/r/Braincels was a blackpilled incelibate community hosted by Reddit. Braincels was arguably the largest “incelospherian” community from 2018-2019, due to the amount of alts, normies, trolls, watchdog users, banned users, and females, which pushed their numbers to at least 43,803. The subreddit got an estimated 2-3 posts per minute, and had an enormous amount of lurkers. Braincels generally produced more lighthearted and tongue-in-cheek content compared to other incel communities, as it largely consisted of memes.
The subreddit was quarantined on September 27, 2018 due to, “misogyny”, and then banned from Reddit entirely on September 30th 2019. Following the ban, some users moved to incels.co, incelistan.net (now yourenotalone.co), incelswithouthate, and saidit.net/s/incels.
Ban from Reddit
r/Braincels was banned from Reddit on September 30th 2019 for “posting of content that harasses or bullies.” Master, who was hired as a mod on the subreddit a month before the ban, received a message notifying him of the closing. The message said that the creation of new subreddits to evade the ban was not allowed and that the content on Braincels was “materially incompatible” with new rules Reddit admins created for the purpose of shutting down subreddits that didn’t align with their ideology.
Various external forums such as incels.co and incelistan.net welcomed Braincels refugees, but a second mass exodus to external forums is unlikely as r/Braincels users already knew the existence of these external forums, and r/Braincels was never really much of a solid community at any point in time. In the last few months of its existence, the subreddit was increasingly populated by alt-right types, people who bully feminine looking men, and culture warriors.
Before the subreddit, was banned, it was actually quarantined from Reddit. This occurred on September 27, 2018, due to Braincels’ “misogyny”. On the date of the quarantining of Braincels, Reddit gave a link to a feminist male studies organization, telling incels to learn, “positive masculinity”, sparking many memes making fun of the term, “positive masculinity”, for it’s comically vague thought-police vibe. It was later learned that the founder of the male org that Reddit linked, Michael Kimmel, was an alleged sexual assaulter, leading to much questioning as to whether or not Reddit meant, “positive masculinity”, to mean rape.
Creation and evolution
Braincels was created by AnathematicAnarchist before the /r/incels ban. He was later forgotten by the “community” until he wrote a suicide letter, after which the community embraced him. He has not posted since his suicide letter. Given the large number of suicides from braincels that have been tied to real Facebook accounts, it is more likely than not that the creator of the sub commited suicide.
First Major Moderator
The subreddit was occupied by the female head-moderator, Board_Gaming, who had repeatedly self-proclaimed to not believe in the Blackpill, posted in Inceltears, and seemengly disliked Incels. She had also been hypothesized by the more mean people on the sub to be perhaps autistic, due to many of her comments taking the form of “I am not X” or “I do not X”, etc which had spawned a number of mock accounts on the sub that imitated her.
Tradcons move in
Mot long after the quarantine, in October of 2018, Board_Gaming stepped down as head-moderator and was replaced by /u/IQ9K, who added 5 new moderators to help him out. The forum became more ban-heavy, masculinist, and content-restrictive after Board_Gamings absence. This coincided with hiring Master from incels.co as a mod, and the sub died a few months later.
Braincels was regularly brigaded by inceltears. Inceltears users were rumored to post CP and other stuff in order to get the sub shut down.