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[–] BRITTEACH 6 points 41 points (+47|-6) ago 

Proposed censorship rules are indeed antithetical to Voat but that won't stop moderators from imposing themselves on any given subverse. Freedom of speech and association viz a vie a subverse is about the only thing Voat has going for it. If free exchange of information is limited Voat won't last.

Everyone seems to like freedom of speech in theory but the minute someone is offended or outraged when it is practiced, the call for walls goes up. Voat has a system in place that enables individual users to block individual subverses from their individual accounts. I have used this service to block what I perceive to be racist or grisly subverses and no one is the wiser. I like that I can always check in to read what people are thinking and feeling on those subverses every once in awhile if for no other reason than that having a so-called world view requires me to be familiar with opposing view points.

A forum where free speech is protected requires a certain level of maturity and a sharp intellect. Sure, there are ideas that offend me, piss me off, and outrage me on Voat, but those ideas should have the right to be expressed and protected. If you do have the courage to argue with someone, you always have the freedom to ignore them if their attacks become personal or you may simply choose not to participate in a subverse that you perceive is not intellectually honest or has a reputation for bullying. In that sense, it is no different from real life where we pick and choose our friends and our reading material based on reputation.

As far as the issue of science vs pseudo science goes, that is something you'll have to distinguish based on your level of knowledge and education. Sometimes how a subverse is labeled can be misleading.

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[–] BigTimStrange 9 points 11 points (+20|-9) ago 

Everyone seems to like freedom of speech in theory but the minute someone is offended or outraged when it is practiced, the call for walls goes up.

But on the other side of that, any and all moderation on Voat turns into a censorship witch hunt.

Honestly the best solution is to take a free market approach: build your own sub and let people decide which one best suites their tastes. However the best solution isn't the easiest solution, which is scream bloody murder about censorship every time someone tries to exercise a modicum of quality standards to their subverse.

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[–] New_years_day 1 points 16 points (+17|-1) ago 

Exactly, so they can leave the default sub alone and create their own called /v/no_psedoscience, pretty simple when you put it that way.

And people should scream bloody murder about moderation/censorship after what most of us went through at reddit.

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[–] BRITTEACH 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

Agreed. Voat seems big enough to accommodate all kinds of subverses and we are free to pick and choose where we want to spend time on this site.

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

It is not their subverse.

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

A forum where free speech is protected requires a certain level of maturity and a sharp intellect.

This is key.

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[–] l-emmerdeur 8 points -7 points (+1|-8) ago 

And absent