First off, Putt, I hope you are okay. Even atko doesn't seem to know where you are.
A lot of people think there's some conspiracy with the way the site went down and came back up. Nothing about it was fishy about me.
And if you're concerned about being monitored, why post on a public internet site? And why do it through one on Cloudflare? They can see it all, except for very limited configurations. No need for the NSA to put some backdoor on the site when they can knock on Cloudflare's door and possibly get everything they could want.
Anyway, I think I'm starting to understand more of Putt's behavior. I think he is trying to democratize the site because he is in a rut thinking it's too much to run (which it is when you have a job already), and/or that he wants to give it back to the community and hand it over.
The thing is, democracy often has all kinds of problems. It can work okay if votes are offset by member contributions, much like shareholders. And a true setup like I think the one you're envisioning, shouldn't be done here but on some web 3.0 blockchain-esque thing. Voat needs someone to run it. If you want to work on the Voat of the future, that's great and all, but let's keep Voat running while we can.
So Putt, you are clearly capable of running this site well when it has your time and attention. Here's my proposal.
Make it your full time job.
Hand it over to someone who will, or who will farm out the tasks and stay very attentive.
Remember the donation drive back in... July? I don't think anyone here will object to you taking a salary out of it as long as you are very clear cut with expectations and communications. Tell us what you're making at your day job, enable ads and donations, and we at Voat will almost certainly make it happen. You know the traffic figures we get. You may or may not know how effective ads are here. I've never found a more effective ad platform than Voat, even with things exactly the way they are. I've been wanting to post more ads for several months now. I still see my three old ads pop up from time to time.
I think most of us goats don't care hardly at all about new features. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but goats come here for a sense of community and the #1 priority I've seen any serious goat have, is a long term, stable platform that we can keep coming to. We can discuss growth from there, but Voat is ultimately just a dining hall and it happens to be the favorite dining hall. I know it's really easy to get carried away wanting to add new features. The point is, Voat isn't on fire other than a handful of bugs. It's not lacking in features, just lacking in maintaining what it already has.
And I know that isn't exciting. It's nice to get your feet wet adding new features and seeing potential. But Voat isn't a spaceship and I don't think it ever will be. Let's keep Voat going strong while you develop Voat 2.0 Blockchain Edition if that's what you want to do.
So with that said, I see no reason why financially Voat can't be your full time job. The point is, it should be someone's full time job. And we can make that happen if you can.
If you can't do that now or in the near future, consider handing over the reigns. I think the best solution is if you keep running with the site, as long as you really do run with it and treat it like a full time job. Otherwise, I think there are other goats here who can take the burden off your shoulders if it solely feels like a burden now.
I am happy to do that if you decide it's the best option. Ultimately, I don't have the time to be deeply involved with the lower level details, but have found enough goats here who can and would probably hire one of them on full time as a main developer, or a couple part time developers. I do have considerable tech experience, not specifically with dotNet, but enough to keep Voat running afloat on minimal resources. And if the hosting is $1,000 a month as I last recall, I can pay that out of pocket until we re-enable donations and ads. I take Voat very seriously and I know you do, too. I've made multiple offers to help out Voat in the past.
I just want to see Voat taken care of. I think you can do that and I think other goats here can. I don't want another thing on my plate. But if that thing is Voat, I will make room because it's special to me. If there's another goat with the skills, resources, and time to do this, please step forward.
I hope you're safe and well. You're in a unqiue position that you can be paid to run Voat. That is awesome and something to really consider. Don't get stuck in a rut.