The world wants Voat to die. Gizmodo did not hesitate to say "good riddance" when Putt announced our dire financial situation in the Angel announcement. Every time I've ever had cause to search for Voat through Google they've been sure to display /v/YoungLadies, even though /v/YoungLadies is far from one of our most active subverses, with fewer than 4000 subscribers. I've seen /v/Niggers, /v/FatPeopleHate, and /v/pizzagate featured under the Voat name on Google as well, instead of far more active subverses like /v/news, /v/politics, /v/technology, etc. They want to discredit us, make us seem like nothing more than radicals and conspiracy theorists -- I'm not saying that these subverses are centres for baseless conspiracies or entirely emotionally-based arguments; I'm saying that Google is using them to make others believe this.
More damning than these displays, however, is the way financial institutions have treated us. Almost two years ago PayPal permanently limited Voat's account, making receiving adequate donations through that service impossible. More recently, Coinbase shut off Voat's merchant account. This is still viewable in the sidebar. Finally, there is the declaration of intent revealed by Putt in the currently stickied announcement that shows that one of the largest credit card processors in the world will be discontinuing their relationship with Voat on July 14th of this year.
The world is bent on destroying us. Whether these institutions decided of their own accord to screw us over or persons of influence were whispering in their ears, what remains true is that a war is being waged against Voat and Freedom at large. I don't think it needs saying that we must win this war.
I'm looking into Bitcoin. About time I did. I would encourage others to consider doing the same. The port Putt has planned will reduce our costs, but not enough. We will still need to support Voat.
Fuck with the goat, you get the horn.