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[–] Mars_Hopper [S] 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm here because I followed a link from an r/politics thread about the censoring of NSA stories on r/news. I personally still love a lot of the communities on reddit that I am a part of, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to take part in a brand new community whose identity hasn't been set in stone yet. One that sees freedom of speech as its number 1 priority and that is striving to make something awesome. I wanted to help create rather than just consume the culture of a site. Plus here it feels like a little family still and that is pretty neat.

edit: I forgot to answer part of my own question! I moderate /v/SpaceX /v/SpaceColonization /v/Chemistry and hopefully /v/Mars

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

I am here for similar reasons. I do have some worries that as this site becomes more popular, some of the initial core values (like free speech) will be ignored over time. The same happened with reddit and other sites as time goes on. But for now, I am cautiously optimistic and am willing to give voat a chance.

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

At least we can try to make it as good as possible for as long as possible.

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

Currently here because I'm shitting. Other than that, I'm here because I saw a link to /r/redditalternatives and this was the top post. Figured what the hell, I'll give it a go. Not really doing anything to make it special. Just kind of chilling for now. Might start playing along more in /v/writingprompts because I enjoyed it on reddit before it became an add for everyone's blog.

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

Why here, cos reddit just plain sucks now.

What am I doing? Honestly nothing special, however I'm actually participating in discussions this time, which is not something I did with frequency on reddit. Too easy to get drowned out

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

The same thing has happened to me. I find myself commenting all the time here because I feel like it is worthwhile. On Reddit it was so huge that I never felt like making a comment. Which doesn't make a ton of sense because it was more likely that more people would see it if I posted on Reddit, but for some reason mentally I feel much more excited to comment here than I ever did there.

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

Yeah sure. And the only comments you end up reading on reddit were meme trains :/. It felt like that was the sole purpose of it, repeating into a loop of different memes and going meta.

I know everyone throws the whole spiel about how subs are good before they hit 100K subs, but it's absolutely true. This whole website will be good, will grow, and then will suck. The sucking is inevitable and I can put up with that, but the abuse of power for censorship that isn't even transparent... that rubs me the wrong way.

Right now I'm just using reddit for a bit of cash or for my own gain and not contributing back anymore; I'm done with them.

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

I was tired of the complicity between radical feminists, Marxist subversives, and reddit management. Reddit's moderators can reach millions of people in some cases. Metaredditcancer proved that some of these moderators are actively manipulating information accessible to the public. Some of these moderators have over 180 subs that they moderate. Only someone who is being paid could take that much time. Reddit is not clear on who is paying them. It is not clear exactly what these moderator's agenda is. Therefore, it is very reasonable to assume that there is corruption involved somewhere in the process. Voat offers a fresh start and new opportunities to put checks and balances on people trying to manipulate the national narrative. Already we have seen the one default sub rule and 10 maximum subs be implemented. /v/ideasforvoat is alive with brilliant innovation on a daily basis. Reddit hasn't innovated in years.

This really is an exciting time.

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[–] voat4sale 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

> ideasforvoat

> innovation

A hundred times yes. And we all have a louder voice to facilitate improvements! Damn it feels good to be a gangster

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

I had been seeing mentions of voat on reddit for a while (pretty much every time some news story about the NSA or the TPP ends up on /r/undelete) and thought I would come check it out. It's pretty exciting to be a part of a new community, and I really enjoy how the comments section doesn't have a pun chain at the top to minimize before I get to the real discussion. I definitely enjoy how it's actually possible to read all the comments; it makes the whole experience a little more personal. I know some of these things will fade as the community grows, but hopefully I reach the contribution threshold so I can downvoat shitposts before they start becoming a concern.

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

I desired for a new forum to browse and spread my influence upon. I attempted to do so on traditional forums (vBulletin, Zeta, etc), but these types of forums are all dying out due to the common-place use of Reddit. Thus I instead looked for a Reddit alternative, because I love the open-source forum feel of Reddit, but I do not like Reddit itself (for reasons that have probably been exhausted to death already in this thread).

I am making discussion on Voat that I could not achieve on my own attempted foruming creations. I tried to start up a Criminology forum that I was going to try to advertise around my campus, but I realized that the scope of such a forum would likely be too narrow for the enjoyment and entertainment of users my age. I came here in hopes of spiritually bringing over that forum in the guise of /v/Criminology, but I found that I was too late in creating the board. Thankfully @Kva saw that I had as great an interest in Criminology as he and modded me.

Maybe my verse is not as active nor as expertly discussed as I had planned, but I've seem to have caught some interest in the Voat community (we have 8 subscribers!). If I cannot pull in more users who have dabbled in the science of Criminology, then at the very least I can raise awareness of the subject to the laymen of Voat.

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

Very cool! criminology is kind of a narrow interest but I am sure there are tons of people like you out there who would love to discuss it. The word just hasn't gotten out yet. I'm sure it will!

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

If it doesn't take off, then I'll just be fine discussing in /v/Crime.

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

The study of crime is basically the study of good and evil. I wish more people would have an objective, scientific perspective when it comes to crime. Voat is such a little community, I felt like I could pioneer the field here and snowball interest when there was little else to talk about.

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

I'm here since slightly before the flappening happened. I contribute across a few verses, and occasionally try to spread the word about the eternal September that turned 4chan from what Voat currently is into the open septic pit it has become. basically we need to use our downvoats responsibly, and try to prevent this from happening to voat.

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

The eternal September? Sorry, I don't know much of 4chan's history. The little I do know is from what has popped up on reddit. Reddit was the first internet community that I really became a part of so I don't have much knowledge to draw off of.

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_September

the internet originally was restricted to universities. The code of conduct for new users was called Netiquette. Incoming freshmen would either conform to these social norms or tire of using the site. 1993 was the year the internet was opened up to the general public with AOL free trial discs, and the incoming wave of new September users never ended. This seems to happen once a site acquires a user base above a certain number, usenet, 4chan, slashdot, Digg, reddit all hit and surpassed that number. Voat is currently under that number, but for how long is anyone's guess.

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

  1. The community feels fine.

  2. I don't think I'm suitable to mod anything.

  3. My method is to add as many subs as possible. I like abundance and variety. So if I get to contributing more then comments it could be wherever.

  4. I've been here for about two or three days.

To answer the question in your title, I'm here for various reasons. I loved Reddit immediately but I've slowly been becoming more and more disillusioned with it over the year I've been there. Voat was mentioned in both an /r/undelete and /r/conspiracy post concerning the removal of that NSA story and it was mentioned again in /r/worldpolitics the next day. I wasn't intending on leaving Reddit but I came here to take a look and realised straight away that I prefer this place. What I'm doing to make this the community I'd hoped Reddit could be is being myself and allowing others to do the same (unless you identify with 'SJW', I've had enough of that crap).

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[–] Mars_Hopper [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Thorough answer! You just made me realize I asked a lot of questions. I didn't mean to keep adding more questions to my post but oh well.

> What I'm doing to make this the community I'd hoped Reddit could be is being myself and allowing others to do the same. >

Good answer. I think that is what will make this place great.

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

Well I did edit in the part about the exception for me being 'SJW' people, I think an aversion to groupthink will make this place great too.

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

I'm here because I'm just sick of every single reddit thread feeling like it has a hidden agenda. So many times I've been typing a thorough response to a thread, articulating my opinions and what they are based on, and then I just think "Why bother?". I can already predict how the vocal majority will respond and how it will just devolve into a bun fight of "Your opinion is different to mine so therefore you must be an evil person.".

I just want a cool place to hang out where I can read some funny/thought provoking/educational etc stuff, whilst discussing things that interest me without everything having to be about something bigger than it is. And if my opinion is different to anyone else's that's cool. Let me know how you came to your opinion and I'll let you know how I came to mine, and afterwards we can still be friends because we're not idiots. I'm really hoping that Voat will be the place I know it can be.

Edit: Spelling

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

I really hope voat can become that place too!

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

things are looking good so far!

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