Last week in /v/voatdev was strange, with reports that did not concern Voat directly, unclear reports, and odd suggestions.
Among these was a request to have notifications on desktop as well as mobile (even though notifications exist on both, especially since mobile is nothing more than desktop Voat with a changed screen size. Just try shrinking your window on desktop and you can make Voat resemble mobile).
There was a suggestion to change the Voat logo, for reasons that seemed reaching.
Another strange report involved a user claiming to have attempted to comment in one thread, but having the comment wind up in another. Whether this is consistent, repeatable, or just a mis-click is unclear.
There was a report about derram-bot being inactive, but derram chimed in to explain that the bot was down for a brief time due to botched code.
Following this was a report lacking very much detail, whose referred to effects probably concern cache delays.
An interesting suggestion to make lists of essentially inactive users followed (I suspect such a list would be long and difficult to formulate).
There was a report about issues with imgoat; discoball has not been successfully reached as far as I know.
A user made a post to point out the new details within "hoverboxes".
Following this was another post mentioning the same new details.
Next was the standard complaint about blocked subverses still appearing in /v/all, but as far as I know every case of this is attributable to Voat's slow cache.
Finally, there was a suggestion to exclude Anon subverses from /v/all, just like private subverses or subverses with CCP-to-downvote requirements. An interesting idea, but as a user within the thread pointed out, Anon subverses can simply be blocked, as there are not many of them and the premise of Anonymity if questionable in itself for blocking from /v/all. Blocking of Anon subverses is very common, from what I can tell.
Posts per day for last week: Saturday had the most posts last week. Finally a weekend day wins! It seems normal goats mostly use Voat during the week days (presumably a large number Voat from work), but after all the recent new users, Saturday has won the submission count race! This, of course, is meaningless.
The total number of posts from last week was 14,981 -- almost 15,000! -- again due to the influx of new users. This, of course, is less meaningless.
Most commented posts from last week: Unsurprisingly, a post from /v/QRV had the most comments and commenters last week (I assume this was the landing post). In fact, only 3 out of 20 posts in the top 20 were not from /v/QRV (and one of those 3 was from /v/TheAwakening!) It is clear Voat has picked up a very large number of users this past week. Also worth noting: due to /v/QRV being Anon, it is impossible to tell how many unique commenters were within these threads (the count is the same as the number of comments), but we can assume the numbers are reasonably close -- 1508 for the top post!
Most controversial posts for last week: A post that was seemingly spam was most controversial last week. I feel like I'm experiencing Déja Vu -- wasn't a Vietnamese spam post most controversial a few weeks ago? I'm probably going mad, don't mind me.
Well, last report I mentioned how an influx of users came to Voat, à la /v/TheAwakening (from /r/GreatAwakening on reddit getting banned). Now this week was the follow-up. QAnon, the mysterious character allegedly associated with Trump, who communicates cryptically with the masses in order to encourage certain research and raise certain expectations, gave his blessing to Voat for a new base of operations for those who have previously used /r/GreatAwakening. This caused many of those from /r/GreatAwakening who had not come to Voat with the first wave to come, while it also drew the attention of many Q followers who had never used reddit -- only 8chan -- to Voat. The result was a very large influx comparable to that which occurred around the Ellan Pao / Victoria Taylor days on reddit.
Putt has showed a great deal of activity since all this began, understandably wanting to accommodate so many new users to the platform. These aren't just any new users either -- many Q followers, by virtue of the things they have been listening to for so long, and the places where they have been so listening, are well-informed with respect to certain issues with which ordinary people are simply unfamiliar. This easily puts them in the same position as most goats, at least in terms of their understanding that the world that has been presented to them since birth is not the world as it is, and that there is a greater Truth out there to be found and south. Other similarities include Q followers' disdain for globalism, their love of nationalism, their opposition to political correctness, among other similarities. These similarities largely are the result of association with Trump. who tends to share these same "virtues", let us say.
With all that said and understood, it is easy to see Putt's eagerness to accommodate these people. In the many interactions I have had with these people, they strike me as just as well-intentioned as goats, with the same lust for Truth as goats, while being slightly less red-pilled than goats, but also generally much nicer than goats. This is not an attack on goats by any means -- viciousness is a form of strength and has its uses, if properly controlled -- but really it is a compliment to these new users. I think back to the /r/The_Donald refugees, or the /r/DeepFake refugees, or any of the other reddit-esque types who came here, and after being exposes to the ways of the Goat, they ran back to where they came from, tail between their legs, complaining about racism, sexism, bigotry, and other meaningless buzzwords, without ever having tried to really discuss import issues with any goats, and also more prone to malevolent plotting, upvote farming, and complaints about Voat's system.
These new Q types, on the other hand, have no expectations of Voat to bend to their will, have no intention of altering or controlling Voat, or even influencing the rest of the content on Voat; they have showed no signs of power mod behaviour (I am speaking about the /v/QRV group, not the /v/TheAwakening folks); they have been very patient and understanding concerning Voat's learning curve; they have not balked or fled in response to the ferocity of goats, but have accepted it for what it is and have chosen to ignore it where they can; what "upvote farming" they have done has been much smaller scale, much less organized, and generally less malevolent than other cases, and has almost always resulted from ignorance; and where they have realized the reaction goats have to asking for upvotes they have actually proceeded to warn each other not to ask for upvotes -- in other words, they have adjusted to Voat's culture and respected it.
I have no complaints about these new users, and I wish them the best in their future endeavours, and I hope Voat can serve them well, and that goats can be more understanding of their ignorance in the future.
Seven users were banned last week.
Four domains were banned last week. Since I don't have a separate series for domain bans, I will mention that among the bans was imgvoat.com, which was an image host suspiciously similar to imgoat.com. I remember when I first saw imgvoat links cropping up I was hesitant to click them, because I thought the creator might be trying to use imgoat's recognizable name to trick users into assuming imgvoat was legitimate, when it might not have been. However, the reason it was banned was due to seeming to be affiliated with Voat, when it is not. I think this is reasonable, just because -- since imgvoat is not affiliated with Voat -- even if it is trustworthy now, it might not be tomorrow, and we don't want users assuming trustworthiness based on the name, when the lack of association with Voat means it should not be trusted any more than any other foreign website. Unfortunate for the imgvoat creator, who may have simply wanted to create an image host similar to imgoat, capitalizing on an available name, but I understand Putt's decision here (and this particular ban was a Putt ban, not a ban by Cyna).
Long report this week, most probably won't read it, but it's here for posterity. Stay vigilant, goats.