Some of you that have been using Voat for a little longer may have noticed that I've been rather inactive lately and may be wondering what's up. As you may recall, I graduated and moved to Switzerland. I also got a full time job so the time I used to have for Voat is almost nonexistent. Since I originally did not intend for Voat to be making money (or get any traction), to this day, apart from your generous donations, Voat has never made a penny and I hope you’ll forgive me for thinking about paying off my student loan and putting food on my table :) I also got accepted for a master’s program in computer science and I will also have to start learning German language and the Schweizerdeutsch (Swiss German) dialect which I think I can count as a completely new language.
The money you guys donated through cryptocurrency will cover the last few months we paid out of pocket, that is, once we sell the coins, but we’ll have to see what the future holds. Manually processing donations is no longer an option and I have already removed our coin addresses from the frontpage sidebar. To those who donated - thank you. You helped keep Voat alive and you inspired us to work harder when everyone else would have given up.
Voat remains my hobby project (despite popular belief, Voat is still not a corporation) and as such I'll try to keep working on improving Voat whenever I can. Puttitout is doing what he can as well and a bunch of other guys are contributing their time too (Voat is an open source project, after all). I’m also happy to say that this project has attracted quite a few skillful developers who are willing to contribute their time to improving Voat codebase.
Anyways, that’s what’s up. I hope to see Voat continue to grow and I also hope to see Voat become sustainable without having to rely on donations. Only time will tell :)