It’s been about a month since the last GOAT statement (1) so it’s time for another one and we have some exciting things to share and some challenges to mention.
I have not gotten back to all the emails Voat has received so if you haven’t heard back from me please note you are on the list.
.NET Core Port (Cross Platform Voat)
We’ve been pushing very hard on porting Voat to .NET Core, as this will give us the most opportunity to cut costs and get more hands and help from the development community.
Today we have major news:
Voat has been successfully ported to .NET Core! (2)
Today’s commit took care of the last few failing unit tests. What originally was estimated at three months of work was accomplished in less than a month.
What a great day for this milestone to take place as today is my 3 year anniversary since I registered and then shortly afterwards started “working” for Voat. (3)
Anyways, it’s official, the upcoming version of Voat can be run on an entirely open source solution.
Unit Test Runs Using Various Configurations
Voat Core Port - Sql Server on Memory Cache
Voat Core Port - Sql Server on Redis Cache
Voat Core Port - PostgreSql on Memory Cache
Voat Core Port - PostgreSql on Redis Cache
The next step is to get Voat running a preview build so we can start having users test what works and what needs fixed. This should happen this week sometime. Please pay attention to v/voatdev for updates on this.
Revenue: 2017-05-22 – 2017-06-19
Store Revenue: $2,628.00 USD
Expenses: 5/1/2017 – 5/31/2017
Hosting: $7,005.23 USD
Monthly Misc: $200.00 USD
Yearly Misc: $105.00 USD
Please note that I did not scale down Voat’s hardware as I previously stated because at the time of that announcement reddit’s r/The_Donald was rumbling with discontentment and I couldn’t justify doing it during a potential growth opportunity (4). After this awkward advance and retreat, I still held off because Voat’s primary webserver CPU during peak times is maxed out.
While all my attention has been put into the .NET Core port, I will be spending this week figuring out where to cut costs in the short run.
Processor Shut Down (Why BitCoin Matters)
Voat’s primary credit card processor has decided, for reasons unknown, to discontinue their relationship with Voat. While they did claim that it was due to “risk”, I can only speculate as to the reasons. This means I will have to spend time looking for another processor which brings up all my memories of what PayPal did to Voat. On July 14th 2017 they will stop processing our store orders.
And thus, I am going to make a proclamation that each of you as Goats need to be educated on digital currency. Decentralized digital currency such as BitCoin shifts the power structure from large conglomerates to you as an individual. It will increasingly become more and more important as our society moves to an entirely cashless model.
Bitcoin and related technologies provide a financial freedom that we should all embrace and exercise as much as Freedom of Speech.
All merchandising is put back on hold until we regroup from this setback.
I will get on a regular schedule after this month by posting a GOAT statement on the 1st (or closest business day after) starting next month. First GOAT Statement if you missed it.
This means all the unit tests are passing which is a close indicator that the majority of the code is correctly running and reliable. There are still functional issues and bugs, mostly with the UI, that need to be tested and fixed.
Thank you everyone for the well-wishing on this day. I posted a comment about this earlier here: https://voat.co/v/OneTruePutt/1943481/9567603
I want to apologize for asking you Goats to be nice to the new kids. While I don’t agree with scaring the hell out of new people to Voat, I also see why it’s important to not compromise on the values we hold. So, for those that I upset, I do apologize.