I know this might be a controversial idea, but let's all be completely honest here, meta communities are a major problem for content aggregator sites like voat and reddit.
I don't think I need to elaborate on how big of an issue this is over on Reddit, an issue that is actively making the site worse and worse. Meta-communities are at war with one another, fighting a pointless battle to gain control over the site. Subreddits become battlegrounds for moderators to take control and enforce ideologies, forcing out established communities and reducing the amount of sway the average user has on the site, stopping the flow and discussion on controversial subjects and allowing users to gather modship on hundreds of different subreddits to keep themselves in control.
Prominent examples, such as the ill-fated /r/LGBT, led to an exodus of users to make their own subreddit, one which receives little to no active users because the population just isn't as high.
What's the solution? Stop it from happening.
I don't want to see Voat go down the same path that reddit has. I don't want to see users being dog-piled by other communities for having a different opinion. We don't need a /v/ShitVoatSays to spread toxicity to every corner of the site, we don't need counter verses being established specifically to focus on them, we don't need verses created to link to other people's comments. They are the root of the problem, and the only real answer is to remove them completely.
By creating an environment where this isn't acceptable we can make Voat a community where anybody can have their say without fear of being attacked by an organized group. This prohibition removes the oxygen from their fire and marginalizes their influence by not giving them a platform within the site to promote cross verse raiding.
Furthermore, Moderators need to be held to account for their decision and actions. Reddit is intentionally opaque, Mods can do whatever they like with impunity and never have to fear of being removed from the mod team because they're all good friends. There need to be standards put in place, a professional expectation, for moderators to treat their users and communities with respect rather than spite.
We shouldn't have mods sending insulting messages to banned users, or removing posts so their own can get to the top. Moderators need to be held to some kind of rules or expectations, this gives the user, the person submitting content and contributing to the community, the power to help their community grow and mature. It stops moderators from kicking down the sandcastle, because they will be held accountable if they do.
- Hold moderators to a set of standards/rules that are clearly defined, giving them an avenue to be removed with abuse of power; by extension giving users more power.
- Give users a place or ability to complain or challenge decisions without fear of censorship.
- Ban Metaverses completely, their only purpose is to cause conflict and bring together groups of people who will negatively effect the quality of the site.