[–] atheist101 2 points 1338 points (+1340|-2) ago 

Financing is an issue that is still being pursued. We are currently paying out of pocket to host Voat (you guys are super expensive with all your mouse clicks!).

Idea: Put a donation counter on the side of the website like Reddit does with their "redditGold" counter to show how much percentage of the donations are covering the monthly server costs. Im sure it'll boost donations a lot

[–] A_Wandering_Voater 1 points 415 points (+416|-1) ago 

I agree, something visual and prominent would help to keep the issue current in the minds of users.

[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 171 points (+171|-0) ago 

It would be best if this led to some sort of donation page that gave instructions on how to donate, as well as Bitcoin sites and the like. I don't know if direct bank transfers would work for this - would they? I know some people only want to deal with "real" currency, and Bitcoin isn't exactly the easiest stuff to come by (it's not hard, but getting it can be a PITA, especially if you're new to all this and don't want to get ripped off).

[–] Gamedude 17 points 113 points (+130|-17) ago  (edited ago)


EDIT: Joke m'kay? He wanted something visual. Look on torrenting sites, lots of advertising stuff.

[–] POTATOES_IN_MY_ANUS 1 points 9 points (+10|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Actually, I wonder if it would be a good idea to try paid advertising for two subverses? You'd have two subverses dedicated to having an advertiser's items on the front page of that subverse, one would be for actual products that you can buy through Amazon or something, and the other would be people advertising their videos. You charge them some nominal amount and they appear at the top of that subreddit for a guaranteed few hours before either just falling out of favor or being upvoated by users with at least 100 CCP based on the quality of the product. It would need to be handled well though, probably avoid corporations trying to advertise and instead cater to small-timers trying to expose their products or videos. You'd be helping out the little guys by exposing them to a large audience and making some money as well!

Of course, you'd have to make sure that at least some Voaters see their stuff, so new voaters could be subscribed to the subverse and are explicitly told how to unsubscribe from the page. Also, you would need to code in that those advertisements don't reach the top of the front page unless actually upvoated enough to do so. A few rules and whatnot would need to be established and things carefully controlled by moderators so that it doesn't just become a sub that no one visits because it looks like buzz feed advertisements.

This model would not work on Reddit because you could just get people to make accounts and upvote your stuff, but on Voat the 100 CCP requirement should keep that from happening.

Just an idea, pretty sure that I could have overlooked something glaringly stupid though.

Edit: OR


I'd also be for bringing on potato company advertisements. I love those.

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

I think maybe a Donor badge or something in the profile or some 'flair' type icon beside a Username would be a nice visual addition as well for people who chip in.

[–] Somethin_Funky 2 points 91 points (+93|-2) ago 

This is actually a great idea. It will really show users how much their donations are worth and how much is still needed to keep Voat running the way it should be.

[–] In10city 0 points 176 points (+176|-0) ago 

I want to donate more and I want to donate now, However, I do not have the time to watch Local Bitcoins find a deal that is good, set the purchase, go to the bank, make the purchase, send the money to my wallet, then send to you. I just want to send you money quick and easily. Improve this and you will get money from me more often and faster.

[–] frankenmine 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

This is a great idea. It would help a lot. But what would help most is a way to donate by credit card. Is there a way you can send a certain amount of money instantly from a credit card to a Bitcoin address? That would help a lot. The complexity of Bitcoin is discouraging a lot of potential donors.

[–] phly95 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Why not try using Google wallet? It's really easy to set up with a Google account and if they shut it down, there's not really anything to lose. There are also no fees, so even if the credit card charges a fee, Google pays for it as long as it is just "send money to voatdonation@gmail.com" or something along those lines. That way, Voat gets every penny of support. Even if it gets shut down, since it's so easy to create a Google account, you could just update the address when necessary.

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

I think the issue is that PayPal froze their stuff.

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

If they have an amenable back, worldremit.com could work too.

It's ironic that I can send cash to a Philippines pawn shop for collection in about an hour, but first world countries take much longer.

[–] SpaceRosa 2 points 7 points (+9|-2) ago 

I know some people might be pissed that this sounds like a Reddit thing, but this is one idea I really hope they implement. Preferably looking something like a health bar. It's a good idea to be able to see how close to being funded Voat is for each month.

[–] Zkv 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Fuck those people. Just because something was on Reddit doesn't mean it was a bad idea. Some people seem to be operating under the assumption that all things Reddit lead to corruption and failure.

[–] Kleyno 3 points 579 points (+582|-3) ago 

Now this is how an admin of a successful Internet ClusterFuck should behave.

Take your time guys and do what you think is best! We'll be sure to let you know when we think you've gone off the rails :)

[–] danunit 0 points 228 points (+228|-0) ago 

Now this is how an admin of a successful Internet ClusterFuck should behave.

Very true, considering some of the numbers posted up there I'd they have done an exceptional job. I would've been sitting in the fetal position crying in a corner by now.

[–] sergeant_skip 0 points 135 points (+135|-0) ago 

This is the first time I've ever heard of a 12,000% increase in anything!

[–] Canucklehead_beaver 0 points 43 points (+43|-0) ago 

fetal position crying in a corner by now.

I'm not even one of them and it still made me curl up and cry..... those are some BIG numbers!

[–] ARCHA1C 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

And we can be happy that we slipped in before the door slammed shut... for now.

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

I agree, I think that they way that the team at Voat handled this mass migration in an exceptional manor, whenever there has been a problem I have seen admins (if that is what we call them) reply, they are also very open to new ideas for the site and are very down to earth with the community. At the moment I am loving the site and the team for providing it! <3

[–] VoatEdo 0 points 94 points (+94|-0) ago 

Considering the "Reddit Hug" this site has received I think the guys are doing a great job.

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[–] MenstruatingMuffin 9 points 41 points (+50|-9) ago 

We don't talk about "that place" in these parts

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

Dude Reddit can't even handle their own fucking traffic. It's been 503'd for like the last 30 minutes. That's fine coming from a guy in his garage but not a giant enterprise like that. Doesn't Amazon only budget 2 hours of downtime per year?

[–] imgurisblocked4me 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yup, when people shout "Get it up and running now!" and you rush out code and make decesions in short amounts of time is when shit goes downhill. Take your time and stay in communication with the community.

[–] A_Wandering_Voater 1 points 306 points (+307|-1) ago 

Good luck guys. We appreciate all your efforts.

[–] SlimThuggins 1 points 96 points (+97|-1) ago 

Yup. I don't think you'll find any users who genuinely aren't happy with how things are going.

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

Oh I'm pissed

[–] Pinyaka 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

My happiness is forced, but I'm broken inside.

[–] DeadlyAura 4 points 278 points (+282|-4) ago 

I take this more seriously than the President of the United States' "State of the Union" speech.

Mostly because this one is true.

Rock on Voat! We're here for the long haul!

[–] EatMoreCheese 0 points 74 points (+74|-0) ago 

Peaches come from a can. There were put there by a man in a factory downtown.

[–] wolflink009 0 points 35 points (+35|-0) ago 

If I had my little way, I'd eat peaches everyday. Sun soakin bulges in the shade

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

Now that's something anyone could enjoy.

[–] lightingbolt50 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

We need to do something and I'm not going to describe how to do it! Crowd Cheers

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[–] aggressivesalad 0 points 30 points (+30|-0) ago 

As someone living in Europe can confirm, no use to me :P

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

I would love to be able to give you Voat Gold for that comment.

[–] SterlingItachiArcher 10 points 154 points (+164|-10) ago 

I wouldn't mind paying $12/year for Voat.

Subscription based model would improve the quality of users and content. Just a thought.

[–] tribblepuncher 2 points 70 points (+72|-2) ago 

Subscription rarely works for web services. If you're talking something like a Gold-level membership, that might work out quite well, though.

[–] ShampocalypseWOW 8 points 37 points (+45|-8) ago 

No, it very clearly would not. Then you're just copying reddit, which is a bad idea, and you're making a kind of class system. Also, people aren't going to pay for upgrades they don't really need when they're currently getting enough for free. Either everyone pays or no one does. I say everyone, that way it will be small for the individual but big for voat.

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

not as a long term model, but for now, there are people that would subscribe to support Voat. I am one of them. just give subscribers some extra tools or something.

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[–] Acebulf 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Works for 8chan.

[–] jenidaninja 3 points 69 points (+72|-3) ago 

I see your $12 and would pay $20!

[–] TheBlackerMath 0 points 112 points (+112|-0) ago 

"For less than $0.15 a day you can help build a community of loving and caring people, and is a bastion of free speech."

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

I'd pay 20-30 as well. Assuming, of course, that I could pay in other ways besides BitCoin.

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

Honestly, if certain rights were guaranteed to the users, and if we got to share in site wide decisions, and if transparency was maintained completely, I would totally spend the 20 a year to keep the site as it is now in terms of quality and discussion.


[–] TheTzar 1 points 12 points (+13|-1) ago 

Yea that was one of the Atko's ideas from earlier, and I think it would work great if you ask me. Like he said donations are not stable enough.

[–] SlightDraft 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago 

Say what you will about SomethingAwful, but their one-time registration fee is pretty effective at keeping out the rabble.

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

didn't SA get taken over by sjws? I don't think a one time fee will discourage that menace.

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

Bingo. There are also trading websites that won't let you list, or offer trades, or buy things being offered by other members unless you have a 'donator' badge. Donations are as low as a buck, or something silly like that, but it drastically drives up the reliability of interactions with other members. It totally can, and does, work.

[–] SterlingItachiArcher 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Putting the money where the mouth is.

[–] piv0t 2 points 141 points (+143|-2) ago 

thank you @Atko and @PuttItOut for everything thus far. I can make voat t-shirts for you guys if you want. Can set up a little storefront. (my dad has been doing custom garments since the '70s for small businesses)

[–] PuttItOut [S] 0 points 105 points (+105|-0) ago 

PM me please.

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

Voat shirts confirmed?

I'll be buying more than a few of those for me and my pals. Keep us informed! =)

[–] WallSpider 1 points 36 points (+37|-1) ago 

Please offer female cut shirts. I hate buying a cool shirt only to have it sit in my closet. I want to be proud of my voat boat support.

[–] Old_Shitlord 1 points 10 points (+11|-1) ago  (edited ago)

There's a thread over on FPH requesting FPH shirts. I take that to mean an FPH/voat combo shirt has interest. Shirts that include the words 'shitlord' or 'shitlady' might draw more interest. Ahh! Here's the thread.

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[–] MasterBillyQuizboy 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

I'm into it...make sure you drop a post somewhere that it will get a lot of attention from the users..

I want to buy one. Since I don't have any way to get into the BitCoin market..if the majority of proceeds go to /u/Atko and /u/PuttItOut .. I could order one by the first week of August.

Capital Idea! This is one reason why I love Voat.

[–] thunderrabbit 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

heck yeah I'll buy a voatee. How many colors can you use? Shall we set up a design contest?

[–] japr 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

As a suggestion, perhaps you could make a few mock-ups of ideas for the community to vote on before producing the shirts, such that we can maximize how many people purchase? I've seen a lot of cool ideas like this end up not working as well as they ought due not to poor design, but just not hitting on the tastes of the main userbase.

[–] girlparts 1 points 86 points (+87|-1) ago 

Call it Voat hay, and I would hay the shit out of this place.

[–] fluffingtonthefifth 1 points 56 points (+57|-1) ago 

I prefer grass.

Or just call it junk.

Goats will eat literally anything.

[–] gravuerc 2 points 40 points (+42|-2) ago 

Imagine the media uproar when some click bait article comes out saying Voat sells "Grass"".

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

I actually love the idea of calling it "junk" from a marketing point of view. Makes a nice counterpoint to the gold thing "that other place" has going on. Helps highlight the message that it's the users who decide what's valuable and what should be seen.

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[–] wtfduud 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

You have been gifted Voat Anything.

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

Or a tin can. I think that would be a pretty funny shot at giving gold, comparing it to a tin can.

[–] Deckard_Cain 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 


[–] KernalKip 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I would hay the shit out of you

[–] lamphammer 0 points 67 points (+67|-0) ago 

Any way to donate via non-Bitcoin methods? Paypal? Venmo? Something?

[–] SamHH 0 points 75 points (+75|-0) ago 

There are plenty of ways of sending them Bitcoin without you needing to use Bitcoin itself.

They use Bitcoin for good reason - I believe they had a Paypal account before for which the funds were suddenly frozen in typical Paypal fashion.

[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 40 points (+40|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Putting links to this stuff up prominently would be a very good idea since a lot of people don't know how to work with BitCoin. Having a one-stop explanation of the whole process with links would probably be tremendously helpful and substantially increase donations.