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

I am a former Reddit user who came here after the Blackout, but realistically I was only a member for 21 days. Even so, it feels like being a former Redditor has a stigma I wish to dissociate myself with.

Other former Redditors need to shed the title and fully immerse themselves in the Voat community. Forget Reddit existed, Voat is your new home!

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[–] extremedefense 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

I just go where the best content is. I couldn't care less where I get it from.

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[–] Drachen 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Considering the best content usually makes its way into every website, the quality of the website and its community means the most to me.

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

Exactly. I'm not here to pledge allegiance or anything. This isn't some kind of cult is it? I go where I want when I want. For the time being, that where is here.

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[–] alucard6219 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This is exactly why the other place is fucked. Nobody knows what they can and can't post, they don't post, content moves to Voat, and content followers follow.

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

This. Humans are great. Humans with a single reference point are tiring

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

Yeah. I started using voat coincidentally right as I moved 1500 miles. So I went to a new place and started using a new site. Its like a whole new life, void of memes and lulz.

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

Its nice too see more activity here. I feel at this stage, we are getting mostly people who think for themselves. Which, leads to more interesting discourse.

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[–] ChubbyTiger 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Excuse me if this sounds rude, it's not my intention. Wouldn't a bunch of people following what others told them to do - in this case go to voat - mean they don't think for themselves?

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[–] Anoneymoose 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Depends largely on the reason people ultimately decide to come here. The way I see it people who mainly transfer just to spite reddit will not last long and end up going back for sloppy seconds, but those that are leaving in order to test the waters are most likely users that can think for themselves.

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

I think it was more like, hey there is this other place called vote, if you were looking for something like reddit but wasn't reddit.

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

But aren't people are coming to vote because of an external reason.

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

Yes, if that's why these people came here, because they were told. I just don't think being told to do something is enough to motivate strangers on the internet. They would also need more personal reason to make the switch. I feel, the majority of the people we are seeing come to voat, have a reason beyond being told too. How about you what brings you here?

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[–] KrakNup 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

I'd rather voat stay the way reddit used to be years ago with more content and discussion and less of the memes and silliness. I see it already creeping in.

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

i know what you mean every thread had 3 or 4 of those stupid pun or self refrential jokes that would go on for 10 posts. it was so childish and self congradulatory.

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[–] 743083? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This phenomenon got me into the habit of reading only original comments (comments that weren't in reply to anyone else) and skipping everything in between. It was the easiest way to avoid all the "and my axe!" type comments.

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

I agree with you! I find something interesting and I have to paddle through dozens of crappy comments and usually give up.

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

I'm actually fine with those comment threads. The way comments are structured is where this platform really shines compared to places like G+ and Facebook and other forums. The comments are arranged in trees and each branch is collapsible.

Now and then, there's a good pun thread. For every other time, there's the collapse button.

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[–] hak8or 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Remember to downvote such posts, or even just report to mods about it as spam since, in all honesty, they are pretty much spam.

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

more users will probably lead to two outcomes.

1 is less individual discussion. You won't be as inclined to talk to other voaters when the community enlarges. People will upvoat less quality content and more content that is easily digestible and understandable to the average person.

2 is more flushed out niche subverses. If you have a special interest Voat is not a well suited platform because there simply aren't enough people here who share your interest.

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

I came before the FPH ban. But the site was pretty empty. But yes I want more users here. I would love to watch reddit burn. It is just amazing watching reddit fold under everything.

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

I made my account back in March I think and yeah it was pretty empty then too. Glad to see some activity starting to happen.

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

While in the beginning of the AMAgeddon the shit-posting was rampant, it has been decreasing steadily for a while now, suggesting that those people are bouncing back to Reddit. This makes me hopeful for the future.

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

Either bouncing back or they're acclimating to the new culture. Or both.

But the best chance for Voat is to grow organically. That way any preexisting culture isn't stamped out by torrents of new users. But on the topic of keeping a healthy culture, I think the default subs go a long way. Reddit's culture was largely influenced by their default subs (AdviceAnimal, atheism, etc.).

It would be smart for Voat to keep sane default subs. They'll set the tone for the site in general.

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

I think one important thing to remember is that Reddit's population is huge and quite diverse so I think it is a bit ridiculous to try and classify them all as having the same effect. That being said I came here to get away from Reddit and will be happy when I can stop hearing about it on here every day.

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

We definitly needed more content, but it was kind of nice with a smaller user base for discussion and there weren't so many shit posts. Now I see comments mirroring reddit hivemind thinking and tons of shit posts. I am going to have to block v/funny,pics, etc now that it is full of shit heads. v/WTF was pretty good for only showing truly wtf posts and is not getting garbage coming in. Too many shit posts basically. I prefer lower number of overall posts and higher quality. Just makes browsing the site more tedious having to see all the uninteresting cliche trash everywhere.

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