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[–] bill.lee 1 points 38 points (+39|-1) ago 

Neat idea @SgtSama! For me, the biggest tip is to kind of hang back and visit a bit. Make an introduction...don't make a bunch of posts asking how to prevent /v/politics from becoming /r/politics. The upside of making an introduction, is that sometimes another user can give you feedback about certain subs based on your interests. However, there is always value in checking out voat.co/subverses and searching there. A few other common topics: CCP is more quickly achieved with more thorough comments and there's a few measures to limit mod authority (a maximum of modding 10 subs and public logs).

The only other tip I would offer is to be capable of being offended. One of the biggest thing that drove me from reddit was people's absolute shock that another person thought differently then them. I encourage new users to be prepared for disagreement and to be able to rationally discuss a topic :)

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[–] goat_simulator 0 points 22 points (+22|-0) ago 

This is the biggest problem I have with Reddit. Whether it was a top level comment or way down in the chain, if I saw something I didn't agree with and attempted to engage someone in discussion about it, more often than not I would either be downvoted into oblivion or (more often) someone would respond with a pun.

Discussion works best when people can engage one another. A good friend of mine is very Christian and is opposed to the US Supreme Court's recent decision to legalize gay marriages. We didn't try to convince each other to come to the other's way of thinking, we just laid it out there and talked about it, it was pretty awesome.

People over there put way too much stock in fake Internet points and not enough in actually talking about shit, at least in the major subs.

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

I have the same issues with Reddit. I would put forth honest effort into my comment, even backing up whatever I'm saying with sources, only to be met with downvotes and no explanations. They claim that they want to participate in a discussion, but every so often I'd come across somebody with their fingers in their ears unwilling to hear the other side of things or follow the peer-reviewed sources I provide. It's annoying to put effort into something only to be met with a downvote and no follow-up.

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[–] vjack 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

My experience with voat so far - and I know this probably has as much to do with the subverses I subscribed to as anything else - is that there aren't nearly as many social justice warrior (SJW) types here yet. I'm really hoping that continues because it does make for much better and more open discussion.