Me and some of the moderators of large subreddits often congregate offsite on slack to discuss moderation issues. Spam, problem users, reddit infrastructure, automod code and so on. Though 80% of the talk on this slack is of a social nature. During these discussions we noticed that the alt-right on reddit plays by a different rulebook than the rest of us. They are not interested in a fair, intellectually honest debate. We noticed that a lot of our users felt discouraged when they were making well-thought out arguments in which they put time and effort, only to be replied to with a meme at best and abuse at worst. "Orange man bad" "The left can't meme." And so on.We saw that the initiative very much was with the alt-right, who were dominating reddit despite their what we believe to be far smaller numbers as opposed to people interested in a healthy, constructive debate, people who aren't completely morally bankrupt.We made a plan. If we could these people to believe that the rest of reddit had had enough and was going to ban participants of their subreddits from a large section of the rest of reddit completely, we could drive them into a panic.We could "troll the trolls". In doing so we could a) Give a morale boost to those who were weary of being trolled and harassed all the time. Especially when it would be revealed to all be joke. The shoe would be on the other foot for once. b) We could demoralise the alt-right. Perhaps, even, make them panick enough to do something so stupid that it would attract negative admin attention. c) As a side-project, any mod team contacting us to say they were interested in or supportive of the "banout" could be given the link to the same bot that r/LateStageCapitalism uses to remove bad faith actors. Since that bot can be programmed to only ban once a treshold amount of karma on target subreddits is reached it bans less false positives than a bot like SaferBot.We used our insider knowledge of the imminent ban of MillionDollarExtreme and related subreddits as a way to lend credence to our reality we have nothing at all to do with the recent banwave. This is 100% an admin initiative. No pressure from us has gone to admins.Even if we wanted to, we could not actually mass-ban people. The moderating teams of large subreddits would veto such a proposal. Admins would likely act against us for interfering with reddit operations, instead of acting against problem subreddits.