What a crazy 30 hours this has been. We were a couple of users who saw the attacks on Voat grow in strength and severity - and coordination. We also saw the community fight back, but due to a lack of information, those that seek to destroy Voat managed to get away with intentional misinformation, revision of events and blatant lies. Furthermore, we were annoyed by the alleged victimhood some of these people claimed.
That's why we started ProtectVoat. And 150 of you have decided to join this community already. That's awesome. Our first action was to make links available to our modlog, so you can judge the moderators' actions transparently. Our second action is the Charter:
In order to rally around a common purpose and to uphold standards in accordance with the Voat ideals we came here for originally, we have tried to create a Charter - not "Rules" - to solidify our position and to create a guideline for how we as a community act to defend Voat's ideals.
This community belongs to the users, so please feel free to comment or suggest revisions either here or through PMs.
THE PROTECT VOAT CHARTER
We will not stand idly by while the free exchange of ideas is subjected to false authority by self entitled moderators
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ONE: Voat is free and should remain free
1.1 We believe in an internet that serves as a free marketplace for ideas.
1.2 We believe Atko & Puttitout have made Voat.co to host the free exchange of ideas, stories and thoughts. We stand behind the founding ideals of Voat and offer support in upholding these.
1.3 We believe the users of this and any other subverse are the true owners of the subverses. Moderators are solely there to keep a subverse working so as to allow the free exchange of ideas, stories and thoughts appropriate for that subverse.
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TWO: All users are uniquely free individuals - for better and worse
2.1 We believe every human should get a chance to voice their opinion.
2.2 We believe some users act to destroy others' chance to voice themselves in the free marketplace for ideas.
2.3 We stand for exposing those who seek to censor or otherwise disrupt Voat for their own benefit.
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THREE: Act fairly and you will be treated fairly
3.1 We believe open or tacit coordination to censor opponents through brigading defeats our purpose.
3.2 We believe this subverse should be for documentation of censorship, shilling or unwelcome advertising. Other topics are welcome elsewhere.
3.3 We stand against drama for drama's sake; instead we seek reconciliation and restoration of Voat's free exchange of ideas whenever possible and we act with hostility only as a response, not as an initiation.
Protect Voat. Don't let it turn into Reddit.
/ElectroLumus, Kevdude, Scandinavian