[–] NeedleStack 3 points 393 points (+396|-3) ago  (edited ago)

Closure? WTF? Why not tell us sooner so we could pull together for a huge donation drive? Anyway, what's done is done.

Prepare for donations but please don't let it slip like this again.

Be transparent and regularly let us know what reserves you have and what you need to keep running.

Edit: Please email me regarding the crochet goat auction. We need to lock down logistics.

[–] Rotteuxx 0 points 177 points (+177|-0) ago 

Hell, get me a .DWG of the logo and I'll have laser cut stainless steel keychains & scaled statuettes for sale, 100% profit to Voat.

@Puttitout :)

[–] adhdferret 1 points 90 points (+91|-1) ago 

Dude I would rock the fuck out of a Voat keychain......

[–] Hell 0 points 49 points (+49|-0) ago 

I'm on it boss.

[–] OzarkMountainMan 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

An auction of a stainless guitar? You did that.

[–] i-am-me 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago  (edited ago)

...................Ahem. Dildoes? Asking for @Trigglypuff.

[–] Reddit_traitor 0 points 44 points (+44|-0) ago  (edited ago)

this ^^^. we could have went full pbs donation drive with this. I'm going to donate some bitcoin as soon i find where i stored my wallet. i don't want my personal info here.

[–] Cynabuns 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Bitcoin link is dead but I've read you can head to a store and buy-and-load money on a disposable Visa or MasterCard. I've messaged Putts to check on this though.

Edited to strike and update that PuttitOut has updated the bitcoin link on the front page!

[–] 0011011000111001 1 points 24 points (+25|-1) ago 

I would totally buy one of your creations depending on the price. They're fucking sweet!

[–] 234134124123 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

Is there a "gold" for Voat? If so, I'm happy to start dishing out a couple today. The only reason I never did gold on reddit was that I didn't want to give money to trash.

But I have gold to give here, for damn sure.

[–] markrod420 2 points 13 points (+15|-2) ago 

have you somehow been out of the loop on voat's funding issues? I thought it was pretty obvious voat is in need of funding. if I had any spare money I would be doing my best to help. that and if I believed that we have any real power left in this world. but sadly I think our power is basically limited to circle jerking on message boards.

[–] NeedleStack 2 points 35 points (+37|-2) ago 

No one had an inkling the state of finances were this dire. An earlier heads-up would have been helpful to prevent such straits.

[–] Tsilent_Tsunami 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

if I believed that we have any real power left in this world

Of course we still have real power in this world. If we didn't, the jews would control our entire media, our entire entertainment industry, be ridiculously over-represented in all branches of our government, and openly be calling for our people to be bred out of existence. And that would just be the tip of the iceberg...

[–] MrPong 8 points 251 points (+259|-8) ago  (edited ago)


Ask for an infowars sponsorship, in exchange we get to see alex jones face everyday

on a fucking banner right there >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

[–] Moosh_Banger 3 points 107 points (+110|-3) ago 

That is actually not a bad idea.

[–] cyks 0 points 55 points (+55|-0) ago 

Machina complex ultra b-86 vitamins. Neolithic pheromone inducing, machina complex ultra b-86 vitamins will ensure your offspring have the highest differentials in their DNA. Get postnatally woke, get machina complex ultra b-86 vitamins.

[–] MetalAegis 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago 

Love me some super male vitality.

[–] ShitArchon 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Yeah, I don't care how "unsavory" the ads are as long as it means the site is funded instead of "bawww! Woe is me, we're going to close the site!" posts. It's like how when YouTube demonetized videos, I wanted the ads back so we wouldn't have to pay to fund the creation of content we want like MisterMetokur videos.

[–] HarveyHarveyJones 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

That's opinionated man

[–] go1dfish 3 points 80 points (+83|-3) ago 

Breitbart might be another option, could use Voat to power the comment section instead of Disqus with a little bit of dev effort.

[–] nadrewod 0 points 22 points (+22|-0) ago 

Breitbart might not be as interested in ties with Voat as InfoWars, but it is still worth a shot. If we can get enough sponsors from the big media outlets in the New Right, then we can save Voat's finances while also making Voat become more popular.

[–] MrPong 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

That would be a fucking stretch to implement, forget 'bout it

On the flip side they might be interested in getting free ad space on voat

That said, if every1 clicked on the fucking ads featured on this site everyday, and voat gets paid by click, we could raise some money

granted, not much, it's not as if we were millions here, more like thousands

[–] saverem 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I highly doubt they would risk losing the advertisers.

[–] sarrah 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

i would be liking son Paul Joseph Watson myself.

[–] markrod420 1 points 28 points (+29|-1) ago 

if you think infowars won't try to manipulate the content like any other advertiser then you are just lying to yourself about who they are.

[–] nadrewod 0 points 37 points (+37|-0) ago 

I'd rather have InfoWars trying to manipulate this site to believe in more conspiracies than to have some normie trying to silence the conspiracy talk entirely.

[–] MrPong 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Well they can still try

[–] TheIrieOne 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I don't have a twitter but suggest everyone who does ask inforwars or their sponsers.

[–] Nihilist 1 points 194 points (+195|-1) ago 

Fuck Microsoft azure. Go 100% Linux to save shitloads.

Licensing fees or for normie losers.

[–] PuttItOut [S] 1 points 99 points (+100|-1) ago 

We would love to port our code to .NET Core and run on Linux, but this is a big job, maybe 3-4 months of code freeze and port. Would only happen if we got funding.

[–] Datawych 0 points 143 points (+143|-0) ago 

Post to all the Linux subs. I'm sure you can find a bunch of fuckin' nerds who'd be willing to contribute.

[–] UchihaMadara 0 points 120 points (+120|-0) ago 

You need to go Linux. Freeze the code, and fucking switch. You don't need funding to do it. There's plenty of asspies who will dedicate their time and help.

[–] UchihaMadara 1 points 87 points (+88|-1) ago 

If funds are also very low, you might need to suspend Voat for a few weeks. You can cut costs by half by switching to Linux. It wouldn't take 3-4 months to port. Maybe 4-8 weeks under an adderall fueled code crunch.

Can you just rewrite the platform entirely and/or recruit to rewrite under an open stack? Going .net was your biggest mistake.

[–] Nihilist 0 points 27 points (+27|-0) ago 

How much do you think you could save running on Linux ?

[–] PeaceSeeker 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

I'm not sure how feasible this suggestion is, but I think I recall Atko saying something in the past about potentially switching to Linux? Or maybe that was him saying it would require massive changes to everything? But didn't Putt complete that massive overhaul?

This might be worth considering if feasible.

[–] Chiefpacman 1 points 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

Question for you, as you kind of have been a voat "angel".

Would you not want a receipt? There is a lot of unrest right now over the admin announcement, and I see a lot of people who are hesitant to give money, because what the fuck is happening with the money we give him.

I think it's time we got a receipt. I think you're a good person to be asking for one, I have no right to do so. I have not given nearly as much as you

[–] weezkitty 0 points 23 points (+23|-0) ago 

I don't get why they didn't start the porting effort before things got expensive. There is really no rational reason to run microshit

[–] ShitArchon 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I'm still pissed they implemented the Archived Thread feature--and the cutoff is even sooner than Reddit, 2 months instead of 5 months. I absolutely loathe that, it's worse than Reddit. I'd gladly donate if the admins will port to something better at load-handling than shitty Azure and then change commenting back.

[–] VoatSearch 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Someone with cleverer creative skills than me: name and start a dedicated subverse for this

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 111 points (+111|-0) ago 

Don't feel bad asking for donations, us goats love this place, and will do what we can to keep it.

[–] 0011011000111001 1 points 37 points (+38|-1) ago 

I wouldn't have an issue with them asking for donations like Wikipedia does.

[–] Trevelyan-s_corn 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Just an easy way to set a paypal monthly subscription/donations.

[–] Conde_Nast 0 points 17 points (+17|-0) ago 

Whatever the admins do, please don't sell the site to me.

[–] Donbuster 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Hell, between Conde Nast and sane, I'll take sane...

[–] TAThatBoomerang 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

The point is that donations is not usually a regular and steady form of income, which Voat needs.

[–] tnargkiller 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It's more of a rescue boat than anything, but hey, sometimes a rescue boat can get you to someone who can help.

[–] tnargkiller 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I've always been more of a lurker here but I'd definitely be willing to put forth a bit, anything to help.

[–] Moosh_Banger 0 points 80 points (+80|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Fuck it... $25.00 dollars sent your way. This place is too good to just sit by and watch as it sinks.

C'mon goats, you know what to do. If you have the cash, get your wallets out.

[–] Morbo 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

I'm with you on this. Putt, you have my $25.00, and my axe.

[–] ThatsSoJewish 5 points 19 points (+24|-5) ago 


[–] Moosh_Banger 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

fist bump!

[–] Puttitout_Is_Fat 4 points -2 points (+2|-4) ago  (edited ago)

Sheeple blindly donate to criminal SJW shills who have taken over the site. Free thinking human beings critically examine the evidence and decide for themselves.

[–] guinness2 1 points 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

I donated $50.

[–] guinness2 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If anyone is generous enough to make a reoccurring monthly donation then please let Goats4Voat know because they are keeping a ledger of recent reoccurring donation... and they will treat you like a king!

[–] sarrah 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago  (edited ago)

yeah yeah yeah... i coming....

ok i donated 25.00 for the 5 months i have been here. Love the kids!

[–] PeaceSeeker 0 points 70 points (+70|-0) ago 

I’ve given up golf which was my passion

This almost made me cry.

Last month was our first non-discounted month on Azure and the usage was $6,600.90 USD.

I feared this was the case. It's been a while since we've seen actual figures, and this is in fact worse than last time we knew the total.

I’m writing this announcement to prepare this community, and the Voat family, for the possibility of a closure.

Oh shit.

I will soon be scaling back all Voat’s servers by at least 50%

Do this and more if you can. Do whatever must be done. Almost $7000/mo is not going to be easy for us to accommodate. We've done dents in the last but simply not enough of us donate to meet those requirements.

In a year or two's time I should have a job as an engineer and when that day comes I plan to substantially up my monthly contribution to this website. It obviously won't be enough to change anything, alone.

Goats, we desperately need more people to donate, and not just once, but monthly. You have no idea what we could do if enough of us donated only $5 a month. I donate $10 every month. Please, if you have a job, can afford the small investment, and care about freedom of speech, donate monthly to Voat

[–] PuttItOut [S] 0 points 50 points (+50|-0) ago 

I always appreciate your comments my friend. Even though I often don't say it, you've bumped me out of a slump or two with some of your words.

[–] Empress 0 points 35 points (+35|-0) ago 

We love you, Putt. <3

[–] PeaceSeeker 0 points 24 points (+24|-0) ago 

That was always my hope and my intention. I've said my times that you (and Atko, when he was here) are a modern hero, absolutely fundamental and necessary to the cause of freedom of speech in this world, and I've always meant it. I know how much you have dedicated and sacrificed towards this, and I see no other explanation beyond a morality the likes of which no website of this nature has ever seen at the admin level. This is a rough spot in Voat's history but I know we'll find some way of overcoming it, like every time in the past.

I never knew you had to give up golf.

[–] DabbaDan 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Can you do some kind of Patreon thing? I'd be more than happy to sign up for, say, $10-20 a month, recurring. I just don't want to give you my credit card info, y'see :) Plus, too retarded to deal with bitcoins.

Middle man me and I'll be more than happy to throw you some bones.

[–] MadWorld 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Is it possible for you to estimate the average number of people who donated per month in the past and calculate the minimal amount of donation for each person to cover up the cost? If the number of donors is in thousands, then $10 monthly donation should cover the cost.

Also, would you consider switching to linux servers?

Edit: could you add a $10 monthly donation option there? I would like to subscript this and see if that would be enough down the road. Thank you!

[–] ThePedoHunter 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Please tell us the process - step by step - for setting up a recurring payment to voat. Break it down like your talking to an idiot.

[–] PeaceSeeker 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

You may want to ignore my other reply: There is actually an option in the Voat Store for donating $5 every month for a year. If you want to donate more than $5 each month, purchase this option multiple times.

[–] PeaceSeeker 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I don't think you can automate it at this time. However all you have to do is click on the donate button (or click the link within the donate word I just wrote), add whatever amount to your cart you want to pay each month ("Donate $10", "Donate $5", or more if you're that awesome) and then click check out. This method requires a credit card (though prepaid, and therefore anonymous credit cards will work). Complete your purchase with credit card.

Do this process each month to help us all keep Voat running. Subscribe to the newly created /v/Goats4Voat to get monthly reminders.

Thanks so much for considering contributing financially.

If the credit card bit bothers you there is also an option for bitcoins (though someone mentioned that link might be dead?) Putt will fix that I suspect soon. You'll have to ask someone else about that process though if you're interested.

[–] suramartian 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

Crying? Over golf? Come on now, that's an upper class sport.

[–] PeaceSeeker 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

You're right, I must maintain my dignity and class!

[–] z_impaler 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

What is the user population on Voat??

[–] Alwaysmakingprogress 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It's higher today than it was last week. Major migration from the_donald today.

[–] PeaceSeeker 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'm not certain though I think there was a semi-recent report of at least hundreds of thousands of unique monthly visitors. Could be wrong.

[–] Cynabuns 0 points 66 points (+66|-0) ago  (edited ago)


*Edit to add that Putts has updated bitcoin address, as found on front page New Bitcoin Wallet Address: 1PhBpbED6uEnrvy5s9F9axBZbK8fWAeZdc

Let's help keep our Voatie Goat going until that angel comes along

[–] Professor_de_la_Paz 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Seriously, people. Set up a repeating donation. You even get a cool new badge every month when the money transfers over!

[–] MetalAegis 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

how does one go about setting up a repeat donation?

[–] guinness2 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

[–] K400 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Can you point out where on front page, i can't find the damn thing. (edit: bitcoin wallet)

[–] Cynabuns 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Lower right sidebar, or hamburger menu button on mobiles

[–] glugglug 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This should be added to the top message.

Also, if some actual merchandise (T-shirts, etc) was added to the store I bet it would sell like crazy.