I'll start with the positives: You don't need an email to sign up. No personal information up for sale. Uncensored exchange of ideas. Plenty of subverses to choose from. Great place (for beginners and more seasoned critical thinkers) to discuss things like Q, 'conspiracy theories', and current events with like-minded people.
The trashy conduct of some of the more vocal members is where it goes wrong. The white nationalists and incels really have taken over certain areas of the site. It's like they just have to pollute everything and make everyone with independent/centrist/right leaning views look bad. It's really unpleasant to wade through all that crap just to get to anything good here (this is what free speech is about - you take the bad with the good).
The site crashes constantly - a 'maintenance mode' page seems to pop up every few minutes at times. Annoying.
Voat definitely has potential, but as it stands now, I can only take it in small increments. Reddit refugees looking for a safe haven should look elsewhere.
Review by Valis Drendel1 year ago
VOAT is a non-censoring platform for free speech.
Review by Lms1 year ago
No ban happy admins, no censor nazi mods, speak your mind freely. Post lunacy, get downvoted, as it should be
Review by Acheli1 year ago
It was a great site while it lasted. Unfortunately, the white supremacist nonsense started getting really overbearing. It doesn't help that most are pro-gun nuts too. I'm fine with them expressing their second amendment beliefs but after the umpteenth ignorant post about keeping Europe and America "pure", bashing interracial marriage and advocating violence, I had enough and left. Most of the posters seemed like they were teenagers getting their angst out.
They have a hard time getting funding, and in spite of my best efforts to encourage users to curb their bad behavior to get the site taken more seriously, I failed. Not much else I can do. I would not be shocked to see it disappear one day. It's time for it to go.
Review by Endezeichen3 years ago
In looking for an alternative to Reddit that's smaller I found out about this site and decided to check it out. It's an opinion site so I expected to find stuff I didn't agree with; what bothered me was a thread *on the front page* (so obviously, rated fairly high) that had not only two NSFW comments but also two others, one of which was homophobic and one of which used a term that was overtly racist. And that was all in the same thread. If that kind of thing is popular enough to make it to the front page it's not the kind of place I want to hang out on. I'd try to block it but that experience is memorable enough for me to remember not to ever go back.
EDIT: I just noticed another review stating that NSFW stuff is marked. This thread was not, so I'm adding "poor customer experience" for unreliability.
Review by Kusnadi Gutoskie3 years ago
A free speech Reddit alternative that has more crazies than you can shake a stick at. But, that means if you have something to say, you say it, there is not walking on eggshells to actually get your point across.
Review by Joanfrancis Fosher4 years ago
Social network similar to Reddit. Safe but one of the most popular sites hosted on Voat is fatpeoplehate, which is dedicated to hatred of overweight people as the name suggests and used to also be on Reddit until it was banned by that site's staff.
Review by Judycustomer Zukauskas4 years ago
When the site actually works, which is rare, the vast majority of its use is as a hub for Neo-Nazis. Functionality wise its almost no different from Reddit, aside from worse servers, but its origins as a reaction to reddit's removal of hate subs are obvious, the activity on the site that's not a "resurrected" hatespeech sub is at best a footnote.
Review by GodoftheRomans4 years ago
It is an online community. Most places and content are safe for children. However, in any community there are always exceptions. Monitor their usage accordingly.
Review by Celiya Shannacappo4 years ago
It's a forum so you will definitely see adult content, which is marked as NSFW though.
And because it's a forum, you might stumble over all kinds of nonsense.
The site itself is legit though.
Review by Miszcindy4 years ago
Awesome website with a welcoming community!
Review by VikF4 years ago
Website for sharing text posts and link. Be careful, NSFW content is on this site, even though this kind of content are explicitly marked as such.
Review by Acutesound5 years ago
It's a reddit clone like no other...well, maybe not. It's a reddit clone with a different look, different terms and a more right wing leaning. It's still in Alpha stage as I write, so some features don't work so well (such as messaging the moderators) and it doesn't have a obvious way to report spam.
Like reddit, it also has it's host of hate subreddits like /u/fatpeoplehate, among others. As well as questionable subreddits...I mean, subverses. Voat has a, perhaps forced, policy of no censorship. I had previously mentioned /v/jailbait in this review as one of the questionable subverses, but that has now been banned.
The mod log is forced to be public, and mods can only have 10 subverses.
Review by Dri5 years ago
great website alternative to reddit now that reddit is a shithole
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