n. An online fundraising campaign to help stop a project that is being financed through the Kickstarter crowdfunding website.
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Kickstarter to stop things = KICKSTOPPER. RT @katemond: Kickstarter to stop Papyrus font being used on anything vaguely historical.
—Stan Carey, “Kickstarter to stop…,” Twitter, November 25, 2014
When Glowing Plant first put its project on Kickstarter, an anti-synthetic biology group in Canada launched a "kickstopper" campaign to stop it. The effort amassed only $2,274.
—Lina Zeldovich, “Glow-in-the-dark plants go on sale,” Fox News, March 27, 2014
Maybe there's another untapped market that Amazon has inadvertently stumbled across here. What about a more organised outlet for haters to crowdsource cancellations: Kickstopper, anyone?
—Richard Vine, “Zombieland: when fan power turns bad,” The Guardian (London), May 22, 2013
2011 (earliest)
Kickstarter (heh, KICKSTOPPER) probably won't allow us to do it because it's their bread and butter, but we CAN do it at The Point, seeing as how James made Weezer that offer over there.
—Evin Relocation, “Gimmicky twee bullshit: Pomplamoose” (reply), Electrical Audio, July 26, 2011
Kickstarter is a website that offers crowdfunding: financing a project by getting a large number of people to invest small amounts. Most of these projects aren't worth the proverbial plugged nickel (see Sturgeon's law; for an example, see the Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese Kickstarter), but a few are useful and do well (see for example the Kickstarter for the beautiful book The Shape of Design). Occasionally a project comes along that some people view as outright offensive or dangerous. In some cases, those people raise money for ventures that work against the original project, usually by funding publicity campaigns, literature, and other artforms that protest against or attempt to discredit the original. The goal is to prevent people from investing in the Kickstarter campaign, making this anti-effort a kickstopper.