If this sounds condescending I apologize in advance. Not many people get a chance to own a million dollar website. If it is too hard to join and navigate due to server strain people will forget eventually and move on...
This is the opportunity of your life. I would strongly recommend dropping everything to work on Voat at this point. Focus on uptime, bandwidth, server speed and memory.
I can barely get on here anymore. I know you know all this - but truly this is a once in a lifetime opportunity IMHO. Its happening if you guys seize it.
Carpe Diem friend.
I have resisted editing this until now but am overwhelmed by the need to chime in about a few things suggested in this thread.
1) Subscription plan to even use or access this site will fail. Voat must remain free to use if you want it to continue growing.
2) Donation page alone is not going to be enough and you will be constantly sticking threads begging for money.
3) Voat [gold substitute] does not need to be an exact copy of reddit gold. However, we know that this basic model does work.
End some of the practices people do not like about reddit gold - just one change for instance - no free [gold substitutes] for mods or admins to hand out.
Remember this can be implemented and continuously refined to reach the right balance needed for funding a big website and making the creators some money - while still adjusting to community concerns.
Personally, if you put ads on here I will never see them, but I am happy to buy premium features, and/or purchase many of [gold substitutes] to award to myself and others.