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[–] Dashippy 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

Like most people I came because of what went down on Reddit. I wasn't even a member of FPH or any of the banned subs. But I disagreed with the banning of them in the first place. Especially when a lot of double standards became clear. I also disagreed with shoddy practices such as shadowbanning. It turned out the website was filled with practices I didn't like and I had no idea they were happening.

As for why I actively participate; I'm not entirely sure. I could lurk and find things without needing an account. I like the idea of being a part of something small though. I like the idea of helping Voat grow and become better than it is. I also feel like actively participating in the competition, in something that goes against what you left, enforces your disagreement. It's one thing to boycott something; it's another to use something that is similar to the old thing but comes without the things you disliked.

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[–] Khargosh 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

100% agree on your post. I hope I can contribute something to make Voat grow. Never posted much on reddit though. I also admit I loved the concept, I don't even mind if they ban a community there for harrasing others (I only knew FPH), but the censorship leaves a very bad taste. In the last days I realized the extend of how much stuff is deleted which does not fit their agenda. Now I don't even want to look back. Reddit is infested by sjw like a bed full of bedbugs. Nope

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[–] ack 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Same here.

I wasn't a member of fph, but I was a member of fatlogic (fph went a little too far on the hate and wasn't as funny/cringey).

It wasn't so much the fph ban per se, but the censorship that drove me over the edge. Ironically, moving to voat turned me into an fph subscriber because everyone is gathered there.

Not only that, but the hypocritical nature of the ban as the saga unfolded over the next few days was telling. All the fat-related subs were removed, and stuff like /r/rapingwomen and /r/coontown stayed. WTF?

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[–] technologyisnatural 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

What pushed me over the edge was that subreddits are using CSS to hide the existence of mass deletion sprees. Not only are dissenting opinions silenced, but readers don't even know that there has been a dissenting opinion. That's some next level Orwellian shit right there.

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[–] RyGuyX 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

I came because I believe in freedom from censorship, even if I disagree with those whom are censored.

One of my favorite quotes that stuck with me since I was young, from Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri: "Beware he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master."

I participate because the community is small, and I can add to it.

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[–] MrLessMore [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I feel exactly the same. Less users means more valuable discussions and less circle jerking unless its /v/circlejerk.

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[–] challengederped 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I don't know, more users mean more fresh content, plus I kind of want the admins to realize "oh shit, we really fucked up" when their flow of money starts to wither.

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[–] reshp1 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I'm a grown ass man that doesn't need a "safe place" or protection from mean people on the internet.

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[–] TinyTinaTrumpsAll 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I came to Voat, because of what Reddit had become. I was mainly a lurker on Reddit, and have actually become a lot more active on Voat (compared to how I was on Reddit anyway). The limitation on upgoats really pushed me to participate. At first, it was just so that I could get enough CCP to upgoat whenever I want to, but now I'm realizing that I actually enjoy participating more than I thought. I'm normally more of a listener/observer IRL, and only speak up when I'm sure I know something useful to add to the conversation (or if I need clarification on something). It's actually been really hard for me to break out of that habit, but now that I'm starting to I really enjoy it.

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[–] MrLessMore [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I was thinking the same lately, Voat is kinda making me participate more and that is a good thing imo.

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[–] TinyTinaTrumpsAll 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yeah I think the voting system is really good for breaking people out of that habit, and encourages people to post more substantial comments. I've seen much fewer comments that are trying to just get upgoats by being funny, and more that are actually adding to the conversation. I really hope it stays that way, because it's a much more engaging site than the alternative.

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[–] DOCTORMURDER 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

The smaller community means that my voice is more likely to be heard. It's also fun to be a part of something new.

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[–] WhiskeyMcGuiness 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Took the words out of my mouth!

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[–] Merciless_Ming 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I disagree with the new Reddit direction.

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[–] synergy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

i have a lot of unpopular opinions. In voat you're actually able to discuss / debate these topics without being obliterated by downvotes. Though I don't expect it to last. Just like the early stages of reddit compared to now.

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[–] astroskag 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I made my account about a year ago, when it was still WhoaVerse. I came in that wave that came when Reddit changed their comment voting. I didn't really care much about the vote display change, but I tend to be kind of an early adopter, and I thought some of the little differences were good improvements. I lurked for a while but I quit checking it eventually, because there just wasn't a lot of activity. As for the recent debacle, I have to admit I don't really care what Reddit censors and what they don't, it's their prerogative, but I do like that I've seen so much more activity here.

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[–] MrLessMore [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I agree, Voat feels like a fresh breeze of air.

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