Copied (edited a bit) from a response I made to one of the new users here:
Completely new to Voat, (as a user, have lurked on PizzaGate) and was excited to get rolling here... Very confused by the hostility.
Voat has a culture, and expecting to bring your old culture here and fit right in is a bit rude, don't you think?
I don’t think anyone on this sub has ill intentions.
Your intentions, ill or not, are irrelevant.
We left previous platform because we just want to be left in peace.
And you now have the opportunity to fight for that peace. Do you think freedom is free?
Peace is achievable here, but you will have to put some work in.
We are meeting more hostility here than we ever hit on Reddit.
Have you been banned? Shadowbanned? Have you had shit removed where nobody can see it?
Think of how valuable that is to you, because you'll never find that kind of shit here. Mods can remove shit, but it's in the unaltered and very public modlog.
That seems contrary to the whole goal of the platform, no?
Not even 2 hours here and you think you have the right to tell US what the goal of our platform is?
We just want a place to have uninterrupted discussion without being harassed.
Cool, then fight for it. You didn't have that opportunity in the other place, but you do here.
Did we come to the right place?
Yes, but not for the reasons you think.