Reddit Force Chokes Users Posting Star Wars Spoilers With Ban Hammer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is likely to be the biggest movie of 2015, and it’s been over a decade since the release of Revenge of the Sith — or if you’re like me, it’s been 32 years since the last real Star Wars movie was released. Needless to say, fans are extremely excited to see the movie and having the experience spoiled for them when visiting random subreddits not even dedicated to the film is downright despicable.
“We've banned dozens of users so far for this,” write r/movies moderator TheGreatZiegfeld. “I think all the mods have had it spoiled for them by now. We'll do our best to make sure you guys don't suffer the same fate.”
Bringing out the ban hammer for these folks that have nothing better else to do with their time is greatly appreciated by the reddit community, but it’s not just random discussion threads that are being overrun with these trolls. They’ve even taken to sending unsuspecting folks private messages containing spoilers.
“Just wanted to say to the a**holes who PM'd me major spoilers that it ain't gonna work,” wrote user KyleRaynerGotSweg. “I don't give a sh*t what you try and spoil for me I'm still going to go see this movie and love it.”
If you’d like a sidekick to help protect you from Star Wars spoilers, you can always install the “Force Block: the Star Wars spoiler blocker” extension, which uses “smart pattern detection” to block pages that that are destined to spoil the movie for you.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on track to have a tremendous opening this weekend and a record [total] box office haul. Pre-sale tickets have already surpassed the $100 million mark and analysts are expecting for it to surpass the record $208.8 million domestic opening weekend for Jurassic World earlier this year. And if its record-setting pace goes unchecked, it could easily top $2 billion in ticket sales by the end of its theatrical run.