Normally, I'd be one to join in; but we need more users now than ever. Not because we're lacking, or anything, but because we need to grow and stay unified. I'm tired of all these communities getting fragmented and spread-out all over the net until it's thousands of forums with like, 5 - 10 users each. So I'll let you in on a few little things that you probably don't know about voat, yet:
- There's the standard hazing ritual that happens during every wave of new users. Shills, shitposters, and genuinely annoyed users all band together to scare the fuck out of the newbies. The instances of insipidly vitriolic hatred aren't nearly as pronounced, or encountered as often, than during these big migrations. 90% of the time, it's pretty quiet and drama-free, around here. Don't let these guys get to your head. They're not serious, and the genuine users just want to make sure that you have a thick enough skin to not become a nuisance.
- The site's not usually this slow. It doesn't handle random spikes in traffic that well; it should settle down by tomorrow... hopefully. Trust me, if voat was normally this slow, I'd have stopped using it years ago out of sheer frustration. If it gets to be annoying, just leave it alone and come back in a few days. You'll notice a pretty big shift in both atmosphere and performance.
- We're all about alt-tech around these parts. imgur links are generally frowned upon, and will most likely get people to avoid upvoating your submission, simply out of spite. Our most-preferred resident image-host is currently: https://www.imgoat.com/ — shoutout to @discoball, for running it.
- The best strategy to get out on the other side alive is to simply ignore the pure, concentrated hatred that you're about to be bombarded with. Again, that's not normal site behavior. It seems that waves like this bring out the chimp in everyone; it will die-down and go away, once the shitposters get bored. I'll estimate that by Monday, things should be back to normal, in terms of general craziness.
I usually don't do this, and I'm sure that the usual suspects will be mad at me for breaking tradition and/or warning you ahead of time. But it's a pretty bad habit that needs to be fixed; most of the genuine users (who care about this site) that I've spoken with, tend to agree. So I'm proposing that instead of going for an all out blitzkrieg of edgy memes, we switch to a strategy of extreme vetting. Keep a watchful eye, take notes, tag accounts in /v/AVE, and shoo away only those who deserve it.
Oh, and if you have other interests that you post about on reddit, besides this sub, I'd encourage you to create equivalent subs here, or revive existing ones. We all need a break from the seriousness of politics and current news, and I'm sure we would all appreciate having more varied content, around here. There's lots of us who refuse to ever go back to reddit, but really do miss having people to talk to about our various interests.
That's it. Have a nice stay, don't be a faggot and stay away from Hecho and Aged— they're both pedos who'd love to molest your daughters, if they could.
*edited for words