In the earlier days of this subverse I used to sing Putt's praises more often. Some people gave me shit for it; to them I have but this to say:
It is very, very easy to forget how much Putt has done for Voat and continues to do for Voat when people look at the subverse requests being unmanaged, or delays with banning spammers or removing doxx / illegal content, or minor bugs like comment pages not updating going unaddressed, or occasional periods of time passing without any sign of Putt at all. People think of all the things they would personally like to see, compare it to the way things are, and all they think to do is complain.
"You're great, but..."
"We love you, but..."
Putt is a strong man, stronger than most users here I'd warrant, and Voaters are anything but weak. Despite the sacrifices Putt has made and the strength of character and the fortitude he has consistently shown, the fact remains that he is also human. Humans are social creatures. It is not easy for a social creature to put everything on the line, to sacrifice all of their time and energy for something that they know is critically important, only to have those who are primarily benefiting from that sacrifice to meet that sacrifice with insults and complaints and perpetual discontent.
Regardless of your opinions on Voat's admin, sole dev, and CEO, the very continued existence of Voat depends critically on Putt, and has depended on him in this way since before he even became CEO. To fail to ever show genuine gratitude, to only chastise and insult such a critical component of this wider community is as self-destructive as chasing away every new content contributor and community member who arrives because of differences in attitude or belief, and yet the original WhoaVerse users accepted us when we first arrived years ago (and we were different people then, to be sure).
Most people making demands of Putt, insulting Putt, and complaining to Putt about every "failure" they see have no conception of how Putt has thrown down his life for this community, for the ideal of freedom of speech and what it means in this world. Most people have no idea why so much of what they desire is being left "unaddressed". In part, it is because Voat cannot continue on at its current scale without major changes to how the website functions (and growth will likely be necessary to continue Voat's existence). People may disagree on the solutions, but with all that needs addressing, Putt cannot continue to do it alone -- there is a reason so much has been seemingly abandoned within Voat, such as subverse requests, and it is simply that Putt does not have the time to personally address it all.
The worst part of it all is that no matter what Putt does he will face relentless scrutiny and attacks.
If he does nothing people will continue to complain that Voat is dysfunctional.
If he recruits volunteers to handle different responsibilities, people will claim he has sold Voat out to some manipulative specter which will use its combined power to control the narratives on Voat.
If he tries to give the entire community itself the power to handle these responsibilities, he will face the same attacks that he has received both times the Votes Feature has been discussed in depth.
So it seems like he's screwed no matter what. Isn't that just the situation an admin wants to be in when trying to motivate himself to not just give up and let it all die!
My point is that the management of this website is not a simple, straightforward affair; it is complex, it is extensive, and at present Putt is tasked with handling all of it alone.
I think the userbase needs to calm down, actually reflect on the situation that Putt is in, try to understand his position, and maybe spend less time bitching about what they want or think is right, and more time appreciating all that Putt has done for Voat, for freedom, and for all of you.