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  • alot (edited 3 years ago)

    Yes, I disliked Voat because it didn't try to be more than Reddit. Sure, they don't shadowban there, and they are more liberal in what they allow, but this is not innate to the site and may well change in the future, especially if they become popular. With popularity comes attention, with attention comes expectations. Suddenly they need a lot of money to run the servers, it's financed by venture capitalists, and they get worried if there is bad press about a nudity scandal, and then there's a reform and suddenly NSFW (just to pick an example) is policed in a completely different way.

    Just saying that these things, what people appreciate Voat for, can be transitionary. They sure were with Reddit. And in that case, what in the world was won if moving there? Snapzu may also work differently in the future, who knows, but at least the foundation is better. It's clearly a better website. Reddit felt more streamlined than Digg. There were subreddits. Whole new concepts at the time. This feels like yet a next step. And if I move, I sure want to take steps in the process.

    PS. I'm actually a bit pleased over Voat's attention. It already seems to attract a kind of users I wouldn't like to be here. I definitely wouldn't like to have a mass exodus of people who like to shame "fat people" to this place. Many move to Voat for reasons I don't mind them moving there for at all. Voat's attention could end up making it this bloated site which ruined Reddit, while I hope Snapzu will ride the benefits of a tight knit community a bit better. At the same time, I of course want an active, large community discussing both mainstream and niche subject. It can really be a fine line to balance...