Multiple waves of banned redditors came here. Each time, pro-free speech people came over along with them, but plenty of the site is going to be, um, very free speech. The site still tanks temporarily about half the time reddit is down. It's a small operation. It is very vulnerable to bad actors.
I'm actually pretty confident that Voat's donation drive will keep it around, even if T_D users who are new to voat don't help a whole bunch (given that it's new to most of you, you'd be forgiven for not immediately handing over bitcoin, lol). I'm less certain that voat won't conveniently get branded a "hate site" (using other verses as an excuse), or otherwise be the subject of a massive and sustained DDOS attack.
Voat also doesn't have the front-facing nature of a site like reddit. Many people have reddit accounts already, and are more likely to participate. This is at least part of why T_D was able to get more users than voat has total (by orders of magnitude, as we saw when they fucked up and leaked actual metrics a couple months back).
If T_D really comes here for real, it will probably be the biggest thing in Voat's history, either ending it or forging it anew.
Here's your big advantages:
- Actually free speech. The site doesn't kick off people for speaking, even though individual verses still can.
- Admin that tries really hard and isn't evil. It's mostly a one-man operation from what I can tell these days, but at least @PuttItOut tries and mostly succeeds.
- Vote-bots are present, but are actually fought against.
- Vote counts are actually visible. There's not three layers of indirection and lies betwixt what you see and what is real.