This Post contains potential spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War
Reddit's Largest Mass-Ban is About to Take Place
(But not for the reason you would guess)
Avengers: Infinity War hit theatres on April 27th, 2018 and was an instant success, causing it to become one of the highest-rated movies in the MCU franchise, and also the fourth highest grossing movie of all time.
Thanos, the villain, was the main focus of Infinity War, and Josh Brolin's portrayal drew viewers in. There were times where viewers were made to feel bad for Thanos, and deep down part of Thanos plan, to eliminate half of all life in the galaxy, made sense in order to bring prosperity.
Brolin's portrayal created many fans of Thanos, and eventually they found their way to Reddit, creating the subreddit, r/thanosdidnothingwrong. For the past several months the subreddit has mostly consisted of users posting MCU/Infinity War related memes. However, recently someone proposed an idea....
A user created a post, proposing the idea that in the true spirit of Thanos, the mods should ban half of the users on the subreddit. Many members were accepting of the idea, however they were skeptical, and suggested that the subreddit's mods check with Reddit admins first, referencing an event that occurred in r/counting, where users attempted to create the longest comment chain ever made on the site, and ended up getting scolded by the admins.
Before going ahead, the mods gave the idea one last chance to fail. Subreddit mod, u/The-Jedi-Apprentice created a post for voting and announced that if the post got 60,000 upvotes, which was half the subreddit's population at the time, the mods would go ahead and look into it... The post received 150,000 upvotes.
In the beginning, the admins were not very into the idea of the mass ban. However, they never came out against it either. Eventually the administrators agreed, and the ban was scheduled for July 9th. Since then, the news of the ban has begun to attract the mainstream attention, and Reddit users have been flocking to the subreddit en masse. When the ban was first proposed, the subreddit had about 30,000 members, and at the time of writing this it has about 419,000 and is still climbing. Remember that the ban takes place on July 9th, so you still have time to join if you would like to take part.