, and it seems that this event was playing into the idea behind the subreddit.
A few days later, I caught wind that /r/milliondollarextreme had been banned:
Nov 21 had been the drop-dead date from the beginning, but I felt that was too far away to push back any further, so I added the part about Halloween, and said that we were pushing back the date to the day we had actually originally stated.
I was already being slightly brigaded because of this thread so I volunteered to be the lightning rod for the subreddit.
Over the course of the day, several more subreddits got banned. We added them all to the sidebar, and split up things into "phases" to make it seem like there was some sort of plan.
All the banned subreddits are shown here: https://i.imgur.com/w0gYQr3.png
I got this userping for some reason, and I totally can't decipher it: https://i.imgur.com/i90scNu.png Something about sept 11, I'm not really sure.
/r/cringeanarchy, the subreddit which voted for me as "the guy we most want to call a fag during a Halo2 match" has a few more posts, and wish each other a fond farewell: Thread 1 - Thread 2 - Thread 3 - Thread 4 - Thread 5 - Thread 6
Someone notices that there is a petition to get me removed from Reddit. Could this be their Hail Mary play?
A couple days later, and everyone's refractory period has ended. It's time to ban some more subs.
I notice that /r/GreatAwakening has been banned. It hadn't been in the sidebar at all yet, so I added it under "Phase 3" and pretended that it was part of the plan all along.
We even included a Straw Poll so that we could have more group participation: https://i.imgur.com/Pgi56j1.png
Since there had also been a lot of interest in the subreddit recently, I had created an automod rule which required all titles and comments to read "I fully support banout 2018". I'm glad it was there, because everyone descended upon the subreddit like a swarm of locusts from that one really long book that had the guy who kept turning water into wine.
Well at the end of the day, the admins decided that enough was enough, and we were causing too much of a problem across Reddit. They stepped in and told /r/theBanout2018 to knock it the fuck off. This modmail has already been leaked elsewhere, so I don't see the harm in releasing it here as well. I redacted the names of people who asked to be redacted, as well as the name of the admin(s? hmm? more than 1? who knows): https://i.imgur.com/m69CteE.png
Here's what the sidebar looked like by the end of it: https://i.imgur.com/5VXePo1.png
As is tradition, here are some of the modmails we got. They ranged from completely abusive, to pleading that we not ban their favorite subreddit, asking that we ban [X,Y,Z] subreddits, to giants lists of subreddits for us to ban. There were far too many for me to really go through and find any of the really good ones, so I was kinda lazy about it:
At one point we were being flooded with posts, but fortunately AutoModerator was working around the clock to sling the chains of oppression. Here are a few examples:
I have a Change.org petition stickied to my profile to get me removed from reddit. Someone created it a few weeks ago and I thought it was funny. Someone must have linked to it from somewhere, because I suddenly started getting comments on it - Thread
And finally, the PMs I got along the way, the friends I met, the laughs and cries we shared: https://i.imgur.com/Nf6zTns.png