This subverse exists to air concerns that the plans to allow voting for subverse rules are potentially damaging to freedom of expression if they are implemented too widely on Voat.
The idea of democratic subverses is a great feature and I do not mean to demean it.
I simply fear what would happen to Voat if it Democratic subverse rule was to takeover the majority of the site in the way that autocratic hierarchical rule has taken over Reddit.
Voting in an aggregator as a way to sort aggregated preferences is one of the key beneficial features, but to give people voting power to dictate social norms via moderator power is a very different game. It gives the collective power over the individual; the power to restrict types and forms of speech.
Up/down voating on content allows users to sort things by a popularity vote but it does not inherently restrict what people are able to say to the same degree as rigidly enforced rules of behavior.
I fear that voting on enforceable rules will limit what people are allowed to say.
This is not in itself terrible, so long as Voat maintains clear public spaces that are moderated in the presently hands off manner.
v/whatever staying as unrestricted as site wide rules allow may be enough to provide this public space, but my preference would be to retain it across all broad topical subs that @system currently moderates.
tl;dr More curation on Voat could be a very good thing, but it should not be the entirety of the default experience.
This thread is anon to let people speak their mind as freely as possible.