It WILL hurt. But I'll try to make it as easy on you as possible.
You just came from a place that the people here consider to be cancerous in the same way rEddit considered 9gag or SRS cancerous. The content you were provided with was heavily censored and curated to not only look better to advertisers, but to push a narrative harmful to most of the users of the site.
If you came with a banned/spezzed subverse, you're about to become one of the more left-wing subverses on this site. If you came alone, you're probably going to be one of the more left-wing users on the site. Don't worry, the uncurated data you get here will help you overcome that crippling handicap!
Posting an "UPVOTE ME" thread is one of the worst faux pas you can make here. It's really simple to make 100ccp with decent comments, so do us all a favor and attain that organically. It's a small price to pay to keep from having an oldfag/newfag split of the users.
Torches and pitchforks are all that await mods that attempt to censor with few exceptions.
Archive EVERYTHING. You just found something? Archive it. Found it from a shit source that we don't want to give clicks to? Use that archive instead of the regular link.
Archives are perfectly acceptable for submissions.
Imgoat - imgtc - imgjar
The recommended image-hosting sites. Much like the website you came from, your previous image hosting site also ~cough~ curates content, or otherwise removes "offensive" pictures. Posting from Imgur may get you automatic downvotes.
Their rhetoric is NOT kept to their subs. You WILL see this outside of their subs. They have the right to post fat hate and racist stuff just as you have the right to post HAES, multicultural, and pro-islam stuff. You can fight this if you like, but I'd recommend against it.
Shills are not considered innocent until proven guilty, and for good reason. This is the internet, where you're mostly anonymous, and can create all the usernames you like. You must prove yourself to not be completely full of shit by not posting shitty ideas and arguments. If you DO post shit, you're likely to get caught.
It is recommended that you watch and learn for a while, post non-inflammatory things, and honestly, no pro-Hillary stuff
until after the election ever. Your username age will get you caught in a trap, even if you're not really a proper target.
Comment Contribution Points are what you used to call Karma. It determines how many downvoats you can give, and how many posts/comments you can make in X time.
Submission Contribution Points, also known as SCP = Link Karma.
Only spam is removed in system-owned subs, nothing else. Add "/modlog/deleted" to the end of a subverse address to see mod deletions; all of them. Mods cannot hide their misdeeds here.
Most other subs follow suit, with niggers/fph being notable differences.
Politics (Our tendencies and ideas, on average)
- Reddit is cancer. Curated by mods and admins, heavily censored.
- Muslims "migrants" or "refugees" are an invading force. They are terrorists. The ones that aren't are enablers, helpers, and the "I didn't see anything" crowd.
- Hillary is insanely guilty - of almost everything she's accused of. Being a reptile is still up for debate. (last part was a bit of a joke... a bit)
- There is almost nothing Trump can do to be worse than Hillary.
- We all know that Trump isn't ideal on all things, or being nice. We all know he's not the end-all for our government woes. Speaking about it, or writing about how we don't hold him accountable for MSM narratives behind his actions will get you caught in the aforementioned shill trap.
- We hate political correctness, SJWs, and cucks.
- MSM, the government, and George Soros are all attempting to steal the country from Trump and the citizens.
Wikileaks is the real news. It is the politics/news/worldnews bible - a gift that keeps on giving. Assange is likely dead, and wikileaks may or may not be compromised. Use your best judgment with all news outlets.
You will likely come across opinions you never thought real people actually had. Ideas you thought were so outlandish that only a silly cult of people in a nutjob-compound in the middle of nowhere could possibly hold them. It is highly recommended for you to ask them about it, instead of arguing right off - where you came from is heavily censored, so much information was not available to you that was available to the users that have been here for a while.
We have no obligation or reason to be overly nice. We do not censor ourselves unless we choose to, or do not have the CCP to take the hit.
Once you reach 100ccp, it will be up to you to use your downvoats to hit spam, or shills, or whatever you want to hit with them.
/v/protectvoat is a place to post suspicious or fishy things, to call out moderator abuse of deletions or otherwise, and generally to discuss things that will help keep the community and site lively and healthy. As such, the place is constantly under attack by people from the other website who are not happy that they, their power mod buddies, and/or someone with a censor-happy ideology, are unable to attain or keep positions of power to unilaterally censor your content.
PV, as it's known, has helped facilitate the downfall of cancerous mods and people creating upvote/downvote brigades. PV is the wikileaks of this website.
Scroll all the way up. In the upper left corner is the word "all"; click it. Use "block subverse" button to block subverses you're not interested in. The rest are the best subverses. (Courtesy of /u/BDDD)
Alternatively, you can click the word "more" in the upper right corner and get a list of subverses by subscriber count.
/v/welcome has a LOT of posts by /u/Cynabuns with Voat ProTips.
/v/whatever is the catch-all subverse with only sitewide rules and a janitor for spam.
/v/AnonBoard is the anonyous version of /v/whatever.
Numbers to the right of your username separated by |.
These numbers signify SCP | CCP | Upvoats given (Courtesy of /u/TheGunslinger)
This site is run by two guys with full time jobs. They're doing what they can with what they have, so thank them and encourage them to continue hosting this fantastic uncensored website!
Scroll up and click the light bulb between your settings and mail icons in the upper right of your screen. You're welcome.
Not really a password, but this image will help you get a better idea of the playing field. Edit added thanks to @Dumb_Comment_Bot
Voat Filtration System:
What every migration looks like to older goats
Above comics also courtesy of @Dumb_Comment_Bot.
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Tl;dr Rules of Voat thanks to /u/New_Iso:
- Censorship is ban.
- Overbearing mods will be butt-raped; no exceptions.
- Shills will be crucified; no exceptions.
- Everyone is a nigger faggot.
- You are especially a nigger faggot.
- Downvoat is not an argument.
- Contribution is everything.
- Don't like a sub, don't post in sub.
- Find your favorite echo chamber.
- Echo chambers will have their tables flipped.