Voat is a great place. Many of the ideas I've seen floating around would be awesome to implement, but you have to remember the team is small.
We shouldn't be focusing on features or functionality. We should be trying to grow this so that the owner can get some money in his pocket and get a team. Then when things begin to get larger and they have to start sizing the site we make a choice on how not to be like Reddit.
Idk I run a similar website, it a rough. People won't work for free forever. Really hate to see this go, servers can be expensive.