Why? I've asked this before and I have yet to acquire a satisfactory answer. It is the only qualm I have with Voat, the only aspect of this otherwise wonderful website that promotes censorship and opposes freedom of speech and open discussion.
I think five different people now I've encountered on Voat who often mention the hypocrisy of negative CCP restrictions, because they themselves have accrued negative CCP and thus suffer limitations on the number of posts and comments they can make in a day. It severely cripples their ability to contribute to Voat -- their ability to speak freely. Not entirely, no, but if I was an authoritarian ruler who said that you, as a subject of mine, could only speak freely between the hours of 9AM and noon, I think you'd cry censorship too.
I've heard arguments about cutting back spam. I've heard arguments saying that the people with negative CCP sometimes insult people and that's why they get downvoted so much, and thus the restrictions are fine. I've heard arguments that some left-leaning users here have tens of thousands of CCP despite sharing their views often and openly, because they contribute other content.
I don't care.
Anyone on Voat should be able to have their say, so long as they abide by Voat's rules -- that is no doxxing, no explicit spamming, and no vote manipulation. A user who follows all of Voat's rules, but who also makes bad arguments, or who throws ad hominems around like baseballs, or who just posts nothing but outright liberal ideas -- all of these types of people can easily find themselves in the position of having negative CCP, and thus of being unable to speak freely as they please on this Freedom Platform.
A liberal shouldn't have to post videos of cute dogs, or memes, or links to news articles, to speak freely on Voat. A user should not have to refrain from being an insolent child and insulting everyone he or she speaks with in order to speak freely on Voat. No matter how much we disagree with their views, or their behaviour, if they are following Voat's rules their speech should not be restricted.
People use downvotes as disagree buttons. That would be fine if it weren't for these restrictions. Liberals could state their views as often as they like, get downvoted, and wear that negative CCP as a badge of honour if they please, but at least they would be able to continue participating in an intellectual argument, or posting in subverses for ordinary discussion, without fear of reaching a comment limit for the day.
Highly downvoted comments being collapsed does not bother me, as the users can still post and those comments can still be read. Collapsed comments often get more views than ordinary comments in my experience.
Goats, if you agree with me please support me in my effort to make Voat truly free. Goats, if you disagree with me please make an argument as to why these restrictions should stay. They are Voat's only blemish, and with spamming now being a bannable offense I don't see why we need these any longer.
@PuttItOut you have been quiet lately, but I know you're still working on Voat with what time you have each day. Please respond to this post if people support this idea and remove this single blemish from Voat so that we can finally be free from all forms of censorship here where everyone can have their say.