After having been an avid fan of Reddit for many years, checking the site as a part of my daily routine bookmarks, I have decided a New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 to removed Reddit from this daily bookmarks to view.
Years ago I used to visit Reddit for the same reasons I visit Voat today. I see a place where bright minds gather to express freedom of speech, insightful news that gives thoughtful value to the reader, and enlightening comments.
However, over the past two years I have noticed a trend in Reddit that has grown irritating to the point of removing the site from my viewing. Most front page articles are crap advertisements pushed as "news" (as brilliantly as South Park's latest season seemed to show). So instead of seeing insightful articles about our constitutional freedoms, and thought-provoking articles, I see more crap about some irreverent fact about the latest trend-of-the-week idea that is obviously being pushed by a shill or marketing firm of X product that adds no value to me personally.
I say this now, because as an early adopter of Voat I came aboard when Reddit fired Victoria after she relayed some "controversial questions" to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and probably after he complained to upper Reddit management that the questions were not screened out for him not to answer. Many intelligent readers saw the problem that Reddit is having, and looked for an alternative, and that was Voat. This reminds me of a quote after I spoke to a Chinese student studying in America who said “The people will know, they are not stupid.” Frankly, this act was the beginning of an end, or merely revealed the troubling trend already happening at Reddit, rooted in controlling Free Speech.
Voat currently has, and I hope for a long time, many qualities that Reddit had. Intelligent news stories that I can't find at CNN.com. Discussions from many countries and points of views about political issues outside the United States. And of course, the power of the people to vote up or down ideas in a reasonable manner, and most importantly: uncensored.
Unfortunately Reddit has devolved into senseless drivel of "Old School Cool" photos from who-cares-when and "TIL did you know George Lucas did this on Star Wars Set" or Inside Out with all the "Inside" scenes removed. It appears with the rise of popularity of Reddit that it has gone to appease the lowest common denominator, when it obviously got off the beaten path of engaging thought-provoking articles and discussion, and choose the sell-out, Silicon Valley, quick-money-cash-out with the gains-of-eyeballs, forgetting their roots of Swartz their co-creator who was a martyr of Free Speech in the Information Age.
I say this now, because Voat over the past month appears to have gained a surge of new readers and content submitters/creators, which is beneficial for users like myself, for the reasons described above. But I hope that the founders of Voat do not forget this, and hopefully will not REPEAT the perhaps slow business cycle to selling out, and in the processing giving mods too much power to control freedom of thought and speech, regardless of how demeaning or disagreeing the topics, comments, or speech may be.
Cheers! And welcome new and old visitors to what I hope will be a great New Year for Voat in 2016.
And simply put:
TD;TR – Out with the old, in with the new!
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."